SVS is a revolutionary audio process that emulates, in headphones, the
complete experience of listening to actual loudspeakers in an actual
room, in up to eight-channel surround sound.
The emulation includes the
precise localisation of all the speakers in the room, the room
acoustics, and the response of the speakers and all electronics in the
The emulation is essentially
perfect, meaning that in immediate A/B comparison between the actual
speakers and the headphones, listeners say the two are
has far-reaching benefits which audio professionals, home listeners, and
game players are only beginning to assess. The relationship between the
listener, the listening room, and the sound system is changed
here to learn
how it works.
The Realiser A8 is the first product available for purchase which
implements SVS. It is a
standalone audio processor which can be connected to virtually any audio
system, professional or consumer, for listening to movies, music, and
games. It will emulate up to
eight loudspeakers in any locations. The
Realiser package includes all needed accessories and a pair of STAX
for details about the Realiser A8 set.
Smyth Research, with laboratory
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
"...my impression of sound field reality was so convincing
that initially I was sure that the headphone simulation was in
fact inoperative and that I was still listening to the real