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Anthem AV Receivers: Comparing the MRX Series

Updated: March 07, 2021

Anthem AV receivers are built for performance. If you want an AV receiver which provides a high-quality experience for sound and video, then Anthem is a brand to consider.

Unlike many companies in this market, Anthem don't release a new model every year packed full of all the latest streaming and wireless technologies.

That's not to say you won't find these features. But, the main focus is on high-quality engineering and components.

If you are an audiophile who wants an AV receiver that can sound as good as a hi-fi system, then an Anthem AV receiver might be just right for you.

My guide to the best AV receivers in 2021 covers the bigger picture. A comprehensive buying guide across the whole market.

On this page, I will just compare the models in the MRX Series of Anthem AV receivers.

The receivers below are listed by release year and Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). You will often be able to buy a receiver below the MSRP. But, it's a useful guideline to get an idea of its place in the market.

Anthem AV Receivers: Comparing the MRX Series. Master volume control on an Anthem AV receiver.


ANTHEM MRX SERIES

The latest version of the MRX Series appeared in December 2020. Four years after the previous models, this series of AV receivers introduces new technology and builds on the success of the 2016 series.

The main reason for buying an Anthem AV receiver is the build and sound quality. You can expect the highest standards of engineering - which is something which very rarely goes out-of-date.

If you buy a quality unit like this, then you should have something that will last you for many years to come.

2020

Anthem MRX 1140

MSRP: $3699

Anthem MRX 1140 11.2-Ch AV ReceiverAnthem MRX 1140 11.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Anthem MRX 1140 11.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear ViewAnthem MRX 1140 - Rear View
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Anthem MRX 1140 User Manual
Anthem MRX 1140 AV Receiver Features
Channels 11.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.6 / 7.2.4 / 9.2.2 (Support for 9.2.6)
HDMI In / Out 7/3 (eARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio - powered or line out)
Pre Out / Line Out 15.2-Ch + Zone 2 (2-Ch) / Stereo 2-Ch
Power (W)* 140
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Front 6 - 8 / Others 8
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p - 4:4:4 - HDCP2.2 (Future 8K Upgrade Available) / HDR10 - Dolby Vision - HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / Airplay 2 / Chromecast / Google Assistant / Spotify Connect (Coming Soon) / Roon (Coming Soon)
Auto Room Calibration ARC Genesis
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, LPCM 2-ch to 8-ch (Max. 192 kHz/24-bit)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS:X Pro, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17 x 6.54 x 15 in | 431.8 x 166 x 382.1 mm (w/o antenna)
Weight (lbs/Kg) 33.6/15.2
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.01% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2020

Anthem MRX 740

MSRP: $2699

Anthem MRX 740 7.2-Ch AV ReceiverAnthem MRX 740 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Anthem MRX 740 User Manual
Anthem MRX 740 AV Receiver Features
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 (Support for 7.2.4)
HDMI In / Out 7/3 (eARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio - powered or line out)
Pre Out / Line Out 11.2-Ch + Zone 2 (2-Ch) / Stereo 2-Ch
Power (W)* 140
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Front 6 - 8 / Others 8
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p - 4:4:4 - HDCP2.2 (Future 8K Upgrade Available) / HDR10 - Dolby Vision - HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / Airplay 2 / Chromecast / Google Assistant / Spotify Connect (Coming Soon) / Roon (Coming Soon)
Auto Room Calibration ARC Genesis
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, LPCM 2-ch to 8-ch (Max. 192 kHz/24-bit)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17 x 6.54 x 15 in | 431.8 x 166 x 382.1 mm (w/o antenna)
Weight (lbs/Kg) 33.2/15.1
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.01% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2020

