|Anthem Unleashes A Number Of New Products At CEDIA 2006|
|Home Theater News Power Amplifier News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Tuesday, 07 November 2006|
At the 2006 CEDIA Expo in Denver, Colorado, Anthem presented installers with a lineup of new gear including the Anthem Statement D2 Surround Sound Preamp/Processor, the Anthem Statement P2 and P5 Amplifiers, along with Anthem’s AVM 50 Audio/Video Processor.
Anthem Statement D2
The Anthem Statement D2 uses internal image processing, as opposed to using an external image processor (scaler) allowing for: convenient switching from source to source; the ability to have as many sources as the preamplifier can handle; separate tweaking for each source; DVD-A playback through HDMI; and coming soon for current Anthem AVM 20s, AVM 30s or Anthem Statement D1 owners, easily incorporated software upgrades.
In keeping with Anthem's commitment to providing appropriate upgrades, free software upgrades will be available in the future to add even more features and enhancements to the Anthem Statement D2. Additionally, plans are underway for the D2 features to be made available as a factory upgrade (cost to be determined) for existing Anthem AVM 20s, AVM 30s and Anthem Statement D1 owners.
Anthem Statement P2 and P5
The Anthem Statement P2 and P5 two-channel and five-channel amplifiers blend maximum performance with high-end styling to recreate the powerful dynamics of today’s movie and music soundtracks.
The “power” in a power amplifier is derived from its power supply. Many so-called “high-end” amplifiers use only one power supply, resulting in a reduction of maximum power output and overall efficiency when all of the amplifiers channels are driven. P2 and P5 amplifiers feature dual, autonomous power supplies on each channel, allowing the amplifiers to deliver stable and continuous power, regardless of the number of channels driven. When the crescendo in music, or the thrills, thunder and explosions in a movie call for instantaneous bursts of high power, amplifier output remains fluid and continuous.
Anthem engineered the P2 and P5 to perform like independent monoblock amplifiers. Each channel is self-contained on its own chassis with glass-epoxy circuit board and heatsink and benefits from its own independent power supply. Regardless of whether one channel or all channels are operating, there is no penalty in performance, even when all channels are operating at maximum output. Fourteen rugged bipolar outputs per channel resulted in an output stage with tremendous current reserves—more than enough to handle the crescendos in music and special effects in movies.
User and installer-friendly features abound on the P2 and P5. By eliminating fuses in the DC rails, P2 and P5 amplifiers are Direct-Connected to the power supply. This keeps output impedance remarkably low while making more power available to the amplifier and ultimately to the speakers. If an output short circuit does occur, only our AC line breaker will trip—there are no fuses to replace. Once the condition disappears, Positive Temperature Coefficient thermistors (PTCs) automatically restore power to the affected channel(s) and the amplifier becomes fully functional again. Other convenience features include a three-way power on/off feature (manually, 120-Volt trigger and signal sensing), and oversized aluminum heat sinks that eliminate the need for noisy fans.
These amps feature Advanced Load Monitoring (ALM) circuitry which protects sensitive output devices by constantly monitoring temperature, current and voltage for optimum performance and to ensure these amps run cool for long term reliability.
Rated at 325-watts into eight ohms (one or all-channels driven, continuous power), P2 and P5 amps are designed and built in North America. The brushed aluminum cover and heavy-gauge 12-AWG steel chassis lend serious weight to these amplifiers. Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price of the Statement P2 and P5 are $2,499 and $4,999, respectively. Both are shipping now.
Anthem AVM 50 Audio/Video Processor
You have the HD display. You have the new HD DVD player. You have the content. Now, how are you going to get all of these elements to simultaneously perform at their full potential to ensure the ultimate in viewing pleasure? The missing link to high definition is Anthem’s new AVM 50 audio/video processor. Anthem, a leading provider of high-end electronics for music, home theater and distributed sound systems, recently added the AVM 50 to its well-respected lineup of high-end audio/video components. Designed and manufactured in North America, with all of the features found in its award-winning predecessor the AVM 30, the ‘50’ represents the ultimate in affordable high-end audio PLUS broadcast-quality digital video processing.
An older processor can be detrimental to the performance capabilities of the newest technologies (displays, players, even content) on the home entertainment scene. With an AVM 50, not only are you fully equipped to experience true high-definition format NOW, but as with all Anthem components, the AVM 50 is upgradeable — new features can be added as they appear.
…or maybe you don’t have all the latest A/V gear. If you are using an older display and DVD player that do not produce the picture sharpness that you crave, the AVM 50 boasts leading-edge video format conversion (using the Gennum VXP Digital Image Processor) to convert any SD or HD video standard to other video standards up to a resolution of 1920 x 1080p.
Additionally, plans are underway for all AVM 50 features to be made available as a factory upgrade (cost to be determined) for existing AVM 20’s and AVM 30’s.
Source: Press Release