To complete our range of AV Processors and Amplifiers, we released the Amplitude16 last year, which we designed specifically to meet the various needs of Immersive Sound.
As modern movie sound formats demand more loudspeakers, system builders need more amplification. Trinnov’s Amplitude16 answers the call, wrapping 16 channels (rated at 200W/8ohm) in a rack-sized, all-metal chassis that’s a smart cosmetic match for its multichannel Altitude16 processor. The unit’s two eight-channel modules, designed in collaboration with Class D specialist ICEPower and fed by independent power supplies, deliver an astonishingly dynamic performance. In practice, the Amplitude16 blends controlled, deep bass with effortless speed and purity of tone – it’s a high-end powerhouse that will get the best from any loudspeaker system, and marks a thrilling addition to the Trinnov fleet – Paul Miller, EISA President
The result is what we aimed for, and we are grateful to see that our efforts are being acknowledged by specialized press, home cinema specialists and enthusiasts.
Performance and sustainability are at the heart of our design philosophy, and we are pleased to be able to offer a complete and consistent package that will increase the overall performance of our customers’ home cinema. The addition of a very cost-effective, high performance and versatile 16-channel power amplifier such as the Amplitude16 to our range of award-winning and industry leading processors is a logical step that increases Trinnov’s impact to the industry. ICEpower has been a great partner and delivered the performance that we required – Arnaud Laborie, Trinnov’s co-founder and CEO.
Trinnov Audio is pleased to announce the release of a new high channel count power amplifier, the Amplitude16.
Designed for immersive home theaters, with custom integration in mind, the Amplitude16 becomes perhaps the most versatile power amplifier available today, providing integrators with the unique ability to meet diverse channel counts and power requirements with exceptional rack efficiency.
Effectively two 8-channel amplifiers on a single 3RU chassis, the Amplitude16 has dual power supplies, each requiring its own 15A AC mains power inlet. In its base model, it is a 16-channel power amplifier with a continuous power rating of 200W/channel at 8 ohms and 400W/channel at 4 ohms *.
Going beyond, the Amplitude16 provides the integrator with the option to bridge pairs of amplifier channels to increase available power for specific outputs. This enables the integrator to maximize power for the channels with the greatest demand (e.g., left, center, and right screen channels). In bridged mode, the power for one channel increases to 800W/channel at 8 ohms and over 1,000W/channel at 4 ohms. **
When we set out to create a new companion amplifier for Trinnov’s Altitude processors, we recognized that just another power amp would not do. It needed to be something special to carry the Trinnov name, and the Amplitude16 indeed fits that description,” said Arnaud Laborie, Trinnov CEO. “Its unique versatility provides integrators and system designers with a great-sounding, powerful tool for optimizing dynamic power delivery by channel in a space-saving, cost and energy-efficient manner.
Anticipating future advanced applications, another unique feature of the Amplitude16 is its optional Dante input board, which provides an option for connecting the amplifier to any Altitude processor via a network switch. This optional board also includes functions for monitoring the amplifier hardware status.
On a related note, Trinnov Audio is announcing the future compatibility of all Altitude processors with Ravenna/AES67 later this year, as a free update. Dante provides an AES67 compatibility mode, making it easy to integrate Altitude processors with the Amplitude16.
Balanced analog input to the Amplitude16 is enabled through dual Tascam pinout DB25 connectors, which eliminate the need for up to 16 individual XLR connections, making for a much more efficient connection and rack dressing.
Designed in partnership with ICEpower, according to Trinnov specifications, the Amplitude16 maximizes the performance of their class D modules, to deliver outstanding sound quality and the best possible immersive experience in a compact form factor creating very little heat.
The input sensitivity of the Amplitude16 is optimally matched to the output level of Trinnov’s Altitude audio-video processors, maximizing the system’s signal-to-noise ratio and dynamic range. Signal-to-noise performance is typically improved from 6 to 8 dB compared to power amplifiers with conventional input sensitivity.
A front panel LED display identifies normal operation, channel clipping, protection, and bridge status for each pair of channels. Trigger inputs and outputs are provided to power on the amplifier and to daisy-chain other amplifiers in the system.
Initial shipments of the Amplitude16 are scheduled to begin December 2021.
The optional Dante/AES67 input board is expected later, in 2022. The Amplitude16 will be showcased and introduced to the public at the Paris Audio Video Show from October 21st to October 24th. For more information or to pre-order contact your local dealer or integrator or go to www.trinnov.com.
* Maximum continuous power with all 16 channels driven is 2800W at 115V and 3200W at 230V with less than 0.1% THD+N
** Peak Power with all channels driven is 6080W with 1% THD+N
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 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,” concludes Arnaud Laborie.
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.
