Originally Posted by drhankz
I assume your local Anthem dealer does not
have a D2 in-stock you could try?
While Anthem the company is top-notch, the same cannot necessarily be said of the dealer network, at least in my experience.
At the very least, my local dealer employs the single most confident, uninformed, snobby little bastard with whom I have ever had the unpleasantness to deal.
Don't get me wrong, I can handle high-end snobbery. I can't handle misinformation. The Anthem dealer in my area told me that there was no "real" difference between the AVM-50 and D2, that Anthem would not let me try it out before I bought it, and that I couldn't see one running *at all* first because they wouldn't order one unless somebody was buying it. Then they told me that there are *no* projectors on the market that have the necessary pixels for 1080p so I should just buy a 480p one. (I already owned a 720 at the time) Then, when I told him that Sony, at least, had two on the market, he said that the Sony Ruby and Pearl and all the other 1080p projectors on the market were, in fact, using a smaller physical panel and only *really* supported 720p and just used scaling to fool the user. I tried to explain to him that his information might be, at best, out of date, and he told me that 1080p was impossible and that nobody needed it. Then he told me that there aren't any sources at all that can pass it. When I mentioned HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, not to mention the ability to deinterlace 1080i to 1080p, he told me that the new formats only did 1080i and that nothing on the market did 1080i deinterlacing. I told him that the Anthem would deinterlace 1080i and he once again told me that no projectors or TVs would do 1080p. Then he said that a 480p projector hooked up via s-video would always look better than 720 via component because all DVDs are 480. This man should *not* be selling video processors.
This was no more than 3 months ago. I have never spent a dime in that store, nor will I ever. The guy is smug, rude, unhelpful, and WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.
Fortunately, I purchased a D1 on Audiogon and dealt with Anthem directly. They were helpful, communicative, friendly, and well-informed. I now have my D2 (D1-HD) in my room and I couldn't be happier. I have a bit of an odd set up, in that I use 2 preamps. The Anthem is used solely as an SSP and video processor. The audio output then runs to an EMM Labs Switchman preamp, which stays at a constant volume on that input, allowing me to adjust the volume with the Anthem remote. All music-only sources go through the Switchman directly, becuase it is a better analog preamp. All game, video, and movie sources go through the Anthem, which handles digital signals better than anything I've ever heard. The Anthem replaced a Sunfire Theater Grand 3, which was used in the same way, and the Anthem is in a different league than the TG-3. The upsampling and processing of DD and other lossy signals is inspired and brilliant. I never, never, never thought DD, DTS, and cable could sound so real.
My hifi consists of some esoteric and expensive(even by audiophile standards) equipment, and I cannot stress enough how well the Anthem fits in along side the rest of it. The difference in sound quality between the Sunfire and the Anthem is remarkable and not at all subtle, if you have the right downstream component. I've *never* been happier with an SSP, a device I never though could actually be made well.
On a different tangent: the people in this thread rock. You guys are helpful, honest, and friendly. THANK YOU for answering so many of my questions without me even having to ask!
My only request: I have yet to be initiated with the bouncing smileys. Please make my pain end. =)