Originally Posted by Archaea
I retract my strong comment since I haven't heard them - especially in the light of my unanticipated super amazement with the a16.
My strong rejection for multiple small drivers in a set of earphones is driven by a concept along similar (though not as an advanced idea)
Three small drivers in each earpiece. Positioned so you could actually hook pc analog headphone outputs for each pair of channels into the proper place on the old 5.1 sound blaster cards. Two in front for center, two in middle for left right, two in back for surrounds. It sounded absolutely awful even if the concept sounded reasonable. No bass, tin filled Cracker Jack box sound and the positional audio functionality was still pretty poor. Reviews were mixed with some raving about it, and some panning it. After I bought my pair all I could figure was the guys that loved it had never heard a good headphone. My mid grade sennheisers demolished them in every way -- including positional audio. To me, it was a sham. (I felt strongly about wasting the money - after high hopes. This was college years timeframe).
Around 10 years ago I bought the SpeedLink Medusa 5.1 headphones for PC gaming.
I actually quite liked them. Possibly higher quality than the Zalman I don't know.
But, then I purchased a pair of Grado SR80 and I realized that there was just no comparison. The Grado just trounced them in every possible category.
Anyway this was just before the inclusion of Dolby headphone stuff in modern AVR's and at the time I didn't want to wake my wife up so I rigged up my own system using this.
It was a niche product from JVC and I don't think it ever caught on but it worked amazingly well. So along with the Grado's I did well for myself in those instances where the wife was in bed.
The only problem was the Grado's can be tough on the ears after a 2 hour movie so eventually I purchased a pair of over the ear headphones from Audio Technica and it was much more comfortable.
But going back to the Smyth tech which is mind boggling......
As previously mentioned the company has been doing this kind of thing for some time. Here is a review of the Realiser A8 from 2010. https://www.cnet.com/news/smyth-real...er-headphones/
This might be similar to VR in that it needs to be experienced for you to buy in. I would love to try it. However, I don't see myself using it much because 9 times out of 10 I am watching with others and there is no need for me to keep the volume down any longer.