The Anthem D1 has been considered one of the finest AV preamps you can buy, for good reason. Its flexibility and amazing sound have won over countless reviewers and consumers alike. Not being a company to rest on their laurels, Anthem added world-class video processing to the critically acclaimed D1 Director AV preamp and released it, calling the new unit the D2. The Gennum VXP video processor in the Anthem D2 not only scales up to 1080p and 24 or 60 fps, it can also perform vertical stretching for use with anamorphic lenses, making it a one-box solution for even ultra-high-end home theater systems that want near perfect video performance.
Anthem has added their own proprietary room correction software based on scientific research done by the National Research Council, which investigated how we humans actually hear, and used their findings to adjust and compensate for speaker and room inadequacies. The ARC is a huge step forward for this exceptional processor and makes what has been one of the best available significantly better. Anthem really did the room correction right on this piece. While most companies include generic microphones, each individual microphone from Anthem is calibrated and assigned to the software and serial number or your processor, making sure you get nothing but the same result they obtained in their modeling of the system.
The Anthem Statement processor offers all most will ever need from an AV preamp. It offers four HDMI inputs and one HDMI output, plus 10 channels of assignable balanced and single-ended outputs, a 5.1 channel input and a whole host of stereo analog ins, including a balanced input. Video inputs are covered nicely with composite, S-Video and component inputs and outputs. All these features are packed into a beautiful black blushed aluminum case.
The sonics of the Anthem are smooth and clear, with great separation and detail often not found in lesser-priced and sometimes even higher-priced AV preamps. The neutral nature of the D2 sonics are very welcome and really stand out above the bright and harsh nature of lesser processors, even if they eke out a few more features for wooing customers with the "laundry list effect." It's important to trust your ears, because in order to significantly improve on the sound of Anthem D2, you should expect to spend double or triple the investment to get to the next level of audio performance from an AV preamp. Add to the value proposition that Anthem's D2 is one of the most stable, reliable AV preamps on the market and its value only goes up.
This unit was my personal theater pre/pro which I have used for a number of years. It was truly one of the best investments I've ever made in both audio and video performance upgrades. I still remember taking out my Classe SSP and installing the Anthem. Spine tingling! and THEN I ran ARC. It made huge and noticeable improvements in overall soundstage and details in movie soundtracks that if I keep typing will make make we delete this ad and keep it. You won't be disappointed. That all I'm saying.
Ok. one more thing. You'd be hard pressed to find an audio pre-amp today for under $3K and sound better than this...and that's just the audio section!
Model: Statement D2
New: $7499 USD Dimensions: 17.25"W x 5.875"H x 15.25"D Weight: 27 pounds Features:
Gennum VXP Digital Image Processor HDMI inputs (4) and output (1) 1080p video upscaling from S-video, component, and HDMI inputs Dolby Digital Surround EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx (Music, Movie, Matrix, Game), DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6 (Music, Movie), THX (Cinema, Ultra2 Cinema, Music, Game, EX), AnthemLogic (Cinema, Music), All Channel Stereo, All Channel Mono, Mono Academy Six-channel analog input with bass management
Features (cont'd) Analog Direct Mode (all inputs) Adjustable low-pass/high-pass crossover (25-160Hz in 5Hz increments) Three-zone operation and record path 24-bit/192kHz DACs Center-channel equalization Composite-video inputs (7) and outputs (5) S-video inputs (7) and outputs (5) Component-video inputs (4) and outputs (2) High-definition, broadcast-quality (1080p-compliant) component-video switching FM/AM tuner Headphone jack Sleep timer IR emitters (2) Trigger outputs: 50mA (2) and 200mA (1) XLR audio inputs (2) and outputs (10) RCA audio inputs (7) Coaxial digital inputs (7) TosLink digital inputs (3) Learning, backlit remote control
Includes the D2, original box, power cord, original remotes, jumpers, ACR stand, mic, software and cables.
Note: The D2 screen has a slight blemish what looks like moisture behind it in one small spot. Doesn't seem to affect viewing the screen or anything else. Also the main remote is a classic Anthem 'rubberized' remote that gets sticky and soft with time. Again works 100%, just feels sticky.
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