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  1. We had a thread on Anthem MRX 310/510/710, models which are superseded.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
  2. Item: Anthem MRX520 AV Receiver Location: LWA HQ, 64 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove, NSW Price: Was $1000 StereoNET Special $850 Item Condition: Excellent 2ndhand condition Payment Method: Cash, Paypal, Credit Cards, Bank transfers, ZipPay Shipping: To anywhere but the dark side of the moon Extra Info: This just traded MXR520 AV Receiver is in superb condition and has it's remote and operating manual and we've reduced the price just for SN members! Anthem say: The award-winning Third Generation MRX Series of high-end multi-channel A/V receivers are known the world over for their excellent sound quality, efficient power handling, and the ease with which they integrate into an entertainment system. The MRX Series is packed with exclusive audio innovations like Anthem Room Correction (ARC) Technology and Advanced Load Monitoring (ALM) Technology, 4K Pass-Through with fast HDMI switching and more. You can read more about it here on their site. Pictures:
  3. Item: Anthem MRX-710 Location: Melbourne Inner East, prefer local pickup Price: $1,200 $1,050 Plus insured shipping if required. $35 SNA donation on completion of sale. Item Condition: Good Reason for selling: Upgraded to Atmos Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Bank Transfer Extra Info: Preference given to local pickup. Insured shipping at buyer’s expense; e.g. Sydney, Brisbane $47, Adelaide $57, Perth $67 The MRX-710 was the top model of Anthem’s “10” series AVRs, with a toroidal power supply, 120 W (2 channels driven), 90 W (5 channels driven) maximum continuous output into 8 ohms, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, 0.1% THD. It is rated highly in many reviews. Featuring the acclaimed Anthem Room Correction software, the MRX-710 is an excellent AVR for those people not interested in latest formats e.g. Atmos Equipment is in good condition with no visible marks. Other than a loose cable connection to the microphone (a rubber band ensures that it does not fall out while measuring), the system is a full working order with all 7 channels tested and working. For the past 3 years, it was run as a 5.1 system with active front, centre and left speakers and passive surrounds. All original packaging and accessories (remote which is hardly used, ARC microphone and stand) included. For more information on Anthem and ARC, please see this Anthem AV Owners thread that I maintained. Pictures:
  4. Item: Anthem MRX-720 Home Cinema Reciever Location: Kew, Vic Price: $2600 (or $2850 with 4x Onkyo SKH-410 Dolby Certified Atmos Modules included) Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Not Being Used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash preferred, Bank Deposit, BTC Extra Info: Receiver with full Atmos and DTS:X support. Have box with accessories, receipt and can post Australia wide at buyer's cost. Pictures:
  5. Item: Anthem MRX-700 7.1 Receiver Location: Melbourne Price: $500 Item Condition: Very Good Reason for selling: Upgraded Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: If you're not interested in Atmos this is hard to beat! Truly amazing sound. Missing setup Mic. Called the improter (audio Active) replacement Mic is $70. I have everything else.... Remote, Manual, Box etc.... Sorry about the crappy phone pic. Pictures:
  6. Item: Anthem MRX510 7.1 channel AVR Location: Melbourne South East (can post) Price: $1100 (ONO) Item Condition: 9/10 has lived in the AV cabinet all its life Reason for selling: rasing funds for 2 channel system upgrade Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Have had this for a couple of years works flawlessly and is one of the best sounding receivers on the market. Unlike it's successor the 520 this uses a triodial transformer and has 7 channels of amplification (new one is only 5) Will do 4K passthrough and has all the usual formats trueHD DTS Master. Includes the ARC room measurement kit which is a revelation when it comes to room correction, I've had adesyey based receivers in the past and they don't come close to what ARC does for room calibration. It is on par with Dirac Live. Comes with all accessories remote and original box Pictures:
  7. Introduction Had the opportunity to test a friend's MRX-1120 on my 5.2 setup and compared it my MRX-710. Fed using an Oppo 103, with separate video and audio hdmi channels into the 1120. Due to time constraints and home network & PC issues, Anthem Room Correction (ARC) was not run. Decided to focus on music because it was a more difficult challenge and allowed us to also compare against a 2 channel Giesler Groß DAC setup. Note that the 5.2 and 2.2 systems shared the same SGR Audio CX3Bs (Mk1) mains and SVS SB13U, SB2000 subs. Surprise No. 1 The 1120 beat the 710 hands down for both multi channel and 2 channel music. The DACs and analogue circuitry on the 1120 were far superior with improved clarity and detail. We did not even need to switch to the 710 to compare; the 1120 won easily. Gjeilo: North Country II and