StormAudio Adds Remote Monitoring, Audio Over IP, 7.2 HDMI Board Upgrade and 20-Channel Capability

At CEDIA Expo StormAudio (booth #820) will be highlighting new feature sets built into its line of preamplifier processors. The new capabilities are full system monitoring via the web, an audio over IP upgrade, a 7.2 HDMI upgrade and expansion from 16-channels to 20. The new features are available on all new StormAudio products as well as those previously delivered, which StormAudio Senior Vice President Yves Trélohan says “validates the scalability of the StormAudio platform.”

StormAudio’s entire line of preamp / processors, amplifiers and AVR now have a web-based remote monitoring platform built-in. Called StormMonitoring, capabilities include complete up-to-date views on all parameters of system health — including critical ones — with ability to receive email notifications of desired thresholds. When the brand’s amps are used in the same install, StormMonitoring will merge all units into one interface. According to Trélohan, StormMonitoring grants the installer the flexibility to diagnose all aspects of system health and reset just as if they were physically onsite. Available beginning October via a firmware upgrade.

Audio over IP capability, known as AudioVideoBridging (AVB), is now an available option. This technology greatly simplifies system installation and improves performance. As StormAudio product manager Sébastien Gailleton explains, “The processor and each speaker are connected via standard RJ45 cables to an AV-enabled network router that manages the audio routing, delivering real-time audio-video streams to the speakers over the Ethernet-based network.” StormAudio says this will be available beginning in October. 

In keeping with the evolving 2.0 HDMI format landscape, the brand is now offering a new 7.2 HDMI board with full support of HDMI 1.4 and 2.0 b. All StormAudio preamp / processors and AVRs in the field can be upgraded in about 20-30 minutes, via an expansion slot swap. Available beginning October.

Beginning November, the brand’s 16-channel preamp/processors can be upgraded to 20-channels. Called the 4-XLR, this option takes place via an expansion slot. According to Trélohan this is a huge capability for theaters that require more than 16-channels, for example those with multi-subwoofer configurations. MSRP of the entry-level 16-channel processors with four XLR is $12,500 to $13,000, which Trélohan says is a significant advantage as competitor’s similarly-equipped processors are $20,000.

At CEDIA Expo, StormAudio will be exhibiting its entire line of preamp / processors and AVR (booth #820, main show floor). The brand’s ISP 3D.16 Elite 16-channel processor will be featured in live theater demos taking place at the dARTS booth (#5755 main show floor).

The StormAudio hardware line consists of four preamp / processors (from 16- to 32-channels), three power amplifiers (8- to 16-channels) and a 16-channel Integrated Immersive Sound AV Processor (combination amp/processor). The processors have built-in compatibility with Auro-3D, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
 
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Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..