About the Anthem MRX 720
Home theater with guts
DTS Play-Fi lets you play music from popular streaming services and local network sources on the MRX 720.
Home theater with guts
Like many other new receivers, the Anthem MRX 720 pairs well with Ultra HD TVs and Blu-ray players, thanks to support for 4K and HDR video. You can also enjoy super-immersive surround sound with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (DTS:X available via firmware update). But this unique receiver has some audiophile touches that guarantee great sound. Premium digital-to-analog converters ensure top performance from CDs and Blu-rays, in stereo or surround sound. And 11.2-channel preamp outputs let you expand your home theater setup when you add a separate power amp.
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 MRX 720'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 MRX 720 has powered outputs for seven speakers, giving you flexible configuration options. You can connect five speakers in your living room, and use the two extra speaker outputs 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.
Power and Processing:
- 7-channel amplifier
- 140 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 1% THD with 2 channels driven
- Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
- Dolby Atmos processing for use with in-ceiling or "height" speakers for more enveloping surround sound
- 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
- plays high-resolution digital music files (PCM up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
- DLNA certified for streaming music with compatible devices and computers
- dual-room/dual-source output
- powered and line-level stereo outputs for 2nd room
- 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
- 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
- supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision (may require a firmware update for Dolby Vision)
- digital audio inputs: 3 optical and 2 coaxial
- digital audio output: 1 optical
- 5 analog RCA stereo audio inputs
- 11.2-channel preamp outputs include 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 receiver 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™ devices
- HDMI on-screen display
- HDMI standby pass-through allows HDMI switching without powering up receiver
- FM tuner
- backlit remote control
- 17-5/16"W x 6-1/2"H x 14-13/16"D
- engineered in Canada
- weight: 31 lbs.
- warranty: 3 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 1414000031
What's in the box:
- 7.2ch AV receiver
- 6' AC power cord
- Remote control (RC-MRX2)
- "AAA" batteries
- 2 WiFi antennas
- FM wire antenna
- Calibration mic
- Mic stand
- 12' USB cable
- 16' Ethernet cable
- Operating Manual
- Online Product Registration card
Anthem MRX 720 reviews
Great receiver with a lot of power!! Sound stage is nice. The room correction is a step above Audysey. Would recommend this product for those in looking to spend a few extra dollars for a high end reciever. Have owned a few amaranth in the past. Happy I bought this instead.
Pros: High end function and power
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I got this to replace a 3-year-old Anthem MRX 310, which I love dearly. Anthem makes such pure, sweet, clear sounding equipment and their room correction is about the very best you can get. My only issues with the 310 was the lack of HDMI inputs that could handle 4K HDR signals and the slightly anemic amplification (60 watts/channel) for the room my home theater is in. The MRX 720 has 7 4K HDR-capable HDMI inputs and 150 watts/channel, so perfectly addresses my needs. I do not have nor plan to have ceiling speakers so I really don't need 11-channel amplification to support Dolby ATMOS or DTS:X. I'd rather have a better-sounding, more powerful amplifier with fewer channels of amplification. The 720 does that. It handles basic Zone 2 work but I don't use that as I've moved my old 310 to my man-cave (which would have been the second zone). In fact, the unit seems a little under-featured compared to other amps by Denon, Yamaha, Marantz, etc. But when you look at the features it is "lacking", it's nearly always stuff that adds nothing to actual audio accuracy and enjoyment. It's just doodads and googaws in my book. The only way I can see myself giving up the 720 is to go the separates route with the Anthem AVM 60 and MCA 525, which are a BUNCH more money. For now, count me one very, very happy audiophile.
Pros: It ain't cheap, but all your money goes to audio goodness, not to features that are mostly not needed for any serious listening. The room correction (ARC) is the best in the business. Tech support is really fast and friendly. Just fine, fine audio equipment.
Cons: I wish I could plug a hard drive into it and play stereo and multi-channel music (both FLAC and DSD) files gaplessly with a nice user interface on the screen. For now, I can do most of that with my trusty Oppo BR player.
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Was needing to upgrade home theater receiver due to lack of hdmi inputs. After much research into available units, I decided the Anthem MRX 720 best fit my needs. Their trade up program sealed the deal, as I saved about 500 bucks! Crutchfield staff was very helpful with order process, and I didn't even have to send them my trade in. They just asked that I donate it locally, which has been done. The new unit is well built and hefty. Sound quality is superb. The Anthem allows full switching of audio and video inputs, which is nice feature...I can listen to music while watching whatever video source I choose simultaneously. I was also able to use a separate stereo amp I have to run my front two speakers, while allowing Anthem to handle rear, backcourt, and center channels with subwoofer in 7.2.1 setup. All in all very pleased with purchase. Only things keeping this from solid five star is a little bit of hdmi handshake issues ( which have mostly resolved when changing settings on satellite box and television's resolutions). The other flaw is DTS Play-Fi. You have to be right next to receiver to connect, and even then it drops out. Hopefully firmware updates in future will help with Play-Fi, along with Airplay 2 for this unit. For now, I'm streaming through an old airport express connected to Anthem via optical cable. Works well, sound is terrific and I can utilize my Apple Music ( not the case with Play-Fi). Overall I am extremely satisfied with Anthem!