Arnesen: Magnificat 4 (both on 2L label) were used for the comparison. Had we had more time, we would have used other non-classical pieces, but such was the difference that we were confident that the 1120 was better for music, full stop. Surprise No. 2 The 1120 came close to the Giesler Groß DAC for PCM. Playing North Country II, 2.0 LPCM 24/192 on the 1120 almost matched the 24/96 PCM on the Groß. There was slightly more detail and clarity on the Groß but what was unexpected was how close the 1120 got to the Groß. However, the Groß with the DSD 64 version of North Country II was the best and took things to another level. With Magnificat 4 5.1 DTS HDMA 24/192 on the 1120, there was more ambience, and from behind, better organ and piano. However, with the Groß, Magnificat 4 DSD 64 had more detail, clarity and presented such a wide sound stage that it almost made up for the lack of rear speakers. It was that good! Note no DSD decoding on Anthem products; ARC worked only with PCM. Conclusions Can recommend with confidence the Anthem MRX-1120 for music. By implication, the 520 and 720 are also good for music, with the same DAC chip, analogue circuitry but with a non-toroidal power supply. Even more compelling is the AVM60, with better analogue to digital converters and quieter circuitry. Would expect the AVM60 to match PCM playback with the Groß. For superior 2 channel, go with the Groß DAC or equally as good DACs. But do not despair if you only have the MRX-1120; PCM reproduction will match many good 2 channel DACs. What about the MRX-710 (& 510, 310)? Would recommend them for movies and less for music. Music is ok but not to discerning levels. Movies? I would expect the MRX-520, 720, 1120 to excel with movies, and provide better audio than the "10 family", but the improvement will not be as much as music.
  8. Item: Anthem AVM50 Location: Clayton - Devon Meadows Price: $2,150 Item Condition: excellent used condition, comes with ARC and all other accessories including original packaging. Reason for selling: no longer have a home cinema Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Direct deposit , COD Only Extra Info: Anthem AVM 50V Black 230V The Best Selling Preamplifier/Processor In Its Class It's now 3D equipped! Fully featured 7.1-channel audio and video processor, 8 HDMI Inputs and 2 Parallel HDMI outputs with the top four ports (HDMI 1 through 4) and top output (HDMI 1) supporting true bypass sensing 3D inputs automatically, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, PCM 24/192, highest quality 1080p upscaling with 1080p24 compatibility, Anthem Room Correction, two stereo zones. AVM 50v now 3D equipped! BROADCAST-QUALITY DIGITAL VIDEO PROCESSING Video Format Conversion—the latest-generation Sigma DesignsVXP broadcast-quality digital image processor (supporting deep color and better-than-ever video algorithms!) converts any SD or HD video standard to other video standards. Quadruple video output configuration makes it easy to switch from one configuration to another. Superior image quality using per-pixel processing and motion-adaptive de-interlacing to ensure optimal image sharpness and picture resolution. • Dynamic directional interpolation eliminates jaggy artifacts found in traditional de-interlacing algorithms. Full film-mode detection for all SD and HD inputs. Video transcoding allows S-Video and Component Video inputs to be digitally processed and enhanced, and then routed through the Component or HDMI outputs. Each source can be adjusted independently for best picture. ESPECIALLY FOR ENHANCED VIDEO PERFORMANCE Adjustable cropping Aspect ratio control Chroma bug filter Frame lock Gamma correction Adjustable noise reduction Adjustable detail enhancement Custom output resolution and timing via PC utility All on-screen displays are shown through HDMI and Component Video On-screen display shows adjustments being made (can be disabled) All functions are available for HD input WHAT'S UNDER THE AVM HOOD Component parts are carefully chosen for their ability to maintain the lowest possible total harmonic distortion and noise (THD + N). Handcrafted circuit board layouts (not done by auto-routers) with extensive use of groundplanes achieve exceptionally low noise, low crosstalk, and protect against electrostatic discharge. 4-layer hand-designed motherboard includes separate power and groundplanes. 6- and 8-layer DSP, A/D and D/A boards. A/D and D/A converter boards use separate analog and digital planes, as well as separate power and groundplanes for remarkably low noise. All critical signal paths are surrounded by groundplanes. Super-efficient switching power supply: Low-noise, low-emissions design Multiple-synchronized dithered-frequency isolation stages ensure exceptionally quiet audio and video operation and excellent electromagnetic compatibility Fourteen independently regulated output stages ensure optimal operating environment Anthem's Own Design! Two dual-core digital signal processing (DSP) engines, our own design, offer a total of 800 MIPS to allow decoding of the new HD audio standards: Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High-Resolution Audio and DTS-HD Master Audio. More