Canadian award-winning specialist AV manufacturer, Anthem, has announced its highly anticipated new range and next generation of receivers. The new range sets an even further elevated standard from a brand that has become synonymous with high-performance AV products.
Anthem’s MRX A/V Receivers are about maximizing performance for the money. Building on the feature set of our previous models, we’ve added the newest version of ARC Genesis, a redesigned and more accurate calibration microphone, Anthem Web User Interface, integrated streaming support, object-oriented audio codecs and the clean power delivery Anthem is known for.
The MRX 540 is a great way to bring premium audio to any home theatre or media room. Seamlessly integrate your smart TV or projector with 7 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs, plus eARC. Ultra HD signals are passed through unaltered up to 18.2 Gbps with Dolby Vision, HDR and Hybrid Log Gamma support.
- 7.2 preamplifier and 5 amplifier channels
- 100W continuous power output per channel (8 Ohm)
- Internal power amplifiers freely assignable
- New generation digital amplifier
- An evolution of the award-winning MRX-520
- Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and IMAX Enhanced
- Professional measurement system: ARC™ Anthem Genesis Room correction
- Includes a redesigned and higher precision calibration microphone
- Next-Generation DSP Platform
- IP-based user interface via PC
- Premium DAC with 32 bit / 768 kHz (AKM AK4458VN)
- HDMI 2.0b eARC
- HDMI 2.1 (8K) available later via the upgradeable HDMI board
- Platform Agnostic Streaming (via AirPlay2, Google Chromecast, Bluetooth v4.2, Spotify Connect, and more)
User Manual (PDF, 3.5MB)
"The power was palpable with both movies and music from this five-channel receiver which also reaps the benefits of a versatile virtual input system and industry-leading room correction."
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"Anthem's revised design is a complete win in our books, no less so than its versatile functionality with its 7-channel pre-outs and 30 assignable inputs, and of course its stellar audio performance. We love their thinking, their implementations, the new aesthetic, the versatility here – and underlying it all, the performance. It’s an unreserved recommendation from us."
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In addition to including a 3-year warranty, you can be confident in the new Anthem receivers as the brand is known for not releasing new models too frequently. Each addition to Anthem's catalogue brings new features, technology, and cosmetic refinements. Buying Anthem today, won't see your investment superseded by new models next year
"Each line up has been refreshed with careful thought regarding the features and capabilities that enthusiasts want and need. The new releases are a culmination of the research and learnings from the past five years and make Anthem the ultimate powerhouse of any home theatre or media room."
- John Bagby, Managing Director, Paradigm Electronics Inc, parent company of Anthem
One key and sought-after feature introduced in this MRX Receiver range is channel re-assignment, or 'matrixing'.This receiver's channels can be assigned in many ways. Unused amplifier channels can be re-assigned to Bi-Amplify demanding front speakers, power surrounds, presence speakers, or a second zone (Available on MRX 1140 and MRX 740).
Configure amplifier channels for your system's needs, then perfect the presentation with ARC Genesis.
Anthem Room Correction (ARC) quickly corrects the effects that reflective surfaces such as walls, floors and ceilings have on the sound going out from your loudspeakers. It's a proprietary digital signal processing software developed in-house at Anthem which works with a specially-engineered calibration microphone and your PC to quickly and easily tune-up audio for your own listening space, to achieve reference listening room-quality performance in the home.
Conducted by Anthem engineers in conjunction with the National Research Council of Canada, the groundbreaking research that went into this program lets you perform the required measurements and computations of the correction filters using almost any IBM PC, Macintosh, iPhone or Android device. Whatever you choose, it offers detailed steps and configuration options for getting your system tuned right.
This new generation of Anthem MRX receivers features the latest version of ARC Genesis Room correction and the redesigned and higher precision calibration microphone.
ARC Genesis is the newest software that works with many ARC enabled Anthem or Paradigm product. New features include support for both Mac and Windows; new target curve adjustment options including deep bass and high frequencies; improved algorithms and much more.
ARC Genesis is backwards compatible with many Anthem and Paradigm products that are ARC or PBK enabled. This third generation of Anthem Room Correction software represents a significant leap forward in room correction with the most comprehensive set of features yet. ARC Genesis transforms the audio performance of compatible speakers or electronics while retaining the unique character of any room. Proprietary Digital Signal Processing (DSP) software works in tandem with a calibrated microphone (provided with many ARC and PBK enabled products) to provide astonishing improvements to the sound you hear.
Anthem Web User Interface is now built into all MRX Receivers and AVM Processors. Using a phone, tablet or laptop, owners can easily access any function or setting and make changes on the fly. Power the main or second zone on and off, adjust volume, change audio modes or tweak channel trims for a perfect surround sound experience. Web UI can also be used to calibrate speaker delays and levels and configure network settings/control options. Source devices can be renamed, simplifying set up by enabling the elimination of unused inputs. Installers can import and export files to make remote management simple and convenient.
New features, capabilities and robust integration position Anthem MRX Series as the ultimate power centre of premium home theatre and audio. The MRX 540 is designed to offer a breathtaking home theatre experience with the most advanced audio and video processing features.
IMAX ENHANCED is the only way to experience IMAX’s signature picture, sound and scale in the home, IMAX Enhanced combines digitally remastered 4K HDR content and DTS audio technologies with best-in-class consumer electronics products and streaming platforms
Sound has never sounded this good. Feel a deeper connection to the stories and music you love with sound that moves all around you with breathtaking realism
DTS:X is the next-generation audio codec from DTS that leverages object-based audio to enable new audio experiences in immersion and interactivity.
Feel the story’s full emotional impact, bringing your entertainment to life with an ultra-vivid picture, brighter highlights, and darker shadows.
The Anthem MRX 540 features external control and IP control capabilities for easy customization and compatibility with third-party integration solutions. It offers IP control capability for major third-party control devices including Control4, Savant, Crestron, ELAN, and more.
At Anthem, we have one simple goal – to design, engineer and manufacture audio/video products that deliver premium performance and convenience at a reasonable price. We do this by spending thousands of hours selecting and testing components, carefully designing our own circuit topologies, and backing them with robust power supplies that ensure maximum long-term quality and reliability. We achieve this with our team at the Paradigm/Anthem Research Center and their decades of combined experience.
Backed by over 35 years of home-grown, hands-on design, and innovative audio engineering experience, Anthem products provide an unprecedented level of reliability and functionality; delivering one of the industry’s highest performance/price ratios. This is just one reason why Anthem electronics are the choice of knowledgeable audiophiles, professional musicians and engineers the world over.
Maximum Output (<0.1% THD): 5.2 VRMS, 7.1VRMS
PREAMPLIFIER + AMPLIFIER
SNR (1W output): 91 dB ch 1-5
Compatible with 4 Ohms or higher impedance.
MAXIMUM CONTINUOUS OUTPUT (1% THD)
Channels 1-5, Two Driven into 8 Ohms: 100W
Typical Load: 365W
Height (without feet): 15.24 cm