Trinnov Altitude 16

Sound Processor

by Trinnov
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Equipped with Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D, and DTS:X Pro immersive audio decoders, the Altitude16 renders up to 20 discrete channels of information, natively processes high-resolution 24 bit / 96K audio, enables up to four-way active crossovers and presents no limitations in terms of Atmos and DTS:X channel assignments or subwoofer outputs.


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The groundbreaking Altitude32 processor set the bar high -- and Trinnov didn’t lower it for the Altitude16. Delivering the same processing capabilities and sound quality as the Altitude32 processor, the Altitude16 makes Trinnov’s best-in-class performance accessible to a wider audience who's immersive audio system requirements will not exceed 20 channels!

Equipped with Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D, and DTS:X Pro immersive audio decoders, the Altitude16 renders up to 20 discrete channels of information, natively processes high-resolution 24 bit / 96K audio, enables up to four-way active crossovers and presents no limitations in terms of Atmos and DTS:X channel assignments or subwoofer outputs.

Trinnov Altitude 16 Review


The Trinnov Altitude 16 is a 16-channel AV preamp that offers a top-notch audio experience for home theater enthusiasts. With support for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X Pro, and Auro-3D, this preamp allows you to elevate your audio setup to new heights. In this review, we will explore the various features and capabilities of the Trinnov Altitude 16, discussing its design, audio performance, connectivity options, and more.

Design and Build Quality

The Trinnov Altitude 16 boasts an industrial design with a sleek brushed aluminum front panel, giving it a modern and premium look. The build quality is solid, ensuring durability and longevity. However, one minor downside is the remote control, which lacks backlighting. While this may not be a deal-breaker, it can be a bit inconvenient in low-light conditions.

Connectivity and Upgradability

Connectivity options on the Trinnov Altitude 16 are extensive, featuring HDMI, digital, and analog inputs and outputs. This allows you to connect various devices to your home theater system, ensuring compatibility and flexibility. Additionally, the preamp is software-based, enabling regular firmware updates. This ensures long-term relevance and the ability to support future format changes and enhancements. It's worth mentioning, though, that the Trinnov Altitude 16 does not currently support 8K video or HDMI 2.1. However, there is a future upgrade planned to address this limitation.

Setup and Configuration

Setting up the Trinnov Altitude 16 can be a bit overwhelming for those new to home theater systems. The user interface, while intuitive, has a learning curve when it comes to navigating through the extensive customization options. This is a tradeoff for the high level of control and optimization the preamp provides. It's important to note that for optimal performance, professional installation is recommended. This ensures that the Trinnov Altitude 16 is configured correctly and takes full advantage of its capabilities.

Audio Performance

The audio performance of the Trinnov Altitude 16 is exceptional. With support for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X Pro, and Auro-3D, it delivers a truly immersive audio experience. The preamp offers customizable bass management and speaker remapping, allowing you to tailor the audio setup to your preferences and room acoustics. The Trinnov Altitude 16 also features advanced room correction and optimization technology, which ensures accurate tonal balance and bass management. Its powerful loudspeaker/room optimizer technology enhances the imaging and sound field envelopment, creating a captivating audio experience.

Compatibility and Integration

The Trinnov Altitude 16 is compatible with various control systems and protocols, making it easy to integrate into your existing home theater setup. Additionally, it is Roon Ready certified, offering seamless integration with Roon music management software. This allows for effortless control and management of your music library. The preamp also integrates well with other smart home systems, adding convenience and enhancing the overall home automation experience.

Connectivity and Multimedia Support

When it comes to connectivity, the Trinnov Altitude 16 offers comprehensive options. It supports high-resolution audio formats, ensuring that you can enjoy your favorite music and movies in the best possible quality. The multiple connectivity options, including HDMI, digital, and analog, provide flexibility in connecting your devices. However, it's important to note the previously mentioned limitation regarding video support. The Trinnov Altitude 16 does not currently support 8K video or HDMI 2.1. While this may not be an issue for most users at present, it's worth considering if you have plans to upgrade to the latest video technologies in the near future.

