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A home theater preamp processor - or pre-pro - is a premium product that is the electronic heart of a reference class home theater. Pre-pros include input switching, volume control, and digital signal processing (particularly bass management and room correction).
Relative to AVRs, pre-pros offer better audio quality due to the removal of the power amplifier circuitry. Enhanced power supplies and analog circuitry are often included. Top-end pre-pros distinguish themselves by providing comprehensive DSP that optimizes higher channel count home theaters.
Trinnov's Altitude 16 is a lower cost distillation of their pioneering Altitude 32 pre-pro. It offers up to 16 processed channels with Dolby Atmos, DTS.X, and Auro as standard. Bass management and room correction flexibility are unsurpassed.
Relative to the Altitude 32, cosmetics are simplified, but functionally it only gives up channel count upgradeability and digital outputs. Sound quality is, as expected, reference class.
It's not inexpensive, but it is one of the best choices on the market for a reference class home theater.
JBL's SDP-75 is a Synthesis focused version of Trinnov's Altitude 32. Coming in versions from 16 to 32 channels, it foregoes the Altitude's re-mapping feature to include AnechoicEQ filters based on anechoic chamber measurements of JBL & Revel speakers. These AnechoicEQ profiles enhance sound quality and provide the capability to run active crossovers for speakers like the SCL-1 inside the unit.
For a reference class JBL Synthesis home theater, this is the right choice of pre-processor.
With Acoustic Frontiers, all it takes is 4 simple steps.
We'll take the time to understand your unique needs and goals to customize our approach to designing the best experience for you.
This is where the magic happens and what really makes Acoustic Frontiers stand out. Every room is different, and we’ll account for all the elements that impact performance in your space to ensure you get the best system for your budget.
We’ll make the installation process as painless as possible and carefully calibrate your system to optimize performance.
You deserve the best, and now you’ve got it. Put on your favorite movie or album, or create your next track because the system you wanted is yours to enjoy.
“Acoustic Frontiers were very patient and helpful when it came to selecting speakers and equipment for the room. As a vendor for a multitude of companies, I really felt that I was getting objective advice. They helped me select everything from the speakers, AVR, to even the projector and screen! The end result was nothing short of amazing and my family and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Acoustic Frontiers receives my highest recommendation. We can’t thank you all enough!”
“One of Acoustic Frontiers’ strengths was their willingness to work flexibly with us from both a budget and design perspective. Although they are of course well prepared to make equipment suggestions, they are also willing to work with whatever equipment is already in place to create the best system possible. We ended up with a mix of gear, but it all works together seamlessly. Post-installation and calibration, the system looks and sounds phenomenal!”
“Acoustic Frontiers started out with a design review (since the room work had already begun) and after a couple of interactions I was comfortable enough to let them plan/guide the rest of the build, and purchase the AV equipment from them. They took the time to understand our requirements, discuss equipment options and budget considerations, and were able to provide recommendations without any over-selling. The room has turned out beyond our expectations, and it would not have been possible without Acoustic Frontiers’ home theater products & services.”
Nyal Mellor, Founder, Acoustic Frontiers