than enough processing power to handle even the most complex program material with matchless precision. Superior Analog-to-Digital/Digital-to-Analog conversion: A/D capable of up to 24-bit x 96-kHz resolution D/A operates at full 24-bit x 192-kHz resolution Audio-grade film capacitors and operational amplifiers. Superior-quality analog attenuator (volume control). Fully buffered audio and video inputs for minimum crosstalk. Highest-quality video-switching circuitry on completely independent and isolated circuit boards. High-precision thru-hole passive components. Heavy-gauge non-resonant chassis. Headphone amplifier features a high-current/voltage design with a dedicated fully discrete output www. … AND FOR THE AUDIO PURIST Analog-Direct available on all inputs Tone Bypass disables Bass/Treble adjustment Balanced 2-channel XLR digital input for best digital signal True-Balanced 2-channel analog input for best analog signal True-Balanced analog outputs provide best noise rejection and purest signal transmission AND THEN THERE'S ANTHEM ROOM CORRECTION (ARC) Even when the finest speakers are perfectly positioned, the room itself still has a dramatic impact on a system's sound, an impact more profound than that of any individual component. Various solutions have fallen in and out of favor over the years, but none has solved the problem of “the room.” Until ARC. Using proprietary processes and the power of your PC the ARC system, years in development and included with your Anthem AVM 50v, analyzes each speaker's in-room sound and then computes the required correction to yield optimal performance from every speaker. It's a process that takes less than five minutes! Anthem's approach is a true audiophile solution to the problems of the room. ARC is garnering rave reviews across the industry. For more information, see the ARC data sheet in the downloads & support section. Pictures:
  9. Hi all, As I said in my introduction thread, I am the new owner of an Anthem MXR 510, having recently upgraded from a Yamaha RX-430. I will be upgrading my whole system over time, little by little, so I will be looking for plenty of guidance from the more experienced members, hence this thread. I am currently going to use my AV for a 90/10 music movies ratio. Therefore I am trying to achieve the best SQ for my limited budget. I have connected my Mac Mini to the Anthem via HDMI cable and I am impressed with the results. I am guessing it is the onboard dac that is making the differance. (I think ) there are 3 ways of making the connection to the Anthem. 1 HDMI as I have done, 2 Toslink cable, 3 usb to external dac to receiver. Is there a hierarchy of SQ when connecting to the receiver? At the back of the Anthem where the speaker outputs are, it says Speakers 8 Ohm. Whilst wiring up my speakers I realised that my front L/R are 8 ohm, but my centre speaker is 6 Ohm. I have run the system like this and it works, however I became a little hesitant and have now disconnected the centre speaker. My google fu shows division of opinions. Some say it could damage the amp while others say it will damage the speaker. My limited understanding is the impedance of the speaker varies, so i guess the 8 ohm printed on the speaker is the nominal impedance? If so would a 6 ohm centre speaker make that much of a difference? When I upgrade my speakers, which will be fairly soon, I will make sure that I buy 8 Ohm speakers. So at this stage I have wired up for a 2.1 system, except the .1 is not working . I plugged my cable into the sub connection on the 7.1 pre out (its the only sub connection I can see on the Anthem) and into the a Yamaha YST-SW320 Left(mono) connection. If I play music from Mini Mac i have no subwoofer output. I disconnected the cable from the AV and tapped the end of the cable with my finger and it has output. Therefore I am assuming the cable and the subwoofer are ok. Is the 7.1 pre out connection an LFE connection? I do have 4 pairs of speaker connections on the subwoofer, 2 pair input (from amp) and 2 pair output (to speakers). So that is an alternative way to wire it up. Or is it the usual way to wire it up for music? Finally I am looking to buy a dvd/cd player. I guess these days that means a blueray player. Budget would be about $1k, thereabouts. Happy to go over a little if its worth my while. I don't have a 4K television and am not planning on buying one anytime soon. I was looking at the Oppo 105 which appears to have quite a good reputation online, but it appears they don't make them anymore. I am happy to buy a superseded model as I have with the 510 as (I think) it can potentially give me more bang for my buck, so to speak. I don't really need bells and whistles ie wifi and streaming, but it has to be black! I am open to any suggestions. Thanks Dave