Price and Value

The Trinnov Altitude 16 comes with a higher price point compared to other processors on the market. However, it offers long-term value with its regular firmware updates and upgradability. The ability to stay relevant and support future format changes and enhancements ensures that your investment will continue to deliver a premium audio experience for years to come.


In conclusion, the Trinnov Altitude 16 is a high-performance AV preamp that delivers exceptional audio quality and immersive experiences. With its extensive customization options, powerful room optimization technology, and seamless integration with various control systems and Roon software, it offers a top-notch audio solution for home theater enthusiasts. While the setup and configuration may have a learning curve, and the higher price point may be a consideration for some, the Trinnov Altitude 16's impressive audio performance and long-term value make it a worthwhile investment for those seeking a premium audio experience in their home theater setup.


  • Dolby Atmos® Native Decoding & Upmix: Up to 20 discrete channels
  • Auro-3D® Native Decoding & Up-mix (Auromatic): Up to 13.1
  • DTS:X® Pro: Up to 20 discrete channels
  • Speaker Layouts support: All
  • IMAX Enhanced: Yes

Additional Info


  • Output 1:HDMI 2.0 / HDCP 2.2
  • Output 2:HDMI 2.0 / HDCP 2.2
  • Inputs:8
  • Maximum Resolution:4K UHD on all ins / outs
  • Maximum Bandwidth:18Gbps on all inputs
  • Frame rates supported:24/25/30/50/60 fps (UHD) 120 fps (HD)
  • ARC / eARC:Available on Output 1
  • 4K to 1080 Downscaling:Available on Output 1
  • OSD:Volume information displayed on-screen


  • S/PDIF Inputs:x4 (2 optical, 2 coaxial)
  • S/PDIF Outputs:x2 (1 optical, 1 coaxial)
  • +4 Outputs:By combining Analog and S/PDIF outputs
  • Audio Network:Dual ports (for future use)


  • Microphone input:1x 5 Pin XLR for 3D Microphone
  • Balanced inputs:1x Stereo XLR
  • Unbalanced inputs:1x Stereo RCA
  • Balanced outputs:16x XLR
  • Input Impedance:20k Ohms / 10k Ohms


  • Data precision:64 bits, floating point
  • Max Sampling Rate:Native, up to 96kHz


  • Processor:Intel multi core hyper threaded
  • ADC Resolution / Sampling Rate:24 bits/96 kHz
  • DAC Resolution / Sampling Rate:24 bits/192 kHz
  • A/D Signal-To-Noise Ratio:119 dB (A-Weighted)
  • D/A Signal-To-Noise Ratio:118 dB (A-Weighted)
  • Reference Level:+18dBu @ 0dBFS (Balanced)
  • Clock / Jitter:attenuation > 50 dB above 100Hz
  • Cooling system:Custom heat sinks + additional silent fans
  • Safety Components:AntiPop relays on each output


  • Power requirement:100 - 240v (auto selecting)
  • Power consumption:76W Max
  • Thermal conversion:260 BTU/h Max
  • Mains fuse:2x 1A slow blow
  • Internal PSUs:Separated supplies for Audio and Processing


  • Dimensions (W x H x D) mm:438 x 139 x 430
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) inches:17 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 17 15/16"
  • Shipping dimensions (L x H x P) cm:74 x 59 x 30
  • Weight:11.30kg / 24.9 lbs
  • Shipping weight / volume:18.2kg / 0.131 M3
  • Rackmounting:3U - Rack Ears Included Trinnov Audio derives from “Tri-innovation”, hence Innovation in 3D Audio. Our company’s constant focus in this field of research has allowed us to develop the most advanced, innovative, powerful and scalable 3D AV Preamplifier ever manufactured. Thanks to a unique hardware platform, Trinnov Audio offers the first implementations of the latest home theater audio technologies. The Altitude16 has established a new leadership position within the luxury home cinema processors category, opening the way for a whole new generation of modern, scalable and software oriented home cinema processors.