Atmosphere

Next stop, the Twilight Zone.

Imagine listening to Charlie Parker at Birdland, then walk into Carnegie Hall and get seated in the best seats in the house. This is possible when you add Atmosphere to your listening room. No other technology allows you to tailor the size and scale of your soundstage, with stunning realism, to accurately portray the music and venue you are experiencing. Atmosphere is a two-channel, multi-wave RF field generator with the power to transport you to the live event. Simply place Atmosphere it your room, turn it on, and tune out.

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Atmosphere began when our lead designer Ted Denney contemplated why systems seem to sound better late at night and worse mid-day. As a pioneering designer of the first high-performance power cord, the original AC Master Coupler of 1994, and his later work in 2007 to develop the world’s first patented non-current limiting AC filter found in our PowerCell AC line conditioners, he knew there must be more to the mystery of what we hear late at night vs mid-day than just the state of AC coming out of the wall. After all if it were only AC than power conditioning and high performance power cords would have solved this problem long ago.

So we began researching variables that could contribute to the mystery of midnight vs. mid-day system performance and came to the conclusion that man-made and solar RF must play a significant role. This led us to research of factors that contribute to fluctions in the Earth’s ambient RF environment. Ted reasoned that if differences in RF can degrade the sound, then RF can be modeled and shaped to improve the sound.

Atmosphere XL

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Atmosphere Mini

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Atmosphere XL has four times the broadcast strength of the original Atmosphere to immerse you in Atmosphere’s seven acoustic scenes so convincingly you’ll swear you’re at the live event. Simply install the downloadable Atmosphere Control App to your iPad and select from a gallery of scenes. Your iPad then sends a Bluetooth command to Atmosphere altering it’s broadcast to recalibrate the acoustic response of all UEF products in your room to match the size and intent of which ever recording you’re listening to. Engineered to work in conjunction with either HFT’s or UEF Acoustic Panels and DOTs, Atmosphere’s signal wirelessly recalibrates the response or your room to better recreate your favorite recordings. In fact Atmosphere not only improves your acoustic and UEF Acoustic treatment like HFT’s and UEF Acoustic Panels and DOT’s, it also dramatically improves the function of all Synergistic Research UEF products including cables, Black Box, Ground Block and Tranquility Bases for a night and day improvement in sound quality.

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The original Atmosphere multi-channel signal generator will improve the sound of any system and work in any size room and with the easy to use iPad app you will be hearing your music like never before. Carefully calibrated to compliment an infinite variety of music, different systems, and even rooms with known issues, like an abundance of glass or hard reflective surfaces. Simply pick from the 3 base scenes- Intimate Acoustic, Hologram, and Grand Canyon to calibrate Atmosphere’s field to the type of music you’re listening to. Ramp up Atmosphere’s performance by adding a Red or Green ATM, (Atmosphere Tuning Module).

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This small but mighty version of Atmosphere has been designed for medium and smaller rooms where space is limited. Atmosphere Mini has the full function of it’s older brother and uses the same iPad app to produce stunning holographic soundstages at a press of a button. Simply pick from the 3 base scenes- Intimate Acoustic, Hologram, and Grand Canyon to calibrate Atmosphere’s field to the type of music you’re listening to. Ramp up Atmosphere’s performance by adding a Red or Green ATM, (Atmosphere Tuning Module).

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The FEQ is a single channel ULF (Ultra Low Frequency) RF pulse generator that acts as a low frequency dither to overpower the ambient RFI and EMI fields in your listening room. Simply plug the FEQ and its internal Ground-Plane into two separate wall sockets in your listening room. Then place the FEQ behind and between your two main speakers and turn it on for an immediate and unmistakable improvement in sound. One FEQ will improve an average size listening room with a greater sense of clarity, a lower noise floor and natural uncompressed harmonics. 

The Sun and RF Propagation on Earth

There are three major disturbances on the Sun that affect radio propagation here on Earth. Solar Flares, Coronal Holes, and Sudden Disappearing Filament (SDF). Each disturbance causes both electromagnetic radiation and ejection of material from the Sun that alters RF on Earth. What we looked at was how each of these disturbances affects our RF environment during the day vs late at night with the intention to mimic late night conditions to improve sound mid-day.

