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Hands On: DVDO iScan Duo Processor

DVDO iScan Duo is a solid, flexible processor that allows for system growth in new-construction or retrofits.


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To the dismay of installers everywhere the flat-panel television category commoditized faster than Usain Bolt runs a 100-meter dash. On the surface this may seem like bad news, but looking at it opportunistically, the lower prices do provide the ability to sell more products in other categories.

In today’s shifting A/V market, one of the ways installers can combat the falling prices is to offer retrofittable and affordable solutions that serve a variety of needs. One product capable of supporting many A/V sales initiatives is DVDO’s iScan Duo Processor.

This versatile component enables installers to add calibration support services, a secondary video zone and the ability to manage multiple HD video sources into a single system.

DVDO incorporates eight HDMI 1.3 inputs, a pair of HDMI 1.3 outputs, the company’s Color Management System (CMS) calibration interface, video processing driven by the company’s VRS chipset and upgrade provisions to add an SDI input for commercial applications.

Photos: DVDO iScan Duo Processor

I set the iScan Duo up with three HD video sources: a Pioneer Elite Blu-ray player, Toshiba HD DVD player and Motorola HD cable box. Setting everything up was easy with the DVDO unit, from naming the inputs for each source and setting basic functions like the output resolution and color space, to more advanced calibration options.

Feeding my DreamVision Dream E projector, I thought the DVDO nicely eliminated compression artifacts from cable broadcasts and added detail to Blu-ray content that I wasn’t able to see before.

Moving beyond the performance of the unit, I think installers will appreciate the iScan Duo’s GUI menu. DVDO has made drastic upgrades to its interface over the years and the iScan Duo represents the company’s successful efforts to make its navigation easier.

The added bonus with the use of the iScan Duo is that it supports secondary zones, which means that installers can go back to clients and retrofit another zone of video.

My only points of contention with the iScan Duo are the remote, which has nothing but tiny buttons on it with no backlighting, and some input synch issues. Both issues can be solved I believe with a quality universal remote and clever programming that in a macro code turns the DVDO on then later selects the input. If that is not done and someone relies on a previously selected input (the input used prior to turning the processor off) the user will have to go back and re-select the input to allow the unit to re-sync.

Otherwise, this is a really solid and flexible processor that allows for system growth in a new-construction or retrofit environment.



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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at [email protected]

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