StormAudio will debut its 2nd generation immersive audio line-up comprised of 16-, 20- and 32-channel analog preamp/processors, a digital AES 32-channel version, and 8- and 16-channel amps at CEDIA this year. Dubbed ‘Mark2’, the new processors will include Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro-3D, Dirac Live room calibration and Storm’s own remote monitoring tool. But this time, SA is featuring eARC HDMI, DTS:X Pro, IMAX Enhanced and 13.1.10 decoding.

The processors have a proprietary 7+2 eARC HDMI card for faster switching with HDMI2.0b/HDCP2.2 support. An onboard SA-designed card delivers a claimed 18 Gigabytes per second/4K bandwidth on all input and output ports, while DolbyVision and HDR10 is also supported. The integrated eARC – a feature of HDMI 2.1 – promises to improve bandwidth and speed, while sending audio from an 8K TV to the processor.

The Mark2 platform will decode up to 24-channels (Dolby Atmos 13.1.10) of audio and features a faster codec switching time and a 50% reduced latency. In addition to DTS:X Pro and IMAX Enhanced, Auro-3D Version 2 can use back speakers in a 13.1 layout with a 9.1 or 11.1 Auro-3D stream. The new processors also feature an updated home-grown bass management system for multiple zones, and all will be ready for the newly launched (at CEDIA) Dirac Live bass management for home theater phase and time alignment.

The 2020 lineup of preamp/processors consists of the 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 new power amps are the 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 8 ohms). For more detailed specs on all products mentioned above, visit StormAudio.


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Martin Dew