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Trinnov announces 4 extra channels for the Altitude Platform


17 September 2021
Product News

Last edited on November 17th.

Two Major Features Added in the Upcoming Altitude software release 

Trinnov’s next software release will add two major features to every Altitude processor that has been installed worldwide since 2015. In yet another industry-leading move, Trinnov announces 4 extra output channels will be added to both the Altitude16 and Altitude32 models completely free of charge. 

In addition, Trinnov’s IMAX Enhanced application has now 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.

 

Trinnov continues its customer-first focus

Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, Trinnov has continued to experience unprecedented growth and had the foresight to secure a large stock of critical semiconductors, parts, and components to help buffer the increased demand for Altitude processors this year. Trinnov is committed to maintaining current pricing as long as possible, even though there doesn’t seem to be any foreseeable improvement in the availability of key components. 

“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.

In this software release, every new and existing Altitude owner will get 4 extra outputs and support for IMAX Enhanced, free of charge.

“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.” continues Arnaud Laborie.

Altitude16 Now Supports 20 Discrete Optimized Channels

Enabling this feature on the Altitude16 presented a challenge and required some creativity. One of Trinnov’s engineers first 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. In turn, our engineers modified the firmware to enable the extra 4 channels via the two S/PDIF outputs of the Altitude16 (1x coaxial + 1x optical). This provides greater simplicity and ease of implementation than the ADAT format. With this approach, Altitude owners can enable four extra outputs with the addition of simple external D/A converters.

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,” concludes Arnaud Laborie.

IMAX Enhanced

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After months of certification testing, Trinnov is pleased to officially announce the availability of IMAX Enhanced on the Altitude platform. 

The availability of IMAX Enhanced on the Altitude 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 unique implementation of the Neural:X upmixer, which offers the maximum number of discrete speaker channels available in the DTS:X Pro specification.

 

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