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post #3061 of 42717
The Pearl does NOT show the frequency information for me.
I have never seen the frequency information displayed. Just the model number, serial number, memory setting index, description of memory location (eg: 24p), and number of lamp hours.

This is on HDMI input2.

Here are the latest CUSTOM resolution settings I am using. These have passed the previous tests I have performed. No jerkiness yet.

NEW 24p CUSTOM settings to try:

2200 horizontal total size
1920 horizontal active size
96 horizontal start sync
144 horizontal end sync

1125 vertical total size
1080 vertical active size
4 vertical start sync
9 vertical end sync

1080 field active size
45 field black (blank) size
0 offset

59340600 pixel clock rate

Drhankz, if you have a Ruby, can you try these custom 24p settings too?

Update: ARG, the video did hit a bit of jerkiness after submitting this, but it quickly recovered.

Quote:
Originally Posted by drhankz View Post

I know the Ruby is NOT a Pearl - but the Ruby INFO
box DOES Show both Horizontal and Vertical Frequencies.

PAGE 52 of the Pearl Manual DOES SHOW the
Frequencies being Displayed?????????

YOURS Does Not????

I did notice a NOTE saying it may not be displayed - but
NO REASON for that note.
post #3062 of 42717
If this question has been asked before, I apologize for the repetition.
When ou load in new software into the D2 are all of your settings saved or do you have to reprogram the unit?
I hope that it is like my DTV HR20 that keeps all settings
Thanks for the answer
post #3063 of 42717
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by drhankz View Post

Well I am use to an MC12b - and I am even MORE HAPPY
with the D2.

So you're telling me that the Lexicon MC12b at 2 times the price of the Anthem D2 doesn't sound better?

So drhankz, if the Lexicon MC-12HD is not sounding better then the D2, can't process any video signal, can't pass 1080p... then why are people buying those for 2 times the price?
post #3064 of 42717
Quote:
Originally Posted by rlockshin View Post

If this question has been asked before, I apologize for the repetition.
When ou load in new software into the D2 are all of your settings saved or do you have to reprogram the unit?
I hope that it is like my DTV HR20 that keeps all settings
Thanks for the answer

You should save settings before doing an upgrade, optimally in a PC file. There may be a time when you have to do a reset to originally config, then they will have to be saved externally. You can restore after an upgrade BUT with new features (e.g., when TV went to TV1, TV2, etc.) or even with no new features, some settings are not carried forward (this has been improving in subsequent updates, though). There is a high probability that you will most savings seamlessly saved, but make sure to save manually before an update. It's worth the piece of mind even if you don't have to restore from the backup.
post #3065 of 42717
Quote:
Originally Posted by LEVESQUE View Post

So you're telling me that the Lexicon MC12b at 2 times the price of the Anthem D2 doesn't sound better?

So drhankz, if the Lexicon MC-12HD is not sounding better then the D2, can't process any video signal, can't pass 1080p... then why are people buying those for 2 times the price?

I'm kind of curious about that myself!

post #3066 of 42717
Quote:
Originally Posted by sfield View Post

Drhankz, if you have a Ruby, can you try these custom 24p settings too?

I Used the 1080p/48 parameters from Live Video Edit
on the Ruby and they worked PERFECTLY.

The Ruby will not recognize 1080p/24 - only 1080p/48.

If I do have the time - I will give it a whirl - But I expect
to see a black screen with Frequency out of range at
the Bottom left of the Screen. I'm familiar with that
ERROR MESSAGE!

However - I'll BET $100 bucks if someone can give me
access to programming the Memory Locations in the
Ruby - I can tune the Ruby up to accept 1080p/24.

I have the SERVICE Manuals for BOTH the Ruby and
Pearl and even the schematics. I'm disappointed that
nowhere in the SERVICE Manuals can I find the clue
to acces memory. I'm still on a mission to find that
clue.
post #3067 of 42717
Quote:
Originally Posted by LEVESQUE View Post

So you're telling me that the Lexicon MC12b at 2 times the price of the Anthem D2 doesn't sound better?

So drhankz, if the Lexicon MC-12HD is not sounding better then the D2, can't process any video signal, can't pass 1080p... then why are people buying those for 2 times the price?

So they can brag to their friends at Cocktail Parties
they spent $14,000 on a MC-12HD and it won't even
PASS 1080p - let alone Process any Video.

In Movie Content Mode - I give the D2 the Thumbs up.

I have not had time to get into ULTRA music mode to see
how the D2 stacks up to the MC-12b. But I'll bet it is a
darn close run off in MUSIC mode.

I DOUBT I would be able to tell the difference in a BLIND TEST.
post #3068 of 42717
Quote:
Originally Posted by rlockshin View Post

If this question has been asked before, I apologize for the repetition.
When ou load in new software into the D2 are all of your settings saved or do you have to reprogram the unit?
I hope that it is like my DTV HR20 that keeps all settings
Thanks for the answer

As someone else said - you should save the settings.

