StormAudio announces remote monitoring and hardware upgrades for AV processors

posted on Wednesday, 16th August 2017 by Steve May

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StormAudio, the audio hardware brand of Auro Technologies, will bring a raft of new features to its preamp processors and AVR line-up at CEDIA Expo. These include full system monitoring via the web, a 7.2 HDMI upgrade and an Audio over IP upgrade. The new features will be available on all new StormAudio products, as well as those previously delivered.

The brand’s entire line-up will benefit from a web-based remote monitoring platform built-in. Called StormMonitoring, it’ll offer up-to-date views on all parameters of system health, with ability to receive email notifications of desired thresholds. If multiple amps are used in the same install, StormMonitoring will merge all units into one interface. The feature goes live in October via a firmware upgrade.

The company is now offering a new 7.2 HDMI board with full support of HDMI 1.4 and 2.0b. All StormAudio preamp processors and AV recievers in the field can be upgraded in about 20-30 minutes, via an expansion slot swap.

Audio over IP capability, known as AudioVideoBridging (AVB), is now also an available option. “The processor and each speaker are connected via standard RJ45 cables to an AV-enabled network router that manages the audio routing, delivering real-time audio-video streams to the speakers over the Ethernet-based network,” explains StormAudio product manager Sébastien Gailleton.

From November, the brand’s 16-channel preamp processors can also be upgraded to 20-channels. Called the 4-XLR, this option takes place via an expansion slot. It’s aimed at theatre installs that require more than 16-channels, for example those with multi-subwoofer configurations.  The suggested selling price of 16-channel processors with 4-XLR is $12,500 to $13,000.

The StormAudio hardware line consists of 4 preamp processors (from 16- to 32-channels), 3 power amplifiers (8- to 16-channels) and a 16-channel Integrated Immersive Sound AV Processor (combination amp/processor).  

StormAudio’s ISP 3D.16 Elite 16-channel processor will be featured in live theater demos taking place at the dARTS booth throughout the CEDIA show.

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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