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Anthem Releases New 7 CH, 11 CH, & 15 CH AVM A/V Processors and MRX Receivers

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Anthem MRX Receivers & AVM Processors

Anthem MRX Receivers & AVM Processors

Summary

  • Product Name: AVM 70 and AVM 90 AV Processor and MRX1140,MRX740,and MRX540 AV Receivers
  • Manufacturer: Anthem
  • Review Date: October 30, 2020 00:05
  • MSRP: $3,499 - AVM70; $6,999 - AVM90; $3,699 - MRX1140; $2,699 - MRX740; $1,599 - MRX540
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
  • Buy Now

AVM 70 Pre/Pro

  • Preamplifier Channels:     15.2
  • Independent Subwoofer Outputs:     2
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X Pro, IMAX Enhanced
  • Optical Inputs:     3
  • Coaxial Inputs     2
  • Stereo Analog Inputs:     4
  •  Zone 2 Audio & HDMI Output
  • Analog Sampling rate:     24-bit / 192 kHz
  • HDMI Inputs:     7
  • HDMI Version:     2.0b
  • HDCP:     2.2
  • HDMI Outputs (parallel)     2 
  • MM Phono Stage
  • Warranty:     3 years

AVM 90 Pre/Pro

  • Preamplifier Channels:     15.4
  • Independent Subwoofer Outputs:     4
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X Pro, IMAX Enhanced
  • Optical Inputs:     3
  • Coaxial Inputs     2
  • Stereo Analog Inputs     4
  •  Zone 2 Audio & HDMI Output
  • Analog Sampling rate:     24-bit / 768 kHz
  • HDMI Inputs:     7
  • HDMI Version:     2.0b
  • HDCP:     2.2
  • HDMI Outputs (parallel):     2
  • MM Phono Stage
  • Warranty:     3 years

MRX 540 AV Receiver

  • Preamplifier Channels:     7.2
  • Amplifier Channels     5
  • Amp Matrixing Channels: 4
  • Subwoofer Outputs:     2 (parallel)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, IMAX Enhanced
  • Optical Inputs:     3
  • Coaxial Inputs     2
  • Stereo Analog Inputs     5
  • Analog Sampling rate:     24-bit / 96 kHz
  • HDMI Inputs:     7
  • HDMI Version:     2.0b
  • HDCP:     2.2
  • Outputs (parallel):     2
  • Warranty:     3 years

MRX 740 AV Receiver

  • Preamplifier Channels:     11.2
  • Amplifier Channels     7
  • Amp Matrixing Channels: 6
  • Subwoofer Outputs:     2 (parallel)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, IMAX Enhanced
  • Optical Inputs:     3
  • Coaxial Inputs     2
  • Stereo Analog Inputs     5
  • Zone 2 Audio & HDMI Output
  • Analog Sampling rate:     24-bit / 96 kHz
  • HDMI Inputs:     7
  • HDMI Version:     2.0b
  • HDCP:     2.2
  • Outputs (parallel):     2
  • Warranty:     3 years

MRX  1140 AV Receiver

  • Preamplifier Channels:     15.2
  • Amplifier Channels     11
  • Amp Matrixing Channels: 10
  • Independent Subwoofer Outputs:     2
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X Pro, IMAX Enhanced
  • Optical Inputs:     3
  • Coaxial Inputs     2
  • Stereo Analog Inputs     5
  •  Zone 2 Audio & HDMI Output
  • Analog Sampling rate:     24-bit / 96 kHz
  • HDMI Inputs:     7
  • HDMI Version:     2.0b
  • HDCP:     2.2
  • HDMI Outputs (parallel):     2
  • Warranty:     3 years

Executive Overview

Audiophiles with impeccable tastes know the quality of Anthem products to be first rate. All their products are hand crafted in Canada to some of the highest quality measures in the audio industry. Audioholic's President Gene DellaSala did a full review of Anthem's STR Preamp and Power Amplifier and said that, "the STR preamp is perhaps one of the most flexible and diverse two-channel preamplifiers I've ever seen.  It offers state-of-the-art performance in every mode of operation handling analog and digital sources with equal ease". 

Anthem recently released information on an upgrade of their A/V receivers and  processors. We first saw the MRX series of receivers and AVM series of processors at the 2015 CEDIA show where Anthem first made their debut into the immersive audio and streaming game. The MRX 540, 740 and 1140 A/V Receivers; and AVM 70 and 90 A/V Processors will replace Anthems previous models.  All five new products feature industry-leading room correction, expert management of the latest audio formats and robust integration. The new releases are a culmination of the research and learning from the past five years.

