About the Anthem AVM 60
Supercharge your home theater
With loads of connections, including balanced XLR outputs, the AVM 60 is the centerpiece of a dream home theater system.
Supercharge your home theater
With 11.2 channels of processing and balanced XLR preamp outputs, Anthem's AVM 60 preamp/processor has all the right ingredients to fuel your home theater with pristine audiophile sound. Pair it with one of Anthem's multichannel power amps, and prepare to be transported. 4K pass-through with support for HDR video, plus decoding for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (DTS:X available via firmware update) give you the most immersive viewing experience you can have outside of an actual movie theater. Premium digital-to-analog converters ensure audiophile-grade performance from CDs and Blu-rays, in stereo or surround sound. And a massive toroidal transformer means superior current delivery and low noise.
Superior sound without obstacles
Anthem's advanced ARC (Anthem Room Correction) speaker calibration system is one of the best we've heard. It effectively tailors the AVM 60's sound to your space, correcting for problems caused by sound reflecting off of the walls, floor, ceiling, and furniture in your specific room. With the effects of these obstacles removed, your audio equipment delivers clearer, more natural sound.
Run the included room correction software on your Windows® PC, and measure multiple positions in your room with the included microphone. ARC takes advantage of your computer's processing power for the best possible results, showing you detailed graphs of the response curve and correction applied to each speaker in your system. In our large training room, ARC was able to tame unruly "peaks and valleys" in the low frequencies, providing noticeably smoother, more detailed bass.
Note: As of September 2016 you can download Anthem's free ARC Mobile app for iOS®. ARC Mobile lets you calibrate your system using the internal microphone of your iOS device or an optional calibrated mic that connects to your headphone jack for advanced room correction.
DTS Play-Fi puts a world of wireless music at your fingertips
Play-Fi gives you easy access to music stored on your computer, music servers, and mobile devices — including high-quality lossless files. You'll also have access to popular subscription-based music services like TIDAL and Amazon, along with thousands of Internet radio stations. Download the Play-Fi app onto your Apple® or Android™ mobile device to queue up songs, play and pause music, and control multiple Play-Fi speakers and components throughout your home. You can even mix and match Play-Fi devices from different brands.
Music and video in different rooms
The AVM 60 has preamp outputs for 11 channels, giving you flexible configuration options. You can connect nine speakers in your living room, and connect the two extra outputs to an additional amplifier to power a pair of speakers in a second room. That way, you can enjoy stereo music in Zone 2 while others watch a movie in the main room. A second HDMI output lets you watch the same video source on your main TV and a second screen. You can start a movie in the living room and finish it in a different room, or play the same content on two different TVs in the same room.
- Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
- Dolby Atmos processing for use with in-ceiling or "height" speakers for more enveloping surround sound
- supports 5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2, and 7.1.4 Atmos setups
- next-generation DTS:X surround sound available via firmware update
- ARC (Anthem Room Correction) speaker calibration (microphone and software included)
- 4 speaker profile memories let you store custom settings for different audio setups
- ARC software requires a Windows-based laptop
- free ARC Mobile app allows you to run ARC from compatible iOS devices
Digital and Streaming Music Options:
- built-in Wi-Fi
- DTS Play-Fi lets you stream music and create a multi-room music system with other Play-Fi speakers and components
- dual-room/dual-source output
- analog stereo outputs for second zone
- second HDMI output lets you watch the same video source on a different screen
Audio Performance Features:
- premium 32-bit / 768 kHz differential-output digital-to-analog converters
- toroidal power supply for stable, low-noise operation
- quad core digital signal processing
- detachable power cable
- HDMI 2.0a audio/video switching: 8 in, 2 out (including 1 MHL-ready front-panel input and 1 MHL-ready rear-panel input)
- HDCP 2.2 technology ensures compatibility with 4K Ultra HD sources and TVs (all HDMI inputs and outputs)
- HDR-compatible for extended picture contrast and brightness with compatible 4K TVs and HDR-encoded content
- digital audio inputs: 3 optical and 2 coaxial
- digital audio output: 1 optical
- 5 analog RCA stereo audio inputs
- 11.2-channel unbalanced RCA preamp outputs include outputs for 2 powered subwoofers
- 11.2-channel balanced XLR preamp outputs include XLR outputs for 2 powered subwoofers
- no phono input to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
- Ethernet port for network connection
- lets you operate the preamp/processor from a web browser control screen on a PC connected to your home network
- front-panel USB port for software updates
- RS-232 input, remote (IR) input and 12 volt-trigger output for use with external controllers
- 1/4" headphone jack
- 4K and 3D video pass-through
- remote control app for iOS® and Android™
- HDMI on-screen display
- HDMI standby pass-through allows HDMI switching without powering up preamp
- FM tuner
- backlit remote control
- engineered in Canada
- 17-5/16"W x 6-1/2"H x 14-3/8"D
- weight: 20 lbs.
