Originally Posted by jimshowalter
Long-time audiophile/videophile downsized to apartment to be closer to work. So now instead of our LG OLED 65", Oppo 205, Anthem, and Martin Logans, we have just the LG, an Oppo 203, and a Roku plugged into the Oppo.
The video is incredible, but the audio, not so much. I mean, the LG *tries* to make good sound, but it can't really do much with the teeny speakers in its stand/soundbar. Dialogue is hard to hear, kind of muffled.
So now I'm trying to figure out what to do.
Moving the MLs, Oppo 205, and Anthem to the apartment isn't possible, because 1) our cats (formerly exiled to one floor of the house) would be able to access, and shred, the MLs, 2) the noise would annoy neighbors, and 3) not enough space.
The Oppo has two HDMI outputs. One currently goes to the LG. The other is available to plug into <something> if I could figure out what the something should be.
Here's a radical idea: contemplate a possible HEADPHONE SOLUTION, involving the Smyth Realiser A8 (or sometime in the next few months probably the yet-to-be-delivered Realiser A16 which has been in development for several years and is now in final Dolby re-testing which must be passed before shipping can begin).
The Realiser is a virtual-surround processor that "duplicates" the sound of a multi-channel multi-speaker listening environment through high-quality stereo headphones (e.g. Stax SR-009/SRM-007tii). You perform a "calibration" (with special microphones inserted in each ear) that "measures" how you (and your ears, brain, and skull) hear the sound of the listening environment, taking into account the physical characteristics of the room (i.e. flooring, wall covering and speaker baffles, ceiling, distance and angles of the speakers in front of and all around you, etc.) as well as the acoustic characteristics of the speakers and related electronics. The entire result is "measured" by the microphones and digitized into a mathematical function (named PRIR) stored in the processor. Then, a second "measurement" is taken with you wearing the headphones you will be listening through, which reflects the capabilities of the headphones and headphone amp. Again, this is also digitized into a mathematical function (named HPEQ) and also stored in the processor.
When you then listen through these headphones/amp to any new multi-channel content fed through the processor, the PRIR and HPEQ are combined and used "in reverse" so that even though you are listening to stereo sound through your stereo headphones/amp, you actually do believe you are listening to those very same physical speakers that were in the listening environment you "measured" into that PRIR. You will believe you are in the very same chair in that very same room, surrounded by those exact same speakers exactly where they were at the time... but you're now listening to completely new source audio content. The sound of this new content through the headphones actually does "duplicate" how that same content would truly sound if you were hearing it "for real" sitting in that room and listening to the sound as played from the real loudspeakers.
You have to hear it for yourself with a demonstration, in order to believe it. So, you could "measure" the sound of your MLs in your original real listening environment. And you could "take that sound with you" into your apartment, listening to new content there... but through high-end stereo headphones. No speakers to tempt the cats, or bother the neighbors. Just you with your headphones on, listening to the same sound as would have been heard through your MLs.
There is a post of mine in this very thread
, from back in May of 2018, explaining my own setup.
There are threads on AVSForum for both A8
and the upcoming A16
There is a master thread on Head-Fi Forum for both A8
and the upcoming A16
There is a website for Smyth-Research
Just a thought. Not cheap, but well worth it.
I too cannot have real loudspeakers in my 3rd-floor condo, because of the neighbors. I've been watching my Panny 65VT50 (originally a Sony 34XBR960) and enjoying the multi-channel sound of HDTV and DVD/BDMV through a Realiser A8 and my 1995vintage Stax SR-Omega headphone and SRM-T1S amp ever since April 2009. In fact I own serial #0001
of the A8! And I also own a second A8, matched with a Stax SR-009 headphone and SRM-007tii amp for my 55" LG OLED B7 setup, fed through UDP-203.
My PRIRs (actually one for DD5.1 and a second for DD7.1) were "measured" back in 2009 here in Los Angeles, at AIX Studios which had a fabulous sound mixing room. In theory you can have any number of PRIRs (each measured in a different listening enviornment) and HPEQs (if you had multiple headphones/amps), kind of like a "library" of sound-playback digital filters. When you select any PRIR and listen through it, it's just like you're listening to sound in that original listening environment with your real ears.