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Anthem MRX-520

Anthem

5.2 Home Theatre Receiver With Anthem Room Correction

Anthem MRX-520 Home Theatre Receiver - Front view.

Anthem MRX-520 Home Theatre Receiver - Front view.
 

5 Channel Amplifier; 100 Watts Per Channel With 2 Channels Driven; 5.2 Channel Preamp Outputs; Zone 2 Output


Anthem Room Correction - Speaker Calibration For More Realistic Sound; HDMI HDCP 2.2; Premium 32-Bit/768Hz DAC


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Product Description

Save with Anthem Summer Audio Visual OffersAnthem is a regular trophy collector from the international hi-fi press when it comes to delivering the highest level sound quality. The latest lineup of state-of-the-art audio/video performers with an exceptional performance to value relationship is now available.

Overview

Featured here is the Anthem MRX-520 that delivers a genuine 100 Watts per channel at 8 Ohms in stereo mode which is enough to drive most speakers very well. As with all Home Theatre Receivers the power will drop when you add more speakers. We estimate the '520 will pump out around 80 Watts (our estimate) of clean power with 5 speakers connected and running full-time. Contrary to what many sales guys say, this is usually enough for most consumers. However, if you need more power, the smart money says to add either an Anthem MCA-225 Power Amplifier for the front two speakers or if you have a similar centre speaker then an Anthem MCA-235 Power Amplifier for the front three speakers. That then leaves a massive amount of power available for the remaining speakers! If it is music first and movies second, then this is what Anthem products deliver by the bucket full.

Surround Sound Formats: Of course the MRX-520 has all the essential Dolby and DTS processing. It is not fancy because Anthem design their products on the "sound-first" principle. Included are support for Dolby Pro-Logic II and DTS Neo:6 to enhance both 2 channel and multi-channel decoding formats.

Connectivity: The Anthem MRX-520 is well equipped for those who want a complete control centre in one box. In addition to the high quality amplification, the product has plenty of inputs. On the audio side there are a total of five analogue line-level inputs (RCA type) and two line-level outputs - one for recording if you will ever use it and the other for a second zone audio setup. A great feature is also the ability to hook-up individual power amps to all 5 channels in conjunction with two subwoofers. Adding an Anthem MCA-225 stereo power amp is a smart option if you have a "thirsty" (read inefficient) set of front speakers. HDMI inputs total seven including one that is compatible with MHL devices with two HDMI outputs. The digital side is very well catered for with 3 optical/2 coaxial inputs and an optical output. Speaker connection is via high-quality binding posts which will accept bare wire or the universally accepted and preferred 'banana' plugs.

Audiophile-Grade Components: The Anthem MRX-520 AV receiver utilises audiophile-grade components; such as premium 32-bit/768kHz differential-output D/A converters for high-resolution sound, tri-core 32 digital signal processing (DSP) with Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD capability and a brushed anodised aluminium front-panel to resist unwanted vibration.

Advanced Load Monitoring (ALM) Technology: Anthem's exclusive ALM circuitry protects the amplifier's sensitive output devices by constantly monitoring temperature, current, and voltage to ensure optimum long-term performance. ALM is totally non-invasive; it is not in the signal path and only engages in the most extreme circumstances to protect the amplifier from damage by maintaining the safe operating area of the output devices.

Anthem Room Correction: And then there's Anthem room correction (ARC)! Even when the finest speakers are perfectly positioned, the room itself still has a dramatic impact on a system’s sound, an impact more profound than that of any individual component. Various 'electronic' solutions have fallen in and out of favour over the years, but none has solved the problem of “the room.” Until Anthem ARC that is.

Using proprietary processes and the power of your PC the ARC system, years in development and included with your Anthem MRX-520, analyzes each speaker’s in-room sound and then computes or corrects the effects that reflective surfaces such as walls, floors and ceilings have on the sound radiating from a loudspeaker. Removing the effects of these obstacles allows your audio equipment to achieve a more natural sound in any room, as close to the lab standard as possible with the required correction to yield optimal performance from every speaker. It’s a process that takes less than five minutes! Anthem’s approach is a true audiophile solution to the problems of the room. ARC is garnering rave reviews across the industry. For more information, see the ARC data sheet in the downloads & support section of the Anthem website.

