Originally Posted by Bob Sorel
Here is something I commented on in another thread, and I was hoping that maybe one of you could clarify this for me:
Am I correct in thinking that there are only 10 input configurations available, and are three of them really "hard wired"?
Michael, until the new Oppo 970H is released, would 480i over component be preferable to 480p/720p/1080i over HDMI?
I'm seriously considering the D2 to replace my Lex MC-12/Vantage-HD combo, but I'm nervous about not having enough flexibility to meet my needs. I'm also concerned about further development of the Gennum scaler feature set. "Thinking about it" is a long way off from total commitment to further development.
You bring up an important point, and it touches on one area where I'd like to see Anthem provide more flexibility. You are correct that there are only 7 totally configurable inputs -besides the AM/FM Tuner, 2 Channel Analog Balanced, and 6 channel (5.1) analog RCA, all of which are "hard-wired". I found that I had to get a little creative in order to handle all my components. As it is, I now have used every available input, and all but 1 output on the D2, and though I don't expect to need another source anytime soon, it would be nice to have some growing room. I am at max potential now as far as number of input sources.
In defense of Anthem, I will say that the 7 flexible input sources are completely configurable. That is, if you want to re-use a different video or audio source for a given "Input" you can. You can also specify what speaker configuration to use per input as the default, and then modify if/when needed.
I think it may just boil down to real-estate on the back of the D2. Anthem is literally using every centimeter of available space on the back panel already. I think if they want to allow for more inputs, they are going to have to change the chassis and move to a larger chassis. I would suspect that the D3, whenever it becomes a reality, will almost HAVE to have a much larger footprint. Seems the connectivity we need these days goes way beyond what was needed even 3 years ago by most high-enders.
I thought it might be helpful for me to share my setup as a use case, to illustrate one example anyway of the various inputs and what they might be used for on a D2:
CD - Marantz CDR-510 DualDeck Pro CD Recorder/Player
TAPE - Olive Symphony Music Server
VCR - Sony RDR-VX515 VCR/DVD Recorder Combo
DVD - Pioneer DV-79avi DVD Video/DVD Audio/SACD player
AUX - Sirius Satellite Radio Tuner
SAT - DirecTivo HR10-250
TV - XBOX 360
AM/FM Tuner (Hard-Wired, Built into D2)
2 Channel Balanced Analog - Meridian G08 Upsampling CD Player
6 Channel Analog - Pioneer DV-79AVI (6 Analog Outputs for SACD use only)