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 emulated system. The emulation is essentially perfect, meaning that in immediate A/B comparison between the actual speakers and the headphones, listeners say the two are indistinguishable.
This breakthrough 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 completely.
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 to make your own measurements.
"...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 speaker system...."
About Smyth Research:
Smyth Research, with laboratories in Bangor, Northern Ireland UK, and Camarillo, California USA, 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 realised, until now.
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 as an 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 SVS algorithm.
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.
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