Many loudspeakers today are marketed more for their ability to blend into a space or make an aesthetic statement than to provide high performance.Â Since they are the most visible AV component after the television, sizes and styles vary as much as colors of the rainbow.Â With many lifestyle products come compromises in audio quality; not so with the Focal Dome system.
Flagship Home Theater – Part 2: Anthem Statement D2v Audio/Video Processor and Statement A5 Five-Channel Power Amplifier
In Part 1 of Flagship Home Theater, I covered the video side with Anthem's LTX-500 LCoS 1080p projector and the Black Diamond II screen from SI Screens. Now let's look at the other half of the home theater equation: the sound. To round out my Flagship Home Theater experience, I tested the Anthem Statement D2v A/V Processor and A5 five-channel power amplifier.
Flagship Home Theater. The very words evoke the highest quality in audio and video reproduction. Anthem, a well-established maker of high end audio products has just released their first display, the THX-certified LTX-500 LCoS Projector. Like their audio gear, Anthem is marketing this unit as a reference quality piece. In their own words, "A full HD 1920x1080 ‘Reference' point of view… brings the scale and excitement of the Cinema experience home." Have they achieved their goal? Boy did I ever have fun finding out! In this review, which we call Flagship Home Theater - Part 1, I take a look at Anthem's top of the line projector, and also an SI Black Diamond II projection screen.
I love products that solve irritating problems simply and inexpensively. The Next Generation Home Products Remote Extender is one such product. With a five-minute installation you can eliminate the need to point your remote control at your gear. You can also control components in closets or even in other rooms. The best part is any remote that accepts AA or AAA batteries can be converted in seconds.
If you want to get the most accurate picture from your television or projector you need to calibrate it. The question then becomes – do you hire a professional or do it yourself? It is now quite feasible to do your own calibration with tools that don't cost much more than a pro calibrator's fee. The product that is squarely at the forefront of this market is CalMAN from SpectraCal. CalMAN is a package that can be used by anyone interested in display calibration from the hobbyist to the professional.
It has been my privilege recently to sample DreamVision's latest addition to the 1080p LCoS front-projector market, the Dream'E. With attractive Euro-styling, a choice of case colors, excellent performance, and suitability for medium to large theaters, the Dream'E deserves a serious look by those wanting to satisfy their big-screen desires without breaking the bank.
In today's economy, good value in audio is more important than ever. To that end SVSound (SVS) has created a line of subwoofers that address every possible need in home theater and music listening without breaking the budget. I recently spent some quality time with their big box model, the PB12-Plus. This superbly-built sub includes quality amplification, a sweet-sounding 12-inch driver and plenty of adjustability. I would venture to say that most bass issues can be resolved with the PB12's tuning and EQ controls.