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A couple of years ago, I got a chance to sample some extraordinary new-at-the-time kit at The Indulgence Show in London, where I was covering various stories for Home Cinema Choice magazine. Northern Ireland-based Smyth Research Ltd. had announced the imminent release of the Realiser-A16 audio processor, which could recreate immersive 3D audio over regular stereo headphones. The company claimed the unit could render up to sixteen virtual loudspeakers from any imaginary – or indeed real – locations, and included its own mind-bending pièce de résistance known as ‘head-tracking’.
The Realiser-A16 is still available now, although its design has evolved partially since I tried out the prototype (pictured below). The unit is a perfect solution for late night bingers of Atmos Blu-rays or video games who don’t wish to disturb neighbors, or simply for those saving on the clutter and expense of 11 or more speaker boxes in a spare bedroom or living room...

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