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Smyth Research Anyone?
Old 1st June 2011
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Smyth Research Anyone?


I'm wondering if anyone is starting to see this system being used by Audio Professionals?

I had a chance to test it out a few months back, with a group of other people, so it wasn't just me. I was pretty blown away. For those who don't know a thing about them, they make a headphone monitoring system that emulates the sound of loudspeakers in a mixing room, and will capture that sound for use in mixing projects after you leave the nice mixing room. You can literally rent a top notch mix room for an hour, capture the sound of the mix environment and then take it with you anywhere on a pair of headphones. Aside from the fact that you are wearing headphones, there should be no difference between what your ears were hearing in the mix room, and what you are now hearing through the phones.

We had a few "golden ears" in the room at the time, and these guys were looking amazed by the results. We were listening through playback on the wall mounted speakers, and then drooping the phones on. Then taking them off, then putting them right back on. I couldn't hear a difference when taking them on and off. Two of the "golden ears" said there was a slight bit of extra highs, but very minor.

I'm not trying to get anyone fired up over this. I know it's not a perfect solution, and there are all kinds of issues that make this anything but a seamless product. But we all gotta admit, its pretty damn cool.

Anyone seeing these systems being used out there?
Old 1st June 2011
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Seen it - very impressed - but not using it yet.
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