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#51 Quark

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 07:19 PM

Well, the Anthem D2V's have landed. I won't have time to play with mine until later in the week but until then here are a few Audio-porn photos! Sorry about the quality but an iPhone isn't a great camera. In the second photo you can see the ARC kit. Unlike the Integra and Denon the Mic, Stand and software are all included at no extra cost or licence fee. Enjoy!

http://www.dtvforum....t...ost&id=9597

P.S Yes Blade, the bottom box is yours ;)


Drool!!!!!! :wub:

#52 MACCA350

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 07:20 PM

We like Audio-Porn :D
Looks great Jason, I didn't think they'd turn up for a few more weeks, nice to see them in your hands B)


Looks like I'll be without my Denon 3808 for a few weeks, buzzing transformer being checked out............hmmm :ninja:


Still like the Denon AVP, though it's now 3 years old and is not going to be getting replacement this year, plus our AU model won't be getting the Audyssey Pro update, not sure if we get a DSX update either(not that I'm interested in it, but better to have and not need than need and not have :rolleyes: )

If I had my 4x Sparks mounted up the back I'd probably do something while the 3808 is on holiday, but alas they are awaiting the new house. So I still need to power my current surrounds and I only have a 3 channel Denon POA-T3 laying around :( ...........actually I just remembered I do also have a nice old Sherwood 2 channel amp :ninja:


I really sound like I'm trying to talk myself out of a pre atm don't I :blink:

cheers

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 07:24 PM

I really sound like I'm trying to talk myself out of a pre atm don't I :blink:

cheers


It does sound that way :P

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 07:28 PM

We like Audio-Porn :D
Looks great Jason, I didn't think they'd turn up for a few more weeks, nice to see them in your hands B)


Looks like I'll be without my Denon 3808 for a few weeks, buzzing transformer being checked out............hmmm :ninja:


Still like the Denon AVP, though it's now 3 years old and is not going to be getting replacement this year, plus our AU model won't be getting the Audyssey Pro update, not sure if we get a DSX update either(not that I'm interested in it, but better to have and not need than need and not have :rolleyes: )

If I had my 4x Sparks mounted up the back I'd probably do something while the 3808 is on holiday, but alas they are awaiting the new house. So I still need to power my current surrounds and I only have a 3 channel Denon POA-T3 laying around :( ...........actually I just remembered I do also have a nice old Sherwood 2 channel amp :ninja:


I really sound like I'm trying to talk myself out of a pre atm don't I :blink:

cheers


Haha macca, I still love my denon avp :wub: even though a few years old now, and not in a roaring rush for any of those updates

But not to take anything away from the anthem here, definitely an impressive looking beast :)

Good luck with the Sherwood :D

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 07:39 PM

Well, the Anthem D2V's have landed. I won't have time to play with mine until later in the week but until then here are a few Audio-porn photos! Sorry about the quality but an iPhone isn't a great camera. In the second photo you can see the ARC kit. Unlike the Integra and Denon the Mic, Stand and software are all included at no extra cost or licence fee. Enjoy!

http://www.dtvforum....t...ost&id=9597

P.S Yes Blade, the bottom box is yours ;)


You lucky buggers!

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 07:50 PM

Haha macca, I still love my denon avp :wub: even though a few years old now, and not in a roaring rush for any of those updates

Wanna sell it ;)

But not to take anything away from the anthem here, definitely an impressive looking beast :)

Certainly does have some advantages, I'm just finding it hard to consider move away from Denon gear.........started with the 1603 for me, that was 8 years ago ;)

Good luck with the Sherwood :D

Yeah, think I'll leave it where it is :lol:

cheers

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 08:24 PM

Wanna sell it ;)

Certainly does have some advantages, I'm just finding it hard to consider move away from Denon gear.........started with the 1603 for me, that was 8 years ago ;)

cheers


hehe but then I'd have to get something else ! :unsure:

I know what you mean re denon, going from my 4308 to the avp, didnt even need to reprogram the harmony :D

but better stop all this denon talk in the anthem thread !

ps I was goign to ask if you had insurance if firing the an old sherwood, but thought better be kind :lol:

anyways sorry for the intentional diversion, back to radio station anthem !