- warranty: 3 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 1417000003
What's in the box:
- AV preamplifier
- 6' AC power cord
- Remote control
- 2 "AAA" batteries
- 2 WiFi antennas
- FM wire antenna
- Calibration mic
- Mic stand
- 12' USB cable
- 16' Ethernet cable
- Operating Manual
Anthem AVM 60 reviews
I bought this to replace an older (13 year old) Yamaha receiver that was serving duty in a 3 channel (L/C/R) setup, only needing to amplify the center, with the fronts powered by an outboard amplifier. Obviously, this Anthem was a large step forward in just about every area. It was quite easy to setup, and despite it supposedly not having support for Macs, the latest version of ARC software (ARC Genesis) supports Macs natively, and aside from it not calculating speaker distances as some of its competitors do, was much better in just about every other way. The PDF that it can generate afterwards is a really nice touch too, showing the measured frequency response, along with its corrected frequency response for each channel. I love its virtual inputs, where you can do things like configure a single input to combine video from HDMI, and audio from one of its analog or digital inputs, as I do to watch football without being subjected to the pain of announcers. One of the first things I played on it was David Gilmour's "Live in Pompeii" from 2016, and it really did wonderfully. It was completely transparent in playing a very well recorded concert, and everything else I've played has been an amazing experience (in conjunction with a quintet of PSB speakers and two Emotiva amplifiers). DTS Play-Fi works reasonably well, though my personal preference is to have a separate device for streaming, which you can obviously do with this with its optical/coaxial digital
Pros: Excellent room correction, suburb 2 channel music performance, very enjoyable surround experience, nothing you don't need in a pre/pro
Cons: You can't select a specific input with one button press from either the front panel or included remote (though I believe you can do it with RS-232 or IP control), the lack of AirPlay and legacy video inputs could be a problem for some (though not me), and it'd be nice to have multi-channel analog inputs for a bit of future proofing
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The Anthem AVM 60 is a big step up from my previous processor, the Outlaw 975. The AVM 60's sound is very clear without being analytical, dialog is easier to understand and the surrounds have a lot more going on. The rear speakers now have individual sounds and voices, a film's soundtrack can fill the entire room. The included microphone with the updated DSP software is a real treat, taking the sound to the next level. It is easy to fine tune speaker settings and save the new profile to reach the ultimate jaw dropping home theater sound. Any movie with a Hans Zimmer soundtrack like 'Blade Runner 2049' is a sonic treat, especially if your sub has a strong 15 Hz output.
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Purchased to replace an AVM 20 that technology had passed by. I needed HDMI capability and wanted ARC. ARC is great in my treated room. Do wish it worked over my regular home network. I have to connect the AVM and a my PC though a switch when I want to use it. Not very convenient. In practice once you get proper ARC settings downloaded to the AVM it isn't something you play with. Generally a fan of Anthem's interfaces. Overall, a good sounding, easy to use (for the parts that work). Probably not a great value compared to other pre/pro's in this price range given it's networking flaw, lack of capability to handle media, and no video processing.
Pros: ARC Sound Interface/menu as noted, a mixed bag. Generally prefer to other pre/pros I have played with
Cons: Media capability (none really, DTS-Fi is completely useless/doesn't work) Network connectivity is very poor, lack of control Very cheap feel (especially compared to the AVM 20), chassis weight and controls. Because of the lack of physical weight, it will slide around on a your shelf. Ability to customize inputs is a mixed bag. General lack of fine grain control that I had in the AVM 20 Reduced feature set from AVM 20 (video)
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This Anthem preamplifier/processor replaced an AV receiver to accomplish two basic things. One, to provide an avenue to provide dedicated and higher power to the speakers in my 9.2.4 setup. Second, to obtain better signal processing to drive the external amplifiers. The Anthem AVM 60 accomplished both goals by providing clear, noise free signals that heighten the level of perceived musical sounds in all genre of music and makes the surround and Atmos channels come alive with high quality sound. The absence of an internal power amplifier was one way to reduce the electrical noise ceiling within the unit. The real 'magic' was in the use of the new Anthem Genesis ARC, its updated room correction software. After running the tool and uploading the results to the AVM 60, the music really came alive in a big way. The Genesis ARC improved the sound quality of my hi-res music and 4K movies with Atmos, in ways I never experienced when I used Audyssey with a Denon AVR.. I use an external 7 channel amplifier to drive my fronts, center, surrounds and back surrounds and another 5 channel amplifier to drive the ceiling installed Atmos speakers. This setup allows me to drive all speakers at the same power level, versus an AVR, which lists its output at 2 channels driven. Highly recommended if you are in search of a high quality pre/pro.
Pros: Clear, pristine audio output. The video is not processed, but is allowed to pass- through the unit in it original format. The Genesis ARC is easy to use and it configures the system to produce the best sounds for the environment the AVM 60 is being used in. The unit has both balanced and unbalanced audio outputs. It does not get hot due to the lack of an internal amplifier section. It has the capability to be configured for many different types of audio and video inputs.
Cons: Single 12-volt trigger output. It does not have audio balanced inputs.
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My theater has never sounded better. Coming from a Yamaha 3050, I feel like before my theater was a collection of 13 speakers (subs included) and now it is a complete, immersive sound field.
Pros: ARC Genesis
Cons: Styling dated and does not calibrate subwoofers individually
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This is an outstanding surround processor! Everything I listen to sounds better. I believe the higher voltage output of the pre-amp gives my Outlaw Model 5000 amplifier a stronger and clearer signal. The AVM 60 provides me with much greater audio clarity at lower listening levels, with music, TV, and movies (especially Apple TV). It is possible that the new ARC Genesis room correction software played a great part in the sound improvement. The AVM 60 replaced my 4-year-old Anthem MRX 510 that was still working fine. That AVR had transitioned to being used only as a surround processor pre-amp in my home theater. I easily connected the AVM 60 to my system, since it operates so similarly to the MRX 510. However, there was one sore spot in the setup that I had read about in several professional reviews - the WiFi setup is a major pain. I am quite competent with setting up WiFi devices and managing my home network. After hours of failures to get WiFi connectivity, I had to call Anthem tech support. The support was great, but there were steps that I was guided through that were not in the manual or found on any online sources. Very onerous process. Additionally, the brand new ARC Genesis software that I was running on a Mac mini created a corrupt .PDF file of my configuration.