Pros: Terrific sound; well built, plenty of input and assignable functionality.
Cons: DTS Play-Fi not so hot!
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Currently have NadT785, thinking time to upgrade to equivalent build quality and newer ARC. 1st, Crutchfield gets top marks for Service and delivery. Unfortunately, I didn't get far with the Anthem setup as the Wifi was faulty, clearly an issue from other reviews. The Wireless antennas were loose due to threaded mounts not properly installed. The Receiver could not detect my Wifi and after several minutes, finally found it. But could not connect after 4 tries. Huge disappointment for a receiver at this price. Simply no comparison to the NAD with duel toroidal transformers and robust build. For the time the receiver was on, the unit felt warm so did not have the cooling system like a NAD. I was so mistaken to ever consider this brand would actually be an improvement.The lesson learned, the older generation still superior.
2 of 2 found this helpful
Have been unable to get Genesis ARC to work at all. Anthem customer service is responsive, but slow. Overall, receiver is OK, but no sound improvement over Marantz receiver. Disappointed and would not recommend given the price tag.
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I bought this to replace an Anthem 510. Both are incredible receivers. I listen to a lot of music and this product is by far the best for music. There are no goofy modes, e.g., jazz hall, theater, etc. to complicate or detract from a pure signal. I don't use a cd "player" with the MRX. I use the Cambridge Audio CXC, a transport only, which I also purchased at Crutchfield. The d/a processing is excellent.
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I got this receiver for my 30x13 feet living area (8ft ceiling) that has a 18x13 living room with my HT setup on the far side. My review below had to be heavily edited for space. This is a spectacular receiver, and my review is an audio-only review. I have two PSB X2Ts for front channels in a stereo setup, set up using ARC which added 1dB to the front levels. To my tastes/hearing and listening area, I could use just a tad more power than this receiver can provide. My listening is mostly music: late 60s-late-90s rock&roll, jazz, some pop (e.g., Sting and Steely Dan) R&B and classical--opera, chamber music and orchestras. My movie tastes tend to be on the louder side (action, thrillers), and maybe those tastes dictate this review despite being the lower percentage of the time. I discovered that for the loudness to get close to 80dB at my listening position, I had to increase the volume to -25dB to -20dB (the speakers with then be playing at -24dB or -19dB, owing to ARC). The nicest thing about these receivers is that it made me write this sort of review in the first place. If you get used to clean, good sound, you don't think it is loud enough at an actually loud (i.e., 85dB) sound pressure. At that volume, it feels like the band is playing in the room. Not any wonder that my ears love this receiver. I only wish I don't have to push them to near their engineering limit to get that sound from them. Maybe I need to just get some Anthem MCA 225s!
Pros: Anthem's tech support is amazing. I called them a few times, and they have always been quick with a good answer. Frankly, as it is with Crutchfield, a relief to talk to real (and knowledgeable) people who want to help you.
Cons: In 2019 I want REST API on the receiver, not some weird IP protocol. I want browser based access to OSD controls. Like yesterday. And--Anthem's apps are rudimentary and near useless and looks like the developer forgot to turn off the "hey, I am connected" dialog. The remote could use a top-down redesign. A cheap Denon which I auditioned earlier had these frills and more, and it costs 1/5th this receiver. Get with the program, Anthem! These features will carry well across product lines.
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I consider myself a purist when it comes to music. I purchased a MRX 520 to use in my Den . This was my first experience with Anthem so i was hoping for the best but trying not to set my expectations too high. After critical listening for less than a week I ordered the MRX 720 for my media room. Both receivers are awesome. They are extremely accurate and powerful. Right out of the box they were impressive. the instructions and setup are straight forward and actually make sense. I've never before had room correction software actually work but I can say without reservation the ARC software is unbelievably good. Having owned a great deal of sound reproduction equipment through the years I can only say WOW these are great receivers. I'm so excited about the sound quality I haven't mentioned the video handling. It's Perfect!
Pros: Powerful, accurate, easy to setup and operate. The ARC software really works! After two weeks of critical viewing and listening I can say this is the best receiver EVER for me.
