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Hi Guys, Need some advise and guidance regarding the power amplifier requirements for home theatre use. I have Anthem MRX710 powering my 7.1 setup in Home theatre, my components are as below. Fronts: Ascension Summoner 863SQTL (150 WRMS, with 91 dB 1w/1m sensitivity) Center: Ascension 253SQ (120/200 wrms/max (@ 60Hz plus), , with 91 dB 1w/1m sensitivity) Surrounds: Polk T15 (20 watts → 100 watts, with 89 db 1w/1m sensitivity) Surround back (Ceiling mounted): Micca M-8C (100 watts, with 90dB 1W/1M sensitivity) Subwoofer: Martin Logan Dynamo 600x Room size: 4m x 3.8m (Acoustically treated with Acoustic pin boards, Martini Absorb HD50 on all 4 walls with carpet on the floor, ceiling untreated.) I like loud volumes when watching movies to get the same feel and punch one gets from commercial theatres. However, I have never gone past -10db volume level with Anthem, as I find other members of the household start complaining before I even get a chance to listen at reference level. This is for mainly HT use, I do occasionally listen to two channel music but it is not my main stereo listening room. Some demo audio at close to reference level sounds amazing and feel like increasing the volume even more, however I find some movie scenes at the loud volume seems to be bit distorted or somewhat incoherent that I find the need to turn down the volume. I am not sure, if this is the limiting factors of Anthem's power amp stage or just room acoustics. So far, Anthem has been the best AVR, I have ever had and Sound quality is really really great. Lately, I have been questioning, if I should add a power amplifier to the mix, and if I did, will there be much improvements to the sound quality vs the money spent? I am mainly thinking about adding 2 or 3 channel amp for front stage. I have seen countless posts on the net where people suggest adding power amp to AVR to boost the sound quality, given the Anthem MRX710 driving 7 channels, I don't think it outputs more than 80-90 watts per channel. Will adding power amp to my setup give me better bang for buck? As for the budget, It is very limited at this stage and I am thinking somewhere the range of $1000 for 3 channels. Unfortunately, most in this range are somewhat at the same power rating as the Anthem or less, that I think will not make much difference adding them. What do you guys recommend, Is power amp really necessary and will it be a better investment? if so, what amps would you recommend to go with Anthem MRX710? Anthem's MCA325 is an ideal choice to match with Anthem MRX but at $3600, it is way out of budget for me. Should I get some inexpensive amp now or perhaps I should save up and go for it when budget allows and be done with it or I am looking at this at wrong way and should perhaps target my speakers. I am quite happy with the front stage, my surrounds are cheap speakers, but they do their job. What has been your experience when adding the power amp to relieve AVR of some of the channels?
We had a thread on Anthem MRX 310/510/710, models which are superseded. Thought it would be useful to start a new one where the growing group of Anthem owners on this forum can share their experience with each other and with others exploring the Anthem range. Suggestions for improving this post most welcome. Anthem website: www.anthemav.com Anthem news blog: http://blog.anthemav.com/ Anthem Room Correction (ARC): Official description Video: Official video, ARC Overview (Home Theatre Lounge) Articles : Calibrate dual woofers with ARC (Poor Audiophile), Interview with ARC developers (Audioholics) Good summary ARC & others (ARC, Dirac rated best, Sep 17) ARC (Secrets of Home Theatre) Pt 1, ARC + sub (Secrets of Home Theatre) Pt 2 Geeks Guide to using ARC-2 (Secrets of Home Theatre) Super Geek Guide to Tweaking ARC-2 (Secrets of Home Theatre) ARC-1 used on MRX x00, AVM 50V, D2V ARC-2 used on MRX x10, MRX x20, AVM 60, STR Integrated, Pre-amp (ARC-2 on MRX x10 has 2 profiles cf 4 in others, no slope of rolloff for target customisation of mains & centre) Snoop's ARC Tips & Tweaks Anthem owners: (please post if I either missed you or added you in error): AVM50V : Tassie Devil, IXXI (3D), arftech (3D) AVM60 : Getreal95, , SimonNo10, franin, Isaac Otaiza D2V : recur, pezz, jrisles Integrated 225 : JamesMay, The Bluesman M1 : parayam, Devialet, georgehifi, ufo MCA 20 : roboo307, doomigee2 MCA 30 : quantam_l3@p MCA 50 : benje MRX 310 : Naydn, Agneswaran, Tommy_tucker MRX 510 : Cinemafan, Sound_addict, BenH, mpearce38, DarkNark MRX 520 : Toothdoc MRX 700 : apgood, Blackwash MRX 710 : tigger384, skinner84, gillmaverick, snoopy8, Wonka1, woogie59, harmo_hammer, Familyguyhifi, 1224 MRX 720 : benje, bellyup, bandyka, The Bluesman, 2LOUD2OLD, zakblue, ph3ng, MRX 1120 : michaelharvey (review here), SNA review, Slightlyforward1503565351, Sir Triode, Mobe1969, 1120 with music, kitschcamp, CapitalK, richiey P2 : Sterlo PVA5 : GoudaK, ufo
Don't know how to explain this but here goes. I have an Anthem 720 together with 7.1 speakers plus a Panasonic TV plus just purchased an Apple 4K TV device. Netflix via the TV and the Anthem the sound is awesome, and when I press the mode button it says it is playing in surround sound. Netflix via the Apple 4K TV it says Dolby Atmos but the sound is no where as good. It stutters and sounds awful and you have to turn the volume up so much to get anywhere close to the same via Netflix on my TV. Any ideas what this could be? Cheers
Item: ANTHEM AVM60 11.2Ch Processor Location: Melbourne VIC Price: $2950 ONO Item Condition: As new with all accessories and books, no box, can arrange suitable transport box with protection. Also have ARC Mic. Reason for selling: Fund upgrade Payment Method: Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Can Post anywhere is Aus - $50. Audiophile-Friendly 11.2 Pre-Amplifier/Processor Few A/V Preamplifier-Processors offer the innovation and performance found in the all new AVM 60. Features include Dolby Atmos & DTS:X immersive audio decoding, support for UHD Blu-ray and 4K60 through HDMI 2.0a with HDR. HDCP 2.2 and 18.2 Gbps are also included allowing switching for compatibility with the latest video formats. Audiophile-friendly features include a toroidal power supply, premium differential-output D/A converters with 32-bit conversion and sampling rate optimized filters for hi-res sound. Premium A/D converters with 106 dB signal to noise ratio ensure the highest- quality sound when using analog sources. DTS Play-Fi offers easy-to-use music playback from popular streaming services and locally networked sources, controlled through iOS, Android or PC apps. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
Hi I have recently purchased an Anthem MRX 720 AVR however i need another 2 channel amp to power my two additional outdoor speakers. My speakers are PSB CS1000 https://www.westcoasthifi.com.au/product/psb-cs1000-outdoor-speakers/ They are way too overkill for outdoors due to neighbours and not being able to talk so I dont need to play them really loud etc. Any recommendations for a 2 channel amp to connect to my Anthem to power these? I used my Anthem currently to power 2 x floor standing speakers, center, sub and 4 x In ceiling speakers. Cheers
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