|Anthem's Statement D2 Surround Sound Preamp/Processor Now Shipping|
|Home Theater News Preamplifier News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Thursday, 13 April 2006|
Anthem, part of the Paradigm Group and a leading manufacturer of high-end electronics for music, home theater, and distributed sound systems, announces that the Anthem Statement D2 preamplifier/surround-sound processor is now available for purchase. This next-generation model includes all of the performance features found in its sibling, the Anthem Statement D1, adding broadcast-quality digital video processing.
New features include:
Four HDMI Inputs: Allows 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 and then routed through the Component Video and HDMI outputs.
Leading-Edge Video Format Conversion: Utilizes the *Gennum GF9350 VXP Image Processor, which boasts fourth-generation broadcast-quality image processing algorithms for conversion of any SD or HD video standard to other video standards, up to a resolution of 1920 x 1080p.
On-Screen Displays: Both the Setup Menu and the Status Update (which is superimposed onto the picture during normal use) are displayed on the Component Video and HDMI outputs, at any resolution up to 1080p, providing "true single-connection solution" to an HD projector/monitor.
Macrovision Support: Allows VCR tapes to be processed and output through HDMI.
Aspect Ratio Conversion: Allows Letterbox and Pillarbox removal through various user settings.
Zone 2 Component Video Output: Allows the second set of Component Video outputs to be used for HD video switching of sources for the second zone video.
Advanced Hardware Framework: Allows much longer cables to be driven without degrading the signal, or losing it entirely, and also provides support for ultra-high bandwidth 1080p/60 Hz.
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 (see below).
In keeping with Anthem's demonstrated 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.