I did the ugrade from 1.06 to 1.11 and not a SINGLE
setting changed.
post #3069 of 42717
Quote:
Originally Posted by LEVESQUE View Post

So you're telling me that the Lexicon MC12b at 2 times the price of the Anthem D2 doesn't sound better?

So drhankz, if the Lexicon MC-12HD is not sounding better then the D2, can't process any video signal, can't pass 1080p... then why are people buying those for 2 times the price?

It's actually 3 times the price for their HD model.


Why do people choose coke over pepsi, sony over toshiba, toyota over honda, chevy over dodge, microsoft over nintendo? Simple answer is that we are addicted to brand -- even simpler answer -----> people are ___________.

Left blank as not to offend anyone else out there. : ) Those not easily offended, please feel free to insert your own text.

I've been a loyal Lexicon fan for some years but obviously with their recent pricing decisions they aren't interested in keeping people like me around. 14k for a preamp?????? no thanks.
post #3070 of 42717
Quote:
Originally Posted by LEVESQUE View Post

So you're telling me that the Lexicon MC12b at 2 times the price of the Anthem D2 doesn't sound better?

So drhankz, if the Lexicon MC-12HD is not sounding better then the D2, can't process any video signal, can't pass 1080p... then why are people buying those for 2 times the price?

Three potential reasons:

-Reputation and name recognition (snobbery)
-Dealer margins (the dealers push them more)
-Customer brand loyalty

Unlike many here my system is audiophile oriented rather than HT oriented, even though my use is roughly 50-50. I am at heart an audiophile. My speakers are world class along with the amplification., I use a primium CD transport with a separate DAC and the D2 wouldn't be here if it didn't measurre up to the rest of the system.

I had the opportunity to audition the MC 12 HD side by side with the Anthem in my home. Many of you may remember the problems I had with my first two D2s and during that time a dealer was trying to move me up (?) to Lexicon so they loaned me the showroon MC12. The audio quality of the two units in two channel bypass with XLR connectiolns could not be differentiated on my system. They we ever so slightly different but neither was clearly better. So, I decided to stick with the D2, fight for another unit to see if it solved the HDMI issues I was experiencing. Fortunatly it did and now I am a gushing D2 owner even considering a 2d unit (or AVM 50) for another room in my new home.
post #3071 of 42717
Thread Starter 
I know. I was also able to compare the Lexicon MC-12B of one of my friend at my place, with the D2, a couple of months ago. My friend was so impressed with the D2 that he sold the Lex and the DVDO VP30 that he was using with it, bought a D2, and put ALOT of money in his pocket (since he sold the scaler also).

Like he said, sonically, the D2 is on par with the Lex, but the scaler in the D2 was better then the VP30. So the switch was easy to make.

But some people thinks that because the Lexicons are 2 times (3 times up here) the price of the Anthem D2, that it MUST be better. But it's not.

Logic7 didn't impressed me. Double differential DACs are just specs, and the end result is not better.

It's really sad that some people are thinking that the more money you pay, the better it will be. The D2 is an exception on the high-end market right now, and I know alot of Lexicon + scalers owners who made the switch to the D2 in the last months.
post #3072 of 42717
Quote:
Originally Posted by LEVESQUE View Post

I know. I was also able to compare the Lexicon MC-12B of one of my friend at my place, with the D2, a couple of months ago. My friend was so impressed with the D2 that he sold the Lex and the DVDO VP30 that he was using with it, bought a D2, and put ALOT of money in his pocket (since he sold the scaler also).

After talking to the Lexicon Engineers about the MC-12HD.

I sold my Lexicon MC-12b and my DVDO VP50 and Bought
my D2 with the money from the sales; and had a wee bit
left over. SO MY D2 was FREE. How can you beat that?

I call that a MERRY CHRISTMAS.
post #3073 of 42717
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by drhankz View Post

I sold my Lexicon MC-12b and my DVDO VP50 and Bought
my D2 with the money from the sales; and had a wee bit
left over. SO MY D2 was FREE. How can you beat that?

You know it's impossible. The D2 can't be better then the Lex MC-12B + VP50... You're just justifying the money you saved (I was about to say "the money you spent", but since you did put money back in your pocket...)

post #3074 of 42717
Quote:
Originally Posted by LEVESQUE View Post

You know it's impossible. The D2 can't be better then the Lex MC-12B + VP50... You're just justifying the money you saved (I was about to say "the money you spent", but since you did put money back in your pocket...)


I'm HAPPY with my D2 Choice. I'd even make the choice AGAIN
- even PAYING FOR IT IN FULL.

