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UPDATE!!! Anthem D2v NOW SHIPPING. News By Bob Pariseau:

''The Anthem Statement D2v is shipping now (confirmed). The Anthem AVM 50v is supposed to ship this coming week. [NOTE: Anthem originally referred to these two units as the "D2 v.2" and "AVM 50 v.2".]

The original Statement D2, AVM 50, and quite possibly the AVM 40, may be discontinued soon if that hasn't already happened. Upgrades to the D2v or AVM 50v for owners of the original units should be available soon (my guess would be February for the D2 -> D2v upgrade). Upgrade pricing is not confirmed yet. Either upgrade will require shipping the unit to the Anthem factory in Canada.

HDMI is V1.3c -- some folks may care about the particular V1.3 level
Speaker Xover is "Pair"
Surround Mode is BOTH PLIIx and THX (the additional THX stuff is user selectable -- you don't seem to have an option for that)

Pricing is a little confusing right now as Anthem seems to be offering a reduced "introductory" price at the moment. It appears the US MSRP for the D2v is $7499 at the moment. The AVM 50v pricing is not confirmed yet but will likely remain $2K less than the D2v pricing. The price includes Anthem ARC-1 (room correction) bundled with either the D2v or the AVM 50v.

LPCM audio: for both of these units it is up to 7.1 channels at up to 192KHz/24bit. [NOTE however that ANALOG multi-channel audio input remains 5.1 on both units.]

In addition, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD bitstream decoding are in both units now via HDMI 1.3c. Anthem has announced that "Dolby Volume" will be added as a free software upgrade for both units (user installable) -- no ETA announced.

Video is up to HDMI 1080p/60 (with 1080p/24 support) including HDMI V1.3 "Deep Color" and full video processing. Video processing is 12 bits per component (36 bits per pixel) end to end using the latest VXP chip from Sigma Designs. The two HDMI video outputs run in "parallel" -- i.e., they are both live at the same time, but they can not be set to carry different video signals. It is not clear yet whether that restriction may be relaxed in future firmware.''


Anthem support. Fast and really efficient:
tech@anthemav.com

Anthem D2v2 announcement:

http://www.castercomm.com/prView.cfm?cid=111&id=208

And the new Sigma scaler (Sigma bought Gennum...):

http://www.reuters.com/article/press...008+BW20080414

8 HDMI 1.3c IN and 2 OUT!!!!! No need for an external HDMI switcher anymore!





Here's a compilation of links to find specific informations faster in this mega-thread on the D2!

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PANIC ROOM!

* Should I panic since the D2/AVM50 are NOT HDMI 1.3? :

Not anymore!!!

The D2/AVM50 will both be upgradable (hardware upgrade) to do the D2v, so they will be HDMI 1.3c, 7.1, and will support decoding of DD TrueHD, DTS HD and DTS-HD Master

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FIRMWARE and INSTALLING NEW FIRMWARE

* Belt & suspenders approach to doing the update from Bob Pariseau
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&#post10645127

* Disconnect HDMI sources and display PRIOR to installing an upgrade!
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9277613

* Some extra steps to make sure your settings remain good
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9543881

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SETUP -- SOME BASIC, SOME ADVANCED

How to adjust Phase and Polarity for your subwoofer(s)
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&#post13997761
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&#post15831964


* How to get the best from your video setup (video calibration for non-ISF techs)
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9277613
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9564825

* Lossless HDMI audio for folks without HDMI displays
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9805765
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9808465

* Max resolution/frame rate for processed HDMI or Component video
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9683898

* My video is "shocking pink"!
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9610862

* Using AUTO DIG to get more than one device on the same input
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9564730

* What if my 1080p display only accepts up to 1080i input?
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9286645

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ANTHEM ROOM CORRECTION (ARC-1) : AUDIO BLISS IN A FEW, EASY STEPS

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...=#post14142274
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http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...=#post14462796
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...=#post14469019
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...=#post14477302
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...=#post14484075

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THINGS YOU CAN DO WHILE WATCHING/LISTENING

* Why can't I get to the audio processing mode I want?
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9627851

*Making SDTV Programs Fill a 16:9 Screen Without Distortion
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&#post10864623

* Fun with Custom Cropping and Scaling
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9587424
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9652415
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9660854
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9672930
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...ostcount=10203

* What's with this Frame Lock stuff?
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9556938

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TERMINOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY

* Color Space
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9731538
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9738172

* Data Format (YCbCr 4:4:4, etc.)
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...ostcount=14288
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9442585
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9443139
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9445345
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9306459

* Frame Rates and Custom Resolutions
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9211974
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9276351

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SOURCE DEVICE SPECIFIC SETTINGS

* Scientific Atlanta DVR
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9557247

