Originally Posted by G-Rex
Now when/if McIntosh or Lyngdorf release the next MX/MP processors with more discrete channels and more flexibility to match the current trend of processors, I would heavily lean to that unit. I like high end build quality, to match the software implementation. What troubles me a bit, it the Trinnov unit is an i7, basically a very high end computer, instead of an audiophile piece. The Trinnov just hits it out of the park with its software. Because the Trinnov is pc based, it runs hot and the cooling fans are audible from a distance. As we know, the 160/MP-50 runs hot, but with no cooling fans.
The Altitude 32/24 I have doesn't run any hotter - and in fact from a quick check right now cooler - than one of my NAD M27 Class D amp in my component stand. Heat generation with the Altitude isn't an issue as long as you follow the manual's advice about space around the processor. I believe there's a custom heat sink in the unit as well as cooling fans.
Originally Posted by G-Rex
It appears from my reading, the 160 has higher build quality, better DACS (or as Trinnov fans will call them “magic DACS”), better power supply, less hardware bugs. Trinnov processors are sent back to CT far more often for hardware issues and/or board replacements, than MP-50/MX-160, which from my experience and others on the forum appear to be a rarity. Room Perfect is much more user friendly and gets good to excellent results. However, once the Trinnov is dialed in, what it gives up on hardware it gains in its software algorythms. This results in a very seamless sound field presentation throughout the theater. The Trinnov also has greater flexibility, options, and true object audio speaker remapping.
I have not heard the Trinnov as yet, but that price for the Altitude 16 is excellent so it must be very tempting.
Not sure what you mean by "far more often", but there's been reports of FireWire boards in a few recent serial numbered units needing the board replaced to allow 176/192 kHz playback for those Altitudes. I believe there's a few guys on the Altitude thread that shipped their unit to CT for the swap, but at least one other than did it himself and got the board shipped to him from France.
And this being AVS, I wouldn't call two or three unit owners on an owners thread representative of the typical experience. I've got an early Altitude (unit in the 50's) and the only time I needed to open up the unit was to check that my own FireWire board was seated correctly after a move, which was an easy fix with my Trinnov contact's assistance. The other reason would be for swapping the older HDMI board for the more recent 2.0. Right now if I had wanted multiple 4K sources with separate inputs, I'd have video sources being split from the audio in a Lumagen and route the audio to the Altitude over HDMI. With the 2.0 board, I can have all 4K and audio going through the Altitude then to the Lumagen.
Some unit owners apparently are shipping their Altitudes to CT to get the board replaced and for channel upgrades (i.e. from 24 to 32 channels). That's not a "hardware issue" but an upgrade if they want that route.