Pros: Exceptional sound quality - obviously a great DAC Easy to setup, EXCEPT for the WiFi. Same clean lines as my "old" MRX 510 Inputs not cluttered with myriad analog inputs that I would not use
Cons: WiFi setup No USB input for computer audio
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So far So Great!! The AVM 60 provides all the great benefits and an intuitive interface that you'd expect from an Anthem product. Anthem's proprietary "ARC" room correction software is so easy to use and its results are incredible, making your system sound great regardless of the acoustic challenges you find in most living rooms.
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When my 20 year old home theater equipment finally died this year I thought to myself I would simply stop watching movies at home. The ideal of investing another $20k plus into to my home theater again to replace my Mark Levinson / Proceeds separates: PAV, DSD, CDD, Amp2 and Amp 3 was not going to happen! And despite what many have not experienced there's is a big difference between high end and low end equipment to my ears. At high end prices there better be right or it's just a waste of money. Needless to say after purchasing the Anthem's AVM60, MCA 325 and (2) MCA 225 (7 channels of 225 watt / channel ) my home theater is back in action for less than half of the price with 80% of the high end purity. And you know what, I'm ok with that!
Pros: ARC, Atmos and DTS Decoding sounds amazing, Looks and sounds great paired with MCA amps, Ease of use
Cons: Huge learning curve, but well worth the trouble
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i'm an a/v guy since the 70's and i have tried out plenty of pre/pros. i just upgrade my pre/pro form the byrston sp2 to the anthem avm 60 i have no regrets because the anthem with it's arc calibration system makes it all worthwhile. the sound from the anthem in movies and music is phenomenal. i was skeptical to make the purchase because of having the byrston for 12 years. i was not sure if i was going to hear the nuances with avm 60 as i did with the sp2. but after reading reviews and doing plenty of research i decided to take the plunge and purchase the anthem avm 60 which i have no regrets at all. anyone looking to upgrade their per/pro you will have no regrets purchasing the anthem avm 60. i'm enjoying the new audio formats dts-x, dolby atmos, dts-hd master audio, dolby digital plus which i did not have with the byrston sp2.
Pros: LOVE THE NEW AUDIO FORMATS , DTS -X AND DOLBY ATMOS DTS HD MASTER AUDIO and DOLBY DIGITAL PLUS
Cons: I WISH IT WOULD HAVE BALANCED INPUTS AND ONE OR TWO MORE TWELVE VOLT TRIGGERS
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I had been an Athem/Paradigm Dealer for many years as the owner of an A/V company. To be transparent, the Anthem processors and amplifiers are the best sounding gear I have ever experienced. With this said, you must match your Anthem gear with quality speakers and a good listening environment. I owned the D2 for years. It got hit by lightning, I now live in a condo and decided to buy the AVM60. I gave up connectivity (no component video) and a couple zones of audio, but that was not being used anyway. However, I gave up nothing in sound quali!! Once You experience Anthem and ARC room correction, no other pre-pro or receiver will suffice.
Pros: Unmatched sound Easy setup Great Remote Control 2nd room output
Cons: Pricey Menu may be complicated for some ARC is PC based
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This processor really improved the sound for me over an older Onkyo TX876SR receiver. I'm partially deaf in one ear and have had difficulty with movie dialogue in both ears for years. This has now improved noticeably. The ARC software has helped in adjusting my Hsu bookshelf speakers and my SVS sub so that they sound their best in my rather large living room (28' x 22' x 20' - LWH). I might improve the sound even more with a good pair of floor standing speakers and a new center. I'm considering Klipsch RP and SVS speakers. Regardless, at this juncture, I have no real issues with the Anthem processor.
Pros: A fantastic upgrade to any of 3 receivers I own.
Cons: I wish the ARC software could be used with Apple OS.
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This was an upgrade from an Onkyo TX-NR708 that I had paired with an Emotiva UPA-5 in a 5.1 setup. I wanted to try separates and the difference is truly night and day even though I am using the unbalanced precursor. Sound is a lot cleaner and dialogue is much clearer in movies. My current setup is not for Atmos. So I am not able to test that yet. Two channel music also sounds a lot better. I was originally wanting to get an Emotiva XMC-1, but it is currently sold out and I jumped the gun on the Anthem AVM 60. I am definitely not disappointed. The ARC setup was easier than expected. Very impressed with Anthem. I am a new fan.
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An excellent preamp that will be the center of my home theater for years. It works exactly as advertised and reviewed: it manages every (significant) audio format and passes through 4k HDR video, with balanced outputs and no signal noise or coloration. The initial set-up was easy, and it takes almost no time to create multiple customized input settings to accommodate stereo, 5.1, or 7.4.1 material. I have no worked with the app yet or the internet-based sources, so I don't have an opinion on the strength of those services. My only complaint is the (continuing) lack of support for OSX, but this is only a minor inconvenience.
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Have had Amthem products for over 10 years. Awsome well made products. Had to upgrade to 4K Processor
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Wonderful product. Excellent build quality. Flawless performance.
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Simply put, the AVM 60 is a natural sounding preamp/processor. From my personal ownership comparisons of the Anthem AVM 60 to the Marantz AV 8801/AV8802. The Anthem AVM 60 sounds superior in naturalness on my HDMI Dolby Digital Audio feeds. The Anthem AVM 60 offers awesome audio in home theater. In my opinion, superior world-class room correction software. Far superior, to the other big room correction software used by Marantz. The price is superior to comparable high-end audio preamplifier/processors from McInstosh, AudioResearch and Classe. The Anthem AVM 60 is an awesome product! I highly recommend the purchase of an Anthem AVM 60 from Crutchfield.
