Canadian high-end AV specialist Anthem has revealed a new music preamp and home cinema processor in the shape of the AVM 50v (Audio/Video Master 50v).
Following Anthem's super high end benchmark design, the Statement D2v, which appeared last year along with the P5 power amp asking for £16,000, the AVM 50v promises similar advanced technologies at a lower price.
It's a 7.1-channel audio and video processor with eight separate HDMI inputs, broadcast-quality digital video processing, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, XLRs, 1080p upscaling, Anthem Room Correction, and two stereo zones.
It also includes the latest Sigma Designs VXP broadcast-quality digital video processing for deeper colour while promising improved noise reduction through block artefact and mosquito noise reduction.
Two new dual-core audio Digital Signal Processing (DSP) engines, designed by Anthem in its Ontario labs, offer a total of 800 million instructions per second (MIPS) of processing power to allow decoding of the new Dolby, DTS and other HD audio standards.
Anthem has upgraded its pulse-code modulation (PCM) input to support 7.1 channels at 24 bits or 192kHz and the receiver also contains a programmable equalizer and a Clock Data Recovery (CDR) function for each of the three TMDS pairs in an HDMI or DVI signal for vanishingly low jitter.