StormAudio has announced it will introduce a number of product upgrades and feature enhancements this year, in addition to an extension of warranties to five years. The upgrades span hardware, software and firmware improvements for existing StormAudio home theater product platforms.

Over the summer, through partnership with Cypress Technologies, SA says it will launch a new HDMI 2.1/HDCP 2.3 compatible card for owners of the MK1 and MK2 products. Additionally, as part of the French company’s commitment to sustainability, it has announced that all MK2 products are now retroactively covered by five-year parts and labor warranties.

A modular architecture with option slots will allow products to accommodate new technologies over time. As well as the coming hardware availability of Audio over IP (AoIP) in two upgrade modules due to release at the end of Q2 this year, the company has developed a StormXT upmix software enhancement for multi-channel movie or music recordings which do not use all speakers in a user’s setup. By taking information from adjacent speakers, the software will fill in the gaps on the formerly “silent” speakers.  This latter technology is also due to be released by end of Q2.

Finally, a channel remapping feature will compensate for speakers which are not in an ideal location in a home theater due to differing requirements of available immersive codecs. The improvements will be offered as a software upgrade on the ISP platform, and more information will become available during the year.

 

 

 

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I have wanted to try out a Storm product for a while, but I have a hard time with their price point. I believe their ISP MK2 is $15,000. Similar to some of the other premium players like Steinway/Lyngdorf, it just seems out of touch with reality for most consumers. At least AudioControl remains in the realm of affordability.