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 11:59 AM

I just spent the last hour playing around with the D2v. Firstly, the GUI is VERY nice. Very easy to navigate and VERY customisable (pic below). The video setup options alone were like 5 pages. We have a Denon AVR-3310 running through an Elektra Theatron driving a Paradigm Monitor 11 speaker pack (5.1). I hear this running 8 hours a day 5 days a week. So i have a pretty good idea how this setup performs. I don't have a laptop close by so i didn't get the ARC calibration done. It was basically a plug and play demo. All the speaker levels were done by ear. I wasn't really expecting much out of the D2v at this point. I really just wanted to see the GUI and the pretty lights on the front panel :P

I only had about 20 mins of listening time so i didn't get much in. The first thing I played was Nitin Sawhney - Nadia. WOW, Just ....WOW!. I hear this song about 5 to 10 times a week but never like this! The vocals just seemed so much more live and open. Then the bass kicked in. It was just so much tighter with much more depth. After a couple more songs I played another track that virtually loops all day here. The final battle scene in Avatar. The 6x4m room opened up and felt like a 8x6 room. The sounds stage was epic! Again, the detail was SO much more pronounced in every area. It sounded like someone had replaced the Monitor 11 system for a Studio 100 system.

I can only imagine how good the D2v will be setup correctly and running ARC. I can't wait to hook up to my Emotiva's and JTR's to this beast! :D

Anthem D2v GUI

Edited by Jason V, 22 July 2010 - 12:01 PM.


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Posted 22 July 2010 - 12:53 PM

I just spent the last hour playing around with the D2v. Firstly, the GUI is VERY nice. Very easy to navigate and VERY customisable (pic below). The video setup options alone were like 5 pages. We have a Denon AVR-3310 running through an Elektra Theatron driving a Paradigm Monitor 11 speaker pack (5.1). I hear this running 8 hours a day 5 days a week. So i have a pretty good idea how this setup performs. I don't have a laptop close by so i didn't get the ARC calibration done. It was basically a plug and play demo. All the speaker levels were done by ear. I wasn't really expecting much out of the D2v at this point. I really just wanted to see the GUI and the pretty lights on the front panel :P

I only had about 20 mins of listening time so i didn't get much in. The first thing I played was Nitin Sawhney - Nadia. WOW, Just ....WOW!. I hear this song about 5 to 10 times a week but never like this! The vocals just seemed so much more live and open. Then the bass kicked in. It was just so much tighter with much more depth. After a couple more songs I played another track that virtually loops all day here. The final battle scene in Avatar. The 6x4m room opened up and felt like a 8x6 room. The sounds stage was epic! Again, the detail was SO much more pronounced in every area. It sounded like someone had replaced the Monitor 11 system for a Studio 100 system.

I can only imagine how good the D2v will be setup correctly and running ARC. I can't wait to hook up to my Emotiva's and JTR's to this beast! :D

Anthem D2v GUI


Congrats Jason! And thanks for the gui picture. Very nice looking indeed!

Can't wait to hear what you think after ARCing it up.

#60 dantan

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 12:58 PM

Thanks Jason; I am so envious. :P

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 01:05 PM

I just spent the last hour playing around with the D2v. Firstly, the GUI is VERY nice. Very easy to navigate and VERY customisable (pic below). The video setup options alone were like 5 pages. We have a Denon AVR-3310 running through an Elektra Theatron driving a Paradigm Monitor 11 speaker pack (5.1). I hear this running 8 hours a day 5 days a week. So i have a pretty good idea how this setup performs. I don't have a laptop close by so i didn't get the ARC calibration done. It was basically a plug and play demo. All the speaker levels were done by ear. I wasn't really expecting much out of the D2v at this point. I really just wanted to see the GUI and the pretty lights on the front panel :P

I only had about 20 mins of listening time so i didn't get much in. The first thing I played was Nitin Sawhney - Nadia. WOW, Just ....WOW!. I hear this song about 5 to 10 times a week but never like this! The vocals just seemed so much more live and open. Then the bass kicked in. It was just so much tighter with much more depth. After a couple more songs I played another track that virtually loops all day here. The final battle scene in Avatar. The 6x4m room opened up and felt like a 8x6 room. The sounds stage was epic! Again, the detail was SO much more pronounced in every area. It sounded like someone had replaced the Monitor 11 system for a Studio 100 system.

I can only imagine how good the D2v will be setup correctly and running ARC. I can't wait to hook up to my Emotiva's and JTR's to this beast! :D

Anthem D2v GUI


MUST....STOP.....READING......THREAD! :o

#62 SimonNo10

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 02:30 PM

MUST....STOP.....READING......THREAD!


Too late for me as soon as I organise my finaces I should be able to get one in the next month or 2. Thanks Jason for your impressions, was hoping it was everything I want it to be and sounds like it is.Congrats on a fine piece of equipment.

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 02:35 PM

I only had about 20 mins of listening time so i didn't get much in. The first thing I played was Nitin Sawhney - Nadia. WOW, Just ....WOW!. I hear this song about 5 to 10 times a week but never like this! The vocals just seemed so much more live and open. Then the bass kicked in. It was just so much tighter with much more depth. After a couple more songs I played another track that virtually loops all day here. The final battle scene in Avatar. The 6x4m room opened up and felt like a 8x6 room. The sounds stage was epic! Again, the detail was SO much more pronounced in every area. It sounded like someone had replaced the Monitor 11 system for a Studio 100 system.

