Originally Posted by KrisHur
I tried searching the thread but can't find where to purchase the AVM-50. The local dealer that comes up from the Anthem site told me not to spend for it and instead buy a Tivo cable box since the primary reason I'm looking to purchse the AVM is bad picture quality from SD cable channels. He said that would be greatly improved with a new cable box and not to spend the $$$ on the Anthem. He also said that Anthem was out of the "video chips" and it would be a while before he could get me one.
Sounds fishy to me and I'd like to talk to someone else--any recommendations on a dealer?
Oh man, Kris, Kris my man, my friend, my compadre, can I just tell you that this dealer of yours needs to be hit over the head with a clue-by-four. This guy is a piece of work for sure. He's playin some serious games with you. Let me try to break this down for you...
So, the symptom of crappy SD cable broadcasts, ok, fair enough, it's a well-known problem out there. Switching to an HD Tivo Series 3 box will of course allow you to receive all the HD cable channels you wanna get from your cable provider, using Cablecards, and you won't find a bigger fan of the Series 3 for PQ and overall usability than me - it's a damn good box, and the dual tuner HD functionality is just what the doctor ordered. But let me make something clear here - you are switching in that case from SD crap to gorgeous HD signals - of COURSE the quality is going to be night and day difference. But to say that the nifty Series 3 Tivo is a replacement for the Anthem D2/AVM-50 is a HUGE leap. It's like telling a yachtsman that you will solve all his problems with an S-series Mercedes. The question is "what are you looking to accomplish?". Said differently, "why do you believe you want a D2 or AVM50?". Not trying to be patronizing here, but it would be helpful if you describe for us what your goals are - what are you trying to achieve? What are your other sources? List for us all your other equipment so we can get a better picture of how you would benefit from the AVM50. What are your needs right now, and also, what do you imagine your needs to be in the next 3-5 years (I know this hurts, but I bet you have some idea of where you're headed with this hobby in the next 3-5 years)?
If the answer is that your only major need is for your cable TV reception to improve to HD quality and have a nice way to record those HD and SD broadcasts, then yeah, a Tivo Series 3, for about 500 after rebate these days, yeah, you're good, buy the Tivo and forget about everything, put your left over money under the mattress and save it for something else that comes along that you actually need.
But, if the answer is that you would like to have multi-zone, multi-room control of a whole-house audio/video solution, or if you would like to have fantastic video processing up to 1080p for all video sources you own now and/or in the future, or if you would like a top-notch preamp that is flexible enough to handle virtually all post-processing needs, or if you want to control an independent Record Zone, or if you want to have top-notch audio and video from all your current and future sources, or if you envision using the multiple HDMI source capability to control BD/HD DVD, DVD or gaming sources, etc etc, than the D2 or AVM50 is a FANTASTIC solution, and one that cannot be replaced by the lovely Tivo Series 3 box. They are in 2 different leagues my friend, they are serving 2 totally different purposes. Needless to say, they are in 2 totally different leagues money-wise, for good reason.
You have to figure out what your needs are, and whether the great functionality and capability of the AVM50 is really something that you need, and then make a decision from there. Again, both products are PHENOMENAL at what they do - the only question is what are your current priorities and needs right now? What are the rest of your components? What sources do you use today? What do you envision using in the future? Take a step back, really analyze what your plans are in audio/video, and then the decision will become more obvious to you.
As for a decent dealer, go see Ensemble in Nashua NH. I know it's a serious hike from you in upstate NY, but NH is a lovely drive in the summer, and the lack of sales tax will more than make up for the cost of the gas to get there (even at 4 bucks a gallon!). Seriously, they know their stuff, they will get you a good deal, and they stand by their sales. Call them up and ask for John. They have been selling Anthem/Statement/Paradigm gear for a LONG time.
Let me know how you make out, I genuinely wanna help you make a good decision if I can. Hopefully, this triggers some more ideas for ya. Let us know your thoughts.
All the best,