Smyth Research, with laboratories in Bangor, Northern Ireland UK, was
founded in 2004. The company engages in research and development related to
hearing and sound reproduction in three dimensions. Our present work is focused on virtual sound reconstruction of
real sound fields. The potential of headphones in this application has never been fully
Stephen Smyth, Ph.D.
is the inventor of the Realiser and the SVS technology it employs.
He is the founder and chief officer of Smyth Research. In addition
to expertise in digital audio signal processing, he
has a strong entrepreneurial background, and has a proven record of
taking inventions from the laboratory through to commercial success.
In 1988, he
founded and ran Audio Processing Technology Ltd in order to market
the apt-X100 coding algorithm developed during his post graduate
research. This algorithm was subsequently
chosen by Digital Theater Systems (DTS) for their cinema audio
playback system that premiered with Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park
After leaving APT in 1994, he founded AlgoRhythmic Technology Ltd in
order to develop new coding technologies. He was the principal
inventor of the Coherent Acoustics algorithm and formed and headed a
joint venture with DTS to commercialise the algorithm in the
consumer market. In 1995 he joined DTS as Technical Director and
successfully promoted the algorithm to the DVD standards consortium
alternate optional standard.
In 2001 he left DTS and founded ILD Networks Ltd to develop
low-delay audio codecs for wide-band speech communication.
In 2004 he founded Smyth Research LLC to promote and market the SVS
algorithm, his latest invention.
Dr Smyth graduated Queens University, Belfast, in 1985, B.Sc. (1st
class Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, and Ph.D. in
1990 (Electrical & Electronic Engineering). He has nine published
patents in the field of audio coding.
Mike Smyth, Ph.D.
is co-founder of Smyth Research and promotes SVS in the professional
market within the framework of our core consumer licensing strategy.
His career began in academic research for Atomic Energy of Canada
Ltd, at Chalk River Nuclear Labs, until joining APT in 1991 to
research and develop new audio codecs and applications.
Whilst at APT he moved into technical sales, setting up and running
the APT sales office in Los Angeles and establishing enduring
relationships with DTS, Pacific Bell and other end-users of the
apt-X codec. He was a co-inventor of the Coherent Acoustics
algorithm, joined DTS in 1995, and was involved in the promotion and
technical presentations of this algorithm to the DVD consortium. In
1997 he left DTS but continued working as a consultant.
In 2004 he co-founded Smyth Research LLC to promote and market the
Dr Smyth graduated B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics from Manchester
University in 1983, and Ph.D. (Atomic Laser Physics) University of
Glasgow in 1987. He has published five patents.
handles all aspects of the consumer licensing process and the
design, manufacture and marketing of all products. He is
fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Mr Cheung has a strong technical background, allied to managerial,
marketing and licensing skills.
After graduating B.Sc. (Hons) in
Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1984, University of
Strathclyde, Mr Cheung joined Honeywell's Solid State Applications
Centre, Motherwell, Scotland as a research engineer.
In 1987 he worked for Dowty Electronics Ltd, Newbury, a modem
manufacturer, as an applications
engineer supporting sales departments. He worked with the R&D team
and their European clients, and had their modems
certified/approved in Norway, Denmark and France.
In 1989 he joined Analog Devices Ltd, Newbury, as technical
marketing engineer in their European marketing
division to promote DSPs to the telecommunications
equipment manufacturers worldwide.
He joined APT Ltd, Belfast, in 1991 as a sales and
marketing manager, successfully promoted the apt-X100
audio data compression technology to manufacturers
around the world in various applications such as
Satellite communications, PC storage of audio files for
Radio stations etc. Digital Theater Systems (DTS) was one of their key clients. In 1993 he became operations
manager for the Belfast based company.
In 1996 he joined DTS as Licensing Director, involved in licensing
Coherent Acoustics to A/V manufacturers worldwide. In
1997 he left DTS but continued working as a consultant.
Mr. Cheung joined Smyth Research LLC in 2004 to promote the SVS algorithm..
engages in a range of activities promoting and refining the
Mr Kramer worked at the JBL loudspeaker company for seven years in
product development. He has held positions at Ashton-Tate (database
and other software) and at global satellite operator Comsat.
As a partner, he managed Mathematical Systems Design, an engineering
company providing digital signal processing solutions for
radio-frequency spectrum analysis and professional audio
He worked at DTS for twelve years, beginning as part of the small
team assembled to launch DTS into the consumer market. As Vice
President, Technology Strategy for DTS, he engaged in strategic
planning, technical standards for the cinema industry, and company
Mr Kramer joined Smyth Research LLC in 2008.
is based in Tokyo and acts as liaison in all stages of the consumer
licensing process. He is the distributor for Smyth Research in
Japan, Korea and Taiwan for all professional and consumer products.
Mr Asano is an entrepreneur and has worked in the professional audio
market his entire career, founding and running Japanese subsidiaries Studer Revox K.K. (1982-1985), Solid State Logic K.K. (1985 to
present), APT K.K. (1992 to 2007) and a liaison office for DTS
(1997-2003). In 1991 he received an export achievement award from
Rt. Hon. Douglas Hurd M.P. for record sales by SSL in Japan.
In 1994 he also founded AT Communications K.K. to design and install
satellite-based audio and data distribution systems in Japan for
Mr Asano has a strong technical background, graduating first from
Hokuriku Electronics College, Ishikawa, Japan in 1962. He has often
been involved in the successful introduction of leading-edge
technologies into the Japanese broadcasting and CE markets, and has
built up strong relationships with key figures in these industries.
He is also fluent in English and has experience in working with professional audio companies
around the world.