Pros: The Antem AVM 60 is a natural sounding preamp/processor. The Anthem AVM 60 has superior in naturalness on my HDMI Dolby Digital Audio feeds compared to one other major brand personally owned.
Cons: ARC is a superior world-class room correction software is only available for Windows. Mac owners will have to run Boot Camp.
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I've owned an Anthem receiver (MRX 510) for a few years and have loved it. When it came time to build out my new theater room, I knew I wanted separates, and I wanted full Atmos/DTX. Well, I couldn't be happier with the Anthem AVM 60. It's thoroughly modern and as usual, the money is spent on the sound and the simple but highly flexible menu controls. Very well thought out and excellent explanations of each feature in the manual. Obviously English is the first language of the engineers. While I haven't used the new ARC-2 room correction yet, as I'm still installing accoustic panels in the room, my opinion of the ARC software that came with my Anthem receiver (still used in our family room), is in line with the hardware above. So detailed and powerful and if you want to pour over the graphs and geek out, great. If not, just run it and enjoy. Highly recommend anything from the Anthem folks! And thanks Crutchfield for carrying such a fine brand.
Pros: Sound is flawless Controls and menus are simple but flexible All DSPs you need and none that you don't Manual is thoroughly explanatory ARC-2 room correction software rocks
Cons: ARC-2 should measure speaker distances Dual Trigger outs would be nice (using a splitter for my two amps)
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manual should have hook up pictures; since the electronics have changed, there is little explanation of the set up process and why; the system though sounds better than my old surround unit
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I purchased the AVM60 to replace my Statement D1. After setting up the processor and running ARC, I gave myself some time to listen to some difference music and films. What an amazing piece of equipment. ARC does an incredible job! My other favorite feature and one I don't think I can ever do without is Anthem Logic - Music. The difference is subtle but after using it on the D1, I tried going back to standard Stereo and can't imaging being without Anthem Logic-Music. The video pass-through and switching is great, and I'm now setup for a future with 4K. Movies and concerts in DTS-HD and Dolby HD sound incredible. Movie sound is so well balanced after using the ARC system. And you can apply different ARC settings to each input so have fun tweaking! Highly recommended!
Pros: ARC room correction, Sound quality, simplicity, flexibility, Anthem Logic - Music Mode
Cons: Not a ton of "bells and whistles" features but that's what a smart streaming device is for!
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Fantastic product. Glad I waited a couple weeks before I reviewed. At first I would have given it 4 stars but after solving a couple issues I give it 5. I initially had issues network connectivity but things are finally working. Packed full of features and the play-fi is an added bonus.
Pros: Easy user interface
Cons: Network issues at first
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This is my 4th generation A/V preamp and by far the best though still not perfect. Previous units were Denon and Marantz, all failed prematurely. Some Pros: Easily accessible sound control via the remote! So both tone and mode can be controlled on the fly from the listening position with dedicated buttons on the remote, no complicated menu trees to navigate. Very good out of the box audio performance with no fiddling. XLR interconnects and plenty of HDMI choices. No video interpolation. Yes this is a pro, that job belongs downstream at the monitor or via other devices dedicated to the task and for the most part is an expensive and needless duplication of effort. Also allows the preamp to work well with BluRay players like the Oppo which is truly in a class of it's own. Some Cons: Rear panel real estate still dedicated to RCA style phono connectors and various almost obsolete digital interconnects. I am a firm advocated of XLR to powered studio monitors for A/V installations, get all the heat and noise away from the preamp and out somewhere else in the world. Maybe some reasons to not use HDMI but I am unaware of them so can't judge. I have been using nothing but HDMI and XLR for a decade. Build quality just "feels" a little below class A. Time will tell. Whatever the EQ/time alignment system does I'll never know as it is Windows based. I think it would be better if this was an option and those of us who are Mac based co
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Terribly disappointed!!! Unit was completely DEAD out of the box!!! Impossible to turn on, no matter what!
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Hate to be the first reviewer to not go the full 5 star rating. The AVM 60 is a great processor for sound, but it has no video processing capabilities (Passes through the video signals with no upscaling or color enhancement). This was very noticeable when compared to the HT Preamp I replaced, especially when viewing TV. The AVM is marketed as an HT component. It should excel at both sound AND video. This shouldn't be an issue if you have a high-end projector or TV monitor however. What the AVM60 lacks in video enhancement it clearly makes up in sound quality. The ARC system is second to none and I've done most of them. I've fought with room bass dynamics for years and the AVM60 appears to have mitigated them all. The DAC's in this unit stand side by side with the best in the business. 2 Channel stereo music is immersive and very clear with a large image noticeable from multiple listening locs. The sound stage brings front stage depth behind the Left and Right speakers, while filling the room around you with background instrumentation and natural echo.
Pros: Amazing Sound. Anthem Room Correction (ARC) is second to none. High Quality DAC - Deep sound stage and Large Image Simplicity, ease of use, easy flexible configuration and setup
Cons: No video processing! Play FI quality is disappointing No USB connections or DLNA for HD music playback
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replaced a Marantz 7701 the avm is in another class a lot cleaner and simpler wish I had done it sooner
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I have a Mcintosh MX 160 newest version at $14,500.00 Bought this to see the difference, my Bowers 7.3's speakers now have bass which they never had, sold Mcintosh the next week..I will be replacing my new Mcintosh amps with New Anthem Amps this item is a winner all the way one of the best I have heard , don't spend your money on anything else...This processor blew me away..The Mc MX 160 is beautiful and raved about, just not sure why all the rave...Hand down the Anthem sounds better, much wider sound field, wireless, no video upscaling but not needed...Mcintosh has it but a good blu ray player direct to TV is better...One thing I can say Buy a Anthem don't look back !!
