The AVP18 is a digital AV preamp for audiophiles; unapologetically lacking the latest gimmicky features to focus exclusively on sound quality. Accepting only digital inputs for the purest audio quality and utilising the same technology found in our high-end DAC this AV processor was built from the ground up for superior surround sound and audio performance
Equipped with four HDMI v1.4, two optical and two digital coax S/PDIF inputs and an optional BTR1 Bluetooth receiver. The AVP18 will sit at the heart of a sophisticated AV system. 192kHz/24-bit audio performance ensures superlative audio performance complimented by HDMI v1.4 Full HD video.
While casual users will find initial setup a breeze, the AVP18 provides the demanding audiophile all the control necessary to customise performance with the highest levels of precision. The included calibration microphone can be used to intelligently optimise acoustic performance for your room whilst allowing manual adjustment of the parameters for those that feel the need to tweak to perfection.
Separating the power amplifiers from the AVP18 gives you the ultimate flexibility to use powered or passive speakers. Powered speakers can be driven directly from the AVP18. Passive speakers require either the MCA18 or MCA20 multi-channel power amplifiers that have been designed for use with the AVP18.
The AVP18 is designed for the demanding home automation market and can be used with leading home controllers when connected via the RS232 port.
Inputs: 4xHDMI 1.4v, 2xDigital Coax, 2xOpticalOutputs:L,R,C, SBL, SBR, RL, RR, Sub
HDMI v1.4 with 3-D, Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) and Audio Return Channel (ARC) support
HD audio decoding: PCM,LPCM
Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD MasterAudio, DTS Hi Res, Dolby Digital (EX), DTS, DTS ES (D6.1, M6.1), DTS 96/24 or 192K 7.1 Ch PCM
Home Cinema Choice awarded the Optoma AVP18 and MCA20 a 'Recommended' badge - 4/5 stars overall: 4.5 stars for performance and 4 stars for design.
"Build quality is also top-notch, with the metal casework feeling impressively substantial"
"The most immediately noticeable aspect of the performance is that everything feels extremely energetic. Even with levels studiously checked and set, there is a sense of intense power and activity from all channels."
"The dynamism and effortless energy of the amp is extremely exciting. Even when you listen at perfectly normal and domestically-friendly levels, it has an unruffled air that some of the single-box competition struggles to match."
"…in tandem with the MCA-20, you get ferocious performance for the money; agile, dynamic and grin-inducing. There is very little that the integrated competition can do to compete with the sheer energy and reserves of power that the Optoma NuForce offers."
AVP18 recently featured in the 'Top Picks Processor and Power Amps':
“The AVP-18 is an all-digital surround processor that can turn your living room into a concert venue with just the right amount of reverb.”
“It’s simple to operate and boasts a proprietary calibration system that lets great recordings really strut their stuff.”