Anthem MRX 540

MSRP: $1599

Anthem MRX 540 5.2-Ch AV ReceiverAnthem MRX 540 5.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Anthem MRX 540 User Manual
Anthem MRX 540 AV Receiver Features
Channels 5.2
Dolby Atmos Support for 5.2.2
HDMI In / Out 7/2 (eARC)
Zones None
Pre Out / Line Out 7.2-Ch / Stereo 2-Ch
Power (W)* 100
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Front 6 - 8 / Others 8
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p - 4:4:4 - HDCP2.2 (Future 8K Upgrade Available) / HDR10 - Dolby Vision - HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / Airplay 2 / Chromecast / Google Assistant / Spotify Connect (Coming Soon) / Roon (Coming Soon)
Auto Room Calibration ARC Genesis
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, LPCM 2-ch to 8-ch (Max. 192 kHz/24-bit)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17 x 6.54 x 15 in | 431.8 x 166 x 382.1 mm (w/o antenna)
Weight (lbs/Kg) 28.2/12.8
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.01% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2016

Anthem MRX 1120

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MSRP: $3999

Anthem MRX 1120 11.2-Ch AV ReceiverAnthem MRX 1120 11.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Anthem MRX 1120 11.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear ViewAnthem MRX 1120 - Rear View
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Anthem MRX 1120 User Manual
Anthem MRX 1120 AV Receiver Features
Channels 11.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.4 / 7.2.4
HDMI In / Out 7+1/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio line-out/pre-out)
Pre Out / Line Out 11.2-Ch / Zone 2 (2-Ch) - Line Out & Pre-Out
Power (W)* 140
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 and higher
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, 4:4:4, HDCP2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Spotify Connect / DTS Play-Fi
Auto Room Calibration Anthem Room Correction (ARC)
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X, DTS Neo:6, AnthemLogic
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/4 x 6-1/2 x 14-3/4 in (439 x 165 x 375 mm)
Weight (lbs) 32
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.01% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2016

Anthem MRX 720

MSRP: $2499

Anthem MRX 720 7.2-Ch AV ReceiverAnthem MRX 720 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Anthem MRX 720 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear ViewAnthem MRX 720 - Rear View
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Anthem MRX 720 User Manual
Anthem MRX 720 AV Receiver Features
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 (Processing for 7.2.4)
HDMI In / Out 7+1/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio line-out/pre-out)
Pre Out / Line Out 11.2-Ch / Zone 2 (2-Ch) - Line Out & Pre-Out
Power (W)* 140
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 and higher
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, 4:4:4, HDCP2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Spotify Connect / DTS Play-Fi
Auto Room Calibration Anthem Room Correction (ARC)
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X, DTS Neo:6, AnthemLogic
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/4 x 6-1/2 x 14-3/4 in (439 x 165 x 375 mm)
Weight (lbs) 31
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.01% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2016

Anthem MRX 520

MSRP: $1399

Anthem MRX 520 5.2-Ch AV ReceiverAnthem MRX 520 5.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Anthem MRX 520 5.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear ViewAnthem MRX 520 - Rear View
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Anthem MRX 520 User Manual
Anthem MRX 520 AV Receiver Features
Channels 5.2
Dolby Atmos None
HDMI In / Out 7/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio line-out/pre-out)
Pre Out / Line Out 5.2-Ch / Zone 2 (2-Ch) - Line Out & Pre-Out
Power (W)* 100
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 and higher
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, 4:4:4, HDCP2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet
Auto Room Calibration Anthem Room Correction (ARC)
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Pro Logic II & DTS Neo:6
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/4 x 6-1/2 x 14-3/4 in (439 x 165 x 375 mm)
Weight (lbs) 28.2
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.01% THD, 2 Channels Driven

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Anthem AV Receivers: Comparing the MRX Series

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Paul started the Home Cinema Guide to help less-experienced users get the most out of today's audio-visual technology. He has worked as a sound, lighting and audio-visual engineer for around 20 years. At home, he has spent more time than is probably healthy installing, configuring, testing, de-rigging, fixing, tweaking, re-installing again (and sometimes using) various pieces of hi-fi and home cinema equipment.