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After many years of trying to get quality sound out of Sub-$1K Marantz & Denon receivers, I finally took the plunge and upgraded to the Anthem. This is one of the best decisions I've ever made. This receiver is absolutely AMAZING and it is so simple to use. Setup was a breeze, and the Anthem Room Correction system blows away that Audyssey garbage from Denon and Marantz. My setup is simple - just AppleTV and a Rega RP3 w/ tube phono amp, Klipsch KG4's, Center/surrounds and a Wireless Sub to a 4K HDR TV and Zone 2 going to a splitter to feed in ceiling speakers in different rooms. The receiver passes the 4K signal through without any issues (can't say the same for the other brands I've owned), and the surround processing is crazy good - I'm hearing things I've never heard before. Zone 2 is simple to use and sounds great. The sound for Vinyl is simply amazing! The stereo soundstage that this receiver puts out is simply amazing! Also, the Play-Fi feature is so easy to use. As Ferris Bueller once said, "If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up. It is so choice!"
Pros: The Sound! Easy to use! Anthem Room Correction is the best! Play-Fi works very well! The soundstage it creates is mind-blowing!
Cons: None that I can think of.
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I bought the MRX 720 to replace my Marantz SR6012 when the left front channel crapped out after about 18 months (I'm sending it off for repairs and will then sell it). There is no comparison in quality; the MRX 720 delivers fantastic audio for my home theater. I regret ever buying the Marantz as it is not even in the same league (even without the durability issue). The setup is intuitive and the ARC room correction software had my audio sounding terrific in no time at all. Also, I cannot say enough good things about Crutchfield's customer service. I did my research before speaking with Crutchfield's reps via chat. They initially steered me towards an excellent Yamaha receiver that had many more features and was significantly cheaper than the Anthem. But after really inquiring about my needs and how I would use it (mostly for movies in my home theater, no need to power a second zone, etc.), Crutchfield's reps helped me determine that the MRX 720 would better suit my needs because it delivered superior sound and I would not miss the additional features. I really appreciate the expert advice and integrity. I will definitely be doing business with Crutchfield in the future.
Pros: Great sound, intuitive setup, superior room correction
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Everything i needed for an updated home theater receiver.
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I had to replace the 5-year-old MRX 710 in my 5.2 system because it was destroyed by a very infelicitous leak in the roof. The MRX 720 is slightly smaller and lighter because it doesn't have a big toroidal transformer. It appears to me to sound a few dB less powerful than the 710, possibly because Anthem has also removed the setup option to bi-amp your front speakers using the surround-back speaker outputs, a feature I used with the 710 and which I miss. The ARC room correction software still works well. The addition of Play-Fi compatibility that lets me and anyone else play audio content directly off a mobile phone or an iPad is a very nice addition. The general quality, reliability, and processed audio and video put out by the 720 seems unchanged from the 710, that is, excellent. I do not miss the removal of an AM tuner that I never used once on the 710. Anthem seems to be just about the only receiver manufacturer who still includes a pass-through SPDIF digital audio output, which I use heavily because it enables me to listen through Bluetooth headphones with the unit's amp muted at night. I hate using wired headphones, the wire's just barely long enough. I do have to run both HDMI and digital audio inputs to the MRX from several sources, but, that's not a problem.
Pros: Great room correction software, good video and audio processing quality, Play-Fi. General high-quality construction.
Cons: Not as powerful as MRX 710 to my ears. Overpriced...same price as MRX 710. No front bi-amping.
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This receiver feels very well built and sounds great even without running ARC. Unfortunately, my unit would not join my wireless networks. I tried my main and guest networks, but it just would not connect. Connecting via WPS was also unsuccessful. There's a third way to connect, which is by using the Play-Fi app, but this did not work either. I was on the phone with a very helpful associate and we went through all the troubleshooting steps, but we could not get it to work. The associate was very helpful and arranged for a replacement. I'm not sure how this expensive receiver passed quality control with a defective network card I will update my review when the replacement arrives.
Pros: Good sounds quality Well built unit
Cons: Poor quality control
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Amazing sound. Again, amazing sound. Room correction is outstanding. I was also stunned to realize the image on my 4k HDR television actually improved when using the Anthem as the switching component compared to my Yamaha receiver when both set to pass through the video signal. How is this possible? Don't know but it's apparent to everyone. Get an Anthem if you can. The one con, it's not made in the US.
Pros: -Amazing sound. -Super advanced room correction software. -Heavy duty build quality.
Cons: It's not made in the US.
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I was needing to upgrade my old Integra pieces and decided Anthem was the way to go. It is the perfect piece to push my old CM6, CM4, and CMC speakers. I like the sound better than my mid grade Rotel pieces for sure. It would be nice if it came in silver, like the STR integrated and preamp. Also, BT would be nice. Overall, I like the MRX720 and I am pleased with my purchase.