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Solar Flares

Solar flares release huge amounts of energy, including sustained, high-energy bursts of radiation from VLF to X-ray frequencies and vast amounts of solar material. Most solar flares occur around the peak of the 11-year solar cycle. The first earthly indication of a huge flare is often a visible brightness near a sunspot group, along with increases in UV and X-ray radiation and VHF radio noise.

The sudden increase in X-ray energy from a large flare can immediately increase RF absorption in the Earth’s lowest ionospheric layers, sometimes causing a phenomenon known as a Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance (SID). An SID affects all HF communication on the sunlit side of the Earth and signals in the 2 to the 30-MHz range may disappear entirely. Even background noise may cease in extreme cases. When you experience a big SID, your first inclination may be to look outside to see if your antenna fell down! SIDs may last up to an hour before ionospheric conditions temporarily return to normal.

Typically, several hours after a flare erupts at the Sun, particles begin to arrive at the Earth in the form of a plasma, a highly ionized gas made up of electrons, protons and neutral particles, traveling at speeds up to 300 miles per second. Really high-energy protons may even disable satellites orbiting high above the atmosphere and seem to have a negative effect on the way our audio systems sound.

Coronal Hole

A second major solar disturbance is a so-called “coronal hole”. Matter ejected through this “hole” becomes part of the solar wind and can affect the Earth’s magnetic field.

Statistically, coronal holes tend to occur most often during the declining phase of the 11-year solar cycle and they can last for a number of solar rotations. This means that a coronal hole can be a “recurring coronal hole,” disrupting communications and degrading the subjective performance of our audio systems for several days.

Sudden Disappearing Filament

The Sudden Disappearing Filament (SDF) is the third major category of solar disturbance that can affect RF propagation on Earth. SDFs take their names from the manner in which they suddenly arch upward from the Sun’s surface, spewing huge amounts of matter as plasma out into space in the solar wind.

When the conditions are right, a flare, coronal hole or an SDF can launch a plasma cloud into the solar wind, resulting in an Ionospheric Storm here on Earth. Unlike a hurricane or a Nor’easter in New England, an ionospheric storm is not something we can see with our eyes or feel on our skin. However, we can see the indirect effects of an ionospheric storm on magnetic instruments located on the Earth’s surface because disturbances in the ionosphere are intimately related to disturbances in the Earth’s magnetic field.

During a geomagnetic storm (“geo” means Earth, in Greek), we may experience extraordinary radio noise and interference, especially at HF. You may hear solar radio emissions as increases of noise at VHF. A geomagnetic storm generally adds noise and weakens or disrupts ionospheric propagation for several days.

Solar Flares, Coronal Holes, The Sudden Disappearing Filament, and Wi-Fi—Oh my.

In a nutshell, we discovered that during the day ambient RF is stronger while the Earth’s Schumann Resonance is weaker in relation to overpowering solar and man-made radio frequencies. Typically speaking the ambient RF environment is at a higher frequency and is more complex during the day, and at a lower frequency and somewhat less complex late at night as our planet turns away from the sun. While charting Solar Flare, Coronal Hole and SDF activity we learned that the prevailing RF environment is affected by solar activity much more during the day, and less at night and this led to the discovery of specific RF environments conducive to what we perceive as good sound.

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An astounding transformation of your system’s musical presentation occurs simply by placing a Red Atmosphere Tuning Module (ATM) on or around your speakers. How can such a small thing cause such a grand improvement? All frequencies are related to and interconnected with each other and positively affected by the oscillating ATM excited by sound waves within your room.  The walls of your room will fall away as you begin to hear spacial queues and low level ambient information start to surround you, while any harshness in your system is augmented into refined delicate musical tones.
 

ATM

Atmosphere Tuning Module

Simply replace your original Red ATM with the new Green ATM and you’ll experience music and acoustic space in a whole new way. The Green ATM is fully compatible with the Red ATM’s Atmosphere control scenes and will favor rooms that are well sorted with Synergistic Research HFT’s or UEF Acoustic Panels and with systems utilizing Synergistic Research UEF products including cables, power conditioning, and isolation platforms. Available for an immediate in-home audition and sold with a no risk 30-day money back guarantee so you can experience the new Green ATM in the comfort and privacy of your home system.

