Trinnov lays out plans for further Altitude advancements

Following a successful year in 2020 despite challenges surrounding the pandemic, Trinnov has outlined further development plans for its Altitude platform for 2021.

Placing extra focus on its R&D, the company released two major features to the platform in 2020: DTS:X Pro was launched in February last year in its complete configuration, followed by its exclusive Dolby Atmos object viewer in September.

 Co-founder and CEO of Trinnov, Arnaud Laborie said: “At Trinnov, we value both ongoing innovation and sustainability. We feel these are important values, to our long-term customers and to potential Altitude owners. In 2021, we will continue on this path. Our plan is to introduce multiple features that will enhance and improve the performance of all Altitude processors, regardless of when they were purchased.”

When first released in 2014, Trinnov filled a gap in the market that allowed their customers to always have the best technology in their home theatres without having to renew their AV every few years.

To do this, the audio company designed the hardware platform to need as few upgrades as possible. Minor incremental changes are integrated into the platform over time, but these do not impact first users. Secondly, software updates are delivered on a regular basis, as often as possible, to bring maximum value to customers.

Ravenna / AES67

Thanks to significant R&D resources investment in 2020, Trinnov has addressed multiple challenges in regard to audio-over-IP, especially when it comes to synchronisation with sources and audio endpoints. The company has managed to handle the requisite, multiple clock domains with the highest performance.

With this, the company is rolling out Ravenna / AES67 support across the Altitude platform this year free of charge to all existing and future Altitude owners. Technical documentation is being built and more details will be released in due course.

IMAX Enhanced

Currently in final certification stages, Trinnov will also be releasing IMAX Enhanced in the coming months. Like previous Trinnov codec updates, this update will be provided free of charge without needing to change hardware, as initially announced.

Loudspeaker / Room Optimisation improvements

Unable to announce full details yet, the company has revealed that the Altitude platform will receive a first round of ongoing improvements which will increase the Optimiser’s performance.

Additional innovations are currently being developed and will be released in the near future.

Sustainability

As previously mentioned, sustainability was a key requirement when creating the platform in 2014. The Altitude hardware platform was primarily designed as a software host and as a vehicle for innovation. The intention is to deliver a sustainable platform that is able to receive and support new features over time with the same or better audio quality without requiring any paid for upgrade unless absolutely necessary.

Much of its R&D efforts are put into acoustic optimisation to give the best sound reproduction in any room.

However, the choice and design of the Altitude’s hardware elements obviously have an impact on performance. Long-term supply issues require the company to review internal details of the product regularly.

Therefore, Trinnov has begun preparing a minor, rolling change to the DAC boards that will improve the measurements of performance slightly, though any audibility is likely to be small. Trinnov will also provide an HDMI 2.1 upgrade path once the technology is sufficiently mature.

Like many of Trinnov’s products, the Altitude platform has been designed for performance and longevity. Over time, many innovations and improvements have been made available, mostly through free software updates. Less frequently, the evolution of available technologies require hardware updates to extend the lifetime of the product.