Pros: Power to drive floor standing speakers for 2 channel audio Ability to drive two subs Can add additional amps
Cons: Lacks Bluetooth
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I had an Anthem Integrated One for 15 years, so I kind of knew what to expect from this receiver. This system is a Hot-Rod, with the sole purpose of providing the very best sound for it price; in this regard the MRX 720 delivers in spades. However, if you are looking for device that can offer all kinds of features and added capabilities this is not for you. My two beefs with the 720 are; there is no built in music streaming like the Marantz 7012. Nor is there the ability to control the device from a laptop. Your features added options are limited to Android or IOS devices, neither of which I own, hence the 3 star rating. I feel that a $2,000 + piece of equipment should have a lot more flexibility. It should be compatible with all kinds of technologies, not just smart phones and tablets. I am disappointed that such a costly piece of gear is not able to stream directly, and depends on me owning a smart phone. DTS Play-Fi on this device is a miss. It is a decent enough app and is used by other notable manufactures such as Rotel and McIntosh. But unlike the offerings from say McIntosh, this system is not built around its use. The MRX 720 does little to take full advantage of it. Instead, its implementation of Play-Fi is merely an afterthought that provides streaming, but not an integral part of its design goal. That being said, feed it music from a decent source, and you will have the very best sound out there for both music and movies.
Pros: Superb sound quality, equal to the top tier 2 channel Audio Receivers and Integrated Amps
Cons: DTS Play-Fi is an afterthought. It has no real integrated audio and video streaming functions.
6 of 15 found this helpful
Unbelievable sound...room correction worked perfectly. Very impressive.
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Outstanding power and sound quality. Easy set-up. The room correction worked great. Love this receiver.
Pros: High end sound quality, tons of power, and great room correction
Cons: Haven't been able to connect to other remotes, not Amazon Alexa enabled
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To level set my review, I bought the 720 along with an 8" JL sub, 2 BW CM6 bookshelves, a 3-way BW Centre 2 center channel, 2 M1 rears, and a Harmony remote-5.1 system. Hookup and ARC calibration were easy but a few peculiarities worth noting. When setting up ARC, you have to calibrate all of your profiles at once and make sure you uncheck the use prior settings/outputs option. Once you create all of your profiles, you have to go to setup to change profiles, which can be annoying/useless if you use a universal remote. The app is simple but pretty useful and consistently connects to my receiver. It has the Setup function but it doesn't show on the tv for whatever reason. I should expect to see the menu options on my tv any time I press the button on the app but this isn't the case. Better yet they should have profile 1-4 buttons in the app itself. I find myself tweaking my system (levels, audio, etc.) about 5-10 minutes into any given movie. You can still tweak these post ARC calibration per Anthem. So far I would describe my experience with the 720 as difficult and buggy. Please note that Google Play WILL NOT broadcast in Dolby D 5.1 unless you go through HDMI 4 ARC. TOS only allows PCM 2.0 broadcasts for whatever reason but picks up full DTS through DVD. I had to go back to reprogram my remote, etc after discovering this. There are a plethora of setup options through the cryptic Anthem setup option but the app doesn't show the 1-11 sub settings for whatever
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This receiver plays well with my new KEF LS50 speakers, whereas my old receiver not so much. Surround sound movies and concerts (w/ 3 LS50s across the front) sound really good and CDs, in stereo, sound excellent with this system. SACDs sound really good, too. I am still using my older Polk triangular surround speakers; my previous receiver did not integrate them well and I could hear the timbre difference, but the Anthem somehow was able to blend them suitably (until replacement?). I'm enjoying listening to all my old CDs and video concerts again because most of them sound brand new, although poorly engineered performances can sound awful. ARC (automatic room correction) was easy to use and did a great job of blending my peculiar mix of speakers, which also includes a SVS subwoofer and PSB front up-firing Atmos/X speakers. I did discover that changes in placement of the mic throughout the room when using ARC can make significant differences in the resulting balance of sound, so I ran the ARC software several times until all seemed best to me. *SACD note: the Anthem will not do DSD, but will play SACDs in Multi PCM. *Note: Atmos/X is connected to the Anthem Back Amp, which is the only place available on the 720 for this connection. I may have been very unhappy if I was a newbie to receivers, because the instructions that come with the 720 are minimal. Setting this up takes a little experience and also some trial and error, but the end result is well worth the effort and cost.
Pros: Great sound
Cons: I've had no problems, not even with the wireless network connection.
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I like the AVR especially for the improved processing of sound. Clarity is improved. Anthem Room Correction helps. I think this receiver is capable of more than I understand at this point, but I have difficulty understanding how to take advantage of all that is available. The manual is very brief in its explanation and assumes you will understand all of its terminology. More definitions and explanation would be helpful for those not technically oriented.