Pros: price, sound field's ease of use
Cons: NONE so far !!
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I needed a modern Pre-Pro. I was upgrading from a great KRELL Pre-Pro I bought in 2005. After searching around on audio on-line forums reading pro's and cons I decided in the Anthem AVM 60. The main thing is how good it sounds. I have many SACD's and blu ray concert & pure audio discs. Besides the ARC room correction. I also liked the option of being able to have separate tone controls for bass, midrange and treble. Not to over use them. But to add a slight boost if needed. Coming from such an old Pre-Pro it took a couple days to start understanding a modern Pre-Pro. But its easy to use after a couple tries. I am still setting up and deciding how I want to hook up and use my AVM 60 and OPPO 205 (also sold by Crutchfield). You can't beat that combo. An added bonus is fairly fast response from Anthem if you have a set up question.... I would recommend this Pre-Pro without hesitation. My only fear is Anthem working on another Pre-Pro. But that is probably a year or two away after HDMI 2.1 is out. Also liable to be a lot more expensive. I can see having the AVM 60 for years. They also hold value well if you ever decide to sell....
Pros: Great sound. Easy to use. ARC Room Correction. No pops through speakers when changing inputs or turning off. Quiet. No unwanted hum with other components....
Cons: Won't accept DSD over HDMI. No analog stereo XLR inputs....
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This is my second Anthem processor I have owned, and I have to say I am blown away again! Anthem does many things well, but the bottom line is they sound amazing. The ARC room correction system is simply the best in the business, and it 's not even close. I watch movies on my 120" Cinema-scope projector screen in my man cave, and this processor controlling the rest of my system will rock the house. The AVM-60 sounds equally good with music, especially with hi-res audio, such as SACD, DVDA, or downloaded hi-res files on my server. This processor is easy to set up, and Anthem has great support as well.
Pros: Great sound, EQ system extremely powerful, easy to set up and operate.
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I have this paired with a Anthem 525 power amp. Clear, clean sound. Live like as if you were there. Easy to understand manual with many different options for playing surround movies or just stereo CD's, records. Much easier to set up than other surround pre amps/ integrated amps I have owned. I am extremely happy. As far as set up and sound quality it has over delivered. Would highly recommend the AVM 60 along with the 525 power amp. The ARC room correctio is also outstanding. Plus you can see what is wrong and what ARC is doing to correct the sound. Great
Pros: Life like clean clear sound, easy to set up and use. ARC
Cons: I was disappointed with Play-FI. Apple's Air Play is far superior- Wish Anthem supported Air Play directly (Not using Apple TV) Wish Apple OSX was supported by ARC (so far the iPad solution is not ready as no calibrated microphone is available). Should be easier to port over the Windows ARC to OSX as Apples computers now use Intel Processors vs writing an app for the iPad/iPhone. However despite these I still give the AVM 60 a 5 Star rating
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Well built, sleek design, great sounding sound stage. It replaced my krell unit that I had for the past 16 years made the system come back to life. very happy ,crutchfield was great thanks
Pros: everything I wanted and more
Cons: the more is a little difficult to understand just takes some time to get use to.
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I can not believe how good the Anthem AVM 60 sounds. I am an audiophile and wanted something to listen to music and also as an home theater processor. The AVM 60 fills the bill nicely.
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Loving it so far. Still in the process of installing additional speakers. Once speakers complete I will run the ARC system to optimize sound.
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This preamp is really amazing. I think the best compliment that I can give it is that it is so musically accurate that it is uncanny. The sound is so lifelike and full spectrum that it sounds like you are there in the audience. I had what I thought was a nice preamp prior to purchasing this, but this processesor really raises the bar. It makes even marginally recorded music DVD's sound great and reference recorded blu-rays are unbelievable. Another attribute that is worth noting is how nice it sounds at low volume. Nothing really falls off. On the opposite side the spectrum, this preamp really unleashes some major sound pressure levels if you want it. If you have any marginal components in your system this preamp will find them. I thought my amps got another 100 watts per channel thats how loud this signal processor is. Robust, crystal clear accurate uncolored sound. Great product! Thanks Crutchfield.
Pros: Crystal clear accurate performance and a huge soundstage.
Cons: I wish ARC was supported by Apple computers. No big deal, just like Mac's better.
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More details on the Anthem AVM 60
11.2Ch Preamplifier: The Anthem AVM 60 preamplifier is fitted with both balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA) 11.2ch pre-outs - Front Left/Right, Center, Surround Left/Right, Back Left/Right, Height 1 Left/Right, Height 2 Left/Right, and Sub 1/2. The dual sub pre-outs are parallel and not discrete. The XLR and RCA pre-outs output the same audio signal at the same time.
- True-Balanced XLR Pre-Outs: Electrical noise in audio is often generated due to the connection with other AV components and due to the connection between the preamplifier-processor and amplifier, as well as from other sources of external noise. To ensure the AVM 60 is not affected by this distortion, it uses True-Balanced XLR Pre-Out connections to achieve a balanced transmission that is highly noise resistant.
- Unbalanced RCA Pre-Outs: The AVM 60 preamplifier is also equipped with unbalanced RCA pre-outs in the case that your multi-channel amplifier does not offer XLR inputs.
Note: Match the AVM 60 preamplifier with Anthem's MCA series of amplifiers - MCA 525, MCA 325, MCA 225 (all sold separately).