Heck when I had the MC-12b - I couldn't listen to Phamtom in HD without
Audio Drops outs over Optical Inputs. THAT is QUALITY [GRIN]?
post #3075 of 42717
You guys! Silly grins... Hopping up and down in glee...

OK, so you've dealt with Lexicon. But surely you realize the real competition is all the other "better sounding" pre-pros in Zissou's thread here.

[Stand's back to admire the fireworks....]

I enjoyed Logic-7 from my prior Lexicon. And if I only had the PLIIX stuff on the Anthem I'd be annoyed. Fortunately the mix of PLIIX and the Anthem Logic modes -- particularly with the PLIIX THX post processsing option -- covers the bases for movies, music and TV just fine.

So I suppose the lack of 8-channel PCM and deep color and, umm, lip lock over HDMI V1.3 is what's really going to give us all buyer's remorse. No wait! It's the lack of TrueHD decoding!

Excuse me, I need to get back to hopping and grinning.
--Bob
post #3076 of 42717
I was upgrading my D2 today and got the following error message FPGA configurator programming failed(error code=0Xffff). When the D2 boots says firmware is 1.11, but there is no picture. I get a message on the D2 that says no HDCP monitor found. I have audio, but no picture. Can I go back to a previous version? I am using the Radio Shack USB to serial aadapter which worked fine for the previous upgrade. i bought the Keyspan, but the mounting bolts get in the way. Hope I don't have to send it back. I reset to factory defaults.

Thanks,

Lou
post #3077 of 42717
Quote:
Originally Posted by runnerlk View Post

I was upgrading my D2 today and got the following error message FPGA configurator programming failed(error code=0Xffff). When the D2 boots says firmware is 1.11, but there is no picture. I get a message on the D2 that says no HDCP monitor found. I have audio, but no picture. Can I go back to a previous version? I am using the Radio Shack USB to serial aadapter which worked fine for the previous upgrade. i bought the Keyspan, but the mounting bolts get in the way. Hope I don't have to send it back. I reset to factory defaults.

Thanks,

Lou

Lou,
You can definitely do a re-install of the older version if you want to.

However, this error commonly happens if you have a powered HDMI connection to the D2 when you try to do the install. Some HDMI devices are not really off when they look off, unless you pull the power plug or pull the HDMI cable.

I'd suggest that before going back, you try the V1.11 install again, but this time first power off the D2 and then disconnect any HDMI inputs or outputs. You can disconnect either end of the HDMI cable. Then try the V1.11 install again.

By the way, the mounting bolts are typically removable on things like the keyspan. And of course you can also put a serial cable between keyspan and the Anthem instead of connecting it directly to the Anthem.
--Bob
post #3078 of 42717
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Pariseau View Post

OK, so you've dealt with Lexicon. But surely you realize the real competition is all the other "better sounding" pre-pros in Zissou's thread here.

[Stand's back to admire the fireworks....]

So I suppose the lack of 8-channel PCM and deep color and, umm, lip lock over HDMI V1.3 is what's really going to give us all buyer's remorse. No wait! It's the lack of TrueHD decoding!

Excuse me, I need to get back to hopping and grinning.
--Bob

Bob! Ouch! I didn't knew you had a "nasty" side! I like it!
post #3079 of 42717
Quote:
Originally Posted by drhankz View Post

I Used the 1080p/48 parameters from Live Video Edit
on the Ruby and they worked PERFECTLY.

The Ruby will not recognize 1080p/24 - only 1080p/48.

Drhankz, are you getting 1080p/48 by using the DVI input? I thought the HDMI input would not accept 48 Hz. Or is it through creating a custom setting through Live Video Settings editor? Inquiring minds want to know...

I would like to eventually try the 48 Hz setting with my Ruby since the D2 is such a champ at processing and transcoding.
post #3080 of 42717
Quote:
Originally Posted by gdc View Post

Drhankz, are you getting 1080p/48 by using the DVI input? I thought the HDMI input would not accept 48 Hz. Or is it through creating a custom setting through Live Video Settings editor? Inquiring minds want to know...

I would like to eventually try the 48 Hz setting with my Ruby since the D2 is such a champ at processing and transcoding.

Yes as of TODAY it is 1080p/48 over DVI.

Despite what Sony may say - After reviewing the Sony Service
manuals and schematics for both the Ruby and Pearl - I feel
pretty safe in predicting the Ruby can accept 1080p/48 over
HDMI. HOWEVER - That requires a change in DISPLAY Memory
parameters that I have yet to figure out [and SONY will not
Support] how to make those chages.
post #3081 of 42717
*******PLEASE NOTE ********

If you take a look at the thread stats, this thread has a very high ratio of contributors (and benefactors) to page views BUT there is considerable evidence to a fair number of anonymous lurkers who i assume are learning, researching and improving their enjoyment of this fabulous hobby(obsession). It is to this silent population that I now speak.......

