Sonic Frontier answers rumors and details plans for new Anthem amp and preamp

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  1. Henry W

    Henry W Stunt Coordinator

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    I understand Paradigm, your owners, have closed your
    facilities and ceased operations for the manufacture of
    Anthem and Sonic Frontier product. Is this true?
    Absolutely not....this wild, unsubstantiated rumour, is just that.
    SFI, after 7 years at our factory on Oakville Ontario, moved to a new
    facility, 4 km's away, in Mississauga, Ontario, back at the beginning of
    May....this is our own, independent, facility...it is NOT with Paradigm.
    We recently had one staff member leave SFI (the first to do so in 3
    years)...to go work at Paradigm...that is how this rumour started...and spun
    out of control.
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    We will begin AVM-20 processor (and PVA-7 amplifier) shipments within the
    next 10 days....to our dealers. Reaction from dealers, distributors, end
    consumers (who have seen this piece at shows) and the press, has been
    outstanding !
    The AVM-20 is fully upgradeable in both software (via free downloads from
    our internet web site), and hardware...it has a modular, 2 pc. DSP decoding
    engine (1 board has all the converters on it; the other, the DSP chip -
    currently, the Motorola 56366).
    Within a reasonable time period AFTER Motorola releases their new 56367 chip
    (it's not available yet - they are a little behind schedule with it), we
    anticipate releasing a new DSP pcb...which contains DPL-II, DTS-ES 6.1
    Discrete AND the new DTS 96/24 formats on it (in ROM). There is no
    advantage to waiting either, as whatever nominal cost may be involved in
    providing this new pcb, will be reflected in an amended retail
    price....simply change the "plug n' play" pcb, update the unit's firmware,
    and it's done.
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  2. Aaron H

    Aaron H Supporting Actor

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    Any idea how much this thing will be?
    Aaron
     
  3. Michael D

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    According to their website, suggested retail is 3199 USD.
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  4. Bhagi Katbamna

    Bhagi Katbamna Supporting Actor

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    Does it have Dolby Pro Logic II?
     
  5. Jah-Wren Ryel

    Jah-Wren Ryel Stunt Coordinator

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    Don't think so, most (all?) pre-amps based on the moto dsp do not have dpl2, yet. Waiting for a port of the software I expect.
     
  6. Tim_S

    Tim_S Stunt Coordinator

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    Bhagi,
    Quoted from a few lines above your post. . .
    "Within a reasonable time period AFTER Motorola releases their new 56367 chip it's not available yet - they are a little behind schedule with it), we anticipate releasing a new DSP pcb... which contains DPL-II, DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete AND the new DTS 96/24 formats on it (in ROM). There is no advantage to waiting either, as whatever nominal cost may be involved in providing this new pcb, will be reflected in an amended retail price....simply change the "plug n' play" pcb, update the unit's firmware, and it's done."
    Tim
    [Edited last by Tim_S on September 21, 2001 at 09:23 AM]
     
  7. Randy G

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    I see absolutely NOTHING about a new amp...nice teaser title, though.
     

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