  10. Well, a bit of background to kick things off. I upgraded my speakers to Kef Rs about 2 years ago, and had intended to buy a new AVR once Atmos came out. Between that, my wife and I had our first child, so it was a bit pointless upgrading for the sake of it! We now find we are able to sneak in the odd movie and I thought we may as well upgrade to Atmos too! The shortlist was always the Anthem 1120, then came along Arcam with the 550 and Dirac, so it got added to the shortlist too. After demoing both, they were both very similar in sound quality with the Arcam having a slight edge. Considering it had Dirac, that ended up being my choice (despite effectively being $2k more once you get extra amps for Atmos). At home with the Arcam...... Once I got it home, that is where all the problems started. The idiots at Arcam put out a dodgy version of the Dirac software on the website, which failed to work with my calibrated Umik-1. Additionally, the rubbish microphone Arcam provide failed to work too. I wasn't too happy. After some sleep, I was kindly sent the previous version of the Dirac software. This at least worked with my Umik-1, although it isn't the easiest software to get running. Basic TV viewing was sounding great, so it was time to get onto some demo material. I immediately got out the Dolby Atmos demo disc and played a few clips which went well, until I got to the Horizon Demo. This is where the next round of trouble started. The Arcam kept shutting down at the same point in the demo clip at reference volume. I was a bit puzzled, surely the Arcam would have enough grunt for this? Well, the answer is a bit more complicated. Checking the Dirac filter, it applies a 10db boost around 150hz, about the same spot my 8ohm rated speakers drop to around 3.2ohm on their impedance curve. Basically, the Arcam (550 at least) cannot handle difficult loads very well, which is why it was shutting down. Testing with Dirac off it passed this same test, and it also passed with Dirac on at 10db less volume. Ok, well I figured that would be solved by a power amp, so I could live with it for the time being. Some more viewing (via Plex on XboxOne), saw the Arcam flick between a 5.1PCM and 7.1PCM source, despite the XboxOne being set on 5.1PCM. This was something minor that I could live with, but Arcam just dismissed this blaming the source. I also had been reading all the issues with Dirac on AVS, which seemed to blow up during my period of ownership. Testing on my end using REW, easily replicated the same issue. Basically, the correction filter for one speaker (i.e. Left Front), was still being applied on content sent to the sub. Playing a few more familiar clips, the bass disappeared from my room (7db reduction between 35hz to 65hz), so much so even my wife noticed. Arcam technically firstly dismissed this complaint, then commented that the filter at a certain frequency is correcting the room, so it shouldn't matter what speaker it was sent to. Obviously this is total BS! I said to Arcam technical, that if they were intending to solve the issues I would be happy to keep the product, otherwise I would seek a full refund. Anyway, they maintained there was no problem so I got a refund. Arcam Summary + Great sound quality (just ahead on Anthem) + Great build quality + Dirac very effective above the crossover, especially at low listening levels - Dirac implementation is (currently) incorrect (unless you have genuine full range speakers) - AMP cannot handle difficult loads - Some HDMI issues - Rubbish included microphone - Very expensive in Australia, even more expensive once you had amps for Atmos - Likely needs power amps with difficult speakers At home with the Anthem...... Well, with the Arcam gone I could immediately notice the difference going back to the Denon, but thankfully it was only for a few days. Setting the Anthem up was extremely easy, it was all just very logical. First impressions are good. I quickly had everything plugged in, all the inputs renamed and was ready to run ARC (although not at midnight). Waiting until the next morning, I was very impressed with ARC. The microphone is very impressive, and the software is also very impressive. This is a very polished product! A minor issue with running ARC, it was misinterpreting the 150hz null in my room as the speaker roll-off, so I just manually adjusted that, which was again very simple! Ok, straight into it. Can it handle the Dolby Horizon demo clip? Yes, it certainly could, and it was even louder than when the Arcam shut down! I was impressed, but how did it handle bass? Straight onto a few demo clips and the room came alive. I was a very happy camper! Just to double check, I measured with REW and the hole the incorrect Dirac implementation created was virtually gone. A few tweaks with ARC quick measure improved things even further, so I did another calibration which improved things a little further. Anthem Summary + Great sound quality (just behind Arcam) + Good build quality + Excellent amplification, it seems effortless and no need for power amps + Quality included microphone + ARC is a very polished product and very simple to use + 11amp channels on board + Great pricing in Australia - Looks a bit cheap - Display not the easiest to read (I'm nitpicking) Overall Well, to be honest they are both outstanding products, but the Arcam is particularly let down by their incorrect implementation of Dirac (which they are only now starting to investigate). I would give Anthem the win, but (ignoring cost) if Arcam do fix Dirac, I would give it the edge overall.
