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Sunfire Introduces Theater Grand Processor-5 With HDMI Switching Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 January 2006
The new Sunfire Theater Grand Processor-5 (TGP-5) is an advanced audiophile-grade processor equipped with two HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interfaces) inputs and one HDMI output that switches uncompressed digital video transmissions between muitiple HDMI source components, the Theater Grand Processor-5, and an HDMI-compatible display device. The HDMI protocol supports standard, enhanced and high-definition digital video on a single cable. It transmits all ATSC and HDTV standards including 1080p. The Theater Grand Processor-5 is also fully equipped for remote operation from compatible control systems that use the Internet Protocol (IP). It has been designed for high-end, high-performance Home Theaters and entertainment systems that benefit from the use of separate components, and for high-power systems that specify Sunfire amplifiers. It upgrades and replaces Sunfire’s Theater Grand IV Processor.

According to Sunfire, the TGP-5 is outfitted with a cleaner, more contemporary-looking front panel and adds a host of new connectivity features that make it more responsive and more easily integrated into whole-room or whole-house systems controlled through IP-based laptop or handheld devices, such as those by Crestron, AMX and other automation specialists. The new features utilize an RJ45 Ethernet port as well as the more conventional RS-232 port, which continues to stream bi-directional command and control data. In addition, the built-in operating system can be upgraded through software downloads via the Internet.

The Theater Grand Processor-5 also delivers a wide array of surround sound modes including 7.1-channel Dolby® Pro Logic® IIx, Dolby® Digital, Dolby® Digital EX, DTS®, DTS-ES®, DTS Neo:6®, user-configurable all-speaker stereo, and Sunfire's exclusive Side-Axis outputs for 9.3 channels of total playback. Also onboard is a digital implementation of Bob Carver’s Sonic Holography® Imaging that substantially enhances the perceived soundstage of any stereo recording according to Sunfire.

The Theater Grand Processor-5, in addition, includes an AM/FM tuner with 40 presets, an eight-channel input for DVD-Audio or SACD, eight balanced XLR outputs, a Phono stage, and a video format conversion system that automatically up-converts Composite video to S-Video, and S-Video to Component video to keep viewers from having to change inputs on their TVs. The system’s LCD-based remote is easy and intuitive to operate. It comes heavily pre-programmed, and has full learning capabilities.

Other key features include a second zone that plays sources independent of the main zone; a full-time digital downmix that provides accurate two-channel audio from multi-channel digital sources for tape recordings, digital outputs, and second zone use; a nine-channel, user-settable "PARTY" mode that engages all speakers from any two-channel source; a direct two-channel analog bypass mode; and Bob Carver's Dynamic Tuner Noise Reduction, which works to improve the clarity of weak FM stations.

The Theater Grand Processor-5, with a black finish, will be available in First Quarter 2006 from authorized Sunfire dealers at a suggested price of $3,995.

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