Anchor Bay Video Reference Series(TM) (VRS(TM)) Processing Selected for 1080p Upscaling and HDMI 1.3 in Two New Sherwood Audio/Video Receivers

November 11, 2009

CAMPBELL, Calif., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ — Anchor Bay, a leading supplier of video-processing semiconductors (ASICs) and systems, announced today that Sherwood Electronics has selected Anchor Bay’s flagship video processing chip for upscaling functions in two new audio/video receivers. The ABT2010 chip, which features the latest proprietary Video Reference Series(TM) (VRS(TM)) technologies, including Precision Video Scaling(TM), is used in the Sherwood Newcastle R-774 and Sherwood RD-8504, the first Sherwood products to use Anchor Bay video processing. Both A/V receivers are available now, at an SRP of $849.95 for the R-774 and an SRP of $479.95 for the RD-8504.

“The highly competitive A/V receiver market requires a high level of performance in both video and audio at every price point,” said Jeffrey Hipps, Sherwood Sr. VP of Marketing and Product Development. “Selecting Anchor Bay’s solution allows us to deliver upscaling and image enhancement comparable to that in the most expensive A/V receivers, and to do so at a mid-price point. Anchor Bay has been an excellent partner, working closely with our engineers to bring these products to market on our timetable.”

“Sherwood has a long history as an innovative high-performance audio manufacturer, and we are indeed pleased to partner with them to provide the video processing for their new A/V receivers,” said Doug Fealtman, CEO at Anchor Bay. “Their selection of the ABT2010 for these high-performance A/V receivers is further confirmation of the industry’s recognition of this chip as the standard for state of the art video performance.”

ABT2010 Video Processing Chip

The ABT2010 video processing chip features Anchor Bay’s Video Reference Series(TM) (VRS(TM)) 10-bit Precision Video Scaling(TM) and Precision Deinterlacing(TM), as well as Anchor Bay’s patented Progressive Re-Processing (PReP(TM)), a breakthrough technology that improves poor picture quality caused by other deinterlacers. The chip also provides Mosquito Noise Reduction, Detail and Edge Enhancement, Progressive Cadence Detection, AutoCUE-C(TM), Precision AV LipSync(TM), and supports HDMI 1.3 with Deep Color(TM) and xvYCC colorimetry capabilities, and allows all formats to be passed-through for maximum system design flexibility.

Sherwood Newcastle R-774 A/V Receiver

Geared for the custom installation market, Sherwood’s latest Newcastle high-performance audio/video product, the R-774, provides RF remote control, RS-232, IR and 12-volt trigger technologies required by the CI community and enthusiasts with the latest connectivity options and the most advanced audio and video processing technology. The ABT2010 video processing chip delivers flawless video, converting any video signal to HDMI, with scaling up to 1080p resolution. Lossless Dolby TruHD and DTS-HD decoding feeds 7.1 channels of 192 kHz/24 bit D to A converters for superb audio performance. Seven totally discrete amplifiers deliver 100 watts RMS each at less than 0.2% THD.

Its three HDMI 1.3 inputs have repeater circuitry, allowing the A/V receiver to receive HDMI audio from the source component. For discrete multichannel sources, a 7.1 channel direct input is provided. With an optional Sherwood BT-R7 Bluetooth receiver, the R-774 can receive streaming audio from any Bluetooth source device. Setup and room tuning are easily accomplished through Sherwood’s automated setup and SNAP(TM) room equalization system.

Sherwood RD-8504 A/V Receiver

Combining superior audio and video performance with an array of features, the RD-8504 provides Dolby and DTS lossless Blu-ray audio, converts any video to 1080p through its HDMI output, provides three HDMI 1.3 inputs with repeater, and delivers 100 watts RMS for each of its seven channels at less than 0.2% THD, through totally discrete amplifiers.

Using the ABT2010 video processing chip, the RD-8504 converts all video signals to HDMI, at any display resolution up to 1080p. Superior audio is produced by 192 KHz/24 bit D to A converters for all channels, and direct 7.1 channel inputs accommodate multichannel analog signals. Streaming input is possible when used with the optional Sherwood Bluetooth receiver, which docks on the front panel. System setup is simple and automatic, using a provided microphone and Sherwood’s SNAP room equalization system.

About Sherwood Electronics

Sherwood Electronics Labs was founded in Chicago in 1953 to manufacture an amplifier designed by legendary audio engineer Ed Miller. Determined to design high performance audio gear and to manufacture it themselves, Miller and his partner John Snow created a company that has long set the standard for audio excellence and efficient manufacturing. Today Sherwood America is leader in advancing home entertainment though audio and video technologies in their mainstream Sherwood and premium Sherwood NEWCASTLE lines of products. For more on Sherwood America please go to www.sherwoodamerica.com.

About Anchor Bay

Anchor Bay designs and manufactures advanced digital semiconductor and system-level solutions for next-generation digital television and high-definition digital video products. The company’s proprietary Video Reference Series(TM) (VRS(TM)) technologies allow Anchor Bay to offer a wide range of advanced video-processing solutions that greatly improve image quality on large-screen HDTV home theater systems and other video displays. The company’s Precision Video Scaling(TM), Precision Deinterlacing(TM), Progressive Re-Processing(TM) (PReP(TM)), Mosquito Noise Reduction, Detail and Edge enhancement, RightRate(TM), AutoCUE-C(TM), and Precision AV LipSync(TM) technologies are used in both Anchor Bay’s semiconductor products and in its award-winning DVDO® line of video-processing systems for end users.

The company is dedicated to providing leading-edge video technologies that will enable current and next-generation ICs and systems to deliver reference-quality images across a wide range of displays and sources. Privately held, Anchor Bay maintains its headquarters in Campbell, California.

For more information on Anchor Bay, visit www.anchorbaytech.com

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