Right out of the box, the AMS-AIP provides sophisticated surround processing, amplification, and digital video processing for a complete home theater, plus audio signal routing for 4 or more pairs of remote room speakers. Its built-in Crestron control system enables enhanced control and integration capability for AV and home automation.
Advanced Image Processing
The AMS-AIP scales video input signals to match the native resolution of your high-definition display, supporting non-interlaced output resolutions up to 1600 x 1200, including 1080p HDTV, with a choice of HDMI, DVI, RGB, or YPBPR component connectivity. Featuring Gennum's Visual Excellence Processing™ with TruMotionHD™ fully adaptive deinterlacing, the AMS-AIP achieves exceptional image sharpness and resolution from both SDTV and HDTV sources. RealityExpansion™ 10-bit image processing employing FidelityEngine™ image enhancement delivers astounding realism and detail. FineEdge™ dynamic directional interpolation eliminates jaggy artifacts typical of traditional deinterlacing algorithms. Onscreen graphics provides useful feedback during setup and operation, and can even be customized like an Isys® touchpanel for a personalized appearance. PIP and PBP processing with alpha blending enable versatile windowing capabilities for displaying combinations of any two video sources, or video plus graphics.
HDMI™ and DVI Technology
The AMS-AIP's HDMI inputs and output provide simplified connectivity for today's and tomorrow's high-end components, providing a single-cable digital interface that combines uncompressed high-definition video, multi-channel audio, and intelligent format and command data. HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) supports DVD and DTV sources up to 1080p, and can decode digital audio signals from DVD-Audio, SACD, Dolby Digital and DTS sources. The addition of DVI affords increased compatibility for connecting multimedia computers and a wide range of professional video players, displays, and projectors.
7.1 Surround Sound
The AMS-AIP features a state-of-the-art surround sound processor and powerful 7-channel amplifier designed to deliver jaw-dropping sonic performance from all of today's digital sources. Dolby® Digital EX and DTS-ES 96/24 decoding achieve superlative sound quality from the latest generation of DVD video and audio titles, with a full set of decoding and processing modes provided to support and enhance the vast range of movies and music available.
High-End Audio Performance
A thunderous 7x100 Watts of amplification, plus discrete subwoofer/LFE balanced line output, are furnished to drive any 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 theater speaker system with powered subwoofer. An advanced Class G amplifier topology produces the great sound of a classic Class AB design with near-digital efficiency. Independent six-band parametric EQ is provided on each output channel including the subwoofer/LFE output, as well as time-delay affording up to 80mS per channel for proper lip-sync and speaker placement compensation.
Audyssey MultEQ XT facilitates an optimum listening experience for every seat in your theater using an ingenious equalization solution that corrects for both time and frequency response problems. MultEQ XT is the only technology of its kind capable of properly measuring sound response throughout the listening area, and combining that information to accurately represent the acoustical intricacies of the room. Based on these measurements, MultEQ XT meticulously calculates an equalization solution that effectively minimizes response distortion at every listening position.
Copious AV Inputs and Outputs
To accommodate a full complement of audio sources, the AMS-AIP supplies a total of 10 S/PDIF digital audio inputs, 3 HDMI inputs, 10 analog stereo inputs, and one analog 7.1 surround input. In addition to its speaker and subwoofer outputs, the AMS-AIP furnishes unbalanced line-level audio outputs containing the 7.1 surround signal as well as a stereo downmix signal. High-definition video switching is also provided for 1 DVI and 3 HDMI high-resolution digital sources, plus 8 component, 4 S-Video, and 4 composite analog video sources.
In addition to surround sound in the home theater, the AMS-AIP also distributes stereo audio to feed several pairs of remote room speakers. Listeners in each room can enjoy their own choice of radio stations, CDs and MP3s, or even a stereo downmix of the surround sound output. Each room includes its own volume, bass, and treble controls, with the ability to combine a group of rooms easily at the press of the "Party Mode" button.
The integrated multi-room amplifier delivers a robust 45 watts per channel to each of 4 rooms. A fifth stereo room, or up to 2 mono rooms, can be supported using spare surround channels if the theater is configured as 6.1, 5.1, or lower. And without requiring any programming, the AMS-AIP can easily be expanded to support another six rooms by adding an AAE Audio Expander. In fact, a total of three AAE's may be added, with simple setup afforded using Crestron Adagio Composer software, supporting up to 24 rooms in all (plus the theater).
For homes that combine their theater with their main living space, some additional signal routing flexibility is needed. Listening to stereo music through the theater's main front speakers can have a distracting effect when there's music playing throughout the house. With 2-channel and multi-channel steering capability, the AMS-AIP lets you listen through the theater's side or rear speakers instead of, or in addition to, the front speakers for the most cohesive whole-house listening experience.
Up to 3 dual radio tuner cards can be installed in the AMS-AIP to enable combinations of up to 6 AM/FM, XM and SIRIUS® Satellite Radio tuners, letting listeners in different rooms each enjoy their own choice of music, news, sports and talk. For satellite and most FM stations, the AMS-AIP displays data such as the radio station name, song and artist, traffic, weather, and phone numbers. The AMS-AIP comes with one tuner card included.
Plug-and-play compatibility with Crestron's AAS Adagio Audio Server* and CEN-IDOC Interface for Apple iPod®* delivers instant access to an entire collection of music from any room in the house with full capability for browsing by album, artist, and song title.