Receivers

Anthem MRX 700 7.1 A/V Receiver

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Introduction

Anthem has long been recognized as a leading manufacturer of processors and amplifiers. Anthem's AVM series processors have always offered a tremendous blend of functionality and performance. With the introduction of the Anthem Room Correction (ARC) system, Anthem took things a step further by offering one of the finest room correction systems on the market. While all of this capability and performance was available to those with the budget and space for separates, Anthem did not offer a solution for those looking for an A/V receiver - until now.

With the introduction of the Anthem MRX series products, Anthem has finally added A/V receivers to their product lineup. All of the MRX receivers offer 7 channels of amplification, 4 HDMI 1.3 inputs, on-board decoding of DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD high-resolution audio formats, video conversion of composite and component video to HDMI,  video scaling up to 1080p60, and support for 3D. The most notable feature of the MRX series of A/V receivers is that each receiver in the lineup includes Anthem Room Correction which was previously available only on the Anthem AVM and Anthem Statement processors. The MRX series currently comes in three models with the primary difference being the amount of amplification. The entry level receiver is the MRX 300 which offers 80 watts per channel. The MRX 500 is the middle receiver in the MRX lineup and offers 100 watts per channel and adds support for internet radio and the playback of music from USB devices and hard drives. The flagship model, which I'll be covering in this review, is the MRX 700 which includes all the functionality of the MRX 500, offers 120 watts per channel and adds an HD Radio tuner. Let's take a closer look at the MRX 700 and see how well Anthem's first receiver offering performs.

Specifications

  • Codecs: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-ES (Discrete, Matrix), DTS 96/24, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
  • Precision: 24-Bit/192kHz A/D
  • 2-Zone Operation
  • AM/FM/HD Radio Tuner
  • Anthem Room Correction (ARC)
  • Power Output: 2 x 120 watts RMS/two channels driven @ .1% THD into 8 Ohms; 5 x 90 watts RMS/five channels driven @ .1% THD into 8 Ohms
  • Dimensions: 6-1/2" H x 17-1/4" W x 15-1/4" D
  • Weight: 35.4 Pounds
  • MSRP: $1,999 USA
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