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DVDO’s iScan Duo Video Processor

Anchor Bay’s latest high-performance video processor, the DVDO iScan Duo, offers eight HDMI 1.3 inputs, two 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.

Initial shipments of the iScan Duo are scheduled for late September 2009 at a suggested retail price of $1,299.

Anchor Bay CEO, Doug Fealtman, said that the motivation to create the DVDO iScan Duo came from the success of his company’s EDGE video processor, which 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,” he explained. “The iScan Duo delivers world-class video performance with the level of control integrators require.”

The Duo’s eight 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 enables connection to an AV receiver or audio processor.

Additional video inputs include two component (YPbPr or RGB/S), three composite, one S-video, and one VGA for PC applications. Digital audio inputs include one coaxial and three Toslink optical, plus two 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 AV receivers without HDMI inputs.

The iScan Duo is designed to automatically detect the display’s preferred format and outputs it to the display. Formats can also be customized, up to 1080p60, and 1080p24. Additional resolutions are provided for PC use, such as 1920×1200.

Thirty-five built-in test patterns are available to optimize display settings. Setup is accomplished using an 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 AV 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, according to the company.

The processor can be controlled with its dedicated IR remote control, front panel controls, or through an RS-232 serial port. Its back panel includes an IR remote input and output jack for use with an IR repeater. A mini USB port allows connection to a PC or Mac for firmware upgrades. Two 12V Triggers are provided to control other components such as screens and projectors.

The iScan Duo is rack-mountable, using the supplied rack mount kit.