Burton’s vibes, for example, have a deep, shimmering, tubular tone that is highly realistic, with a voice that penetrates sharply when the instrument is first struck, but that then floats and lingers on the air, slowly decaying back to silence. Corea’s piano, in turn, sounds powerful, clear, and articulate, with a just-right attack at the leading edges of notes. On Corea’s most powerful chords, of which there are a few here, the P5 flexes its muscles, letting you both hear and feel the almost explosive emphasis Corea is giving certain phrase. Metheny’s guitar produces, as always, a sweet, lilting sound that is more or less the sonic equivalent of pure honey. Holland’s bass offers up a deep, earthy growl and—toward the end of Holland’s solo—the expressive but brief rattle of a vigorously plucked string vibrating against the surface of the bass’ finger board. Perhaps most impressive of all, though, is the silvery sound of Haynes’ delicate cymbal work, which is appropriately crisp on the attack and metallic, yet rich in sparkling overtones. Most home theater electronics reach for, but fail to attain, this kind of tonal and harmonic richness and realism.
But what is really breathtaking about Like Minds in general, and the track “Country Roads” in particular, are the spatial characteristics you’ll enjoy. Instead of hearing the musicians in front of you onstage, you hear them from up close as if surrounding you and standing only a few feet away. It’s a mesmerizing and pleasingly intimate experience, as though you’ve been allowed to share a moment that ordinarily would be available only to the musicians themselves. Here, the D2v’s ability to capture low-level spatial and reverberant cues really makes the stage mix concept work—brining it alive in a vivid way.
Anthem’s Statement D2v A/V controller and Statement P5 multichannel amplifier are extraordinary components—partly because they have been so carefully thought out, partly because they are both so well executed, and entirely because they can show you what true high-end home theater experiences are all about.
Whether you are a performance-minded audiophile, videophile, or a bit of both, Anthem’s Statement components belong on the short list of components you should see and hear before purchasing top-tier home theater electronics. Given the level of performance on offer here, Anthem’s admittedly expensive flagship models are, if anything, a bargain.
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Anthem Statement D2v A/V Preamplifier/Processor/Tuner
Decoding formats: Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital and Digtal EX, Dolby Pro Logic II and IIx (Movie, Music, Matrix, Game), and Dolby Volume; DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS, DTS-ES (Matrix, Discrete), DTS Neo: 6 (Cinema, Music); THX Ultra2 Cinema, THX Cinema, THX Surround EX, THX MusicMode, THX Games Mode; AnthemLogic Cinema and AnthemLogic Music; All Channel Stereo, All Channel Mono, Mono and Mono Academy; multichannel PCM (up to 7.1 channels at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution with 128X oversampling and 24/196 upsampling for all inputs).
Video inputs/outputs: Composite video (7 in, 5 out—one main, two for remote zones, two for recording); S-Video (7 in, 5 out—one main, two for remote zones, two for recording), Component video (4 in, 2 out—one main and one assignable to remote zones), HDMI (8 in—2 out).
Audio inputs/outputs: stereo analog, single-ended (7 in, 4 out—two for remote zones, two for recording); stereo analog, balanced (1 in); multichannel analog, single-ended (1 x 5.1-channel in, 1 x 10-channel output—7.1 channel with dual center channel and dual subwoofer outputs), multichannel analog, balanced (1 x 10-channel output—7.1-channel with dual center channel and dual subwoofer outputs); digital audio (11 in—seven coaxial, three optical, one AES/EBU; 2 out), HDMI (8 in, 2 out), AM/FM tuner, headphone output
Special Features: 24-bit/196kHz DAC with 128x oversampling and 24/196 upsampling for all inputs, “broadcast grade” Sigma VXP video processor, proprietary Anthem ARC room correction system, extensive custom installation features.
Other: 50m-A triggers (2 out), 200-mA triggers (2 out), IR Emitter (2), powered IR Receiver (3), RS-232C (1)
Dimensions (HxWxD): 5.875" x 19.25" x 15.25"
Weight: 27 pounds
Warranty: Consult Anthem for details.