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Anthem presents new receivers, processors and power amplifiers

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Anthem introduces the new MRX 540, 740 and 1140 A/V receivers, AVM 70 and 90 A/V processors and the MCA 225, 325 and 525 power amplifiers.

The new Anthem MRX 540, 740 and 1140 A/V receivers, AVM 70 and 90 A/V processors and the MCA 225, 325 and 525 power amplifiers feature, according to the manufacturer, ‘leading room correction, optimal processing of the latest audio formats and robust integration; these new additions enable Anthem to continue to set the standard for great performance for money in this 4th generation’.

Powerhouse

Anthem continues: ‘Each line-up has been renewed with careful consideration of the functions and possibilities that enthusiasts want and need. The new releases are the result of research and lessons learned over the past five years and make Anthem the ultimate powerhouse of any home theater or media space. New MCA power amplifiers perfectly match the AVM 70 and AVM 90 A/V processors, both audibly and cosmetically.

Tradition

“Our fans and dealers have been eagerly looking forward to the next generation and we are excited to unveil products with such comprehensive feature sets,” said John Bagby, MD of Paradigm Electronics Inc. “We have had the opportunity to design and create new products. Products that truly set the standard for delivering superior performance at a great price. That we can continue this tradition is something we are very excited about

AVM A/V processors

Anthem’s new AVM 70 and flagship AVM 90 A/V processor bring all modern technologies together in one component. Functions include

  • 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 network platform with web-based installation and wireless 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. Includes four independent subwoofer outputs with phase and distance delay.
  • Agnostic streaming platform with AirPlay2, Google Chromecast (audio), Bluetooth v4.2 and Spotify Connect (coming soon!) and Roon (coming soon!).
  • Video support includes 7 HDMI 2.0b inputs with 2 outputs and independent Zone 2 HDMI.
  • eARC for seamless integration with Smart TVs.
  • Ultra HD signal transmission using Dolby Vision, HDR or Hybrid Log Gamma.
  • Redesigned and more accurate calibration microphone.
  • MM Phono stage.

The AVM 90 (see image at the top of this article) is Anthem’s new flagship A/V processor with improved audio circuitry, four independent subwoofer outputs and a 32-bit AKM AK4499EQ DAC with 768 kHz sampling.

MRX A/V receivers

Anthem’s MRX A/V receivers are about maximizing performance for money, according to the manufacturer. Building on the features of previous models, the MRX 540, 740 and 1140 now offer:

  • 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 network platform with web-based installation and wireless updates.
  • Next-generation multi-core DSP platform.
  • Modernized design with high-resolution front panel display.
  • Agnostic streaming platform with AirPlay2, Google Chromecast (audio), Bluetooth v4.2 and Spotify Connect (coming soon!) and Roon (coming soon!).
  • Video support includes 7 HDMI 2.0b inputs with 2 outputs and independent Zone 2 HDMI.
  • eARC for seamless integration with Smart TVs.
  • Ultra HD signal transmission using Dolby Vision, HDR or Hybrid Log Gamma.
  • Redesigned and more accurate calibration microphone.
  • Reassignment of power amplifiers of up to 10 channels on MRX1140, 6 on MRX 740 and 4 on MRX 540.

MCA power amplifiers

Anthem’s new MCA power amplifiers are available in 2-, 3- and 5-channel configurations and perfectly match the AVM 70 and AVM 90 A/V processors, both audibly and cosmetically. Manufactured in Canada, these Gen2 amplifiers offer greater transparency with dynamically complex material. Background noise is almost completely eliminated thanks to a 120dB signal-to-noise ratio, according to the manufacturer. Power starts at 225 watts at 8 ohms and goes up to 600 watts at 2 ohms with perfect stability while driving the most demanding speaker loads. Advanced Load Monitoring (ALM) provides clip-on protection while maintaining long-term performance and reliability. High power output and low distortion ensure full immersion in a movie or music track,” Anthem writes. Additional features include

  • High current output for less distortion.
  • Cosmetic match for AVM 90 and AVM 70 A/V processors.
  • Advanced Load Monitoring system ensures reliable long-term performance.
  • 8 coupled bipolar output transistors per channel for less load on each individual transistor.
  • Manufactured in Canada.

Unlimited possibilities

Today’s premium home theaters need support for up to 15 speakers and 4 subwoofers to handle the latest object-oriented audio codecs from Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. Pairing an AVM 70 or AVM 90 A/V processor to a set of MCA amplifiers produces sound that can match the best commercial cinemas. The scalability of MCA means customers can only purchase the channels they need to reinforce their vision of home entertainment. AVM processors now manage configurations of up to 15.4 channels (was 11.2) with ARC Genesis Room Correction, ensuring the best possible sound on every seat. Modern aesthetics extend to every part of the MCA and AVM lines. All MCA end amplifiers are manufactured in Canada,” we read further in the press release.

Anthem Web User Interface

Anthem Web User Interface is now built into all MRX receivers and AVM processors. With a smartphone, tablet or laptop, owners have easy access to any function or setting and can make changes instantly. Turn the main or second zone on and off, adjust volume, change audio settings or adjust channels for a perfect surround sound experience. Web UI can also be used to calibrate speaker delays and levels and configure network settings/operating options. Source devices can be renamed, simplifying setup by eliminating unused inputs. Installers can import and export files to make remote management simple and easy.

AVM processor and MRX receiver allocation

AVM processor and MRX receiver channels can be assigned in many ways. Demanding bi-amp speakers by assigning unused channels to bass or midrange drivers. Additional channels amplify an additional audio zone in a multiroom setup. Configure any setting of height, width, or presence speakers in a Dolby Atmos or DTS: X system, then balance the sound with ARC Genesis. Pricing and configurations

  • AVM 90 A/V Processor 15.4 A/V Preamplifier/Processor with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and IMAX Enhanced. With ARC (Anthem Room Correction). HDMI v2.1 8K Upgradeable. Recommended retail price € 6,999
  • AVM 70 A/V Processor 15.2 A/V Preamplifier/Processor with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and IMAX Enhanced. With ARC (Anthem Room Correction). HDMI v2.1 8K Upgradeable. Recommended retail price € 3,999
  • MRX 1140 A/V Receiver 15.2 Preamplifier/A/V receiver with 11 power amplifiers and Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and IMAX Enhanced. 140 watts of continuous power per channel at 8 ohms. With ARC (Anthem Room Correction). HDMI v2.1 8K Upgradeable. Recommended retail price € 3.999
  • MRX 740 A/V Receiver 11.2 Preamplifier/-A/V receiver with 7 power amplifiers and Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and IMAX Enhanced. 140 watts of continuous power per channel at 8 ohms. With ARC (Anthem Room Correction). HDMI v2.1 8K Upgradeable. Recommended retail price € 2.999
  • MRX 540 A/V Receiver 7.2 Preamplifier/-A/V receiver with 5 power amplifiers and Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and IMAX Enhanced. Continuous power output of 100 watts per channel at 8 ohms. With ARC (Anthem Room Correction). HDMI v2.1 8K Upgradeable. Recommended retail price € 1.999
  • MCA 525 GEN2 Power Amplifier 5-channel power amplifier; 225 watts continuous power to 8 Ohms. Recommended retail price € 3.999,-
  • MCA 325 GEN2 Power amplifier 3-channel power amplifier; 225 watts continuous power to 8 Ohms. Recommended retail price € 2.799,-
  • MCA 225 GEN2 Power Amplifier 2-channel power amplifier; 225 watts continuous power to 8 Ohms. Recommended retail price € 2.149,-

Expected first deliveries mid-December 2020.

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