Simply replace your original Red ATM with the new Green ATM and you’ll experience music and acoustic space in a whole new way. The Green ATM is fully compatible with the Red ATM’s Atmosphere control scenes and will favor rooms that are well sorted with Synergistic Research HFT’s or UEF Acoustic Panels and with systems utilizing Synergistic Research UEF products including cables, power conditioning, and isolation platforms. Available for an immediate in-home audition and sold with a no risk 30-day money back guarantee so you can experience the new Green ATM in the comfort and privacy of your home system.

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The new “Green” ATM or Atmosphere Tuning Module is a significant breakthrough in acoustic resolution for the Synergistic Research Atmosphere Field Generator as well as being used on it’s own within a listening room. Compared directly to the original Red ATM the Green ATM is a faster resonator portraying acoustics and recordings with a lower noise floor for enhanced detail and air. Notes seem to decay into a darker background while the overall sound field seems to extend further in all directions; front to back, side to side and top to bottom. Use 1 Green ATM on the front wall, in close proximity, between your speakers or add a second Green ATM and place them directly on top of your speakers. 
 

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greater or less spaciousness, greater focus, more or less detail, depending on the option chosen

“The combination of the Atmosphere and ATM delivers on its promised performance and showed itself as an essential upgrade to my reference system. Now with the Atmosphere and ATM in my system to stay, critical music listening is possible day or night. Highly recommended”

“Need more space and ambiance? More there thereness… then this is final frontier in atmospheric realness-ness…”

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“By now we are ready for Synergistic Research’s ‘WTF’ moment”

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“The combination of the FEQ and HFTs has made the biggest improvement in my system’s performance since I been reviewing high end audio components over the last 11 years.”

Atmosphere Scene Gallery App

Pair with a linked ATM.

Atmosphere is a multi-channel signal generator with millions of potential adjustments and when properly calibrated, compliments an infinite variety of music, different systems, and even rooms with known issues— like an abundance of glass or hard reflective surfaces. To control Atmosphere there’s an included iPad app. Simply pick from the 3 base scenes—Intimate Acoustic, Hologram, and Grand Canyon to calibrate Atmosphere’s field to the type of music you’re listening to.

As the name implies Intimate Acoustic is perfect for small scale recordings of whenever you want a precisely focused sound stage that places the the performance primarily between your main speakers.

Holographic is perfect for performances recorded in a live hall, or mastered with reverb and is more layered front to back than either Intimate Acoustic or Grand Canyon. Holographic allows for the greatest sense of envelopment off the three standard scenes making you feel as if you are sitting in the actual recorded space.  Holographic dimensionally favors soundstage height and layering with a strong sense of acoustic space.

Grand Canyon is perfect for large scale classical and amplified performances or anytime you want a wide soundstage with minimal envelopment. This scene creates a wall-to-wall soundscape that starts behind your speakers with excellent depth, precise image outlines, and focus. Grand Canyon seldom if ever presents envelopment around your listening position but rather places the performance behind your speakers with maximum soundstage width.

Maintain the energy of amplified music with sharp leading edges and powerful dynamics. Ideal for live and studio recordings like Rock n Roll, Pop and modern amplified Jazz. In the default setting low frequencies are tight and punchy, mid-range is immediate with high frequencies that are not overly smooth, or etched.

Advanced Settings: ‘Crunchie’ removes any politeness from hard driving electric guitars, horns and leading edge transients leaving nothing but the raw amplified event. ‘Stadium’ opens up the sound field and is perfect for larger scale venues.

Perfect for Electronica, Orchestral, and New Age recordings. Ethereal presents the maximum scale possible without limitations. On already holographic recordings you hear scale and envelopment that transcend the boundaries of your listening room in a most dramatic way. In its default setting music is gorgeously lush and layered with envelopment that places you in the middle of a live event.

Advanced Settings: ‘Air’ opens up high frequencies and enhances your system’s ability to portray a maximum sense of hall and decay. ‘Stratosphere’ is the ultimate setting for width, depth, layering and air.

Atmosphere is sold with an unconditional money back guarantee. Contact your SR dealer or distributor to audition the world’s most advanced acoustic technology today.

Presents larger acoustic recordings with an accurate sense of scale, natural layering and envelopment. Frequencies sound more linear than Holographic while sound staging is wider and more layered than In My listening Room and amplified music sounds softer than the Amplified scene.

Advanced Settings: ‘Near’ moves you closer to the performance with sharper image foes. ‘Expansive’ opens up the sound stage over the default ‘Layered’ settings with softer image outlines.

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