Pros: Much improved sound over my previous AVR.
Cons: Manual could be more helpful. I think most of the information is included, but much of it was not clear to me. It needs definitions and explanations. The dealer has been very helpful however.
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I have old, rather inexpensive Boston Acoustic bookshelf speakers for front, Paradigm 12" powered sub, and Definitive center, so am looking at new Definitive or Martin Logan towers, and will then leave more extensive review- essentially I can't hear an audible sonic difference between the Anthem and the Denon it replaced, except the room correction set the cutoff frequencies in a way to provide a more theater like quality and improved and tightened sub. I love the HDMI ARC feature which provides the audio return from the TV built in apps. The Wi-fi connection process took an hour for some reason- it just couldn't seem to connect to our powerful Wi-fi router, but once it finally did, we were able to work on the room correction process, which was a little confusing, but we finally figured it out. We didn't like the results at first, because the sub was almost inaudible, but come to find out, that was listening to the Blu-Ray source, not the Xfinity or DVD source, which send somewhat different signals. So the good news is that you can set individual profiles for each source, which requires your own tweaking of the sound profile, which is very easy to do. The biggest draw back so far is that neither Comcast/Xfinity cable box or Samsung have the codes that will allow one remote to be used, so now I have to go back to 3 remotes. I'm wondering if Anthem can do anything to help with this, or if someone else has any advise. I will contact their tech support, and update r
Pros: Anthem room correction, HDMI ARC connection and amount of inputs and outs in general, nice big readable display from a distance, plenty of power, zone 2 setup options
Cons: Operating manual seems incomplete, and could use definitions and detail about new tech included in this receiver. May have to purchase universal remote to operate TV, cable box, and receiver.
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I spent about a year researching receivers, including highly regarded separates. I finally settled on the Anthem and I will tell you that I'm totally blown away by its quality. I am a critical music listener (opera is my drug of choice) and sound accuracy is a must for me. This receiver is just what the tenor ordered! When the ARC was implemented the sound was incredible. And by incredible I mean it reproduced unprocessed human voice like no other system I've heard except for the most expensive separates (like MacIntosh). Hats off to Crutchfield for their input on this item and for their willingness to walk me through the setup. And then I watched some favorite blu-ray movies like Outbreak and found the sound was immersive. I have a trio of high end Martin Logans in the front (SL3s and Cinema) and some ho-hum dipole surrounds which I will eventually replace.
Pros: Too many to recount
Cons: none so far
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I'm very impressed with this receiver, and with Anthem tech support. The setup was intuitive, and had my system up and running in no time. The sound quality is everything I was hoping for. I can't claim any particular expertise as an audiophile, but I find the sound to be crisp and full, with plenty of power to drive my Focal Arias. I find myself digging through the dusty corners of my music collection to rediscover sound all over again. Setup was intuitive, and my system was up and running in no time. ARC was easy to use, and the results lived up to everything I have read in the reviews. The surround immediately felt natural and enveloping. The previously boomy bass was tightened up without losing any depth in the sound. My only complaint was in the control interface. As others have noted the unit is slow to power up, but waiting a few seconds at power on isn't a big deal. The real pain was that I use a 3rd party IP control system, and initially the receiver was painfully slow to respond. I was considering returning the unit, and literally pulling up the Anthem page to contact tech support when I saw a firmware update had just been released. The update completely corrected all the issues I was having. I am 100% satisfied and loving this purchase.
Pros: Top notch audio quality 4k HDR pass thru leaves a clean picture Incredible room correction Active manufacturer support
Cons: Blue lights on the display are a little harsh Slow to power up On the pricey side, but worth every penny
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I got tired of junk. After trying to get good music out of 2 lesser receivers I got smart and finally bought a real receiver. I probably play 4 times more music than movies. So I wanted a receiver that could offer me outstanding music as well as top notch movie audio. Right out of the box this thing is bad ass. I'm not a sound rookie. I've been playing guitar for more than 40 years. This receiver is built for people that can hear. This is not big box store junk. Finally after a long search I'm beyond satisfied with a new style reciever that can actually play music well. Im running Polk A9s up front with A7s on the sides and 2 JL e1100 subs. Just let me say for real this sounds awesome.
Cons: More cow bell
12 of 16 found this helpful
Very nice receiver that is enough to power a dolby atmos system with a powered sub. Solid construction and smooth sound. Setup is quite intuitive. The HDMI pass through is the only potential negative in that only one HDMI can be passed through without powering the Anthem on, and even that pass through doesn't always work flawlessly.
