|Anthem Statement D2 w Room Correction|
|Home Theater Preamplifiers AV Preamps|
|Written by Ken Taraszka, MD|
|Sunday, 01 June 2008|
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I usually find this one of the easiest sections to write in a review.My extreme demands allow me to pick apart minute problems in even myreference gear, but for the ARC, this section is the toughest I’ve everwritten, as there is virtually no downside. Perhaps from a less-is-moreperspective, the ARC processes more of your signal, but when you listento the system, it sounds better, so how can less be more in thisinstance?
I knew I had to try this system out when I heard what it could do for ahotel room at CES earlier this year, but I wasn’t prepared for what itdid for my room. The wider soundstage improved detail, bass control andaccuracy, as well as improving front-to-back balance in my system withidentical front and rear speakers. We all work to maximize theplacement of our front speakers, but even in my system, surroundspeaker placement is often a matter of where they fit, not where theywill sound best, and the ARC really showed me how much better thesespeakers could perform.
If you own one of these processors, call your local Anthem dealer immediately with theserial number of your unit and the $399 for the ARC-1. It will be thebest audio investment you’ve made in a long time. If you are lookingfor a high-end processor and considered the Anthem Statement line buthaven’t bought one yet, you need to go re-listen to it with the ARC.This has improved so much on an already kick-ass piece that you won’tbelieve your ears.
The Anthem Room Correction software makes a huge improvement to what isalready one of the best processors made. The enhanced clarity anddetail, as well as the wider and deeper soundstage, make this amust-have for anyone who already owns a D1 or D2 processor, and trulyraises the bar previously set by the Anthem Statement processors to awhole new level. I have lived with an Anthem Statement D2 for over ayear now without the room correction. After only a short time with thenew model with the ARC, I can’t imagine how I lived without it.