Audiophile-Grade Components: The Anthem AVM 60 preamplifier utilizes audiophile-grade components; such as premium differential-output D/A converters for hi-res sound, quad-core digital signal processing with Dolby Atmos capability, a toroidal power supply for tremendous reliability, and a brushed anodized aluminum front-panel to resist unwanted vibration.
Anthem Room Correction (ARC): ARC (Anthem Room Correction) is a proprietary digital signal processing software that works with a specially-engineered calibration microphone and your Windows PC (Vista or newer) to quickly and easily optimize audio for your unique listening space. The AVM 60 includes an ARC kit, consisting of a custom calibration microphone, a professional quality mic stand, and high quality connectors. The ARC software must be downloaded from the AnthemAV.com website (See Software & Firmware Updates under Product Support). Anthem Room Correction quickly "corrects" the effects that reflective surfaces such as walls, floors and ceilings have on the sound radiating from a loudspeaker. Removing the effects of these obstacles allows your audio equipment to achieve a more natural sound in any room, as close to the lab standard as possible. How It Works -
- Plug the ARC kit's custom calibration microphone into your Windows computer (Vista or newer). Place the microphone at each of the listening positions in your room (a minimum of five, maximum of ten), and allow ARC to take a sound sample from each location.
- The proprietary ARC software measures the difference between the speaker's ideal lab-standard response, and their real-world performance in your room. Then, its sophisticated DSP accurately equalizes response and creates intricate crossover curves so that the performance of the speakers in your room meets the ideal lab standard.
- The ARC data is uploaded to the receiver over your home network. Once completed, you are left with pure, natural, transparent sound, no matter what challenges your room presents.
- You can save up to 4 ARC speaker/room profiles to accommodate for different installation setups.
Compatible Digital Audio Formats: The Anthem AV preamplifier supports the following stereo & multichannel digital audio formats through its HDMI jacks and optical/coax digital inputs.
|Digital Audio Connector||Audio Signal Type||Audio Signal Format|
|HDMI||2Ch Linear PCM||2ch, 32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit|
|Multichannel Linear PCM||8ch, 32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit|
|Bitstream||Dolby Digital, DTS|
|High Definition Audio Bitstream||Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS:X, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution|
|Optical/Coaxial||2Ch Linear PCM||2ch, 32-96kHz, 16/20/24-bit|
|Multichannel Linear PCM||6ch, 32-96Hz, 16/20/24-bit|
|Bitstream||Dolby Digital, DTS,|
Immersive Surround Sound: The Anthem AVM 60 preamplifier goes beyond regular surround with the latest immersive surround sound formats - like Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround, DTS:X, & DTS Neura:X.
- Dolby Atmos: Dolby Atmos is the first home theater audio format that is based not on channels, but on audio objects. Sound comes from all directions, including overhead, to fill the room with astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth. The specific sounds of people, music, and things move all around you in multidimensional space, so you feel like you are inside the action. The AVM 60 can support 5.1.2ch, 5.1.4ch, 7.1.2ch, or 7.1.4ch Dolby Atmos setups.
- Dolby Surround: Dolby Surround upmixes stereo, 5.1, and 7.1-channel content (including Dolby Digital TrueHD & DTS-HD) to take full advantage of all your speakers in a Dolby Atmos system. Unlike previous wideband upmixing technologies, Dolby Surround can steer frequency bands individually, producing surround sound with precisely located audio elements and a spacious ambience.
- DTS:X Ready (via Firmware Update): DTS:X places sound where it would occur naturally in space, creating the most lifelike, multi-dimensional audio experience ever. Free from channel restrictions, sound can be placed and moved to where you would hear it in the real world. Because DTS:X doesn't require any specific speaker layout, you can arrange your home theater system however you want it. With DTS:X you're in control of your listening experience. That hard-to-hear line in a movie can be lifted out of the background sounds for a more personal entertainment experience.
- DTS Neural:X (via Firmware Update): Further, DTS:X incorporates Neural:X, the latest spatial remapping technology from DTS, which provides a fully immersive output for all types of source content; this includes DTS bitstreams and non-encoded (PCM) data. Neural:X delivers a thrilling sense of immersive sound to your speaker layout regardless of the original source format.
AnthemLogic: The AVM 60 preamplifier incorporates Anthem's proprietary AnthemLogic sound technology to enhance 2-channel stereo audio sources; there are two modes - Cinema & Music. AnthemLogic-Cinema lets you experience home theater surround sound from any 2-channel audio source. A large, enveloping and dynamic listening experience is created making 2-channel movies sound more "home-theater" like. AnthemLogic-Music enhances the stereo listening experience without detracting from the stereo soundstage and with no echo or reverberation effects. To ensure that the purity of the stereo music soundstage is in not compromised, the center-channel is not used.
Analog Direct Mode: Analog Direct mode will bypass all digital conversion and signal processing for pure, high-fidelity sound of 2ch analog audio sources.
Input Listening Mode Presets: You can save up to 30 listening mode presets for a single input, so you have quick access to a desired sound based on media content, time of day, etc..
Dolby Volume: Dolby Volume makes content with large differences in volume easier to listen to by analyzing it and intelligently adjusting two things - level and frequency response. It does this automatically & continually. In doing so, the volume setting is taken into account as is our hearing's declining sensitivity to the lowest and highest frequencies relative to the midrange as their levels drop. The result is that the perceived frequency response remains constant while making quieter parts of the content more listenable.
Dynamic Range Control: This features allows you to control the difference between the softest and loudest passages, but only on multichannel Dolby Digital soundtracks. You can select between three DRC modes - Normal, Reduced, or Late Night.
