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Anthem AVM 60

11.2-channel home theater preamp/processor with Anthem Room Correction, DTS Play-Fi®, and Dolby Atmos®

Item # 973AVM60

With 11.2 channels of processing and balanced XLR preamp outputs, Anthem's AVM 60 preamp/processor has all the...

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About the Anthem AVM 60

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.
Anthem AVM 60

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.


Product highlights:

    • 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
    Multi-room Audio/Video:
    • 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
    General Features:
    • 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

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    Audio Section

    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 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.

    Video Section

    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.

    Network & Tuner Functions

    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.

    Convenience Features

    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.

    Remote Control

    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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    Customer Q&A

    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
    We have tested the MXR 520 and want something that is better. We will see how this one works. [ Robert  Feb 13, 2019 ]
    Very good reviews on this product from multiple sources. That coupled with my prior experience with Crutchfield made this an easy decision. [ David  Dec 21, 2018 ]
    I've had an Anthem AVM 20 for many years and I wanted to replace it. I've been happy with Anthem and see no reason to switch brands. [ John  Nov 28, 2018 ]
    review article [ Tyrone Ty  Sep 03, 2018 ]
    Great reviews. [ KENNETH COONS  Sep 01, 2018 ]
    I got this one due to ARC room correction. [ Jim  Mar 18, 2018 ]
    Replacing a previous A/V pre-amp. Need to be able to handle UHD video / audio. Not initially planning for Atmos but want to have the ability when ready. Superior room correction capabilities. [ William  Mar 07, 2018 ]
    saw good reviews [ loan  Feb 18, 2018 ]
    I have had an Anthem MRX class receiver for several years. When it came time to setup my new dedicated theater room, I knew I wanted separates, and the AVM 60 has everything I want. [ D  Jan 15, 2018 ]
    I was looking for a good Pre/Pro and sound quality is very important. I know there are much higher priced units available but the Anthem AVM 60 reviews seem to indicate the audio quality is very good for the price point. Although there is no video processing (only pass through), this was not a criteria for me. [ Frank  Jan 04, 2018 ]
    Reviews are excellent, and I currently own Anthem products. [ John  Dec 16, 2017 ]
    I've been researching this device since it was launched. It has everything I want, and the reviews are stellar. [ CHARLES  Nov 26, 2017 ]
    The free speaker [ Frank  Nov 26, 2017 ]
    Recommended by Crutchfield [ NICK  Oct 18, 2017 ]
    One of the few current processor/preamp units that supports the full range of audio and video standards that I care about, especially Dolby Vision 4K. [ Wiley  Aug 29, 2017 ]
    To replace my Marantz 8802A as the Anthem will receive a Dolby Vision pass through upgrade. [ Mike  Jun 02, 2017 ]
    I own an older model AVM 20 and very pleased with it [ Kwabina  May 08, 2017 ]
    Online reviews were very good, and have decided to get into a preamp combo over the typical receiver. [ Richard  Apr 25, 2017 ]
    reviews [ Henry  Mar 23, 2017 ]
    Because of the great reviews. And the help of troy one of your advisors [ Jim  Mar 16, 2017 ]
    Have owned Anthem product before and really like them. [ Robert  Mar 13, 2017 ]
    Good reviews on the net. [ ALLAN  Jan 16, 2017 ]
    Had features desired. [ ROBERT  Jan 11, 2017 ]
    Needed an audiophile caliber SSP, the viable competing candidates either cost $1000+ more or have a harder to configure room correction package. [ Beau  Jan 09, 2017 ]
    My Anthem AVM 30 is getting old. The AVM 60 will allow me to eliminate 2 video processors from my system, plus the latest version of ARC has had very high reviews [ Thamas  Dec 12, 2016 ]
    match amp and advice from Bryce [ Amy  Nov 06, 2016 ]