  11. Anthem MRX-710, 7.1 AV Receiver Price: $1300 Packaging and all accessories are also Included. MRX 710 Specifications PREAMPLIFIER Maximum Output (<0.1% THD) 3.5 Vrms, subwoofer channel 6.1 Vrms Frequency Response (2 Vrms output) 8 Hz to 28 kHz (+0, -0.25 dB) Frequency Response, Analog-Direct mode (2 Vrms output) 8 Hz to 50 kHz (+0, -0.25 dB) THD+N (2 Vrms output) <0.03% S/N Ratio (2 Vrms output, IEC-A filter) 102 dB L-R channel separation (analog input, 1 kHz) 96 dB PREAMPLIFIER + AMPLIFIER Frequency Response (full power output) 10 Hz to 30 kHz (+0, -0.5 dB) THD+N (1W output) <0.04% (20 Hz to 20 kHz) S/N Ratio (full power output, IEC-A filter) 101 dB AMPLIFIER Maximum continuous output into 8 ohms, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, 0.1% THD: MRX 710 120 W (2 channels driven), 90 W (5 channels driven) MRX 510 100 W (2 channels driven), 75 W (5 channels driven) MRX 310 80 W (2 channels driven), 60 W (5 channels driven) POWER REQUIREMENT Maximum continuous output into 8 ohms, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, 0.1% THD: 120 V version: In countries where the line voltage is 120 V, this product operates from a single phase AC power source that supplies between 108 V and 132 V at a frequency of 60 Hz. 220-240 V version: In countries where the line voltage is 220, 230, or 240 V, this product operates from a single phase AC power source that supplies between 198 V and 264 V at a frequency of 50 Hz. CONSUMPTION Maximum 500 W (MRX 710/510), 400 W (MRX 310) Standby (default ECO mode) <0.3 W Standby IP Control enabled 2.0 W (1.8 W if network cable is not connected) Standby HDMI Bypass enabled 5.6 W Standby IP Control and Standby HDMI Bypass enabled 6.6 W DIMENSIONS Height 6 1/2 in. (16.4 cm) including feet, 4 rack units with special rack mount Width 17 1/4 in. (43.9 cm) Depth 14 5/8 in. (37.2 cm) WEIGHT MRX 710 30.8 lb (14.0 kg) MRX 510 30.2 lb (13.7 kg) MRX 310 27.8 lb (12.6 kg) Location: The Audio Experts, 03 9545 5152, 2065, Dandenong Road, Clayton, Vic 3168 Price: $1300 Item Condition: Used, in perfect condition still under manufacturers warranty. Item can be demonstrated before purchase if desired located in Clayton. Payment Method: Cash, Bank Deposit or Paypal Extra Info: Staff members item only selling due to upgrade. All reasonable offers considered. Delivery: Pick up available at Clayton or Delivery at buyers expense.
  12. Item: anthem mca 20 ( black) Location: ryde nsw Price: $1500 Item Condition: perfect 100% Reason for selling: thinking of getting an mca225 to match my 525 Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, bank transfer. Extra Info: Bought an mca 525 and would like an mca 225 to match. Just me being fussy about asthetics Happy to help with postage at buyers cost (bubblewrapping etc) full box and manual booklet included perfect condition used to drive my paradigm S8's with banana plugs and rca plugs used to connect Pictures
  13. Item: Anthem MRX 520 AVR Receiver Location: MELB Price: 1,200 (RRP over 2K) Item Condition: Lightly Used Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Pictures:Included The latest model Anthem MRX 520 hardly used and in mint as new condition. Includes latest ARC kit and accessories. Details and specs here: https://www.anthemav.com/products-current/series=mrx-series-gen3/model=mrx-520/page=overview https://www.visionhifi.com.au/home-cinema/anthem-mrx-520-home-theatre-receiver/pid-Nz https://www.audiotrends.com.au/Anthem_MRX520.html?action=viewProduct&itemId=3975 Any question please let me now, pick up from St Kilda Road, Melb.
