As my recent post “Room EQ: Our Favorite New Home Theater Trend” suggests, over the past couple of years I have become very interested in room correction. A few friends of mine have been telling me about some new room correction circuitry that Anthem was introducing in some of their new products.
Anthem is a division of the company that owns MartinLogan speakers and have been making high-performance audio and home theater products for around 20 years. They’re priced above the typical mainstream home theater products, but are known for their better audio performance.
I decided to meet with Anthem this year at CES. Not only did I learn all about Anthem Room Correction, but also that they use the Canadian National Research Center (used by PSB and other great manufacturers) to test and improve their products performance. This is a sign of an innovative company. I made the decision right then that Audio Advice needed to be an Anthem dealer.
The more I’ve learned about Anthem and their products since deciding to become a dealer, the more excited about them our whole team has become. Let’s take a deeper look at Anthem’s lineup — who knows, one of their receivers may be exactly what you need to take your system to the next level!
Their home theater receivers start with the MRX 520. This is a five channel receiver with a high current amp that is all about sound. Yes, it has the latest in 4k video switching, but more importantly, it has Anthem Room Correction (ARC) and incredibly good DAC’s (digital audio converters) for great audio. While it does not support Dolby Atmos, if you want to improve your sound while stepping up to 4k video switching, at $1,399, this is a great choice.
The next step up is the one I think will be our most popular model, the MRX 720. It adds two more powered channels over the MRX 520, but has outputs for 11, giving you the option of Dolby Atmos and DTS-X now or in the future. You can simply add 4 more channels of power and you’ve got a full-fledged Dolby Atmos system. For those of you who may still have some older separate components around, this could be a great way to upgrade. You may have the extra 4 amp channels you need to do a full Atmos upgrade and get the great room correction at the same time. At $2,499, it’s going to be our best seller.
The top of the line MRX 1120 receiver is perfect if you want to do a full Dolby Atmos setup and have no spare amps around to use. It’s $1,000 more than the MRX 720, but adds four more powered channels, so you are all set for Dolby Atmos and DTS-X.
Anthem AVM 60
Many of you are probably still using a Lexicon or Rotel processor for your home theater system and have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the dust to settle on what to get to move into the new world of object-based surround sound and 4K UltraHD. Well the AVM 60 may be just what you have been waiting for. This is Anthem’s preamp/processor with full Dolby Atmos and DTS-X. It is made like a high-end audio preamp with a massive toroidal power supply and state of the art DAC’s. When you consider you get all this, plus the room correction, this is a great option, whether you’re starting a new system or looking to finally replace your old preamp.
Multiple Speaker Setups
Some of the more expensive products we sell have features that allow you to set up different listening memories. I just love this feature. Most home theater products have a setup screen that allows you to tell the system how many speaker you have, set up distances, crossovers, levels, etc. For 99% of the products on the market, this is where it ends — it doesn’t allow you to have multiple setup options. Up until now I the only systems I found that could deploy this setup were the big Classe and Datasat units…
Well guess what? Even the $1,399 Anthem has the multiple setup option! Imagine your theater is near a bedroom. There are times no one is in the bedroom and you can rock out with the sub and everything as you prefer. But don’t you wish there was an easy way to turn down the sub and boost the center channel to enjoy late night movies without disturbing anyone? This is exactly what you can do with multiple speaker configurations!
Another example — Let’s say you really love your main left and right speakers for music and want to listen to them at full range for music, but you would like to cross them over to subwoofers for movies. With the anthem, no problem! You can even assign this two-channel mode to your music input sources and it all just happens automatically! Pretty neat, huh?
Anthem Power Amps
Finally, Anthem has a big selection of great power amps for building systems. They actually have 13 different power amps in configurations ranging from mono, 2-channel, 3-channel, 4-channel, 5-channel, 7-channel, and 8-channel to help build out any possibility. They range in price from $1,499 to $8,500. They are all built like tanks and designed to last for years.
We’ve got the Anthem products set up in both of our locations and invite you to come experience the latest addition to our great lineup of products designed to make your music and theater experience a lot more fun!