Anthem overhauls range with processors, AVRs and amps

posted on Monday, 2nd November 2020 by Steve May

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Anthem has unveiled a veritable AV-lanche of new processors and power amps.

Landing before Christmas are the MRX 540, 740 (pictured above) and 1140 AV Receivers, AVM 70 and 90 AV Processors; and MCA 225, 325 and 525 power amplifiers. Codec and format support covers Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and IMAX Enhanced.

The new lines are a cosmetic and tonal match for each other, which Anthem hopes will lead to integrators specifying them in media and home theatre rooms. All are built on a multi-core DSP platform and offer Anthem’s web user Interface. 

The web UI can 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.

The hardware ships with HDMI 2.0b, but is upgradeable to HDMI 2.1, says the brand. 

AVM 90

The new AVM 70 and flagship AVM 90 AV processors offer 7 HDMIs, with 2 outputs, eARC, and independent Zone 2 HDMI, and an MM Phono Stage.The range-topping AVM 90 benefits from upgraded audio circuitry, four independent subwoofer outputs and a 32-bit AKM AK4499EQ DAC with 768kHz sampling capability.

Streaming support covers AirPlay2, Google Chromecast, Bluetooth v4.2, with Spotify Connect and Roon “coming soon!”. There’s also pass-through of Dolby Vision, HDR or HLG. They also ship with a redesigned, higher precision calibration microphone.

The new MRX AV Receivers share the same specification, with amplifier re-assignment with up to 10 channels on MRX1140, 6 on MRX 740, and 4 on MRX 540.

MRX 1140 Rear

Designed to match the brand’s new processor line-up, the new MCA power amps are available in two, three and five channel configurations.
These next gen amplifiers are made in Canada and promise a120dB signal-to-noise ratio. Power ratings start at 225 watts into 8 Ohms and go up to 600 watts into 2 Ohms. Advanced Load Monitoring offers protection from clipping, and eight paired bipolar output devices per channel.

The AVM 90 and 70 processors are 15.2 designs. The MRX 1140 (pictured above) is a 15.2 pre-amplifier / 11 amplifier channel model, while MRX 740 AVR is an 11.2 Pre-Amplifier / 7 channel design and the MRX 540 AVR a 7.2 pre-amplifier / 5 amplifier channel receiver. The MCA 525 GEN2 is a five -channel power amplifier, with 225W per channel continuous power into 8 ohms; the MCA 325 is a three-channel offering and the MCA 225 a two-channel model.

“Our fans and dealers have been anxiously awaiting these next generations and we are pleased to be unveiling products with such rich feature sets,” says John Bagby, Managing Director, Paradigm Electronics. “We’ve had the opportunity to design and create new products that really set the benchmark of delivering tremendous performance for a great value. Being able to continue that legacy is something we’re very excited about.”

All will be supported by new training programmes. “We have fantastic training materials and programs for our dealers, who are truly the cornerstone of our brand’s success,” said David Baker, Director of Sales).

The full retail price list is as follows:
MRX 540 EU £1,799
MRX 740 EU £2,799
MRX 1140 EU £3,899
AVM 70 EU £3,599
AVM 90 EU £6,749
MCA 225v2 £1,995
MCA 325v2 £2,495
MCA 525v2 £3,495

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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