Volume & Tone Adjustments: The Anthem AVM 60 allows you to configure the preamplifier's Power-On Volume, Maximum Volume Level, and Mute Level, as well as Bass & Treble.
Analog Audio Inputs/Output: The Anthem AVM 60 preamplifier features five analog stereo audio input jacks. This unit does not offer a Phono input, so you will need to purchase a phono preamp (sold separately) to connect your turntable; or your turntable will need a built-in phono preamp. The preamplifier also has an analog stereo line output. This analog stereo line output is a 2-channel version of the preamplifier's selected input source with a fixed output level. It can be used with a headphone amp which has its own volume control.
Digital Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Anthem AVM 60 preamplifier is equipped with three optical (toslink) digital inputs, one optical (toslink) digital output, and two coaxial (RCA) digital inputs. The optical output provides a pass-through of the preamplifier's optical or coaxial digital inputs. The digital inputs/output support up to 5.1ch 24-bit/96kHz audio, including Dolby Digital & DTS.
Front-Panel Headphone Jack: The Anthem AVM 60 preamplifier is fitted with a front-panel 1/4" headphone jack for connection of a set of headphones. You can configure the preamplifier to mute its preouts when headphones are plugged in or allow the preouts to remain active even when a set of headphones are plugged into the front-panel headphone jack.
HDMI 2.0a: Featuring eight HDMI inputs (including one conveniently located on the front-panel) and two HDMI outputs, the AVM 60 incorporates an advanced video section that features the latest HDMI 2.0a specification, including support for 4K/60 Hz Ultra-HD video, BT.2020 Wide Color Gamut, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling. The AVM 60 also features HDCP 2.2 compatibility, a requirement for 4K Ultra HD copy-protected content. Use a premium high-speed 18Gbps HDMI cable for the best 4K/HDR performance.
- 4K/60Hz Pass-Through: The AVM 60 supports up to 4K (3840x2160 pixels) video @ 60 frames per second on all of its HDMI inputs and output (pass-through only). It will also pass a 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p video signals via HDMI
- HDCP 2.2: All of the preamplifier's HDMI jacks support HDCP 2.2, which fully complies with the latest copyright protection standard for 4K video transmission.
- 4:4:4 Color Subsampling: All of the preamplifier's rear-panel HDMI jacks support RGB, YCbCr 4:4:4, YCbCr 4:2:2, and YCbCr 4:2:0 color subsampling (@ 60Hz or 50Hz). With 4:4:4 color subsampling, luminance (brightness) and chroma (color) are sampled at the same rate; resulting in an RGB color palette as big as the video sampling rate for a video image with more colors, plus greater color accuracy and detail. The front-panel HDMI only supports 4K 60/50Hz using format YCbCr 4:2:0 only.
- HDR (High Dynamic Range): HDR provides enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image. HDR reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, creating greater contrast. This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth. The receiver supports HDR10 out of the box, as well as Dolby Vision and HLG through a USB firmware update.
- Wide Color Gamut (BT.2020): The BT.2020 color standard delivers a much wider color gamut and represents about 75% of the total visual color spectrum, while the current Rec. 709 color standard selected as the color space for HDTVs and early generation 4K Ultra HDTVs covers only 35% of the total visual color spectrum.
Note: The AV preamplifier does not do upscaling. This unit does not contain any analog video inputs or outputs.
Dual HDMI Outputs: The AV preamplifier's two HDMI outputs are parallel, so the same audio/video signal is output through both and can be used simultaneously (video is output at the resolution supported by both TVs).
MHL Support: The front-panel HDMI input & rear-panel HDMI 7 input are MHL compatible. These MHL compatible HDMI ports provide easy, direct connection of MHL compatible Android smartphones. Playback of up to 1080p video and multi-channel audio from the phone is supported. The AV preamplifier will also charge your connected phone. Play, Stop, and other basic operations can be controlled from the AV preamplifier's remote control. Check here for a list of compatible MHL-enabled Android phones.
ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature of the AVM 60's main HDMI monitor output allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to the preamplifier through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.
Deep Color & x.v.Color Support: The AV preamplifier supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture
AV LipSync: This function adjusts the delay between audio and video output. You can do this manually or have the preamplifier set the LipSync function automatically. When connected to a TV via HDMI the preamplifier automatically adjusts audio output timing if the TV also supports an automatic LipSync function. You can also manually delay the sound output up to 300ms to synchronize it with the video image.
Standby Pass-Through: When the AVM 60 is in standby mode (power off), the Standby Through feature allows HDMI source signals to pass through the preamplifier to the TV. The HDMI input can be changed using the remote control. So, there's not need to turn on the AV preamp in order to switch HDMI sources. You can select from HDMI 1-8 inputs, or the last HDMI input selected.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Anthem AVM 60 offers wired & wireless network connectivity, so you can utilize the preamplifier's ARC (Anthem Room Correction) technology and access DTS Play-Fi online music sources.
DTS Play-Fi: The Anthem AVM 60 preamplifier employs DTS Play-Fi for wireless audio that is reliable and high-quality. DTS Play-Fi combines DTS audio and WiFi (802.11 g/n; 2.4/5.0GHz) wireless technology to wirelessly stream high-definition "lossless" audio with no impact on sound quality. DTS Play-Fi will stream pure, bit-for-bit, lossless audio, for uncompromised quality sound; up to 16-bit/48kHz. DTS Play-Fi has a range of up to 100' from your wireless router. Download the free DTS Play-Fi App onto your Apple iOS (7.0+) device, Android (4.0+) smartphone/tablet, or Windows (7/8) PC for control over the AVM 60's DTS Play-Fi features.
