- Multiroom: three zone controller
- Latest Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding via two dual-core DSP engines
- Broadcast quality digital video processing
- Anthem ARC-1 Room Correction System included
- Balanced-line (XLR) and unbalanced-line (RCA) connections
The AVM 50v is a good-looking component although slightly intimidating because of the abundance of controls on the front panel. Fortunately, the controls are well organized and the informative front panel display with crisp blue characters is clear enough to see across the room. The rear panel is well laid out and clearly labeled, but not a square inch of space remains.
The Anthem Room Correction System (ARC-1) comes with the AVM 50v. The kit includes a calibrated microphone, stand, cables and software. ARC-1 sets speaker levels, crossover frequencies, speaker distance and compensates for room acoustics based on measurements taken from the microphone.
Among the Anthem's most useful audio features is dual Bass Management settings for the main zone – one for Music, another for Movie sources. This setting allows separate speaker configurations and sound adjustments for stereo or multichannel music listening and movie sources. Within the Bass Management settings are Basic and Advanced crossover controls to customize the controller.
The AVM 50v features a Sigma Designs VXP broadcast quality digital video processor with motion-adaptive de-interlacing and video noise reduction, all performed on a per-pixel basis.
Priced at $5,499 the Anthem AVM 50v is clearly not for everyone, but a serious search for a top class preamp/processor should include the AVM-50v.