Our fans and dealers have been anxiously awaiting these next generations and we are pleased to be unveiling products with such rich feature sets. We’ve had the opportunity to design and create new products that really set the benchmark of delivering tremendous performance for a great value. Being able to continue that legacy is something we’re very excited about.

--John Bagby, Managing Director, Paradigm Electronics Inc.

New Anthem AVM Processors & MRX AV Receivers YouTube Discussion

New programs and training for Anthem’s specialized dealers will also accompany these product releases. “We have fantastic training materials and programs for our dealers, who are truly the cornerstone of our brand’s success,” said David Baker (Director of Sales), Paradigm Electronics Inc. “We are excited to work closely with them to launch these new, high performance solutions.”

AVM 70 & 90 A/V Processors

Anthem AVM70 front.jpg

The new series of A/V processors from Anthem will include the AVM 70 and AVM 90 models. The AVM 90 is Anthem’s new flagship A/V Processor with upgraded audio circuitry, four independent subwoofer outputs and 32-bit AKM AK4499EQ DAC with 768kHz sampling capability and DTS:X Pro decoding.  The AVM70 Processor can now manage configurations up to 15.2 channels and the AVM90 up tp 15.4  channels (up from 11.2) and all come with ARC Genesis Room Correction.

Anthem ARC has been a pretty solid room correction system from our past experiences. We love the fact the EQ could be bandwidth limited so you can just apply correction at and below the room transition frequency or whatever your preference may be.

--Gene DellaSala, President, Audioholics

Anthem’s new AVM 70 and flagship AVM 90 A/V Processors bring all of today’s technologies into a single component.

New features include:

  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X Pro and IMAX Enhanced
  • Latest version of ARC Genesis Room correction.
  • Anthem Web User Interface.
  • All-New Electronics Platform, up to 15.4 channels, HDMI 2.0b, HDCP 2.2, hardware upgradeable to HDMI 2.1 (8K).
  • New Networking Platform with web-based setup and over-the-air updates.
  • Next-Generation Multi-core DSP Platform.
  • Modernized Design with high resolution front panel display.
  • Object-oriented audio codecs with support for up to 15.4 channels. Including four independent subwoofer outputs with phase and distance delay.
  • Platform Agnostic Streaming with AirPlay2, Google Chromecast (Audio), Bluetooth v4.2, and Spotify Connect (coming soon!) and Roon (coming soon!).
  • Video support including 7 HDMI 2.0b inputs with 2 outputs and independent Zone 2 HDMI.
  • eARC for seamless integration with smart TVs.
  • Pass-through of Ultra HD signals with Dolby Vision, HDR or Hybrid Log Gamma.
  • Redesigned and higher precision calibration microphone.
  • MM Phono Stage.

The AVM 90 also comes with upgraded audio circuitry, four independent subwoofer outputs and a 32-bit AKM AK4499EQ DAC with 768kHz sampling capability.

MRX 540, 740, and 1140 A/V Receivers

Anthem MRX1140 Rear.jpg

The new lineup of MRX Receivers will include the 540, 740, and 1140 models.Anthem says that the MRX A/V Receivers are "about maximizing performance for the money". MRX Series Receiver channels can be assigned in many ways. Unused amplifier channels can be re-assigned to Bi-Amplify demanding front speakers, power surrounds, presence speakers, or a second zone (Available on MRX 1140 and MRX 740). Configure amplifier channels for your system's needs, then perfect the presentation with ARC Genesis. Stepping up to the MRX 1140 gets you DTS:X Pro for even better sound quality on DTS:X source material.

Building on the feature set of previous models, the MRX 540, 740 and 1140 now include:
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X Pro (MXR 1140 only) and IMAX Enhanced
  • Latest version of ARC Genesis Room correction.
  • Anthem Web User Interface.
  • All-New Electronics Platform, up to 15.2 channels, HDMI 2.0b, HDCP 2.2, hardware upgradeable to HDMI 2.1 (8K).
  • New Networking Platform with web-based setup and over-the-air updates.
  • Next-Generation Multi-core DSP Platform.
  • Modernized Design with high resolution front panel display.
  • Platform Agnostic Streaming with AirPlay2, Google Chromecast (Audio), Bluetooth v4.2, and Spotify Connect (coming soon!) and Roon (coming soon!).
  • Video support including 7 HDMI 2.0b inputs with 2 outputs and independent Zone 2 HDMI (except MRX 540).
  • eARC for seamless integration with smart TVs.
  • Pass-through of Ultra HD signals with Dolby Vision, HDR or Hybrid Log Gamma.
  • Redesigned and higher precision calibration microphone.
  • Amplifier re-assignment with up to 10 channels on MRX1140, 6 on MRX 740, and 4 on MRX 540.

