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Though I have been pretty absent from here the past couple years due to personal/work changes, I thought I would take a moment to chime-in on this machine. I had the opportunity to finally install and tune one of these this previous weekend (a 24 channel unit with the Atmos/Auro card) and I have to say, I'm quite happy with what I've seen.
For those that may not have seen my previous thread regarding Trinnov (it's probably archived by now), I have been using Trinnov for about 6 years now on a regular basis (it's in our demo system inside ADA's Cinema Reference). So to see some minor changes to the software was interesting to me. Here are a couple of my take-aways from a long weekend with the Altitude:
1.) though only marginally different, the actual Optimizer software has become more intuitive and more efficient to use
2.) I initially thought that the UI used to "place" the loudspeakers in the room was merely window-dressing, but it does prove to be quite useful when you are going through the process.
3.) input selection could be a little quicker; this is slightly "laggy" when compared to more traditional processors.
4.) in the particular installation that I had over the weekend, I found myself wishing that I could assign multiple output signal "channels" to the same loudspeaker in the advanced speaker array setup screen. This is purely a scenario where knowing what I had done in the past using commercial DSP caused the desire to do the same using Trinnov. perhaps that is an ability that can be added later...
5.) my final desire (one I've asked for from Trinnov for 6 years): I want compressors and limiters for every output channel. This is purely as a means of loudspeaker/amplifier protection, ultimately you can work around the lack of these filters in the Trinnov system (I have) but I really like having those ultimate "brick wall" protections in place for high volume dynamics.
So, there you have it. The Altitude sounded precisely as I expected (the same as the Cinema Reference- since they share the output technology from Trinnov), the fit and finish is stellar!, the features built-in to the processor are by my estimation the best currently on offer in the market. And given price per-channel count, I'd have to say that this is the best value available today in home theater processors.
Please forgive the minor hijack from HDMI input board discussion. MDS made the changes they have to make for compliance, my personal guess is that the 4k/HDR etc. requires higher internal bandwidth and that is larger bus traces, larger chipset, etc. leaving room for only 7 inputs instead of 8. Everyone in the market has to use them for boards, so we're likely to see Lumagen, Datasat, Theta, etc move to 7/2 for their products as well.
thanks for allowing me the time.
back to our regularly scheduled programming....