DVDO Edge Video Processor Setup and Tour
12/18/2008 - Mike Rollett
DVDO Physical Appearance
The Edge is a sleek, low-profile unit. It’s a matte black box about 2 inches high. The front panel consists of a ¼” strip along the top and sides (hence the name “Edge”), that tapers in from the sides and down from the top to the bottom of the unit. There are no front panel controls, just an HDMI input, power indicator light, IR receiving eye and the DVDO label.
The rear panel of the unit is where you’ll find everything you need. As mentioned in the specs, there are a ton of inputs, along with two HDMI outputs and one optical digital audio output. There is also an IR input for direct IR control and a mini-USB input for firmware upgrades. The layout is clean and well-spaced. See the layout below.
DVDO Edge Processor Input/Output
Here is a detailed breakdown of the inputs and outputs summarized in the Specs section on the first page of this review:
Ten Video Inputs
• One Composite (NTSC/PAL/SECAM)
• One S-Video (NTSC/PAL/SECAM)
• One Component (YPbPr or RGB/S) processes 480i/p-60, 576i/p-50, 720p-50/60, 1080i-50/60, 1080p-60
• One Component/RGBHV (YPbPr/RGBS/RGBHV) processes 480i/p-60, 576i/p-50, 720p-50/60, 1080i-50/60, 1080p-60, VGA/SVGA/XGA/SXGA@60Hz
• Six HDMI 1.3 processes 480i/p, 576i/p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p- 24/25/50/60, VGA/SVGA/XGA/SXGA@60Hz
Eleven Audio Inputs
• Six HDMI v1.3
• One Coaxial Digital (assignable)
• Three Optical Digital (assignable)
• One Analog Left/Right (assignable)
One HDMI 1.3 Audio/Video Output (For Display Connection)
• Backwards compatible with DVI displays
Two Digital Audio Outputs
• One HDMI 1.3 ‘Audio Only’ output for receivers with HDMI
• One Optical Digital for receivers without HDMI
Preset output resolutions
DVDO Edge - Remote Control
As mentioned in the Overview, the Edge comes with an excellent, 7-device capable, universal remote control. It’s basically a Universal Remote Control R7, but with a few specialized buttons just for the Edge.
Other buttons (like number keys) that wouldn’t normally be used with the Edge have secondary labeling for the unique functions of the Edge, such as direct access of each input. It is fully backlit, has a good layout and separation of buttons and learning capability for any components that aren’t in its code database.
Anamorphic Lens Support
Absolutely! One of the primary reasons some people buy outboard video processors is that they provide the necessary vertical stretch needed to work with an anamorphic lens. Not all projectors inherently support anamorphic lenses, for example, the Epson Home Cinema Series 6100 and 6500 UB, and the older 1080 UB. (Their Pro Series the 7100 and 7500 UB do support an anamorphic lens, but cost more. There are a number of other projectors as well, lacking the onboard support.