* Oppo 970 for SACD or DVD-Audio over HDMI
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9388249

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DISPLAY SPECIFIC SETTINGS

* Custom Resolution for a 1366x768 Panasonic display
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9081443

* How to output 1080p48 to Sony Ruby with Live Video Settings Editor
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9221154

* Custom /24Hz Resolution for a Sony Pearl
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9256440

* What if your display won't accept it's "native" resolution as input?
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9795082

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SOUND SPECIFIC SETTINGS

* How to set the D2 with the Velodyne DD15 subwoofer
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post8872147

* How well does the Room Resonance Filter work? What does it do, and what affect does it have?
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&#post10516640

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Latest review by Kris Deering (august 2006) of the Anthem D2:

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...006-page1.html

And my review:

http://statement.anthemav.com/HTML/P...D2_Reviews.pdf

For those searching for Kris Deering's benchmark of the video section of the D2 at Secrets, you can access it directly here:

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/cgi-b.../V%20Processor

Anthem's page for the Statement D2:

http://statement.anthemav.com/HTML/Products/D2/D2.html


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Looks like I am the viewer # 1. D2 looks good. Now I can't wait for my AVM30 upgrade.

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Am I correct in assuming the D2 supports Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD, or will this be a system upgrade when the time comes?

A man meets a genie. The genie tells him he can ask for whatever he wants, but his mother-in-law gets double of what he gets. The man says give me a million dollars and beat me till I'm half dead.
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Am I correct in assuming the D2 supports Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD, or will this be a system upgrade when the time comes?

If the player can read the disc, decode it, and send it as PCM, the receiving end doesn't care what it started out as.

The D2 support up to 8 channels of 192KHz/24bit digital audio over HDMI 1.1


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Thanks for starting a thread as an actual owner. Keep the info coming this is some good stuff.

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great pics.
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Just wanted to second Levesque's thoughts on the D2. I have owned mine for about 1 month or so (Beta tester), and this product is worth every penny I spent. I love the damn thing. My only complaint is that I am 1 input short of what I need to handle all my equipment. Just wish there was 1 more there for me.

That aside, in short, this thing rocks. The Gennum is incredible at cleaning up video, reducing artifacts, displaying the cleanest, crispest image I have yet seen on my Sony Qualia 006 set. I am sending 1080i out of the D2, and it looks great. Keep in mind something that Nick at Anthem taught me on this. The Gennum immediately deinterlaces and scales everything to 1080p, then from there adjusts it to meet whatever output one has chosen. So, when I feed the D2 480i from my DVD player over HDMI, it immediately performs inverse telecine true per-pixel deinterlacing, then scales the image to 1080p. The Gennum is always outputting a progressive signal, so Anthem included an interlacer in the D2 to allow for interlaced outputs when needed. So, the signal is interlaced then to 1080i, and sent to my Qualia over HDMI. The Qualia does its thing, converting it to 1080p for display.

Although the above sounds messy and circuitous, the picture is mindblowing. Short of Levesque's setup with the Ruby and the ability for 1080p the whole way, I have yet to see any picture this good.

It may help that I had UMR calibrate my display prior to getting the D2, so that helped as well. However, I didn't have the D2 for about 2 weeks after UMR calibrated, and the picture improved even that much more after inserting the D2 and taking advantage of the Gennum scaler.

So, for what it's worth, another viewpoint on the D2. I know I'll be enjoying this pre-pro for years to come!!
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Got a dilemma here.

I am very interested (drooling even) over this Anthem D2. My question is... Would this be EXTREME overkill for my Paradigm Studio 100, CC-570, ADP-470, Servo-15, Denon DVD-3910 setup? Would I actually notice and improvement in SQ with this processor and a Statement 5 Channel amp over my current Pioneer Elite 74TXVi?

Please post as many thoughts and opinions on this as possible. You guys could help make it easier for me to part with my pennies.
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Hey, would this thing improve the pq on my vintage Zenith 20" tv?
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Yes, please, owners, some thoughts on sound quality.

Levesque, can you explain a bit about the "HDMI repeater option"? Will this allow me to switch my cable box in and out (go to DVD from cable and back if I want) without losing the handshake, as I now do? I guess the question is, is the D2 more of an "active" switcher, for lack of a better word?

I've been waiting for this thing for a long time. I mean, look how long that thread was. A lot of hotly-anticipated/recently released products seemed to have come up short. Glad to know that Anthem delivered the goods.
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Very cool. Thanks for the early report.

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It can do 1080i inverse telecine and true per-pixel motion adaptive de-interlacing of 480i/1080i. It's not performing any Bob/weave like the Sil504 and Farouddja chip.

