StormAudio previews 2020 IMAX Enhanced Auro 3D V2 processors at CEDIA Expo

posted on Friday, 13th September 2019 by Steve May

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StormAudio is previewing its second generation immersive audio line-up, due to go on sale early 2020, at CEDIA Expo. On hand are its 16-, 20- and 32-channel analogue preamp/processors, a digital AES 32-channel version, and 8- and 16-channel amps. Designated Mark2, the new models boast a revamped industrial design and assorted performance enhancements.

The new models will introduce eARC HDMI, DTS:X Pro and IMAX Enhanced support, with 13.1.10 decoding, rapid codec switching, and improved bass management including the new Dirac Live Bass Management tool. Dolby Atmos and DT:X support is standard.

The processors also incorporate StormAudio’s proprietary 7+2 eARC HDMI card which makes for faster and more robust switching with full HDMI2.0b/HDCP2.2 support. Designed by StormAudio, the card delivers 4K,18 Gigabytes per second bandwidth on all input and output ports, with DolbyVision and HDR10 supported.

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The brand’s new Mark2 platform can decode up to 24-channels (Dolby Atmos 13.1.10) and features ultra-fast codec switching time with a 50 per cent reduction in latency.

Also incorporated is Auro-3D v 2 which enables use of back speakers in a 13.1 layout with a 9.1 or 11.1 Auro-3D stream. Auro-3D V2 also brings improved center channel dialogue when upmixing from stereo.

Ans updated Bass Management system allows for multiple bass zones, and phase and time alignment of multiple subwoofers within a theater.

The StormAudio 2020 lineup will consist of the following models: ISP.16 Analog Mk2 16-channel; ISP.20 Analog Mk2 20-channel ; ISP.32 Analog Mk2 32-channel and ISP.32 Digital AES Mk2 32-channel.

StormAudio’s 2020 line-up of partnering power amplifiers will comprise the following: PA.8 Ultra Mk2; Class D, 8-channels x 200-watts; 4-channels x 800-watts bridged mode, and PA.16 Mk2, Class D, 16-channel x 200 watts.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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