Please do not misinterpret our enthusiasm and passion for this technology as blind loyalty to a particular brand. To a man(person) we would jump to something better if it were available, and for some of us that includes options at any price! In a sense, the majority of sensible active participants on this particular thread are on a life long quest for the AV holy grail...........finding a way to fit the entire Boston Pops orchestra in our living rooms live, unplugged and on demand!
Do not let our tendency to analyze just how many angels we can get to dance on the head of a pin diminish just how truly remarkable this technology is and your potential enjoyment of it. A number of the strongest proponents, including myself, have no involvement in the industry other than our passion for excellence. We come to these conclusions honestly and as many would have observed are truly tough critics even to that which we admire and respect.
I am 60 years old having achieved that status in spite of nurse ratshit's attempts to kill me on the treadmill. I have been involved with the arts and addicted to consumer electronics for at least 52 of those years that I can still remember. The life long pursuit of those very special moments of inner peace that come in achieving a certain level of audio/video performance have never been closer than with the D2 paired with the P5/P2 and I honestly believe I am still at the bottom of the hill as I have yet to properly calibrate my equipment. So with no shares in Anthem, and certainly no hope of beginning a second career at my age I urge anyone sitting on the fence to make the plunge. The result will pierce your heart with the audio and immediately mend it with the video!

Peter

ps. Bob Pariseau, Alain Levesque, and drhankz........thank you for your influence, patience and support of alot of dumb questions! My passion and desire for this hobby has been enhanced a thousand fold! May this holiday bring the best to you all!!!!!!

and to Anthem........keep up the good work and do not drop the ball......we are not a forgiving group!
post #3082 of 42717
Quote:
Originally Posted by nine ball View Post

.we are not a forgiving group!

Maybe a New Year's Resolution is in ORDER

Maybe we should be a FORGIVING Group [GRIN]!
post #3083 of 42717
after we get the promised audio calibration stuff............

Peter
post #3084 of 42717
Quote:
Originally Posted by nine ball View Post

after we get the promised audio calibration stuff............

Peter

I never made that PROMISE!

Did YOU?

I calibrated my Theater myself.

It sounds the way I WANT IT not some Dumb Computer [GRIN]!

WHO IS IN CHARGE HERE [GRIN]?
post #3085 of 42717
yes Hank but you have a five thousand year head start on the rest of us!

I have to go and start my Christmas shopping now.......I've decided that this year I'm not leaving it to the last minute!

Peter
post #3086 of 42717
Quote:
Originally Posted by nine ball View Post

yes Hank but you have a five thousand year head start on the rest of us!

I have to go and start my Christmas shopping now.......I've decided that this year I'm not leaving it to the last minute!

Peter

$5000 Head Start - Where Did you get that IDEA [GRIN]?
post #3087 of 42717
Well here's to the folks at Anthem who are working to fix the current issues despite the press of other, holiday priorities. I've been there guys. Don't think it goes unappreciated.

As for future stuff, I'm reminded that baseball umpires all know you are expected to start out perfect and then get better. Let's hope Anthem has the same drive to produce perfection for these two products over the next year. If so, it won't be because of the pay or the prestige. It will be because a lot of people worked very hard at something they love.

For now, I'm signing off for a day or so. Here's hoping Christmas is everything you'd wish it be, for you and all those you hold dear.
--Bob
post #3088 of 42717
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Pariseau View Post

Lou,
You can definitely do a re-install of the older version if you want to.

However, this error commonly happens if you have a powered HDMI connection to the D2 when you try to do the install. Some HDMI devices are not really off when they look off, unless you pull the power plug or pull the HDMI cable.

I'd suggest that before going back, you try the V1.11 install again, but this time first power off the D2 and then disconnect any HDMI inputs or outputs. You can disconnect either end of the HDMI cable. Then try the V1.11 install again.

By the way, the mounting bolts are typically removable on things like the keyspan. And of course you can also put a serial cable between keyspan and the Anthem instead of connecting it directly to the Anthem.
--Bob


Bob, Thanks for the input. I re-installed v1.06 to play it safe and disconnected all HDMI sources, not good enough to just turn them off as the manual describes. All is well, will try again tomorrow.

Thanks,

lou
post #3089 of 42717
Well said guys. It's now time to play some Christmas music, spend time with the family, and wait for Santa

Happy Holidays boys,

Mark
post #3090 of 42717
I use an old desktop with RS232 whenever I make a firmware change with the AVM50. The upgrades were unproblematic with this procedure. It is just too cumbersome bringing the whole destop to the other room and do this. Is it possible to use my laptop and a USB to RS232 cable instead for the Live video editor?
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