Model No: Anthem AVM50 3D HDMI SSP

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Anthem AVM50 3D HDMI SSP

  • $1,699.00

Conclusions
Not so many years ago getting the feature set and performance offered by the AVM 50 would have required purchasing several highly specialized, and finicky components to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. Today, well, you're just not going to believe what the AVM 50 can do, and how easily and intuitively it does it all.

In many important respects I think this controller is a better value than some separates priced below it. What's it worth to know that if a hot new player comes out that's got interoperability issues, Anthem will likely have a firmware update to deal with in a couple of weeks?

And none of this is to suggest that the AVM 50 doesn't earn its keep in pure performance. It does that and then some. In terms of all around, integrated audio and video performance, and breadth of feature set, this one is tops in my experience. It offers so few compromises on either audio or video, that one could wonder why anyone would pay more to step up even to Anthem's D2 (a question I'll answer soon for those who want to know).

So, suffice it to say that once again Anthem has produced a threshold component. One that stands on its own in terms of performance, but is all the more lovable for its price, which while not cheap offers a ton for the money. Let's face it- you can buy this controller and one of Anthem's five or seven-channel amps for less than what this year's new crop of flagship AVRs will cost. The AVM 50 is a borderline reference product at what is essentially a midline price in it category. And it earns as high a recommendation as I can offer, and a tip of this reviewer's cap.


Conclusions
Not so many years ago getting the feature set and performance offered by the AVM 50 would have required purchasing several highly specialized, and finicky components to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. Today, well, you're just not going to believe what the AVM 50 can do, and how easily and intuitively it does it all.

In many important respects I think this controller is a better value than some separates priced below it. What's it worth to know that if a hot new player comes out that's got interoperability issues, Anthem will likely have a firmware update to deal with in a couple of weeks?

And none of this is to suggest that the AVM 50 doesn't earn its keep in pure performance. It does that and then some. In terms of all around, integrated audio and video performance, and breadth of feature set, this one is tops in my experience. It offers so few compromises on either audio or video, that one could wonder why anyone would pay more to step up even to Anthem's D2 (a question I'll answer soon for those who want to know).

So, suffice it to say that once again Anthem has produced a threshold component. One that stands on its own in terms of performance, but is all the more lovable for its price, which while not cheap offers a ton for the money. Let's face it- you can buy this controller and one of Anthem's five or seven-channel amps for less than what this year's new crop of flagship AVRs will cost. The AVM 50 is a borderline reference product at what is essentially a midline price in it category. And it earns as high a recommendation as I can offer, and a tip of this reviewer's cap.

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