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Anthem MRX 700 AV Receiver Review

The term home theater in a box is one of those phrases that causes any true home theater enthusiast to cringe, for it’s generally not a term associated with quality – especially sound quality. But what if the “box” in question wasn’t a physical box but instead a manufacturer – would that change one’s perception? I pose the question because Paradigm, parent company of Anthem, has become a smart stop when shopping for your home theater needs, offering loudspeakers and electronics. The latest in Paradigm’s ongoing march towards total home theater domination, the Anthem MRX 700 AV receiver reviewed here. For years Anthem has been making top flight, affordable home theater electronics in the form of AV preamps and multi-channel amplifiers but never have they put the two together – until now.

The MRX 700 retails for $2,000 and currently sits atop the Anthem’s AV receiver lineup, a lineup that also includes the MRX 500 and MRX 300. All of the MRX AV receivers share the same casework; therefore have the same physical appearance, which obviously saves Anthem (and you) money, though it does make it difficult to distinguish one from the other easily. The MRX 700’s front panel is decidedly receiver-esq, though it manages not to look like any other receiver on the market today. The MRX 700 is somewhat compact in comparison to some of the competition, measuring 17 and a quarter inches wide by six and a half inches tall and 15 and a quarter inches deep. The MRX 700 is the heaviest of the Anthem receivers at 35 and a half pounds.

Pros

  • Spectacular Sound
  • USB and Ethernet equipped
  • Excellent GUI
  • Excellent Room Calibration Results

Cons

  • No 7.1 Analog inputs
  • No S-Video Support
  • No Bi-Amp capability

 

Anthem MRX 700 AV Receiver Specifications

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Anthem Room Correction (ARC)
  • A very beefy amp – more ‘real’ power than the competition!
  • Dual-processor audio DSP
  • Video Conversion from Composite Video and Component Video to HDMI
  • Scaling up to 1080p60
  • 1080p24 mode
  • Dolby Volume
  • AM/FM Tuner
  • 3D Support via software upgrade
  • Weight (unpacked) 35.4 lb (16.1 kg)

 

DECODING

  • Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus
  • Dolby Digital EX
  • DTS-HD Master Audio
  • DTS-ES (Matrix, Discrete)
  • DTS 96/24

 

LISTENING MODES

  • AnthemLogic-Music
  • AnthemLogic-Cinema
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx (Movie, Music, Game)
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIz
  • DTS Neo:6 (Music, Cinema)
  • Dolby Virtual Speaker (Wide, Reference)
  • All Channel Stereo
  • Dolby Digital EX

 

INPUTS

  • 4 HDMI Inputs
  • Analog Video Inputs: 4 Composite + 3 Component
  • Digital Audio Inputs: 2 Coaxial + 3 Optical
  • 7 Stereo Analog RCA Inputs
  • 2 USB Inputs (MRX 700/500)
  • HDMI On-Screen Display – setup, video adjustments, status, song navigation

 

CUSTOM INSTALLATION

  • IR Input
  • IR Emitter Output
  • Trigger Output
  • Second Zone
  • RS-232 Control

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  • Video Configuration Memorized by Source
  • Dolby Headphone
  • Backlit Remote Control
  • Sidemount Rack Kit (sold separately)

 

Read the full review at hometheaterreview.com

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