|Carver Digital Introduces Dual Zone A/V Surround Sound Processor for Home Theaters|
|Home Theater News Preamplifier News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Friday, 07 January 2005|
Carver Digital has introduced the new HTP 9.1 Home Theater Audio Video Processor at the International Consumer Electronics Show, which began yesterday in Las Vegas.
The HTP 9.1 Processor features a second-zone capability, video up-conversion circuitry for composite and S-video inputs, and Motorola’s Symphony-based digital audio technology, which is designed to support the latest generation of decoders, including those for 7.1-channel Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro-Logic II and Pro-Logic IIx, DTS, DTS-ES, and DTS Neo:6.
The processor’s versatility comes from its options, which include capability for a second audio zone that can play sources independent of the main zone, with separate trigger outputs and infrared inputs supplied for both zones. The on-screen display is logical, and full-time digital down-mix is provided for two-channel tape recordings and digital outputs.
Additional operational flexibility is provided by music surround modes that convert stereo inputs into five-, six-, seven- or nine-channel audio; a two-channel analog bypass mode; the ability to rename all inputs and completely configure them for triggers, zone assignment, gain trim, maximum level, and the like.
Additional features include a digital bass manager with crossover frequencies of 40 to 160Hz, a 24-bit A-to-D converter, 24-bit/192kHz multi-bit D-to-A converters, DSP-based tone controls, an upgradeable Flash memory, and a programmed learning remote with a backlit LCD display.
A connection package includes three sets of HD-compatible component video inputs with two buffered outputs; six A/V inputs, each with audio, S-video and composite video; and an eight-channel analog input with RCA connectors for DVD-A, SACD and other external multi-channel sources. The rear panel also includes balanced outputs for main 7.1 channels, digital S/PDIF audio outputs for two-channel digital down-mix from 5.1 sources, three audio inputs, three subwoofer outputs, and a moving-magnet phono input.
Carver Digital’s HTP 9.1 Home Theater Processor will be available in the Spring of 2005 at a suggested price of $3,495.