GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR SYSTEM REQUIRES THE RIGHT HOME THEATER PREAMP PROCESSOR

Acoustic Frontiers Has The Expertise To Help You Select The Best Preamp Processor For Your Home Theater.

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Home Theater Preamp Processors

FUNCTIONS OF A HOME THEATER PREAMP PROCESSOR

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.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN A HOME THEATER PREAMP PROCESSOR

  • A minimum of 9.1.6 channel audio processing supports Dolby Atmos and DTS.X. We've done theaters up to 11.1.8 with six subwoofers and two-way active LCRs (i.e., 28 channels), so more channels are sometimes needed.
  • Room correction that uniformly improves sound quality and allows flexibility in setup. Trinnov's Optimizer and Dirac Live are our favored options because they allow free choice in target curve and upper/lower correction limits.
  • Reliable HDMI switching with support for HDR10. If the system will be based around a TV and not a projector, support for Dolby Vision.
  • Upgradeable hardware and software platform from a manufacturer with a demonstrable history in offering updates and a healthy future outlook.
  • XLR pre-outs for all channels. Single cable connections that carry multiple channels are even better.

WE HAVE

  • Extensive knowledge of what home theater pre-pros are available on the market.
  • Knowledge of the measured performance and operational / installation quirks of the pre-pros we sell.

WE KNOW

  • How to calibrate our pre-pros to industry standards (and beyond) 

Our Home Theater Preamp Processor Recommendations

Trinnov Altitude 16

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.

At $18,000, it's not inexpensive, but it is one of the best choices on the market for a reference class home theater.

JBL SDP-75

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. Prices start at $26,750.

Our Recommended Home Theater Preamp Processors Brands

AudioControl

ARCAM

JBL SYNTHESIS

TRINNOV

Creating A System You Love Shouldn't Be Difficult

With Acoustic Frontiers, all it takes is 4 simple steps.

1

CONSULTATION

We'll take the time to understand your unique needs and goals to customize our approach to designing the best audio-video experience for you.

2

SYSTEM DESIGN

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 audio-video performance in your space to ensure you get the best performing system for your budget.

3

System Installation & Calibration

We’ll make the installation process as painless as possible and carefully calibrate your system to optimize performance.

4

ENJOY YOUR AUDIO EXPERIENCE

You deserve the best, and now you’ve got it. Put on your favorite movie because the system you wanted is yours to enjoy.

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What Do Our Clients Think?

“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!”

L.O., NY. 

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“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!”

Dr. Rosenbaum.

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“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.”

Mr. Parvathaneni, North Carolina, USA. 

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Nyal Mellor, Founder, Acoustic Frontiers

  • (415) 524-8741
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  • Fairfax, Northern California, USA

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