However, although ARC is definitely the best 'electronic' room correction system currently on the market, it can only do so much. A bad sonic environment is still a bad sonic environment! ARC will make it as good as it can electronically, but additional room treatments will make almost any room sound better. Audio Trends can help with both the design and supply/installation of room treatments.

AnthemLogic: The MRX-520 receiver incorporates Anthem's proprietary AnthemLogic sound technology to enhance 2 Channel stereo audio sources; there are two modes - Cinema & Music. AnthemLogic-Cinema lets you experience home theatre surround sound from any 2 Channel audio source. A large, enveloping and dynamic listening experience is created making 2-channel movies sound more "home-theatre" like. AnthemLogic-Music enhances the stereo listening experience without detracting from the stereo soundstage and with no echo or reverberation effects. To ensure that the purity of the stereo music soundstage is in not compromised, the centre-channel is not used.

Multi-Zone Functionality: The Anthem MRX-520 offers multi-zone functionality for playback of the same or different audio sources in up to two rooms. It also allows you to watch to the same HDMI video sources on up to two TVs.

  • Zone 2: The MRX-520's Zone 2 function allows you to enjoy the same or different audio source in two rooms of your home. You can be enjoying a movie in your main room, while someone else can be listening to a music track in another room. You will need an additional amplifier and pair of speakers in Zone 2. You can select the receiver's FM tuner, analogue audio input sources, plus optical & coaxial digital audio inputs (2 channel PCM only) for Zone 2 (HDMI audio/video cannot be sent to Zone 2). You can choose to control the volume of Zone 2 from your MRX-520 or a second amplifier.
  • Zone 2 Input Follows Main (Party Mode): This feature allows you to enjoy the AV receiver's Main Zone audio source in Zone 2, simultaneously (regardless of input audio signal types - analog or digital; including HDMI). During this mode, stereo playback is automatically selected for all zones. The Main Zone & Zone 2's volume level can be adjusted independently. Utilise this function when you want to play back an audio source as background music in two rooms of your home.
  • Dual HDMI Outputs: The receiver's two HDMI outputs are parallel, so the same HDMI audio/video signal is sent through both and can be used simultaneously (video is output at the resolution supported by both TVs).

HDMI 2.0a: The MRX-520 incorporates an advanced video section that features the latest HDMI 2.0a specification, including support for 4K/60 Hz Ultra-HD video, BT.2020 Wide Color Gamut, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling. The MRX 520 also features HDCP 2.2 compatibility, a requirement for 4K Ultra HD copy-protected content.  Use a premium high-speed 18Gbps HDMI cable for the best 4K/HDR performance.

  • 4:4:4 Color Subsampling: All of the receiver's rear-panel HDMI jacks support RGB, YCbCr 4:4:4, YCbCr 4:2:2, and YCbCr 4:2:0 color subsampling (@ 60Hz or 50Hz). With 4:4:4 colour subsampling, luminance (brightness) and chroma (colour) are sampled at the same rate; resulting in an RGB colour palette as big as the video sampling rate for a video image with more colors, plus greater colour accuracy and detail. 

HDR (High Dynamic Range): HDR provides enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image. HDR reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, creating greater contrast. This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colours, plus greater depth.

Our Take

You may ask though what makes Anthem MRX Receivers worth serious consideration when there is so much consumer choice? Simple! They sound really good! Easy to say this, doesn't every product we sell sound good? Absolutely...and especially if connected to the right speakers. For most the reasoning usually goes if it's a big brand name and sounds OK, then buy it. Yep, we have plenty of customers who fit that category and at least we know we give them a pretty good package.

But if you are someone who wants to purchase more than just an 'item', want a system that delivers a presence that keeps you coming back for more...and yet at a price that is still reasonable, then this is what Anthem is about. Real world knockout performance. 

