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    Tyler Mercer

    I have some thoughts on the same general idea.  My thoughts being:

     "The SonarBox" - So this is my idea to create a "Sonarworks Reference 4 Box" that would essentially provide Sonarworks Reference 4 functionality without any requirement for a PC.  My design concept for the features/function of the device is:
    i) Purpose/Function - The primary function of the unit would be to apply a Sonarworks Ref 4 HP profile that is user selected to the audio input and apply it to the audio output.
    ii) Form Factor / UI - Small box with display and navigation method.  I think the design of both the Topping DX7s dac/amp and the Topping D50 dac are good examples of form factors and interfaces that could work.  Consider selling with a remote for ease of use.
    iii) Update method - SD Card Slot.  Develop some process to update all the HP profiles via an SD card.
    iv) Inputs - Definately RCA, optionally you could include a DAC and USB, optical, & COAX SPDIF input.  It would probably come down to cost to implement between the 2 options.
    The base "SonarBox" could be RCA in and RCA out only.
    The "SonarBox Drop the Mic Edition" could include a DAC with uber input options.  Heck, throw in Bluetooth for the hell of it.
    v) outputs - RCA (to user provided headphone amp)
     
    I think there are 2 development methods.  1 would be Sonarworks develop the product in house.  The other would be to partner with a reputable electronics designer and manufacturer, work up the design & Reference 4 implementation details, and get a licensing fee for each unit sold.

     

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    Gilbert (Edited )

    I agree, but I think it should Either be a cheap small unit, balanced/unbalanced I/O usb powered so the powerport is also used to load new config. So you can integrate as many as you like into your setup,

    or it should be a fully fledged monitor controller with 3 instances of reference 4 running for monitors A and B and Headphones. And aux inputs/ bluetooth audio reciever for a quick listen at something someone brings on their phone. A big volume Knob and 3 selectable volume settings for fixed monitoring levels

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    Federico Augusto Agreda Alvarez

    YES PLEASE!

    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

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    François Beauvais

    I would also love a hardware box I could use to host my room corrections. That would mean all new possibilities and we could  calibrate our living rooms and use the sonarworks corrections with CD players, radios, turntables, PS4, Xbox etc.... I would totally buy a few of these boxes. There would be no more need for Systemwide. Think of the new market it would bring! That along multi-channel support. 

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    B

    I have a hardware based studio, I run dedicated DAC's with a Dangerous Monitor ST controller, the Sonarworks software isn't an option to run full time without it being a pain in the ass. It sounds great, but unfortunately cannot fit in my setup. Make a hardware box (literraly just the software in a rack mount version with AD>DA) to sit in the monitoring chain of any hardware bias studio, and you'll have yourselves many sales!

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    Alex

    I have a hybrid studio where I run sonarworks on the PC but I frequently play hardware only with direct monitoring, so there is no way for me to correct my room.

    You have a guaranteed sale from me if you put this into an end of chain DSP box. I am not the only one.

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