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post #16 of 56 (permalink) Old 2011-03-03, 08:19 PM
 
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I believe the Anthem projector and Blu Ray player are based on JVC products. The Anthem receivers are all Anthem that are made in China.

I have an Anthem AVM 50v as well and love it.
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post #17 of 56 (permalink) Old 2011-03-03, 08:21 PM
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I've opened up quite a number of receivers in the past couple of years. Anthem MRX-700 internals doesn't look anywhere near anything I've seen.

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post #18 of 56 (permalink) Old 2011-03-06, 09:32 AM
 
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Anthem's got the engineering capability to design their products. They have pre-pros, they have amps, so mixing the two in an integrated or AVR can't be that much difficult.

Displays though are a little different. As we know there aren't many display makers or assemblers in the world.
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post #19 of 56 (permalink) Old 2011-03-06, 09:35 AM
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The bottom line is how it sounds and performs. And after a week+ in my hands, I'm still mighty impressed with its sound.


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post #20 of 56 (permalink) Old 2011-03-06, 02:35 PM
 
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I have been following the MRX thread over on AVS, seems to be a few issues with them, lockups, audio drop outs, HDCP handshake issues. However, an engineer from Anthem is very active on the thread and is providing info and updates which is great to see. Apparently the FW updates are fast and furious which is good.

I am extremely interested in buying either the MRX 300 or 500 just to use as a pre/pro with my Emo MPS-1 amp. If the ARC system works as well as I have read, this would make my system really rock.

Any other owner reviews would be most welcome.

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post #21 of 56 (permalink) Old 2011-03-16, 08:06 PM
 
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Anthem engineers and support are really like no others. Instead of being walled off behind three layers of so-called support, they actually interact with customers. The "fast and furious" updates you mention are SOP for anthem. Nothing ships without bugs. Nothing. The only question is, do you want to wait many frustrating months for the company to admit the errors and issue an update or have it addressed quickly and without spin. David will confirm that they actually give a damn.

I've got an exotic power amp that I'm going to replace with an MRX700. I'll take the hit in absolute power happily because the ARC room correction will, I'm convinced, offer a big improvement in sound.

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post #22 of 56 (permalink) Old 2011-03-16, 09:43 PM
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In terms of support: I've dealt with various manufacturers and thus far, Anthem's support speed, courtenousness and accuracy is impeccable.

As for product quality: I've been a HUGE Pioneer fan for at least two decades and ALWAYS on my quest to find a better fitting product for me. I'm on the verge from moving completely away from Pioneer.

My conclusion thus far:
Pioneer pros: front HDMI input, 2 HDMI outputs, Marvell QDeo upscaling chip
Anthem pros: ARC. But this room correction is far better than ANYTHING else out there.

Playing with my friend's MRX500 and now MRX700 review unit, all I can say is that I've fallen in love for the first time again. 'nuff said.

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post #23 of 56 (permalink) Old 2011-03-18, 09:35 AM
 
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Try the Anthem Pre Pro's and it gets even better.
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post #24 of 56 (permalink) Old 2011-03-18, 11:39 AM
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Yeah, but I can't justify spending a D2 for my entry-level home theatre

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post #25 of 56 (permalink) Old 2011-03-20, 10:30 PM
 
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I was able to stop by one local dealer to ask about the 4 ohm capability of the MRX 500. Sales guy will email Anthem this week. So if Anthem says it's okay, I will probably get one soon.

Anyone willing to PM me the price that they paid for their MRX 500? List is C$1,649.

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post #26 of 56 (permalink) Old 2011-03-20, 10:48 PM
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It will run 4 ohms speakers with no problem.

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post #27 of 56 (permalink) Old 2011-03-21, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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USB to Serial

Anyone use the USB to Serial adaptor (with ID 3726 over at monoprice) which is a cheaper option over the recommended KeySpan USA 19HS?

(Just wondering as I could save a few dollars..Buying the MRX 700 in a few days after demo-ing one at a friend's house. It's an amazing AVR for the price if your primary passion of for good sound.)

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post #28 of 56 (permalink) Old 2011-03-21, 06:26 PM
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I have tried using cheaper types of USB to serial adapter (even before using it with my review sample of the MRX-700), and the only brand that consistently working properly without any hitch ever is the TrippLite Keyspan USA-19HS.

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post #29 of 56 (permalink) Old 2011-03-21, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thank you David. I will spring for it..

And thanks for many of your comments on this AVR. You really helped me make the decision to buy one, along with hearing it with my own ears.

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post #30 of 56 (permalink) Old 2011-04-21, 12:24 PM
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ordered the MRX500 today. local dealer, custom installer, - well priced. yay !

am thrilled and should rec'v the machine 3-4 May ...

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