  14. Hi all. I'm looking for a stereo power amp to replace a Rotel RB-991. The Rotel is going because, long story short, it's mains-grounded (3 prong power cable), and so is my HTPC. Adding a second mains-grounded component to my system, it turns out, introduces a loud ground loop hum that no amount of cable-swapping and re-configuring can tame. If I leave the PC off and listen to vinyl only, everything is fine - buuuuut that's not going to do, and so the Rotel has to go. So, I'm looking for recommendations for a chassis grounded (2 prong cable) power amp, ideally with 150wpc+ at 8ohms, preferably rated down to 4ohms. Some relevant info: System TV: Samsung 4k HDCP 2.2 thing that loathes handshaking with my AVR AVR: Marantz SR6010 HTPC: custom built Windows 10 machine (mains-grounded) Turntable: Technics SL1210mkII Phono Preamp: Emotiva XPS-1 Speakers: KEF Q700s, Q600c, Q400, and Q300s at the rear Budget Up to $3500 for a good solution. This may mean higher RRP, depending on which stores I can source the unit from (some being more flexible than others with price). What am I looking for? 150wpc+ into 8ohms stereo power amp (or comparable solution), capable of handling 4ohm loads, with a high enough damping factor that the bass is tight and snappy (like the Rotel). Unlike the Rotel, I need something without overly harsh or sibilant treble, and it absolutely cannot be something that is mains grounded. In my price range, that last proviso alone rules out: Rotel, Cambridge, Parasound, and Exposure. I'm sure they're all good amps, but they're not going to work for me. What I'm considering Emotiva XPA-2 Pro: heaps of power, good price, similar input sensitivity to Marantz power amps, suggesting it will work well with my SR6010, high damping factor Con: no longer distributed in Australia so there's hundreds or dollars in shipping if it breaks, and there are many stories of them breaking, also, the blue LED aesthetic is a bit too early-2000s Nokia 8250 for me Emotiva BASX A-300 Pro: cheap, could easily get 2 and bi-amp the Q700s and get better channel separation, high damping factor Con: audio quality(?), no longer distributed in Australia so there's hundreds or dollars in shipping if it breaks, and there are many stories of them breaking, blue LED aesthetic Marantz MM7025 Pro: cheap, could easily get 2 and bi-amp the Q700s and get better channel separation, guaranteed to play well with the SR6010, I know I like the Marantz sound, my preferred stockist is flexible with pricing Con: barely more power than the SR6010 (if only one used, not sure about bi-amping), not rated to anything below 6ohms, el-core transformer (does this even matter?) Marantz MM7055 Pro: more channels, guaranteed to play well with the SR6010, I know I like the Marantz sound, my preferred stockist is flexible with pricing Con: essentially a 5 channel version of the MM7025, with all the same flaws, bi-amp likely not as good as with 2 MM7025s because it's a shared power supply and is essentially bi-wiring Marantz MM8077 Pro: heaps of channels, guaranteed to play well with the SR6010, I know I like the Marantz sound, toroidal transformer, my preferred stockist is flexible with pricing Cons: a lot of money for seemingly very little gain over the SR6010 Anthem MCA225 Pro: a tonne of power, especially into low ohms (rated down to 2ohms!), my preferred stockist is flexible with pricing Con: a lot of money for the spec, 225wpc is at <1%THD, rather than a more listenable 0.08% (will this matter if the overhead is just for transients?), much lower input sensitivity than other brands (10kohms vs 22+) which may(?) mean a bad match with the SR6010 NAD C 275 BEE Pro: good price, two sets of terminals for bi-wiring Con: not much more power than the SR6010, reliability issues, harder and harder to find, low input sensitivity like the Anthem Any thoughts or additional suggestions appreciated, especially from those with first-hand experience of any of the above equipment. Cheers, Simon P.S. I'm not going to bother with ground loop isolators to bodge the Rotel into working, as it has other issues (massive draw on power up that occasionally trips the protection on my surge board, brightness, lack of remote trigger) that means it's ultimately better if I replace it.