New User Interfaces on ALL AVM Processors and MRX Receivers

Anthem web interfaceGone is the OSD overlay many consumers have become accustomed to in other AV receivers and processors. Anthem Web User Interface is now built in to all MRX Receivers and AVM Processors. By using a phone, tablet or laptop, you can easily access any function or setting and make changes on the fly. In addition, you can power the main or second zone on and off, adjust volume, change audio modes or tweak channel trims. Web UI can also be used to calibrate speaker delays and levels and configure network settings/control options. We love the fact that these new products can be located in a different room from the display and speakers, yet they can be fully controlled and calibrated from anywhere you have network access via a tablet or laptop. Source devices can be renamed, simplifying set up by enabling the elimination of unused inputs. Installers can import and export files to make remote management simple and convenient. Amp matrixing supports the reassignment of unused amplifier channels to Zone 2, surrounds, heights or to bi-amp even the most demanding speakers.

All new Anthem products will be available in December through authorized Anthem dealers. Anthem will be sending us an MRX 740 for evaluation and integration into the master bedroom of the new Audioholics Smarthome. We look forward to learning more about future upgrade paths to HDMI 2.1 and how well Anthem ARC Genesis works with the independent multi-sub features in the higher end models. Tell us what you think about these new Anthem products and what future upgrades you'd like to see on them in the near future.

Unless otherwise indicated, this is a preview article for the featured product. A formal review may or may not follow in the future.

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Epsonfan posts on August 21, 2021 11:19
Can Anthem MRX 1120 be updated to MRX 1140 standard ?..
AcuDefTechGuy posts on July 01, 2021 18:54
Some old same old. Comes down to reliability, functionality, compatibility, support, warranty, and room correction EQ for people who want it.
PENG posts on July 01, 2021 14:53
EBN, post: 1491773, member: 82603
Amir starts to test AVM70 any day now, got confirmation from him.

Is there anything on the data showing AVM60 suffers from audible issues? I doubt. So at the end of day it would come down to ARC Genesis vs. Audussey and we know which most people prefer who has heard both in same room. Also better longevity and ability to use better amplification with processor.

We see people crying about the Arcam AV40 measurements, but then hearing it and noticing it will sound much better than some competitors mainly due to Dirac live. As Amir put it in AV40 review:

Note: usage of Dirac EQ in this product should make it subjective sound excellent, erasing the pain of the above graphs. I hope in the future though we get to have both: great room EQ and fundamental measured performance.

Won't be audible to me for sure, ommv.. I won't buy one only because I don't see the need to pay more than I have to, not because of its less than stellar bench test performance. Imo people who believe they must have AARC should not pay much attention to those measurements.
EBN posts on July 01, 2021 11:05
PENG, post: 1491233, member: 6097
Hello @Cos, fyi I managed to convince Amir to post something on the re-test of the AVM60 (the unit Anthem sent him). It looked a little better but overall still below expectation (for those in the data OCD camp anyway) for an AVP at its price point. I think you should continue to hold on to you 8802A and wait for something better tested, such as the AVM70/90.

Amir starts to test AVM70 any day now, got confirmation from him.

Is there anything on the data showing AVM60 suffers from audible issues? I doubt. So at the end of day it would come down to ARC Genesis vs. Audussey and we know which most people prefer who has heard both in same room. Also better longevity and ability to use better amplification with processor.

We see people crying about the Arcam AV40 measurements, but then hearing it and noticing it will sound much better than some competitors mainly due to Dirac live. As Amir put it in AV40 review:

Note: usage of Dirac EQ in this product should make it subjective sound excellent, erasing the pain of the above graphs. I hope in the future though we get to have both: great room EQ and fundamental measured performance.
Cos posts on June 28, 2021 09:29
Cos, post: 1491248, member: 14477
I am not changing my pre/pro anytime soon. Unless I start gaming in my HT room, which I don't plan to, I have no reason to upgrade. Dolby Vison, eArc, and 4k 120 were initial reasons for the upgrade. My unit does passthrough Dolby Vision, eArc is not really useful because I stream from my roku / FireTV and not the TV.
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