For the past few years, Anthem MRX home theater receivers have been a popular choice. The goal of Anthem products is to create the greatest possible sound. The power amp, which is the element of a home theater receiver that actually drives your speakers, is an important part of terrific sound.
Anthem offers numerous different series of standalone power amplifiers as a company. As a result, you could say they know a lot about how to build a high-performance amplifier. Their receivers benefit from the technology they develop for their power amplifiers, which is one of the reasons they sound so good.
We like how all of their receivers have Class AB amplifiers and powerful power supply. Anthem Room Correction (ARC) is one of the greatest room correction systems available, and Anthem continues to improve it with free software updates. Another reason we appreciate them is their input setup versatility and the ability to recall several room correction sets for different seating configurations.
Anthem MRX740 A/V Receiver
- Dolby Atoms
- Dts Play-Fi - local and streaming
- Arc Anthem room correction
This is the model that we believe will be the most popular. It includes seven built-in powered channels with a total power output of 140 watts per channel. Because the MRX740’s amp section is much beefier than the Anthem MRX540’s, you’ll receive stronger dynamics and speaker control. The MRX740, on the other hand, features a CPU that can decode 11.2 channels and has preamp outputs for all of them. This means you could start with a 5.2.2 system and then add another pair of Atmos and a set of rear speakers for a really immersive Dolby Atmos surround sound experience. A lot of people are doing 5.4.2 systems using the MRX740 and a fantastic two-channel amp like the MCA225MKII.
When you consider how wonderful the MRX740 sounds and all of its capabilities, it’s likely the finest audio value for home theater on the market. You’ll receive sound that rivals many individual components, 11.2 channels of processing with plenty of opportunity for extension, and enough power to drive most speakers to their limits.
We’d like to tell you about the previous model, the MRX 720, to give you a sense of how fantastic these speakers sound. We have multiple home theater rooms set up in our Raleigh location. We have a B&W CT series Dolby Atmos system set up in a 5.4.2 arrangement in one of them. Everything in this theater is hidden in a cabinet and controlled by a smart remote, so most people who visit never realize the equipment.
We opted to incorporate the MRX 720 into this setup when we first got it. Previously, we had a separate set of components in the room, including a surround sound processor and a 9-channel power amplifier. That stack cost a bit more than $4,000. To get to 9 channels, we installed the MRX 720 and only used two of the power amp’s channels. Running ARC and reprogramming the Anthem codes on the Control 4 remote took roughly 30 minutes.
Two of our salespeople went in later that day to do home theater demos. They were completely unaware that anything had changed. Both of them were perplexed as to what we had done to the system because it sounded so much better! That’s very much how you’ll feel when you hear Anthem sound in your home theater.