Trinnov Audio is pleased to announce that it will add support for the IMAX® Enhanced format to its Altitude range of high-end AV preamp/processors. IMAX Enhanced is a certification and licensing programme jointly created by IMAX and DTS that certifies high-end consumer electronics products for playback of digitally remastered 4K HDR content with enhanced DTS audio.
Since its introduction in 2015, the Altitude 32 has been acclaimed by home theatre enthusiasts and professionals worldwide.
Trinnov’s success has been in part built on its revolutionary hardware platform. Altitude processors use an Intel processor rather than third-party chipsets for audio processing, decoding, and rendering. This software-based approach enables Trinnov to be the only manufacturer that can implement new technologies directly into its products. This disruptive approach allows for unprecedented durability and upgradability; powerful advantages in a fast-changing technological ecosystem.
“Trinnov has always been fully committed to performance & durability. We recently announced the warranty of our High-End products would be extended, retroactively, to 5 years. To further fulfil this commitment, we will continue to implement the latest technologies and are extremely proud to integrate IMAX ® Enhanced, continuing the collaboration we started with DTS when implementing DTS-X”, said Arnaud Laborie, Trinnov’s co-founder, and CEO.
IMAX Enhanced will be added to the Altitude 32 and the Altitude 16 as a free software update in the second half of 2019.
And, more importantly, Trinnov will be the first to add the DTS:X Pro technology, an improvement of DTS:X that enables 32 simultaneous discrete channels rendering versus 11 simultaneous channels in the current implementation.
DTS:X is an immersive object-oriented audio format. In high-end commercial cinemas, DTS:X can utilise up to 64 uniquely-rendered channels (plus LFE) for astoundingly high spatial resolution and realism. Until now, however, the residential version of DTS:X has been limited to a total of 11.1 channels.
Typically, this meant seven “bed” channels at listener level, an LFE channel, and four upper channels above the listening area. Trinnov’s Altitude® will be the first surround processors to offer DTS:X Pro to the high-end residential market.
The Altitude 32 will support up to 32 uniquely-rendered DTS:X Pro channels. It remains the only surround processor capable of rendering more than 12-16 uniquely-rendered channels, allowing for greatly increased spatial resolution and realism.
“Trinnov has been collaborating with the DTS team since 2014, leading to a first public demo of a DTS:X 22.2 system at CES 2015 on an Altitude 32 processor. Our software-based platform consistently enables us to release new formats before other high-end home cinema processors.
In turn, our design allows us to offer the latest technologies to our customers at their earliest availability. This was the case with DTS:X, and having worked closely with DTS, we are now very satisfied to be able to introduce DTS:X Pro as their first licensee of this technology. This accomplishment is yet another example of our commitment to high spatial resolution.” - Arnaud Laborie.
By means of a simple and free software update, owners of existing Altitude processors will be able to enjoy DTS:X Pro in 2019.