Both of those chips do inverse telecine and true per-pixel motion-adaptive deinterlacing. (They don't do a simple 'bob' deinterlacing.) They just don't do it for 1080i, only for 480i and 576i.

Question: Does the D2 accept a PAL or 576i input?

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One really cool aspect of the D2 is that the Gennum chip is fully upgradable with a simple firmware download from Anthem web site. So if we ever need new resolutions and timings for the upcomnig HD-DVD and Blu-Ray players, then we will just download a firmware upgrade to enable them. Also, if we need new features, aspect ratio controls, memory banks, test patterns, etc, we will be able to obtain them and install them later down the road with a simple firmware download.

So in other words, it's just like most video processors on the market today. That's a big step forward for an A/V prepro. All the ones I've seen to date have been very limited in the video processing department.

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Both of those chips do inverse telecine and true per-pixel motion-adaptive deinterlacing. (They don't do a simple 'bob' deinterlacing.) They just don't do it for 1080i, only for 480i and 576i.

Thank you Dale for the precision. It was late and I was writing too fast. That's what I meant. I will edit my post.

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Question: Does the D2 accept a PAL or 576i input?

I'm not sure for now. But since they want to reach the european market, I would think so. I will ask Nick monday morning. But I think it does.

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That's a big step forward for an A/V prepro. All the ones I've seen to date have been very limited in the video processing department.

Coming from you, it really means something! It is definitely a bold step forward for a pre/pro manufacturer. This kind of video processing in a receiver or pre/pro is rather unique on the market right now.


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Levesque,

Thanks for your info. I ordered an AVM-50 myself in Feb and am anxiously awaiting its arrival.
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Levesque, can you explain a bit about the "HDMI repeater option"?

The D2 give you the option to put the HDMI repeater "off" for a particular input, so this particular source will think it's talking to a display directly, and not to a "repeater".

There is some satellite and cable STB that expect a repeater or a display to talk to and will give a black screen if they don't "find" the good thing at the end.

That's what I understood.


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Levesque: Thanks for the great info and pics! I'm sure you had a hell of a time sitting on those for the past little while

I'm just curious as to how the D2 behaves in some respects... These are things that are hard to put into spec sheets, and are only apparent if you use the product.

First, once the D2 and your display are fired up, and the display handshakes and syncs, will the display EVER have to re-sync so long as the D2 stays on, no matter what you pump into the D2? Also, how fast is the D2 with syncing different video types from the same source? For example, with my current display, when being fed from my cable box (it's set to pass through), when flipping through HD channels, if the channel is a different format than the last (i.e. flipping from a 1080i channel to a 720p channel) there's the normal slight delay for the MPEG decoders to catch up, then my TV will take a moment to re-sync and start displaying. I'm just curious, how quickly does the D2 deal with such format changes and re-sync?

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First, once the D2 and your display are fired up, and the display handshakes and syncs, will the display EVER have to re-sync so long as the D2 stays on, no matter what you pump into the D2?

Each time you switch from one input to another, you have a 1 or 2 seconds delay before you get a picture.

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Also, how fast is the D2 with syncing different video types from the same source? For example, with my current display, when being fed from my cable box (it's set to pass through), when flipping through HD channels, if the channel is a different format than the last (i.e. flipping from a 1080i channel to a 720p channel) there's the normal slight delay for the MPEG decoders to catch up, then my TV will take a moment to re-sync and start displaying. I'm just curious, how quickly does the D2 deal with such format changes and re-sync?


Same thing with the D2. With my satellite STB, when I switch from a 480i SD channel to a 1080i channel there is a 1-2 seconds delay before you have a picture back.


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Somehow, the release of this product has lost it's appeal to me. I'm not even sure if changing over from my D1 is worthwhile for me. Maybe, it just took too long for this thing to come out. It's not even on Anthem's web site? Just a really weird rollout of a product from a timeframe and marketing perspective.
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The D2 give you the option to put the HDMI repeater "off" for a particular input, so this particular source will think it's talking to a display directly, and not to a "repeater".

There is some satellite and cable STB that expect a repeater or a display to talk to and will give a black screen if they don't "find" the good thing at the end.

That's what I understood.


If used in this way with a given input, does the scaler still function with that input or is the signal just passed through?

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Does the OSD work through HDMI?

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I have been thinking about an AVM 40 but after reading this thread, I may decide upon the AVM 50.

Is there a way to bypass the scaler on the D2? If I feed the D2 1080p24
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Does the OSD work through HDMI?

Yes. On the main screen, at any resolutions. Even in HD, you have full access to the D2 menus and the OSD over HDMI.


Just to make it clear for everyone. I'n not working for or with Anthem. I'm just a D2 owner. So I don't have the answer to every questions. For technical questions, you should contact Nick at Anthem. Or wait until some other D2 owners come here, and if they know some answers, they will post them.