We are honored to receive more Awards this year after winning a second EISA Award for the Altitude Platform in August, further confirming and recognizing the lasting impact the Altitude has made and keeps making on the AV Processor market.
CEDIA Awards EMEA 2020 Best New Software
The CEDIA judges recognized the highly impactful achievements of our R&D team with the introduction of DTS:X Pro earlier this year. We’ve introduced a new version since; read more below
Trinnov Audio is pleased to announce the release of software version 4.2.16, an upgrade for the Altitude32 and Altitude16 processors that incorporates a much-desired but previously unavailable feature: an Object Viewer for Dolby Atmos™. While enjoying Atmos content, Altitude owners will be able to use the processor’s user interface to see a graphic three-dimensional representation of the location of each sound object, all in real-time.
“We are very happy to deliver to Trinnov owners a highly useful and even educational feature that will enable them to better discover the details of the Dolby Atmos mix of their favorite films and music,” said Trinnov CEO Arnaud Laborie. “Our customers have shown a great deal of interest in the process of creating Dolby Atmos soundtracks and understanding how sounds are located in playback. Our Object Viewer allows them, for the first time, to see into the audio mix and to identify to what extent the sound mixer has utilized the 3D sound palette provided by Atmos. Our research and development team works tirelessly to ensure that Trinnov remains at the leading edge in delivering innovative capabilities and technologies to our customers.”
Trinnov have received the 2020 CE BEST (Best Electronics Systems Technologies) Award for the Altitude32 in the category of Home Theater A/V Receivers & Source Components from the publishers of CE Pro magazine.
The award was presented at the CEDIA Expo Virtual event this week.
The European Imaging and Sound Association is a group of 61 specialized magazines from 29 countries across the globe. EISA represents the largest editorial collaboration in the world of consumer electronics and has been celebrating the very best products for over 35 years.
Every year, several expert groups within the association select the best products in several categories.
In 2016, a little more than a year after the introduction of the Altitude32, Trinnov received its first EISA Award, recognizing the achievement of our engineering team in creating what remains today The Reference High-End AV Processor.
Now, a few years later, Trinnov becomes the first manufacturer ever to receive a second award for the same product line. This is a very meaningful milestone, particularly for its recognition of the importance for today’s products to be built for both performance and sustainability, and its acclaim for how the Altitude platform meets these goals.
Best Product 2020-2021 – Home Theater High-End
Rather than rewarding a specific product as is usually the case, EISA members agreed to review and reward the Altitude Platform in the High-End Home Theater category.
Here is the citation from EISA’s president Paul Miller:
“In the world of home theater, rapid technological change can leave a product playingcatch up in just a few years. Not so the Altitude series from Trinnov, where upgradingis built into the DNA of its 16-channel and 32-channel processors. Most recently thesepremium models have added DTS:X Pro support to their 3D audio arsenal, and arevised HDMI board to enhance connectivity and streamline operation. Performanceremains best-in-class, too, thanks to professional-grade speaker calibration and bassmanagement, while system designers benefit from remote access and control. State-of-the-art today, but designed to evolve with your needs tomorrow, the Altitude platform is worthy of high praise.”
Successfully combating obsolescence
This award is unique in that it recognizes the accomplishment of Trinnov Audio over a period of 5 years, starting when the platform upon which the Altitude32 was built received its first EISA award in 2016. The Altitude products have been continuously upgraded and improved, enabled by our revolutionary software-based platform, with multiple major updates delivered at no cost to all Altitude owners every year.
As such, all of our customers received the following features as free updates dating back to the original introduction of the Altitude:
2015: Auro-3D decoding and upmixing is added
2016: DTS:X is available on the Altitude before any other product
2017: The Altitude becomes the first Roon-Ready High-End Home Cinema Processor
2018: Bass management is significantly improved, offering yet to be matched possibilities
2019: Trinnov introduces an Easy Setup Wizard and extends the product warranty from 3 to 5 years, retroactive
2020: After a year of close collaboration with the DTS engineering team, DTS:X Pro is officially released and remains available only on the Altitude platform
Over this period, Trinnov Audio has not only maintained its significant technological advantage over the competition but actually further widened that technological gap by pushing the boundaries of immersive audio. Highly notable, our most recent achievement is the introduction of DTS:X Pro to the market, single-handedly carried out by our engineering team, working with DTS.
We are proud to announce we will continue to push the boundaries with additional updates coming this year and more to come well into the future. In September, we will indeed introduce a unique Object Viewer for Dolby Atmos soundtracks that allows our users to monitor in real-time the way sound objects move through the room.
For too long, Home Theater enthusiasts who wanted to own the best had to renew their processor every 3-4 years. With the Altitude platform, this is no longer the case. We hope that other manufacturers will follow this path, creating products that are more sustainable and delivering higher long-term value to customers.