Originally Posted by Rob Tomlin
Thanks Marc, I forgot the PS3 does TrueHD (are there any BD discs that have TrueHD though?).
In some ways I think I am over analyzing this. On the other hand, there is so much to consider! I have the JVC RS-1 on order. The RS1 has the Gennum chip, and will accept a 1080p24 signal (and display it at 72 I believe). So, not only do I have the audio questions/concerns, but I must also evaluate whether or not I really need the excellent video processing that the D2 provides. Theoretically (and this is the key term here), I should get similar results using the Gennum in the RS1. For SD DVD, I can send a 480i signal directly to the RS1 (actually there are already initial reports about the RS1 not properly handling the 480i signal, but they are supposedly working on a fix via FW- so the word "theoretically" is alread coming into play) and have the Gennum do the deinterlacing and scaling, just as it would if sending to a D2.
Similarly, if I can send the RS1 a 1080p24 signal, there would be no need for processing in the D2 and you would just pass it through.
So the biggest reason to upgrade would probably be for the sound formats (HDMI connectivity that my Parasound Halo C2 lacks). But even then, I could probably use analog connections to connect the Parasound and still get new audio formats (using a player that has the analog connections will limit my choices even further though), but I would prefer to use HDMI to keep things digital.
I think I just need to wait until my RS1 arrives and re-evaluate things after that.
That's not entirely true. While you do get access to the 4 most important Gennum VXP features (TruMotionHD, FineEdge, FideltyEngine, RealityExpansion) in the RS-1, you don't get near the flexibility, adjustments and options that you get with the 50 or D2. I also have an RS1 on order and currently own an AVM 50. I've been reading your emails in the projector section and I can see you know your PJ's. So you know the user menu and options on the RS1 are very weak. So weak that several people are passing on the RS-1 despite it's great performance. While performance is "hopefully" :0) fantastic on the RS-1 you don't have access to RGB colors, gamma, stretch, DNR, etc. Gennum controls like you do in the Anthem's... There are so many more VXP features that you get access to through the Anthem that you'll never get with the RS-1. The VXP menu on the Anthem is 8 tabs thick with a ton of user adjustable settings. I don't understand what half of them do.
I'm a total novice and I'm still learning AV/HT but I'm amazed at the level of control, features and flexibility the AVM 50 provides. You'll get access to 10% of those features in the RS-1. You need to go check out the scalar adjustment menu in the D2. There are a TON of options, options JVC will never offer and can't. JVC won't make the investment to keep updating it like Anthem does. Plus as time goes on, Anthem will add or upgrade those features as new technology and feature requests emerge. I highly doubt the RS-1 is going to have those same future features. JVC has stated that they will limit the firmware upgrades; if provide them at all. If my memory is correct, it's going to be a major PITA to upgrade the RS-1 while the Anthem is a piece of cake. Anthem is continually updating the firmware to add more features and adjustments. Heck they just changed the interface and it's so much better.
If you want total and complete control of your scalar (horsepower) features then you need to get the D2 or AVM 50. While you'll have some redundant features (see above), the dual processing (D2 to RS-1) will guarantee that nothing will be missed since the content will go through the processor twice. I view it this way, the AVM 50 is where I do all my hard core super freak adjustments and the RS-1 is where I'll make minor real time changes depending on what content is showing that day and what the room conditions call for (brightness, contrast, sharpness).
Lastly, the audio on the AVM 50 is sick. These scalar features are pure upside. One other positive, the AVM 50 allows me to have more input devices since there are more ports on the AVM 50 than the RS-1. Finally, what happens if your RS-1 catches on fire and you swear to never buy another JVC product? Your Gennum VXP went away with your PJ; with the Anthem you always have a VXP no matter what toy you're watching your content on. So as you change PJ's, your settings stay and you keep your processing engine/power.Bob,
Oh super nerd
and great one, good to all those who are learning. You've fired up my interest again. I've always wondered why the D2 had an extra DSP. For the life of me I couldn't figure out what it was doing since the features on the AVM 50 and D2 are almost identical. The only difference I've seen is the D2 does 24/192 sampling; what ever that is. Are you stating that the extra DSP is not used at this time? Is it sitting idle waiting for this new Room EQ upgrade? If so, will the AVM 50 ever be able to take advantage of the Room EQ or does it not have enough processing power? What is 24/192 sampling anyway?
Since it's amateur hour
and I'm writing away I figured now would be a good time to ask for some help on AVM tuning. I currently use an Xbox HD DVD drive, PS3 and Oppo 970 to drive my video content. The PS3 seems to be getting the majority of the work these days. When I set up the PS3 or any device for that matter should I specify PCM or DD HDMI in the set up menu? Furthermore when I load a new Blue-Ray DVD what audio format should I choose in the DVD menu? Basically I'm asking what audio set up is going to give me the best sound with my AVM 50? The same question applies for the 50. What audio format should I choose in the Anthem menu? PLIIX, DD, ????? If you had a PS3 hooked to an AVM 50 how would you set up the audio on both devices? Would it change for the 970 and Xbox HD DVD player? What's the trick to make these two sing together?
I have a copy of the Live Video Settings Editor. What is it used for? What should I use it for? Set up editor?
Thanks for ALL your help. I love my system but I feel I could be getting more out of the audio. The scalar video is fantastic on my Pearl and will only improve when I switch it out for the much anticipated RS-1.
Thanks to everyone for their input!!!!!