- Variety Of Sources: DTS Play-Fi lets you wirelessly stream music
from a variety of music sources to the Anthem AVM 60 preamplifier. The DTs
Play-Fi app lets you browse your music by artist, album, genre, or title;
and provides album art.
- Apple iOS & Android Devices: You are able to wirelessly stream your music files from your iTunes music library on your Apple iOS (7.0+) or GoogePlay music library on your Android (4.0+) device to the Anthem AV preamplifier through the free DTS Play-Fi app.
- Online Music Services: From the free DTS Play-Fi app on your Apple iOS/Android device or Windows computer, you can share and listen to Pandora, Spotify Connect, SiriusXM, TIDAL, Amazon Music, Songza, Rhapsody, and Internet Radio.
- Computer Audio (DLNA): The AVM 60 preamplifier is DLNA compliant for playback of MP3, AAC, FLAC, ALAC, and WAV music files stored on your Windows PC (7/8/8.1/10) or DLNA-certified NAS drives connected to your home network through the DTS Play-Fi app. The system will recognize these music files up to 24-bit/192kHz and wirelessly stream these files at up to 16-bit/48kHz (CD quality sound). MAC OSX computers and laptops require third party software to be visible on the network (Twonky, Plex, Servio etc.) as they do not support DLNA.
- Multi-Room/Multi-Source Audio: DTS Play-Fi is an "Open Ecosystem", so you can easily add more DTS Play-Fi components to your system, regardless of manufacture, for a multiroom audio solution. You can play the same source in each room or a different song in each room. Eight separate wireless source devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.), each with its own source, are supported simultaneously and any wireless source device can stream to eight DTS Play-Fi playback devices. Due to the bandwidth limitations of most wireless networks, no more than 16 wireless DTS Play-Fi products on a single WiFi network at one given time is recommended.
Note: The Anthem AVM 60 is a DTS Play-Fi wireless receiver and can only receive DTS Play-Fi content from other DTS Play-Fi enabled products. It is not a DTS Play-Fi wireless transmitter and cannot transmit DTS Play-Fi content to other DTS Play-Fi enabled products.
FM Tuner: The AV preamplifier features a built-in FM tuner. You can store up to 30 FM station presets. The unit does not offer an AM tuner.
On-Screen Display (OSD): The Anthem AVM 60 preamplifier offers an on-screen menu system via its main HDMI output. The clean and simple interface of the OSD makes setup and other operations extremely easy.
Multi-Zone Functionality: The Anthem AVM 60 offers multizone functionality for playback of the same or different audio sources in up to two rooms. It also allows you to watch to the same HDMI video sources on up to two TVs.
- Zone 2: The AVM 60's Zone 2 function allows you to enjoy the same or different audio source in two rooms of your home. You can be enjoying a movie in your main room, while someone else can be listening to a music track in another room. You will need an additional amplifier and pair of speakers in Zone 2. You can select the preamplifier's FM tuner, analog audio input sources, optical & coaxial digital audio inputs (2ch PCM only), as well as DTS Play-Fi content for Zone 2 (HDMI audio/video cannot be sent to Zone 2). You can choose to control the volume of Zone 2 from your AVM 60 or your amplifier.
- Zone 2 Input Follows Main (Party Mode): This feature allows you to enjoy the AV preamplifier's Main Zone audio source in Zone 2, simultaneously (regardless of input audio signal types - analog or digital; including HDMI). During this mode, stereo playback is automatically selected for all zones. The Main Zone & Zone 2's volume level can be adjusted independently. Utilize this function when you want to play back an audio source as background music in two rooms of your home.
- Dual HDMI Outputs: The AV preamplifier's two HDMI outputs are parallel, so the same audio/video signal is output through both and can be used simultaneously (video is output at the resolution supported by both TVs).
Auto Off: When there is no input signal (for 5, 10, 20, 60, 120, or 360 minutes), the AVM 60 will automatically turn off. You can also disable this function.
Firmware Updates (via USB only): New firmware & software will be released for the purpose of additional features or product improvements. Firmware & software updates can be downloaded from the Anthem website onto a USB thumbdrive inserted into your computer. The USB thumbdrive can then be inserted into the preamplifier's front-panel USB port to complete update (rear-panel USB port cannot be used for updates). This unit does not offer firmware or software updates via a wired or wireless network connection.
Backlit Remote Control: The included IR remote control provides wireless operation of the Anthem AVM 60 preamplifier. The remote offers full control over the preamplifier's main zone, as well as volume and input selection for Zone 2. It provides backlit keys, so the buttons are easily visible even in a dark room.
HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control): The Anthem AV preamplifier supports HDMI-CEC, which synchronizes the operation of this unit with other HDMI-CEC devices when connected via HDMI. With HDMI-CEC, turning on one component in the system can turn on the rest of the system, same with turning one component off. Not all HDMI-CEC compatible components and functions are guaranteed to work.
IP Control: The AV preamplifier offers IP control through its RJ-45 Ethernet jack.
IR Input: The 3.5mm IR input jack allows you to control the preamplifier without line-of-sight access using an optional IR remote control system (sold separately) and locating the remote sensor in sight.
12V Trigger Output: The AVM 60 has a 3.5mm trigger output to send a 12V/40mA DC turn-on signal to another component that accepts a 12V trigger, such as a power amplifier.
RS-232C Port: The AV preamplifier's RS-232C port provides seamless integration with a wide range of third-party home automation control systems (such as AMX or Crestron).
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