StormAudio has announced the extension of its product warranty to 5 years, as well as new proprietary features to its product line that will be released over the coming year.
StormAudio introduced an addition to its product line in March 2020, tagged “MK2.” These new DSP-based processors included increased computing power to support higher channel count, new immersive formats such as DTS:X Pro and IMAX Enhanced, and other EQ and calibration features. One year on, StormAudio has announced that all MK2 products are now retroactively covered by a 5-year warranty (parts and labor).
Here is a sneak peek of a number of the company’s current developments.
Audio over IP (AoIP) – Until recently, AoIP was a technology mostly used in the professional audio and video industry, and its complexity made it difficult to be implemented in custom installation devices. To make the ISP platform universal and compatible with both professional and residential applications of AoIP, StormAudio is working on an optional module for its products to add full compatibility with the AES67/Ravenna protocol on 32 inputs and 32 outputs. This technology will be included in two new models — the ISP.32 Digital AoIP and the AoIP Upgrade module. Both models are currently being tested with various sources and endpoints and they will be released at the end of Q2 2021.
HDMI 2.1 – Through their partnership with Cypress Technologies, StormAudio is now developing a new HDMI card fully compatible with the HDMI 2.1/HDCP 2.3 protocol. The intention is to offer this new card as an update to all MK1 and MK2 owners in late 2021.
StormXT – Beyond natively decoding a large number of channels, with the multiple formats available on the market, and their different recommended speaker placements, it is not uncommon to have silent speakers when playing certain content. While this can be a choice, it can be frustrating not to use all speakers to improve immersivity. StormAudio engineers have been working on this challenge and have developed a proprietary engine called StormXT that works hand in hand with existing upmix algorithms to extract relevant audio signals from nearby speakers and redirect them to silent speakers. This new feature will be coming to the ISP platform free of charge in 2021.
Channel Remapping – In many installations, due to physical constraints of a room or because of the differences between different codecs placement recommendations, speakers might not be positioned in their ideal location. StormAudio has been working on its own proprietary solution to solve these challenges and will offer it to its customers as a software upgrade on the ISP platform. More information will come later this year.
For more information, visit www.stormaudio.com.