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Flagship Home Theater - Part 2: Anthem Statement D2v Audio/Video Processor and Statement A5 Five-Channel Power Amplifier

ARTICLE INDEX

Design

The D2v is an update of the original Statement D2 which first hit the market in 2006.  The major addition is support for HDMI 1.3c.  This means it will decode all the new lossless sound codecs like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.  HDMI inputs have been increased from four to eight(!) as well.  The D2v comes standard with Anthem Room Correction (ARC).  This kit was initially available as an add-on for the D2 and D1 processors.  Now it is included with the D2v.  The Sigma Designs VXP video processor has been upgraded to include Deep Color support over HDMI and improved noise reduction features.  PCM input can now support 7.1 channels instead of the previous 5.1.  The Anthem-designed DSP engines now utilize dual-core processing with a rated speed of 800 MIPS.  Finally, support for Dolby Volume has been added through a still-to-come software update.

The front panel has a myriad of buttons that control every function of the processor.  The large volume knob doubles as a selector when the appropriate button is pressed first.  This makes it easy to toggle between surround modes for example.  All the panel controls have a very positive high-quality feel to them.  This may be a small detail but it's one of the things that set high-end components apart.  Discrete buttons are present for input selection.  You can select which of the three available zones to route your source to.  There are three buttons that toggle various surround modes and provide shortcuts to commonly used video adjustments.  Finally you have six buttons for radio station presets and buttons for menu navigation.

The panel display is one of the best I've ever seen.  The text is quite large and easy to read from a distance.  I was glad to see there was no space wasted by tiny icons like many receiver and processor displays.  Only large letters and numbers were used.  At all times you can see the selected source, audio codec, path, surround mode and the volume setting.  There are three brightness settings or you can turn the display off.  When you adjust something from the remote, the information appears superimposed on your video display as well.

The back panel is one of the best organized I've ever seen.  The jacks are laid out logically and spaced properly for larger cable connectors.  In a very nice touch, all inputs have a black background and outputs have a white background.  Labeling is also very clear.

 

Flagship Home Theater, Part 2 Anthem Statement D2v Audio/Video Processor and Statement A5 Multichannel Amplifier

 

In addition to the aforementioned eight HDMI inputs there are four component video, seven S-video and 7 composite video inputs.  Digital audio inputs include three TOSLink and seven coaxial.  In addition there is an AES/EBU input for professional gear.  There are seven two-channel RCA inputs and a balanced two-channel input.  There is a single multi-channel (5.1) RCA input set.

Outputs begin with two HDMI.  There are also two component video and five each of S-video and composite video.  There are two coax digital audio outputs for recording or if you want to use an outboard DAC.  There are two ten-channel analog output sets, one RCA and one XLR balanced.  These can be used in different ways.  You can run two center channels and two subs if you wish.  Or you can use the extra channels in Zone 2.

Control options are befitting a processor of this caliber.  There are three 12v triggers (3.5mm mini-jack) which can be configured in the D2vs menu.  There are two IR outputs and three IR inputs via terminal block.  And of course, there is RS-232.

The remote control is quite packed with buttons and can control every function of the processor.  In fact some buttons have two functions.  One occurs when the button is pressed and released, the other occurs when the button is held down for a few seconds.  Since this a multi-zone product, Anthem has provided two identical remotes.  This is also a learning remote so it can be used to control other components.  There is an extensive list of brand codes in the back of the user manual.  One thing I found a bit confusing; at the top of the remote are five source keys.  These are not for source selection but for the control modes.  Source selection is done with discrete buttons at the bottom.  The remote is fully backlit and has a nice feel in the hand.  It's just the right size and has a smooth rubberized surface.  Again the feel of high quality is there.  The infra-red output is quite strong.  I was able to point just about anywhere in the room and the commands were received.

 

Flagship Home Theater, Part 2 Anthem Statement D2v Audio/Video Processor and Statement A5 Multichannel Amplifier