Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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I believe you are correct about the price difference being due to the Gennum scaler.
My guess is the AVM-40 will be just an HDMI switch, with at THE MOST, transcoding for other types of video. No OSD over HD material (This is all purely just speculation of course) etc.
The Gennum is a first-rate scaler and as has been mentioned before, a real bargain at $1000. It will be able to accept, process/deinterlace/whatever and finally output nearly any resolution right up to 1080p, making it, along with the Realta chip, one of the most up to date scalers out there.
This, if it is true, is excellent news! I've been listening to all the rumours and waiting, hoping that the Gennum would be included in the new AVM model. For a while it was looking like it was just going to the D2. Here's hoping!