This thread is for D1/D2 owners. Tweaks and tricks, configurations, settings, etc...


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This thread is for D1/D2 owners. Tweaks and tricks, configurations, settings, etc...

It's not labeled as such.. it just says "Official Thread." So I think that's why you are getting all of the discussion.....


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Is there a way to bypass the scaler on the D2? If I feed the D2 1080p24
( assuming BluRay DVD eos this ) will it output unprocessed 1080p24?

According to the D2 manual, it will do 1080p 24/25/30/50/60..

If I understand it correctly, the unit has a bypass mode (when using the D2 for switching only), and it states that for both Component and HDMI that the max res is 1080p. If you are scaling, the max input for Component is 1080i, 1080p for HDMI.
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Levesque,
The video processor sounds incredible. With all of this 'video horsepower', do you notice any A/V lag? Does the D2 have per input audio delay to counteract any A/V delay that may be present? Lastly, what do you think of the musical/sound reproduction? Bright/Forward, or Warm and slightly 'laid-back'. Any further thoughts very much appreciated.
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Lastly, what do you think of the musical/sound reproduction? Bright/Forward, or Warm and slightly 'laid-back'. Any further thoughts very much appreciated.
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From what I understand, the D2 is solely a video upgrade, and the audio section of the D1 went unchanged. I'm sure you can do some forum searches and find loads on how people (including Levesque) found the D1 sounded.
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I'll try and chip in and answer some of these questions. I have had the D2 for about a month, and love it. So, yes, you can choose to bypass the video processor on a per-input basis. So, if I don't want my D2 scaling the video from my XBOX 360, I can set it that way.

As for the audio quality, I made quite a big change recently with my "Plan". I went from being solely an audiophile, using 2-channel exlusively, and being a lifelong music nut, that's how life was for me. I loved my Creek Audio amp and pre-amp, and I played CD's and listened to music. Then, about a year ago, something changed in me! I grew fangs, and started appreciating good quality home theater. I started my research, and made a decision to change everything over to a 5-channel surround sound setup, with a full home theater, high rez multichannel audio/video, blah blah blah. So, my project is now 95% complete, as I have the D2 controlling 3 zones in the house independently, all controlled via MX950 RF remotes, etc. etc.

As for the questions about audio quality...

What I will say is that as detailed and warm as my Creek amps were over the years for 2-channel (still my main passion), I have found the D2 to be its equal, and in some cases, specifically with jazz and orchestras for some reason, I find it presents a bigger soundstage. Oh, and of course, the newfound movie freak in me absolutely eats up this 5.1 channel DTS stuff with a spoon!!!

I'll try to post more details as I think of them (or as people ask), so that Levesque isn't the only one strapped with all these (very good) questions.

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Levesque,
The video processor sounds incredible. With all of this 'video horsepower', do you notice any A/V lag? Does the D2 have per input audio delay to counteract any A/V delay that may be present? Lastly, what do you think of the musical/sound reproduction? Bright/Forward, or Warm and slightly 'laid-back'. Any further thoughts very much appreciated.
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The D2, like the D1 before it, has Lip Sync Delay, with independent settings per input. So, for those of us with our beloved Tivo's, which sometimes suffer from out of sync audio, we can get audio/video together in perfect harmony again :-)
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It's not labeled as such.. it just says "Official Thread." So I think that's why you are getting all of the discussion.....




According to the D2 manual, it will do 1080p 24/25/30/50/60..

If I understand it correctly, the unit has a bypass mode (when using the D2 for switching only), and it states that for both Component and HDMI that the max res is 1080p. If you are scaling, the max input for Component is 1080i, 1080p for HDMI.

Thanks! I will be using HDMI exclusively...

 

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It's not labeled as such.. it just says "Official Thread." So I think that's why you are getting all of the discussion.....

Yeah, you are right. I just ask Alan Gouger to change the title of the thread to "tweak guide" instead, and remove the "official" in there...


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Tony,

What's cool, and you may already know this, but I still find it very cool, is that the D2 will accept a Component input for instance, scale it and everything, and output it as HDMI if needed. This was a lifesaver for me, because I have a 20 foot-run of HDMI Kimber Kable as the sole connection from my D2 to my Qualia. However, many of my inputs are Component, like my HD Tivo, my XBOX 360, etc.

The HDMI switcher is great to have too. At first I thought there would be no way I would ever need 4 inputs, but I'm using 2 already, and I'm sure more in the future.
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Yeah, you are right. I just ask Alan Gouger to change the title of the thread to "tweak guide" instead, and remove the "official" in there...


Since this hasn't been much of a "tweak guide" you might just want to open
up a different thread and report your initial posts and keep this thread going
the way it is...

 

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