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Anthem AVM50v Audio/Video Processor

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Anthem AVM50v Audio/Video Processor


Introduction

Secrets has a rich heritage covering the Anthem brand of surround sound processors.

It started way back in 2001 when I reported to you on the exquisite AVM20, which to this day for various reasons still represents to me a watershed. Two years later came the "V2" upgrade for the AVM20 wherein we swapped out the processor board for a more powerful one, opening up the then much enthused about Pro Logic II, upgrading the THX suite to Ultra2, and adding more bass management options. The following year Sandy covered the V.2.1 software upgrade with its increased setup granularity, much expanded bass management including the then novel "notch filter" for the subwoofer (a single-band parametric eq), and an expanded tool set for custom installers. In 2004 I brought you our report on the phenomenal D1 processor which launched Anthem's Statement line, featuring "full time" audio up sampling and an analogue output which put virtually every thing out there to shame. Two years later Kris Deering covered the D2, essentially a D1 with HDMI and an extensive Gennum video processor.

Specifications

  • Codecs: Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS HD Master Audio, DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6
  • Sigma Designs VXP™ Image Processor
  • True Inverse Telecine and Motion Adaptive 1080i De-interlacing
  • 8 HDMI (v1.3c) inputs, 2 HDMI Outputs
  • Video Transco ding to HDMI from S-Video and Component Video
  • Video Up scaling for Analog and Digital Video streams
  • Anthem Room Correction
  • THX Ultra2 Certified
  • 3 Zone/4 Path Operation
  • RS-232 Port, 3 Triggers
  • Dimensions: 5.9" H x 17.25" W x 14.25" D
  • Weight: 31 Pounds
  • MSRP: $5499 USA ($5899 Canada)
  • Anthem AV

Round about that time the AVM20 was renamed the AVM30 (which included any and all updates to that point) and two new models were put on the table: the AVM40 which added HDMI (but no video processor) and the AVM50 which boasted the same video processor as the D2. We didn't report on any of these because all facets were covered in our other reviews.

Then just last year I reviewed the addition of "ARC", or Anthem Room Correction, to the D2, this being Anthem's version of room correction/compensation processing, and of course it, in many people's eye, trumped everything else out there.

Today Anthem's line has been consolidated somewhat in that it now consists of the original AVM50, the AVM50v, and the Statement D2v. It's that little "v" that's got us writing about Anthem processors again.

Specifically, what's new is an expanded HDMI set including HD audio decoding, a further refined video processor, and ARC comes standard (it is still an optional extra for the plain AVM50).