Trinnov Audio, a designer and manufacturer of reference audio processors for home theaters, high-end hi-fi, professional audio, and commercial cinemas, has announced two free updates to its Altitude A/V processor platform.
The Altitude16 and Altitude32 will now be upgradable to 4 additional channels and is certified to render IMAX Enhanced content playback.
Trinnov’s next software release will add two major features to every Altitude processor that has been installed worldwide since 2015. The first of these updates is the addition of four extra output channels, which will be added to both the Altitude16 and Altitude32 models completely free of charge.
In addition, Trinnov’s IMAX Enhanced application has been certified and will now be officially supported in both Altitude models.
Both of these major features are expected to become available by mid-October and will be available to Altitude owners through a free software download.
“Our aim is to help home theater enthusiasts and integrators avoid compromising on their designs and maintain ambitious projects that achieve reference level sound quality,” says Arnaud Laborie, Trinnov Audio co-founder and CEO.
“Our implementation of immersive sound codecs is unrivaled. We have always been committed to high spatial resolution and we are now taking the extra step to enable this benefit across a higher number of home theater installations by adding four extra discrete and acoustically optimized outputs. Among countless new possibilities, this update now allows Altitude16 owners to support the very popular 9.4.6 speaker layout and maximize low frequency and 3D sound performance with our fully integrated calibration suite.”
According to the company, enabling this feature on the Altitude16 presented a challenge and required some creativity. One of Trinnov’s engineers suggested converting the Toslink output of the Altitude16 to ADAT. ADAT is a well-known transport protocol in the professional and production music industry that allows the carriage of four channels at up to 96 kHz. With this approach, Altitude owners can enable four extra outputs with the addition of a simple external D/A converter.
On all Altitude32 models, these extra outputs will be available via the built-in AES/EBU outputs.
“For both Altitude models, our customers will need to source a digital / Analogue converter. By enabling 4 extra outputs free of charge through a simple software update, this upgrade not only opens new perspectives but also enables dramatic audio improvements within a lower budget,” comments Laborie.
Trinnov adds the availability of IMAX Enhanced for the Altitude processors comes in a timely fashion, as new announcements are expected from IMAX that will result in a much larger amount of IMAX Enhanced native content becoming available. IMAX Enhanced content playback relies on DTS:X technology, taking full advantage of Trinnov’s implementation of the Neural:X upmixer, which offers the maximum number of discrete speaker channels available in the DTS:X Pro specification.