Trinnov Audio has announced that, following the successful first public demonstration of WaveForming, its revolutionary new technology at the 2023 ISE show in Barcelona, multiple partners are incorporating the technology in their respective demonstration systems on a global basis. Trinnov’s R&D team also reports significant progress on multiple fronts.
Trinnov WaveForming technology will be made available to all owners of Altitude16 and Altitude32 processors. It uses active acoustics to address the formidable challenge of accurately reproducing low frequencies in residential high-performance listening spaces. While integrators have developed multiple approaches to address the overwhelming effects of room modes and standing waves, the laws of physics have limited what can be done through subwoofer placement and fine-tuning levels and delays. WaveFormingTcaptures a representation of the 3D acoustic field in the listening area and its algorithm utilizes the subwoofers to both steer and actively absorb low frequencies. The result is unprecedented clarity and impact in the low frequencies, with a uniform frequency response and decay time for all seats.
Industry Adoption Progress
Trinnov’s new WaveForming technology has the promise of significantly advancing low frequency reproduction, with the potential of transforming home theater design guidelines. With the cooperation of industry partners, Trinnov’s intent is to elevate home theater performance through a design-driven approach to implementation of this scientifically uncompromised technology.
While at ISE, in addition to the public demos, Trinnov made exclusive presentations to key partners. As a result, over a dozen showrooms are being reconfigured to accommodate the placement of loudspeakers necessary for the technology, with dozens more interested. These projects span the globe and include showrooms of speaker manufacturers, distributors, and dealers.
At its first public presentation at ISE, Trinnov successfully demonstrated the dramatic improvement that WaveForming can bring in an uncompromised environment. As a statement, this shows Trinnov’s ambition and determination to make available a solution with an unparalleled level of performance.
As Trinnov’s R&D progresses with more field tests, its team of engineers will compile data from each installation to enable the drafting and publication of clear installation guidelines. The guidelines are expected to become available later this summer. While the recommendations for the ideal configurations are well defined, testing will provide validation for less demanding speaker layouts that will enable implementation in a wide variety of rooms and speaker layouts.
Trinnov WaveForming is part of an ongoing research and development project that began over six years ago and is likely to keep the Trinnov team busy over the next decade. At this early date, along with limited public exposure, few may be able to fully appreciate its potential. In the following phase of development, the research team will pursue a more comprehensive approach, with the mission to establish how WaveForming will produce the best results in any existing environment, even without requiring a physical change to the room or subwoofer/speaker layout and placement.
First demonstration after ISE
Krix jumped on the opportunity and has already showcased WaveForming in a 5.8.4 channel configuration with an Altitude16 using the +4 channel upgrade. The screen channels are Megaphonix Flats, the surround channels are Phonix, and the height speakers are IC-52’s. They used new subwoofer designs that are currently in the prototype stage. The six-seat, two-row theater has a 130-inch screen and is 5.8 by 4.4 by 3.2 meters high.
“We were really excited and keen to implement Trinnov’s new WaveForming technology into one of our demonstration rooms, just in time for our dealer training in May. The seat-to-seat consistency and dynamic realism it brings are a huge benefit to every viewer in the audience. The results are spectacular and as a result, the response from our dealers is beyond expectation,” says Michael Cox, marketing manager of Krix Loudspeakers.
“If you can impress professionals who calibrate and design home cinemas for a living, then you are on to something,” says Mick Stillone, director of Sydney HiFi Mona Vale. “I know I am speaking for everyone who attended the Trinnov Advanced training that what we experienced on our final day was a revelation. Watching movie scenes that we have seen hundreds of times left us with shivers and opened mouths. The tactile feel from the subwoofer array transcended our belief and understanding. Frequencies that traveled right through my body created sensations I have never felt. Not just the sheer impact, what we experienced was balanced over multiple rows of listening and subtle frequencies that only enhanced the overall cinematic soundscape. I can’t wait for the opportunity to show our clients what is possible with WaveForming.”
For more information, visit www.trinnov.com.