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Tons of POWER! Very detailed. Vocals have great texture. ARC worked great for movies, but I turn it off for 2ch music listening (I got fuller mid-range that way). DTS Play-Fi work great, but doesn't sound dramatically better than streaming through airplay via Apple TV. Simple remote. Solid construction. Features are basic by today's standards, it's the sound quality that demands the high price. Usually I have a dedicated 2ch stereo for music and a separate surround sound system. This allows me to consolidate both systems without much compromise.
Pros: Stop reading....just buy it.
Cons: None yet
12 of 13 found this helpful
The Anthem MRX 720 with Anthem Room Correction is delivering the best sound I have ever had in my home theater room. I have used Audyssey XT, and then XT32 going back almost 10 years, but was never fully satisfied with the sub integration, nor with the clarity of the center channel. After 10 minutes with the Anthem ARC iOS app, I was getting the best sound I had ever heard with my current loudspeakers (NHT Class 3, 3C, C2, U2 Subs). I am now taking the next step and getting my feet wet with the PC based ARC app to further fine tune the calibration, but given the results I was getting from the iOS app, I am at a loss as to how the sound could be improved. Sound tracks that I have heard many times have come alive with hidden detail. Full disclosure: All positive comments refer to my 2nd 720, as the first unit was replaced by Crutchfields. Initial WiFi connectivity was intermittent, and once I got past that, ARC from the PC would not run correctly. Anthem went so far as to provide me with beta firmware, but the problems persisted, thus they recommended that the unit be replaced. No one likes to have issues with a new piece of gear, But will give Anthem tech support 5 stars. I was able to get a tech on the phone immediately, and he clearly knew his stuff. This was not my first rodeo with a high end AVR, but clearly there are engineers at Anthem that understand how to make an AVR that really delivers the goods. Not cheap, but one gets what one pays
Pros: Sound quality of ARC ARC iOS app for novice users ARC PC app for experienced users Set-up Flexibility Ease of use Best tech support in the business
Cons: WiFi connectivity can be quirky Some aspects of using the ARC PC app are non-intuitive Certain system limitations not well explained in the manual
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Upgraded from Sony DNR850. Takes 7 seconds to power up. Powering 5.1 system: Bowers & Wilkins CM8 s2(x2) B&W Centre S2 B@W CM1 S2(x2) Oppo BD203 LG 55EF9500 Couldn't be happier with sound, compatibility with all forms of surround sound and video(4K)
Pros: Sound quality 4K Compatibility Shipping
Cons: Takes 7 seconds to power on
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Upgraded from a Denon AVR-X4000. System includes Goldenear Triton Two+, SuperCenter XL, AON2 rears, Rythmik D15se sub. Room has acoustic treatments and the Denon has Audyssey XT32 so I wasn't expected much change with the ARC room correction. Long story short, the speakers have never sounded better and the lackluster bass issue I wrestled with previously was miraculously solved by ARC. I cannot recommend this receiver enough - absolutely stellar!
Pros: Plenty of clean power, pre-outs for larger ATMOS expansion, ARC room correction works miracles
Cons: Not cheap - but worth it
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I've owned a MRX 720 for about a week, and I've been extremely impressed thus far. I'm driving Martin Logan speakers with a SVS sub, and this Anthem receiver provides clear, full sound with all kinds of headroom. It runs much cooler than I was expecting and has handled everything I've thrown at it. You may find a few more bells and whistles elsewhere, but this receiver excels within its feature set. Highly recommended!
Pros: HDMI 2.0a w/HDCP 2.2 on all ports; ARC; clear, full sound with power to spare
Cons: No 4k upscaling; DTS Play-Fi app needs polish
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I spent considerable time researching new receivers and certainly wanted something that offered performance and a feature set aligned with the latest technology. Whether it be streaming music or enjoying an Ultra HD Blu Ray this receiver handles it all. Definite recommendation in my book.
Pros: Excellent Amplifier Power, 4K Compatible, Wireless Remote App, Anthem Room Correction
Cons: MRX 720 does not have a Toroidal Power Supply......must step up to next model or go with separates.
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Excellent receiver, upgraded from a Marantz SR 007, liked it but was missing HP to drive my KEF Reference 2 (front) and 1's (surround). This unite does so with not problem. The ARC set up is easy once all the connections are made and makes a big difference. Overall, very, very happy with this product. Will take a lot to make me ignore the brand in the future.
Pros: Powerful, does everything as others do, great remote.
Cons: Nothing, maybe Apple Airplay but I'm being picky...
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More details on the Anthem MRX 720
Features & specs
Assignable 7-Channel Amplifier: The Anthem MRX 720 AV receiver employs a 7 channel amplifier that is rated at 140 watts per 2 channels driven @ 20-20kHz, into 8-ohms, at 1.0% THD.
- 7.2ch Surround Back: This setup provides 7.1ch surround in your main listening area with dedicated Surround Back speakers.
