Trinnov Audio Is Pleased To Announce That Its Range Of High-end Altitude Processors Will Be The First To Support Dts:x® Pro Immersive Audio Technology In The Home
Object-oriented audio liberates sound designers from the limitation of a small number of fixed loudspeaker channels, whether it be 5.1 or 7.1. Instead, “sound objects” can move freely about in three-dimensional space above and around the listener, as rendered to the available loudspeakers by the surround processor. These sound objects are comprised of whatever sound the designer wishes to create along with metadata that describes both its location and its size over time. Hence, a ricocheting bullet might be tiny while shooting quickly past your ear, while thunder might roll slowly all around you as it bounces off the nearby hills. The creative possibilities are endless.
DTS:X is an immersive object-oriented audio format. In high-end commercial cinemas, DTS:X can utilize 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 Altitude32 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 Altitude32 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.” said Arnaud Laborie, Trinnov’s co-founder and CEO.
Trinnov’s unique, software-based decoding system utilizes powerful, multi-core Intel CPUs rather relying on dedicated, third-party DSP chipsets that cannot accommodate new features. Thanks to the foresight and sophistication of its hardware and software design, the Altitude series of processors has been acclaimed by home theater enthusiasts and professionals all around the world. The Altitude32 is now firmly established as the market-leading processor for high-performance home cinemas since 2015.
“The flexibility and power of Trinnov’s platform and their dedication to a premium home theater experience for their customers is why DTS partners with Trinnov for the DTS :X decoder technology portfolio”, said Joanna Skrdlant, GM of Home Audio & Solutions Licensing at DTS, a wholly owned subsidary of Xperi Corporation.
By means of a simple and free software update, owners of existing Altitude processors will be able to enjoy DTS:X Pro in 2019.