Denon Preview the AVC-A1XV Multi-Room Receiver

October 2, in DVD-Audio News

Preview: Denon AVC-A1XV, a 10.2 AV and multi-room receiver, the largest, heaviest, most powerful, most flexible and undoubtedly the best AV receiver ever made!

All info tentative E&OE 1/10/04 – Target price around Ј4,000.00 inc VAT (TBC).

High-end home cinema and multi-zone entertainment: without the multi-components! Unprecedented 16-channel multi-zone audio and video. A complete CEDIA install in one-box, featuring 16-channels of output capability and 10 fully assignable discrete amplifiers, the AVC-A1XV is the world’s first A/V receiver capable of providing multi-zone 5.1 system capability.

  • 16-channel multi-zone audio and video
  • 10 × 170rms watt power amps
  • One full 9.1-channel surround sound system in a single room
  • Two discrete 5.1-channel systems in different rooms
  • A 7.1-channel system in the main zone, a 2.1-channel system in a 2nd room and a mono system in a 3rd room
  • An audiophile-oriented ‘bi-amp’ mode, with two amplifiers used for each front, left, right and centre speakers for a full 5-channel system, delivering maximum power and performance.

Astonishing new MultEQ System

Up to eight individual listening seats are simultaneously corrected in real-time – all seats are good seats. MultEQ™ XT room correction and calibration technology is the first such technology capable of minimizing the effects of room acoustics for multiple listeners.

  • HDMI V1.1 and DVI switching and routing
  • HDTV Switching
  • HDMI inputs × 3 plus HDMI Monitor Out × 1
  • DVI inputs × 1 plus DVI Monitor Out
  • Firewire Inputs × 2
  • Denon Link 3
  • RS232 × 2 front and back panel
  • Ethernet × 2
  • 6 high-bandwidth (100 MHz) HDTV-compatible component inputs
  • PC setup input – front panel

The AVC-A1XV offers the most extensive complement of connection options of any receiver in the industry, including 3 HDMI and 1 DVI-D digital video ports; 6 high-bandwidth (100MHz), HDTV-compatible component video inputs (including dual component video monitoring for the main zone), IEEE-1394, a total of 14 audio/video inputs, connections for 2 high-resolution audio sources, such as DVD-Audio or SACD, multiple RS-232C ports, Ethernet and much more.

Advanced Video Conversion and Scaling

The AVC-A1XV features a host of today’s most advanced video conversion and scaling technologies, including the world’s first discrete 2-zone video conversion capability and HDTV switching. Component video up-conversion automatically converts S-video or composite video input signals from sources such as DVD players, VCRs or camcorders, to a high-quality component video signal. In addition, Time Based Correction is employed in the video conversion circuitry to permit better compatibility and performance from all video sources. The AVC-A1XV also includes built-in video scaling using a Faroudja integrated processor with DCDi (Directional Correlational Deinterlacing) technology and 12 bit/216MHz video DACs to up-convert interlaced 480i sources to 480p, 720p and 1080i.

Stunning Audio Performance

The AVC-A1XV features an Equal Power amplifier section that delivers a massive 170 watts of high-current power into each of its ten channels, and is compatible with every popular 6.1- and 5.1-channel surround sound format, from Dolby, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic IIx to THX Ultra2 Cinema and Music, and THX Surround EX decoding. It also features THX 4.0/5.1/6.1 post-processing, and offers additional and useful DSP modes. Audio performance is maximised through Denon’s newly improved DDSC-D (Dynamic Discrete Surround Decoder-Digital) and Advanced AL24 Processing circuitry, which utilizes the use of advanced Texas Instruments and Analog Devices 32-bit floating point processors and Burr-Brown 24-bit/192kHz audio DACs.

Multi-Source, Multi-Zone Flexibility

The AVC-A1XV offers custom installers and home entertainment enthusiasts the first-ever high-performance alternative to multi-component distributed audio/video systems. The AVC-A1XV can accommodate both audio and video from up to four independent sources and distribute them to four separate zones in the home. Through its ten fully discrete 170 watt amplifiers and comprehensive processing capabilities, the AVC-A1XV provides integrators and end users with outstanding set-up and operation options.

Adding convenience and flexibility to multi-zone operation, the AVC-A1XV features independent volume control of each zone, as well as discrete selection. In addition, power to any or all of the zones can be turned on or shut off independently to conserve power consumption if a zone is not in use.

New MultEQ Auto Set-Up/Room EQ: A ‘Sweet Spot’ For Every Listener

The AVC-A1XV’s state-of-the-art Auto Set-Up and Room Correction feature go well beyond conventional room calibration methods, and makes it possible to completely customize the listening experience for any room. The AVC-A1XV incorporates a new room correction and calibration technology called MultEQ™ XT. It is the first such technology capable of minimising the effects of room acoustics for multiple listeners. During Auto Set-Up MultEQ XT automatically determines how many loudspeakers are connected, whether they are connected in phase, and whether they are satellites or subwoofers. It then analyses and calibrates speaker level, size, and distance. In addition, MultEQ XT detects the proper crossover point and determines correct frequency response for up to eight listener positions simultaneously. It creates an optimised soundfield and compensates for speaker and room capabilities. So there is a ‘sweet spot’ for every listener or viewer, no matter where in the room they’re sitting.

Denon’s implementation of MultEQ XT utilizes multiple Aureus high-performance DSP processors from Texas Instruments, along with the finest digital to analogue converters, to define optimum sound quality. Additionally, both the Room EQ and Auto Set-Up features can be disabled for installers and consumers who prefer to calibrate their receivers in the traditional manner.

More comprehensive details will be announced by Denon shortly…

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