Originally Posted by Colin Banfield
Hmmm. Seems like there's some neglect on the audio side:
1) No USB or Ethernet input for direct conection to media servers.
2) Any room correction?
3) Can DVD-A and SACD pass over HMDI 1.1? What happens when future versions of this interface are released?
4) No satellite radio option.
I certainly don't want to start a philosophic argument here, but I think you are expecting qualities you might find in a Receiver in the Anthem D2. The D2 is a Pre/Pro, and as such, it remains very agnostic when it comes to Audio and Video inputs. They leave it up to you to choose what sources you need. This is a design philosophy that is at the heart of the difference between a Receiver and a Pre/Pro.
But, I'll try to provide a use case below that might be relevant to you.
In my case, I have both a music server that I rely on extensively, and a Sirius satellite tuner. I connect both as input sources to my D2. I don't know any music server worth its salt that does not have RCA outputs at the least, and most have Digital Outs as well. I have an Olive Symphony, which has a built-in 4-port switch, which is VERY handy, as I network my Tivo and my XBOX 360 to the Symphony's switch in my audio rack. So, in my case, I send Digital Audio to the D2 from the Symphony, and let the D2's excellent DAC take care of it. This also allows me to use one of the two Digital Outs on the D2 for recording to CD or sending to a digital input on my PC (through a wall jack panel behind my audio rack), without converting to Analog and then back to Digital. The signal stays Digital the entire way. This is important for some of the recording I do.
As for HDMI 1.1 on the D2, yes it handles DVD-Audio signal over HDMI to the D2. HDMI 1.1 can handle up to 8 channels of hi-res audio. HDMI 1.1 does not allow for the sending of SACD signals over HDMI, so that is where you still need to utilize the D2's 6 channel analog input.
Lastly, as for Room Correction, Anthem is working on an upgrade to the D2 that will provide extensive Room Correction capability. This will become available as a software upgrade at a later date.