(January 18, 2023) Trinnov will arrive at ISE 2023 with a new tool added to its esteemed collection of room optimization technologies. The company is teaming up with Sony, Krix Cyclonix, and Officina Acustica to create a demo room complete with three rows (18 seats in total), a 13.16.6 speaker array, and a 19-foot wide screen, all designed to showcase Trinnov's new and somewhat mysterious "digital sound field control system."
Sixteen subwoofers, you say?
According to Trinnov, it’s a Double Bass Array consisting of sixteen Krix subwoofers – eight at the front of the room and eight in the back – all of which will be used to help "make the room disappear."
2023 marks the 20th anniversary of Trinnov's existence, a milestone that Arnaud Laborie, co-founder and CEO, says "has been an incredible journey." To celebrate, the company is poised to release an acoustic technology that's been in development for the last six years.
“At ISE, we will be demonstrating the technology in an uncompromised environment, delivering the highest possible performance generally expected from Trinnov," explains Laborie. "Although the technology is fully functional, we will first roll it out selectively, based on specific projects, before offering the finalized software as a complimentary upgrade to Altitude16 and Altitude32 owners. We have reached a point where we believe this new technology has the potential to redefine home theater design. It may well set a new standard, and replace today’s best practices.”
The "uncompromised environment" referenced by Laborie is a room designed by long-time partner Officina Acustica. Contained within, Australian speaker manufacturer Krix is providing its MX-40 LCR horn-loaded modules across the front, Hyperhonix 45s for 16 surround and overhead channels, and 18" Cyclonix subwoofers. The entire system is driven by four Trinnov Amplitude-16 amps, with video anchored by Sony's flagship GTZ-380 (a 10,000 lumens projector).
MadVR, Screen Research, Zappiti, Kordz, and SurgeX complete the list of equipment used in this world-class demonstration.
In order to further explain Trinnov's latest creation, Laborie says: "Traditionally, low frequency reproduction is handled through a modal analysis where resonances are identified in the frequency domain. Through our extensive research and unique expertise in 3D acoustic fields, we propose something different. Our disruptive approach seeks to fully understand and control the behavior of the room in all its dimensions (time, frequency and the three dimensions of space) so that resonances are removed almost entirely and without artifacts. The initial wavefront produced by the subwoofers propagates through the room unaltered and pure, as if there were no walls.“
This is certainly an exciting development for Trinnov owners and the enthusiast community at large. Though, it remains to be seen how applicable Trinnov's advancements will be to less than ideal home theater environments. Laborie notes that "decent room acoustics" are required for Trinnov's Optimizer and 3D Loudspeaker Remapping technology to "perform its best," and this latest technology is no different. However, he dangles tremendous optimism by stating "while it will deliver remarkable improvements in most cases, the result will be truly unprecedented with a proper subwoofer implementation in the first place.”
ISE 2023 opens it doors on January 31, with Trinnov's demo room located at the Fira Barcelona Gran Via.