    11 questions already asked

    Interested in running a projector as well as a separate television in the same room, does this unit have to ability to switch between the two?
    [ Grim10810  Sep 16, 2018 ]
    4 answers
    It does have the ability for more than one HDMI video output so should be able to feed and TV and a projector. I hope that was helpful. If you need more information should be able to access owners manual and rear panel diagram on Anthems website. They make very high end products.
    [ MARK  Sep 17, 2018 ]
    For sure! There are two HDMI out; we're utilizing one for TV and the other is conected to the AV60 Sony projector - It will be necessary to programm your system control device to shut down the TV when you turn on the projector. Hope i've helped
    [ MICHELANGELO  Sep 17, 2018 ]
    In my experience with the AVM 60 the two HDMI outputs are simply parallel. No switching. Both are active all the time.
    [ Thamas  Sep 16, 2018 ]
    The question is does it has two HDMI outputs? Yes it has HDMI 1 and HDMI 2 out. You will be surprised how easy it is to navigate through the menu(s).
    [ DOUGLAS  Sep 16, 2018 ]
    How can I connect a 2 Channel Preamp?
    [ Edwin Larsen  Jun 23, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    You can use one of the RCA AV inputs.
    [ Mike  Jun 23, 2018 ]
    Hi Edwin I'm very sorry but that's a question wich I'm also interested in but I do not have the answer up to now.. Sorry for that- enjoy you fantastic equipment. Michelangelo
    [ MICHELANGELO  Jun 23, 2018 ]
    Can I hook my 2 Channel Preamp into the AVM 60? My Preamp has a a bypass feature that allows it to hook up to a processor. Does the Anthem support this?
    [ Edwin Larsen  Jun 23, 2018 ]
    4 answers
    I'm sorry. I'd defer to the experts at Crutchfield on that. I have my Anthem AVM 60 working in concert with an Emotiva XPA-5 amplifier via a trigger out on the processor. So far, they are amazing together.
    [ MARKIE B  Jul 03, 2018 ]
    I do t know tet as going to hook mine up in two weeks but would think it could handle tgat as there are a lit of options on this unit should not be an issue
    [ BARRY G.  Jul 02, 2018 ]
    Yes. Connect the RCA 2-channel pre-amp out to one of the 5 audio in channels on the AVM 60.
    [ Robin  Jul 02, 2018 ]
    I use the AVM60 preamp left and right outputs (Can use either the RCA or XLR outputs) to feed into the 2-channel preamp in bypass mode ... works great!
    [ Thomas  Jul 02, 2018 ]
    How do I connect the Anthem AVM 60 to Rotel Power Amp RMB 1095?
    [ Avi  Dec 21, 2017 ]
    8 answers
    Both have balanced XLR connections, so run XLR interconnects between the two. Female XLR into the Anthem, male XLR into your Rotel. The Anthem supports 11 channels, you'll only be able to use 5 with your Rotel, so just hook up the F-L-C and SURR-L, SURR-R channels.
    [ BRIAN  Dec 22, 2017 ]
    Your Rotel has both balanced & single ended inputs, so your choice to use XLR or RCA cables -- the Anthem has outputs for both. Use just the Rotel if you are running a 5.1 system, or else another amp for the extra channels if you want 7.1 or any Atmos configuration. (I use two different Anthem amps, running balanced cables for the front three channels and single ended for the other eight (7.2.4 setup.)
    [ Eve  Dec 22, 2017 ]
    Suggest you look at the manual. You have choice of balanced or coax cable. I don't have Rotel, but drive a big Krell amp w/o problem.
    [ James  Dec 21, 2017 ]
    Personally i prefer the balanced (XLR) connections - absolutely no noise heard when using those. I accidentally called the RCAs balanced in my first response - sorry i was getting ahead of myself.
    [ Beau  Dec 21, 2017 ]
    the 1095 is a 5 channel amp, it has both balanced (RCA) and unbalanced (XLR) connectors which can be selected by a switch for each individual channel Pick your cable type and connect the same output connector on the AVM to the input on the amp and set the switch to the type you used. If you plan on running more than 5 channels (the AVM 60 has another 6 plus 2 subwoofer channels that all run the same way)'ll just need more amplifier(s) to run additional channels.
    [ Beau  Dec 21, 2017 ]
    Easily with XLR cables, 1 cable for each channel , so a 7 channel amp you will need 7 XLR cables , there the cabels with 3 prongs they connect from the back of the AVM 60 to the back of thr Rotel amp them run regular speaker wires from thr Rotel to your speakers..really easy !!
    [ moses  Dec 21, 2017 ]
    I have never heard any Rotel equipment so I can't say for sure. I will tell you that the AVM 60 is sonically comparable to the Arcam AV888 I have and that was a $8.5K processor when it was new. I slightly prefer the sound of the Arcam but the features and price/performance of the AVM 60 are hard to beat.
    [ Carleton  Dec 21, 2017 ]
    Using either the RCA or balanced outputs on the AVM 60 to the corresponding inputs on the amp. It's pretty thoroughly explained in the manuals from both companies.
    [ Carleton  Dec 21, 2017 ]