- 5.1.2ch Dolby Atmos: You can configure the receiver's Surround Back amplifier channels to power Height, Overhead, or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers to create a 5.1.2ch Dolby Atmos speaker system.
- 5.1ch + Zone 2: In this configuration, you can have a 5.1ch speaker system in your main room with a pair of stereo speakers in Zone 2. The receiver's Surround Back amplifier channels will be reassigned to power a single pair of speakers in Zone 2.
Audiophile-Grade Components: The Anthem MRX 720 receiver utilizes audiophile-grade components; such premium as 32-bit/768kHz differential-output D/A converters for high-resolution sound, quad-core 32 digital signal processing (DSP) with Dolby Atmos & DTS:X capability, and a brushed anodized aluminum front-panel to resist unwanted vibration.
Advanced Load Monitoring (ALM) Technology: Anthem's exclusive ALM circuitry protects the amplifier's sensitive output devices by constantly monitoring temperature, current, and voltage to ensure optimum long-term performance. ALM is totally non-invasive; it is not in the signal path and only engages in the most extreme circumstances to protect the amplifier from damage by maintaining the safe operating area of the output devices.
Anthem Room Correction (ARC): The MRX 720 includes the newest and most powerful generation of Anthem Room Correction (ARC), with 50% more processing power than any other version of ARC. This proprietary calibration tool, with its easy-to-use interface, automatically shapes the acoustic signature of your speakers for the best possible sound quality in your unique listening space. Anthem Room Correction (ARC) is a proprietary digital signal processing system that allows you to quickly and accurately optimize the performance of your audio equipment to better suit the unique parameters of your room. By listening to your room's acoustic signature, ARC can tune your equipment to correct for the performance-robbing effects (reflections, resonances, standing waves, etc.) of the various surfaces and other obstacles in your room. ARC is easy to use, and just a few simple steps can optimize your speakers for your unique listening space. ARC is one of the most sophisticated, accurate, and detailed digital room correction technologies available today. There are 3 ways to calibrate your system using ARC or ARC Mobile.
- Mobile App: Download Anthem's ARC Mobile app to your Apple iOS 9.2+ or Android OS 5.0+ device. This method uses your iOS device's built-in microphone for measurements.
- Mobile App + Universal ARC Mic (sold separately): Download Anthem's ARC Mobile app to your Apple iOS 9.2+ or Android OS 5.0+ device, select "ARC Universal Microphone" on the app, and connect the ARC Universal Microphone (sold separately) to your Apple iOS or Android device for measurements.
- Windows PC App: Download and install Anthem's ARC software to your Windows PC (7 or later). Connect the included ARC Microphone to your Windows PC, and connect the Preamplifier via USB or LAN. After running your measurements, you can customize the results, set up multiple configurations, and print correction curve graph. Not compatible with Mac.
Note: ARC digitally compares a room's acoustic signature to that of the lab standard. It measures the response of each speaker relative to the listening area. Then it uses advanced algorithms to eliminate the negative effects of the obstacles in the room, adjusting response and correcting phase effects. When ARC removes the obstacles, what's left is the lab standard performance.
Compatible Digital Audio Formats: The Anthem AV receiver 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 MRX 720 AV receiver goes beyond regular surround with the latest immersive surround sound formats - like Dolby Atmos & DTS: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
MRX 720 can support 5.1.2ch, 5.1.4ch*, 7.1.2ch*, or 7.1.4ch* Dolby Atmos
- 5.1.2ch: A 5.1.2 speaker configuration is based upon a traditional 5.1 speaker layout complemented by one pair of Front Height, Overhead, or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers.
- 5.1.4ch*: A 5.1.4 speaker configuration is based upon a traditional 5.1 speaker layout complemented by a pair of Top Front & Top Rear speakers or a pair of Dolby Atmos-enabled front & rear speakers. *Requires an external power amp for one pair of Dolby Atmos speakers.
- 7.1.2ch*: A 7.1.2 speaker configuration is based upon a traditional 7.1 speaker layout complemented by one pair of Front Height, Overhead, or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers. *Requires an external power amp for one pair of Dolby Atmos speakers.
- 7.1.4ch*: A 7.1.4 speaker configuration is based upon a traditional 7.1 speaker layout complemented by a pair of top front & top rear speakers or a pair of Dolby Atmos-enabled front & rear speakers. *Requires an external power amp for both pair of Dolby Atmos speakers.
- 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.
Post Decoding Formats: The Anthem AV receiver supports Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X, & AnthemLogic to enhance 2-channel and multichannel decoding formats.
- 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 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 MRX 720 receiver 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.
Volume Adjustments: The Anthem AV receiver incorporates Dolby Volume, Dynamic Range Control (DRC), and several other volume level tools.
