Originally Posted by blake
I am looking for a solid 16 channel pre pro which are hard to find right now. I need to drive 9.3.4 Atmos.
What will I get with the Altitude 16 over a budget HTP-1? Are we just talking about going from 95 to 100% in sound quality, and adding high level customization ? These days, most DAC have achieved a level of perfection where differences are for the most part inaudible. If you have stable electronics (ex no added noise) and reliable DSP codec, are you not pretty much there ?
Besides seconding what audioguy posted to you, I'll add several points why an Altitude 16 became my choice:
1. I also have $80-85K+ "invested" in AV gear, although my room is more of a media room with a top model 77 4K OLED vs. a PJ setup. This includes multiple disc players, even a former top end laserdisc player and legacy top model (at the time) quadraphonic decoders & gear are part of my system. 2 turntables as well. So all is not dedicated to "home cinema". But a substantial and atypical sum spent on gear so using quality gear is very important to me.
2. Prior to the Trinnov, processing has been done by multiple flagship AVR's from Pioneer Elite and a flagship Marantz prepro. All were excellent within their own limitations, but none come close, even Audyssey, to what the Altitude can & does do.
3. I heard a demo of what Trinnov's Optimizer could do in a live demo @ CEDIA 2010 and it was so compelling that IMO, it was the gold standard, even though I couldn't afford/justify it until about 2 yrs. In my judgement, the Altitude is the singlemost best piece of audio gear I have owned other than my speakers, a brand which I have stuck with since the early 80's.
4. In making the purchase decision, I considered the long-term one time cost vs the continuous upgrade cycle buying a new $4-5K prepro every 3-4 yrs. If you want to keep abreast of new formats, like DTS-X Pro/Imax Enhanced etc and refinements, then you will be forever upgrading like I did every few yrs. This is due to ALL other prepros use DSP chips while the Altitude 16 & 32's are minicomputers running software not chip firmware. Adding new formats or other refinements is a free software upgrade vs always replacing your prepro with a newer one and the money losses incurred everytime. Recently, Trinnov provided owners with a free upgrade that takes DTS-X to DTS-X Pro. They're the very 1st to have it while all the other companies have to wait for new DSP chips or the DSP mfgs to develop the FW to increase DTS's existing 11 ch speaker limit. We already have it
5. Customization and extensive toolkit in the Altitude. Dirac is no doubt Trinnov's strongest competitor in the room correction arena but it doesn't quite have all the tools that could be used
by a knowledgeable person to bring out the best performance.
I don't have a single regret going with the Altitude & what it's done for my room with my speakers. OTOH, as good as Dirac is, if I had gone with yet another less costly 16 ch proc, I would always know what I bought would be less than what I could have bought.
There are 3 Altitude owners on this forum that I've gotten to know personally over the years and trust their opinions & suggestions. Not one has wanted to go to something else once they had an Altitude and all have said that properly calibrated, it was the best they've had & heard. I don't mind telling you that audioguy, sdrucker and RUR were key people in my eventual decision to go with a Trinnov. They're very knowledgeable & won't lead you down the rosy path as you decide what's best for you.