 

  • Design: High-End 5.2 Channel Home Theatre Receiver
  • Power Output: 2 x 100 Watts @ 8 Ohms (20Hz-20kHz)
    • Surround Sound Power Output: Varies on impedance and how many speakers are connected
  • THD+N (2 Vrms output): -95 dB
  • S/N Ratio (2 Vrms output, IEC-A filter) 110 dB
  • Surround Sound: Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
  • Dolby Volume: Yes
  • Dynamic Range Control: Yes
  • Speaker Calibration: ARC™ Anthem Room Correction - supplied with microphone, stand and software. Requires a Windows-based PC (preferably a laptop) with a CD drive
  • Speaker Profile Memories: Four
  • DSP: Quad Core Digital Signal Processing
  • Subwoofer Outputs: Two Sub Out Jacks (parallel)
  • DAC: Premium 32-bit / 768 kHz Differential-Output D/A Converters
  • Wireless Network Connection: Yes
  • FM Tuner: Yes
  • Amazon Alexa Compatable: Yes

Note: Amazon Alexa Not Included, Must Be Bought Seperately.

Connectivity

  • HDMI: Latest 2.0 audio/video switching with 7 x rear-panel HDMI inputs (1 x MHL) and 2 x rear-panel HDMI outputs
  • HDMI HDCP 2.2: Ensures compatibility with 4K Ultra HD sources and TVs (all HDMI inputs and outputs)
  • Digital Audio Inputs: 3 x optical and 2 x coaxial
  • Digital Audio Outputs: 1 x optical
  • Zone 2 Output: Includes a stereo line output
  • Line Level Inputs: 5 x analogue stereo audio inputs
  • Turntable Input: No. Add optional phono pre-amps to one pair of the L + R audio inputs for better sound. 
  • Subwoofer Outputs: Includes Line-level outputs for 2 powered subwoofers
  • Ethernet Port: Allows for Internet/Network connection. Operate the '520 from a web bowser control screen on a PC connected to your home network
  • Pre-Amplifier Outputs: You can connect several combinations of power amplifiers by RCA Line-level outputs - Front Left/Right, Centre, Surround Left/Right
  • RS-232C: For use with external controllers - home control systems.
  • Headphone: Full-size (6.3mm) headphone jack on front panel
  • Detachable Power Cord: Allows for upgrade to better quality cord for improved performance
  • Coaxial FM Antenna: 1
  • FM Antenna: 1 - T Wire included. (Only useful in strong reception areas). External antenna is best.

Other

  • 4:4:4 Subsampling at 4K60 (18.2 Gbps)
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR): HDR-compatible for extended picture contrast and brightness with compatible 4K TVs and HDR-encoded content
  • BT.2020 Color Gamut
  • On-Screen Display: Via HDMI with 4K 50/60
  • 4K 50/60 Switching
  • 4K & 3D Video Pass-Through: Yes
  • Remote Control: Includes backlit system type
  • Power Input: 220-240 Volts AC. Where the line voltage is 220, 230, or 240 V, this product operates from a single phase AC power source that supplies between 198 Volts and 264 Volts at a frequency of 50 Hz. This makes it a great choice for those in rural/outback areas where voltage can vary
  • Power Consumption
    • Standby Mode: 0.03 Watt
    • Typical Mode: 365 Watts
  • Nett Weight: 12.8kg
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 439 x 165 x 375mm - not including allowance for cables. Add 100mm or more
  • Manufacturer's Warranty: 3 Years

Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE

Additional Information

Additional Information

Name 5.2 Home Theatre Receiver With Anthem Room Correction
Brand Anthem
Colour Black
Power Output Per Channel 71 - 100 Watts RMS
Channels 5 Channels
Other Features Dolby Digital/DTS, HDMI Standby Passthrough, MHL Compatible, System Remote
HDMI Video Conversion From HDMI
HDCP 2.2 For 4K Video Yes
Multi-Room Audio/Video Multi-Room Preamp Audio Output
HDMI Inputs 7
Internet Ready Wired Ethernet
App Control Android, Apple iPad
Apple AirPlay No
Supported Streaming Services No
Shipping Weight (kg) 18.5000
Price Range $2,299

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