Anthem has announced the AVM 70 and AVM 90 processors based on electronics designed from the ground up. Along with software, hardware updates were also provided for new products – in particular, to HDMI 2.1 (8K). For more accurate operation of the latest version of the ARC Genesis Room room correction, both models are equipped with upgraded microphones with improved calibration.
Both processors have a new generation of multi-core DSPs, both are equipped with remote configuration and over the air updates. Anthem Web’s user interface is complemented by a highly redesigned high-resolution front panel display.
The processors received object-oriented audio codecs with support for up to 15.4 (for AVM 90) or 15.2 (for AVM 70) channels. The audio outputs are balanced (XLR). For independent subwoofer outputs, time delays and phase can be adjusted.
Input audio switching, including an MM phono stage, is made on unbalanced RCA connectors. The flagship AVM 90 is equipped with a 32-bit AKM AK4499EQ DAC supporting frequencies up to 768 kHz.
To work with video, both new items received seven inputs and two HDMI 2.0 outputs. They are ready to handle Ultra HD bitrates up to 18.2 Gbps. Both processors are promised support for Dolby Vision, HDR or Hybrid Log Gamma, as well as interaction with the TV via eARC.
The AVM 70 and AVM 90 processors are equipped with Bluetooth v4.2 and will be able to provide audio streaming via Google Chromecast and AirPlay2. With the coming updates, the new products are promised support for Spotify Connect and Roon.
The Anthem AVM 70 and AVM 90 AV processors are slated for release in December.