In early 2015 Synergistic Research will begin shipping their highly anticipated new Atmosphere product. Atmosphere is a new concept in room/ system tuning which allows the user to change the sound of their system and room using pre-formatted "aps" on their phone or iPad. Having used the beta product we can confirm that it is both very effective and super cool. Listening to a jazz quartet? Go for the "Intimate Acoustic scene." A full orchestra? Try the "Hologram" or "Grand Canyon" scene. Get the idea?
The background to this product is fascinating. There is quite a bit of the back story on Synergistic's Facebook page (especially their 17 October 2014 post). Put simply, Atmosphere is a multichannel frequency generator which can "manage" the RF environment we live and listen in, and by varying the way these "calming frequencies" are being generated, can create a variety of different quasi-acoustic environments.
If you don't already have at least 2 sets of HFT's in your room, definitely get these. They should be considered "required" in order to get the best out of the Atmosphere. But if you already have the HFT's, grab the ATM for free!
NOTE: You will need an iPad with current Bluetooth capabilities to choose the scenes on the Atmosphere. If you don't have one, the least expensive iPad Mini's go for under $250.