Originally Posted by wse
So here we go again all of us will need to replace our AV R or AV pre/pro
2104 New AVR with Dolby Atmos
2015 New AVR with ATMOS & DTS-UHD
2016 New AVR with ATMOS, DTS-UHD, AURO 3D
And if BluRay movies are released DTS-UHD will take the lead but they have a lot catching up to do!
We're all not rich or even in the 5%, but this is exactly why the Trinnov Altitude is such an appealing product. Scalability from 8/16/24/32 channels, and a PC-core based processor allowing for software instead of DSP implementation of codecs, and ala carte codec upgrade packages possibly (e.g. you can get Atmos and Auro one year, and add UHD the next to that bundle). Plus you have the heavily customizable parameters of the Trinnov Optimizer, and a ton of presets and ability to generate configuration-specific target curves. Of course, it's a $20K+ solution, and closer to $40K or more potentially as you creep up toward 32 channels! OTOH you can build your 24.1.10 speaker model if you're ambitious enough LOL.
As I said somewhere else, think of what people spend on boats, or a motorcyle or some vanity thing, and the time value of money. Buying those shiny new AVRs, if you have a frequent case of upgraditis and tend toward the flagship products like a Pioneer SC-89 or a Denon X7200, means that over enough time, you'll spend a good deal of the amount on those incremental new AVRs that you might spend on an eight or ten year lifespan of the Trinnov pre/pro. Disclaimer: I'm about 75% likely to put my money to some degree of where my mouth is, but see me after CEDIA for exactly what that means
Amazing that only the PS3 and Trinnov have seriously looked at PC-based processing instead of DSPs for a "mainstream" home audio product. You would think that eventually someone would stumble into an HTPC solution that's in-between the hunk of metal AVR world and the Trinnov hi-end model, maybe on a subscription model for updates like Microsoft provides for some of its flavors of Office. Or someone that would also do a hook up with a financing institution as part of selling a processor for the ambitious types who have some, but not all of the cash for a product like the Altitude. Imagine a "Fannie Mae" for AVSers.....the mind reels.