    Does it have a pure analog mode, with no digital processing? Want to add phono preamp.
    [ Brian  Nov 20, 2017 ]
    3 answers
    my setup is a phono preamp and the sound real good
    [ Joshua  Nov 29, 2017 ]
    It dose have an analog and one that said none done know if none is no digital just look at my email
    [ Joshua  Nov 29, 2017 ]
    Yes, so you can use an external DAC but there is no bass management with this.
    [ Chris  Nov 20, 2017 ]
    Has the AVM 60 been updated to support Dolby Vision?
    [ Gregory  Oct 28, 2017 ]
    6 answers
    The AVM 60 does not process video it only passes through the signal as per HDMI 2.0a. Read the video section description here on Crutchfield for details on what will pass through. If your Blu-Ray player or other video supports Dolby Vision, it will pass through the AVM 60, it works on mine.
    [ Robert  Nov 01, 2017 ]
    Yes, the firmware is on their web site... v1.3.079
    [ JACQUES  Oct 31, 2017 ]
    There is an August firmware update, the readme file contains: v13079_2017_08_03.fw: Additions: 1. Dolby Vision support 2. Hybrid Log Gamma support 3. status display position shift for 2.4:1 screens
    [ John  Oct 30, 2017 ]
    Yes it has. They released the firmware update that included this in August. Trouble is, from what i've read, the release also brought back some of the IP networking connectivity issues from the original software. They obviously fixed that but once before, so I don't expect it to take very long for them to ID and fix it again this time if the reports are true.
    [ Beau  Oct 30, 2017 ]
    Anthem website has Software upgrade for AVM 60 - Ver 1.3079 which it says Includes support for Dolby Vision. It is easy to upgrade the software following the instructions. I did that successfully.
    [ Kwabina  Oct 30, 2017 ]
    Through Anthem's latest firm ware update, the following additions were made: Additions: 1. Dolby Vision support 2. Hybrid Log Gamma support 3. status display position shift for 2.4:1 screens Fixes: 1. pop when pausing a certain UHD movie 2. certain network connectivity issues* 3. Standby HDMI Bypass with certain audio formats 4. operation with Chromecast 5. operation with Sonos 6. (AVM 60) headphone output when using FM tuner 7. Zone 2 trigger 8. IP commands for listening mode selection and bass/treble I love my AVM60 and Anthem's continuous support through firmware updates. I am very happy and my system sounds great! I recently updated my system and ran an updated ARC (Anthem's Room Correction). I am by no means a techie, and their support and directions are great!
    [ Ronald  Oct 30, 2017 ]
    Does it have rack mount?
    [ Rajiv  Mar 25, 2017 ]
    2 answers
    They make one for it, but it's sold separately, not included in the box. You can call Anthem support to try to get one. this is a great processor, the focus is clearly on quality and focused on the important things rather than including every feature possible.
    [ Beau  Mar 26, 2017 ]
    The Anthem web site says that a side mount rack kit is available but sold separately.
    [ Robert  Mar 26, 2017 ]
    Can the USB port be used for playing digital audio files (like FLAC, MP3, etc.)?
    [ tom  Feb 25, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    No, the usb port cannot be used for playing digital audio files. It is only used to update the firmware.
    [ torre  Feb 25, 2017 ]
    Since the AVM60 is network enabled, can you control all its functions through your computer's web browser?
    [ tom  Feb 25, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    The Anthem's ARC (Anthem Room Correction) uses your PC (Vista or newer) for the receiver's initial calibration and you can also use the DTS Play-Fi app on your compatible devices (Android, iOS), to control the network streaming capabilities of the receiver but they do not offer software for controlling the receiver (source, volume, mode, etc.) from your computer. I hope that helps. My Bio:
    [ Ryan  Mar 09, 2017 ]  Staff
    Does this have a 5.1 mode?
    [ Randy  Nov 20, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    Yes, this is my setup. When you use the ARC to setup the sound corrections for your room, you tell the system how many speakers you have which causes the 5.1 setup.
    [ JACQUES  Nov 21, 2016 ]
    Does this pass through HDR10 and Dolby Vision in 4K? I have not seen a mention of it, just that it supports 4K HDR.
    [ @mektorious  Oct 13, 2016 ]
    2 answers
    Yes, i can pass through both, you'll need the latest firmware for DolbyVision though, and it may cause difficulty with the IP networking from at least one other report i have seen. I have not performed the update yet...the only equipment i have in the house that can display DolbyVision is not connected to the AVM 60
    [ Beau  Oct 30, 2017 ]
    Sorry but I do not have a 4K capable TV right now but I have read that there is no video processing and the HDMI is a pure pass-through. My main reason for purchasing the AVM 60 is for the high end audio features.
    [ JACQUES  Oct 14, 2016 ]

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