  15. Hi all, selling one Anthem AVM50v pre-pro in brilliant condition. Reluctant sale however I've decided to pursue other interests. Anthem AVM50v Pre Processor Audio · Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 20 kHz (+0, -.2 dB) · Frequency Bandwidth: 1 Hz - 120 kHz (+0, -3 dB) · THD + N (noise) Analog Direct Input: 0.006% @ 80 kHz · IMD (Intermodulation Distortion) Analog Direct Inputs: 0.001% · Signal to Noise ratio Analog Direct Inputs: 106 dB Inputs / Outputs · 7 coaxial digital audio inputs · 3 Toslink digital audio inputs · 1 AES/EBU digital audio input · 7 stereo analog inputs · 1 stereo analog balanced-line XLR input · 1 6-channel analog input · 10 balanced-line XLR audio outputs · 10 single-ended RCA audio outputs Video Inputs · 8 HDMI inputs · 4 component video inputs · 7 S-video inputs · 7 composite video inputs · 2 HDMI outputs · 1 S-video output · 1 composite video output Custom Installation · Two 50-mA trigger outputs · One 200-mA trigger output · Three powered IR receivers · Two IR emitters · RS-232 · Wake-up/shut-off/sleep timers (Main, zone 2, zone 3) · Dimensions (W x H x D): 17 ¼" x 5 7/8" x 14 ½" · Black finish Price $3700 Melbourne Victoria area (Clarinda 3169). Pick up only, apologies. Please let me know if you have any questions. Anthem Room Correction kit included. Dion
  16. Item: Anthem i225 Integrated Amplifier Location: Bexley NSW Price: $1100 (ONO) no tyre kickers please, low ba;ll offers will be ignored. Item Condition: As new (pretty good nick as is all of my gear) Reason for selling: Need to raise funds to buy the MRS a 10th Anniversary Gift Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Extra Info: This Amp is pretty good and letting it go is a tough decision, my loss is your gain. Plenty reviews on the web, the below thread has a good in depth review by our in house guru Cafad. I bought this amp off him. http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/42260-integrated-amps-an-addicts-guide/page-7 Pics:
  17. Hi everyone. In need of some advice. Set up of a new home theatre and two channel stereo. Looking at best of both. Have been recommended Anthem. Proposed amps are the three channel Anthem MCA30 for the fronts. Anthem PVA7 for the rest. Alternative is the Parasound A31 three channel for the fronts. Any thoughts? Also been recommended to run the Integra DTR60.5 Receiver but feel the receive is being wasted. Has anyone had experience with Anthem or Parasound? Running Focal 826v fronts and matching centre 800cv. Really stuck and confused. Wanting enough power for these with room for new speakers in the future.
  18. I cannot get home theatre bypass working. My first attempt at this so I am not sure what I am doing wrong. I would really appreciate help with this. My original setup is HTPC (HDMI) --> Anthem MRX 500 --> 5 Speakers (no sub-woofer) Now I have acquired Emotiva USP-1 and XPA-2. I have tried 3 different ways 1. Home Theatre Bypass via USP-1 Connection: HTPC (HDMI) --> Anthem MRX 500 (Front L and R Pre-out) --> (HT Bypass) USP-1 --> XPA-2 --> Front L & R Speakers Anthem MRX 500 (Centre, Surround L and R) --> Centre, Surround L and R Speakers (No change) Result: No Sound 2. Anthem to USP-1 (AUX-1) HTPC (HDMI) --> Anthem MRX 500 (Front L and R Pre-out) --> (AUX-1) USP-1 --> XPA-2 --> Front L & R Speakers Anthem MRX 500 (Centre, Surround L and R) --> Centre, Surround L and R Speakers (No change) Result: Stereo Sound only. This confirmed that USP-1 and XPA-2 are working and connected correctly. This also confirms that Anthem Front L & R Pre-out are outputting sound to USP-1. 3. Anthem to XPA-2 HTPC (HDMI) --> Anthem MRX 500 (Front L and R Pre-out) --> XPA-2 --> Front L & R Speakers Anthem MRX 500 (Centre, Surround L and R) --> Centre, Surround L and R Speakers (No change) Result: Stereo Sound only. It seems in scenario 2 and 3 Anthem is just not powering the centre and surround speakers. I have tried different softwares VLC, Power DVD, foobar, Windows Media Player. Thanks.
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