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Flagship Home Theater - Part 1: Anthem LTX-500 LCoS Projector and SI Black Diamond II Screen

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Anthem LTX-500 LCoS Projector and SI Black Diamond II Screen


Introduction

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!

For this review, Anthem sent me a package consisting of the LTX-500 projector, Statement D2V Surround Processor, Statement A5 Multi-Channel Amplifier and a Black Diamond II Screen from SI Screens.  Because of the tremendous number of features engineered into these components I have divided the article into two parts.  Part 1, which you are reading now, will focus on the LTX-500 and Black Diamond II.  Part 2 covers the Statement D2V and Statement A5.

Anthem is a company that pretty much needs no introduction.  They have manufactured high-end audio components for over ten years.  Their multi-channel processors and amplifiers have achieved an almost legendary status.  When they announced their first front projector, I took particular notice.  New displays from high-end manufacturers are a rarity in this highly competitive market.  Anthem knew they’d have to bring something very special to the table.  As you’ll see when you read on, they most definitely have.

Paired with the LTX-500 for Part 1 of the review, I installed the new Black Diamond II screen from SI Screens.  The Black Diamond II has a twofold design goal.  Firstly it provides a very high contrast rendition and secondly the image holds up well under ambient light.  It does this with a very special screen material that directs more light back to the viewer rather than allowing it to scatter off to the sides.  The material is available in two gains, .8 and 1.4.  I was fortunate to have both materials on hand to test with the LTX.

Projector Specifications

  • Panel type - Three 0.7" LCoS
  • Native Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Zoom Ratio: 1.4-2.8
  • Light Output: 900 lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 50,000:1
  • Screen Size – 60”-200” diagonal
  • Throw Range: 6-39 Feet
  • Inputs – 2 HDMI, 1 component, 1 S-Video, 1 Composite, 1 PC (D-sub)
  • THX certified
  • Fan Noise: 19 dB
  • Control: RS-232, 12v Trigger
  • Lamp Power: 200 Watts
  • Dimensions: 6.6" H x 14.4" W x 18.9" D
  • Weight: 24.3 Pounds
  • MSRP: $8,000 USA
  • Anthem AV