|Anthem Introduces AVM 50 Audio/Video Processor|
|Home Theater News Preamplifier News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Wednesday, 14 June 2006|
Anthem, a provider of high-end electronics for music, home theater and distributed sound systems, has introduced its AVM 50 Audio/Video Processor. Designed and manufactured in North America, with all of the features found in its predecessor the AVM 30, the 50 also includes broadcast-quality digital video processing, the same processing currently receiving critical acclaim in the Anthem Statement D2. The AVM 50 represents the ultimate in affordable high-end audio PLUS broadcast-quality digital video processing.
Critics are hailing Anthem’s digital processing as a complete video processing solution, more in line with what you see in outboard video processors. The AVM 50 brings improved picture quality to 480i DVDs. And while on lower resolution displays improvements are impressive, on the new generation of 1080p displays picture quality is equally impressive. In the hands of the latest Audio/Video Master (AVM) even Component Video material looks better.
The AVM 50 adds the following to the AVM 30 feature set:
• Leading-Edge Video Format Conversion: Anthem’s proprietary software unleashes the full potential of the Gennum VXP Digital Image Processor, which uses broadcast-quality image processing algorithms to convert any SD or HD video standard to other video standards up to a resolution of 1920 x 1080p.
• Four HDMI Inputs: For digital video, digital audio, and multi-channel high-resolution audio.
• Video Transcoding: Allows S-Video and Component Video inputs to be digitally processed and enhanced then routed through the Component Video and HDMI outputs.
• On-Screen Displays: Setup, Status Update, and Video Processing Menus (the latter two superimposed onto the picture so that adjustments can be seen as they are made) are displayed on the Component Video and HDMI outputs at any resolution up to 1080p, providing the first and only "true single-connection solution" to high-definition displays.
• Macrovision Support: Allows VCR tapes to be processed and output through HDMI.
• Aspect Ratio Conversion: Allows Letterbox and Pillarbox removal.
• Zone 2 Component Video Output: The second set of Component Video outputs can be used for HD video switching of sources for the second zone video.
Performance Reserved for Flagship Standalone Video Processors
Anthem believes that image processing is far more effective executed inside the digital A/V processor rather than through a standalone image processor. A built-in processor allows: 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 easily incorporated software upgrades (see below). Most impressive, the AVM 50’s built-in digital video processor has the capability to up-convert and de-interlace all incoming video signals to 1080p, then output them on a single HDMI cable to the display, thereby adding the convenience of one A/V hub for all source connections, while drastically reducing HDMI source switching time. The AVM 50 is fully compatible with the future Blu-ray and HD-DVD players, solidifying Anthem’s reputation for products that represent exceptionally secure investments in the rapidly evolving A/V landscape.
The Whole Home Focus of the AVM
Just like its predecessors, the AVM 50’s whole home focus makes it possible and simple to direct and select audio and video program material throughout the home. Twelve-volt (12V) trigger options allow homeowners to automate as much of their system as they choose. A system can operate in four separate areas of a home simultaneously. Any source can play in any of the four paths, and users can watch one source, while listening to another.
What if the operation of the AVM 50 is upgraded in the future? No problem! As always, Anthem will make software/hardware updates available as new features are introduced. Additionally, plans are underway for all AVM 50 features to be made available as a factory upgrade (cost to be determined) for existing Anthem AVM 20 and AVM 30’s.
Pricing, Weight and Physical Dimensions
The AVM 50 has an Factory Manufacturing Value of $4,699.00 (US). Weight: 27 lb (12.2 kg). Dimensions: 17-1/4 inches wide x 5-7/8 inches high x 14-1/4 inches deep (43.8 cm wide x 14.9 cm high x 36.2 cm deep).