Anchor Bay announced recently the introduction of their latest high-performance video processor, the DVDO iScan Duo. With 8 HDMI 1.3 inputs, 2 HDMI 1.3 video/audio outputs, and an HDMI 1.3 audio only output, plus an array of image and system controls designed for custom integrators, the Duo delivers performance previously unavailable at its suggested retail price of $1,299. Initial shipments of the iScan Duo are scheduled for late September 2009.
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"Our motivation to create the DVDO iScan Duo came from the enormous success of our EDGE video processor," said Doug Fealtman, CEO of Anchor Bay. "As the first high quality affordable video processor, EDGE generated enormous interest from custom integrators and serious videophiles. Their requests for additional controls and functionality demonstrated to us the high value of creating a product to bridge the gap between the EDGE and the industry reference DVDO VP50Pro video processors. The iScan Duo delivers world-class video performance with the level of control integrators require."
Providing seamless integration into even the most sophisticated home theater environment, the Duo's 8 HDMI 1.3 inputs process signals up to 1080p resolution at 24, 50, or 60 Hz and are compatible with Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD, and DTS-HD Master audio formats. Dual HDMI 1.3 outputs enable the simultaneous use of two Deep Color displays, with up to 12-bit output at 1080p-60. An additional HDMI 1.3 audio-only output makes for a convenient and efficient connection to an A/V receiver or audio processor.
Additional video inputs include 2 component (YPbPr or RGB/S), 3 composite, 1 S-Video and 1 VGA for PC applications. Digital audio inputs include 1 coaxial and 3 Toslink optical, plus 2 analog RCA stereo pairs. Each audio input can be assigned to any video input. One optical digital output and one coaxial digital output are also provided for audio connections to A/V receivers without HDMI inputs.
The iScan Duo automatically detects the display's preferred format and outputs it to the display, making setup a breeze. Formats can also be customized, up to 1080p60, and 1080p24. Additional resolutions are provided for PC use, such as 1920x1200.
Thirty-five built-in test patterns are available to optimize display settings. Setup is accomplished using an intuitive on-screen display, with an additional two line 20-character display on the iScan Duo's front panel.
The iScan Duo's VRS technologies include: Precision Deinterlacing•; Progressive Re-Processing (PReP•); Precision Video Scaling II•; Mosquito Noise Reduction; Fine Detail Enhancement; Edge Enhancement; Progressive Cadence Detection•; Rightrate• Framerate Conversion; Precision A/V Lipsync•; AutoVFR•; and Auto CUE-C•.
In the iScan Duo, all sources can be scaled up to 1080p resolution at 10 bits, through Anchor Bay's Precision Video Scaling II. Precision Deinterlacing is a 10-bit source, motion and edge adaptive deinterlacing, working with 480i, 576i and 1080i resolutions. It provides five-field motion adaptive deinterlacing, and edge adaptive processing with a maximum three-frame video processing delay, and will lock onto any cadence.
DVDO's unique PReP (Progressive Re Processing) is able to undo poor deinterlacing performed by source components (DVD players, set-top boxes, etc.), by restoring the original interlaced signal, which then enables the use of Precision Deinterlacing to produce a superior picture.
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