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Anthem Rolls Out Statement D2 Processor

3/05/2009 03:17:00 PM Eastern

Toronto High-end home-theater equipment manufacturer Anthem said it is now shipping version two of its Statement D2 audio/video processor (also known as D2v).

The next-generation processor, which carries a $7,499 suggested retail, is equipped with eight HDMI 1.3c inputs and two HDMI 1.3c outputs. All inputs and outputs offer Deep-Color support (36-bit) and high-definition audio streaming, Anthem said.

The Anthem Statement D2v includes an updated VXP digital image processor, offering professional-grade, fully adaptive de-interlacing.

Also included are adaptive 3-D noise reduction, mosquito noise reduction, block artifact reduction, adaptive detail enhancement featuring sharpness and texture enhancement with overshoot control, and adaptive contrast enhancement.

Audio performance has been improved from earlier models with two dual-core digital signal processor (DSP) engines offering 800 million instructions per second (MIPS) of processing power to allow 7.1-channel decoding of Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High-Resolution Audio and DTS-HD Master Audio.

The Anthem Statement D2v also supports 24/192 PCM audio input, up to 7.1 channels.

A common feature on all Statement D2v preamp/processors is a room correction system (ARC).

“While equalizing frequency response in a room to achieve some generic (i.e., "flat") response is a common approach, it sounds unnatural because it assumes the listening room is anechoic and does not account for how a speaker sounds in a room,” the company said. “Anthem's true audiophile approach with ARC instead uses proprietary processing to compute each speaker's in-room frequency response and then computes a target frequency response for each to yield the optimal sound.”