So what were you using as a source for music Jason?

Were you using a transport and the Anthem's internal DACs or were you feeding it from a CD player via analogue (if so, RCA or balanced)?
How was the previous Denon 3310 set up? The same?

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 03:09 PM

So what were you using as a source for music Jason?

Were you using a transport and the Anthem's internal DACs or were you feeding it from a CD player via analogue (if so, RCA or balanced)?
How was the previous Denon 3310 set up? The same?


Nothing over the top at all mate. Just a Denon 2010 Blu-Ray player connected via HDMI to the D2v. As i said, it was a very quick demo. Given a couple of hours more i would have pulled out the balanced interconnects and connected a better player. Once i have it hooked up at home correctly i will give a more detailed account. This was just me having a quick play with a new toy :)

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 04:30 PM

I am certainly very keen to hear your comments when you have more experience with the D2v, especially when you have plugged into it high(er) end dedicated CD Player, etc. Mainly via analogue input.

Dan.

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 05:16 PM

Sounds like an amazing bit of gear.........so tempting mmmm what can I sell?


OT- looks like Anthem re-badges JVC projectors going by the website?

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 08:53 PM

A true tweakers pre Jason . Curious what the video adc menu options are ; does it have selectable 8 bit/10bit options for instance ?

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 09:42 PM

A true tweakers pre Jason . Curious what the video adc menu options are ; does it have selectable 8 bit/10bit options for instance ?


Yes.

Latest firmware:

CHANGE LIST

v2.10:

1. Added Dolby Volume. For operation see manual v2.1x. With the pdf version you can save time by typing "Dolby Volume" in the Find window.

2. Added HDMI-out bit depth options in menu 1. Try 8 or 10 bit settings if you're having trouble with a long HDMI output connection that worked reliably with older equipment.

3. Bug fixes: Surround preset for 2-channel input and room resonance test noise.

4. Improvements: HDMI switching and drive, muting during chapter skips, day/time clock accuracy, video processor software installation reliability. Note that this version resets the video processing code relative to last release, and installation can take up to 40 minutes depending on the version being overwritten.

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 03:57 AM

Yes.

2. Added HDMI-out bit depth options in menu 1. Try 8 or 10 bit settings if you're having trouble with a long HDMI output connection that worked reliably with older equipment.

Educated/lucky guess Blade :D very nice compatability with projectors that take a wider colour space than the standard 8 bit . Similar to the oppo 83 ;)

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 08:54 AM

Educated/lucky guess Blade :D very nice compatability with projectors that take a wider colour space than the standard 8 bit . Similar to the oppo 83 ;)


I'd assumed that's what you meant by 8bit/10bit but certainly nice timing given v2.10 Firmware is only 2 days old.

It's good to see Anthem releasing solid Firmware updates for their products. ARC has a Beta version at the moment as well.

Blade

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 06:08 PM

So, Blade, have you received your Anthem D2v Surround Processor? If so, please let us know what you think of it. :D

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:13 PM

So, Blade, have you received your Anthem D2v Surround Processor? If so, please let us know what you think of it. :D


Not quite yet Dan but if everything goes according to plan I'll be picking it up this Saturday 14/08/2010. Exciting times indeed ^_^

It'll likely be a couple of weeks after that before I've had enough time with it to present a decent review.

Cheers

Blade

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 09:50 AM

It'll likely be a couple of weeks after that before I've had enough time with it to present a decent review.


Nope that's simply not good enough. You must have it up and running with a full ARC calibration within 1hr of unpacking it. Don't leave me hanging for 2 weeks.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 10:13 AM

Nope that's simply not good enough. You must have it up and running with a full ARC calibration within 1hr of unpacking it. Don't leave me hanging for 2 weeks.


Maybe we need to organise a working bee around at Blade's that day? :) You know what they say, "Many hands make quick ARC calibration".

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 10:22 AM

Not quite yet Dan but if everything goes according to plan I'll be picking it up this Saturday 14/08/2010. Exciting times indeed ^_^

It'll likely be a couple of weeks after that before I've had enough time with it to present a decent review.

Cheers

Blade

Exciting times ahead for you, certainly, Blade.

None of us can wait for your review, mate.

I tried to check one out on the weekend but the retailer is waiting to sell their showroom demo Denon AVP-A1HDA to make way for an Anthem D2v. Their "best price", can't-be-refused-price, is, erm, $10,500.00. And that's for a unit they've had there for quite a number of months (possibly a year or more). Hmm; looks as though I may be waiting for quite a while before I will even be able to sniff, I mean, see, an Anthem D2v in action.

Dan.