- 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 Settings: The Anthem MRX 720 allows you to configure the receiver's Power-On Volume, Maximum Volume Level, and Mute Level, as well as Bass & Treble.
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..
Analog & Digital Audio Connection: The Anthem MRX 720 AV receiver offers a variety of analog & digital audio connectivity.
- Binding Post Speaker Terminals: The receiver is outfitted with binding post terminals for all speaker output channels (Front, Center, Surround, & Surround Back). The binding post terminals can accept up to 10AWG speaker wire, pin-connectors and banana plugs (single only). The front channels support 6-8 ohm speakers, while all other channels will accept 8 ohm speakers.
- 11.2ch + Zone 2 Pre-Outs: The receiver is fitted with 11.2ch pre-outs (Front, Center, Surround, Surround Back, Height 1, Height 2 and Dual Sub) to connect external amplifiers. The Height 1 and Height 2 pre-outs can be used to create 5.1.4, 7.1.2, and 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos speaker systems. The dual subwoofer outputs are discrete. The Zone 2 Pre-Out lets you connect an external amp and pair of speakers in another room of your home.
- Analog Audio Inputs/Output: The Anthem MRX 720 receiver 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 receiver also has an analog stereo line output. This analog stereo line output is a 2-channel version of the receiver'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 MRX 720 receiver 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 receiver'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 MRX 720 receiver is fitted with a front-panel 1/4" headphone jack for connection of a set of headphones. You can configure the receiver to mute its speaker outputs & pre-outs when headphones are plugged in or allow the speaker outputs & pre-outs to remain active even when a set of headphones are plugged into the front-panel headphone jack.
HDMI 2.0a: Featuring eight HDMI inputs (7 rear/1 front) and two HDMI outputs, the MRX 720 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 MRX 720 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 MRX 720 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 receiver'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 receiver'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 receiver does not do upscaling. This unit does not contain any analog video inputs or outputs.
Dual HDMI Outputs: The AV receiver's two HDMI outputs are parallel, so the same HDMI 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 and rear-panel HDMI 7 input is MHL compatible. This MHL compatible HDMI ports provide easy, direct connection of a MHL compatible Android smartphone. Playback of up to 1080p video and multi-channel audio from the phone is supported. The AV receiver will also charge your connected phone. Play, Stop, and other basic operations can be controlled from the AV receiver's remote control. Check here for a list of compatible MHL-enabled Android phones.
ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature of the MRX 720's main HDMI monitor output allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to the receiver 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 receiver 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 receiver set the LipSync function automatically. When connected to a TV via HDMI the receiver 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 MRX 720 is in standby mode (power off), the Standby Through feature allows HDMI source signals to pass through the receiver to the TV. The HDMI input can be changed using the remote control. So, there's no need to turn on the AV receiver in order to switch HDMI sources. You can select from HDMI 1-7 inputs, or the last HDMI input selected.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Anthem MRX 720 offers wired (Ethernet) & wireless (WiFi) network connectivity, so you can utilize the receiver's ARC (Anthem Room Correction) technology and access DTS Play-Fi online music sources.
DTS Play-Fi (Firmware Update Available): DTS Play-Fi combines DTS and WiFi to wirelessly stream high quality audio using the Play-Fi app for Apple iOS 8.0+, Android OS 4.0+, & Windows 7 PC or later. Supported music formats up to 24-bit/192kHz (including MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV) are wirelessly streamed to the receiver or to multiple DTS Play-Fi players at up to 16-bit/48kHz (CD quality sound). Compatible sources and available content includes -
- Source Devices: DTS Play-Fi provides you with the ability to stream your music wirelessly in high-quality lossless audio from Apple iOS & Android devices, Windows laptops & desktop computers, as well as DLNA-servers on your existing home WiFi network to the Anthem receiver. Up to eight separate wireless source devices, each with its own source, are supported simultaneously and any wireless source device can stream to eight DTS Play-Fi playback devices.
- Online Music Services: DTS Play-Fi enables wireless audio streaming from the world's most popular music services, including - Pandora, SiriusXM, TIDAL, Amazon Music, Spotify Connect, iHeartRadio, Napster, & more.
Note: This unit does not support the following DTS Play-Fi functions - Wireless Surround Sound, Line-In Rebroadcast, Interent Radio, Criticaly Listening Mode, and L/R Stero Speaker Pairing.
Amazon Alexa Voice Control: After installing the DTS Play-Fi skill on the Amazon Alexa App (for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 5.0+), you can use an Amazon Alexa enable speaker (sold separately - see Accessories tab) to control your streaming music. Using Alexa voice commands, you'll be able to control volume and playback functions such as track skip, mute, pause, and stop; or request a song to play in a specific room or group of rooms linked together. Once an Alexa voice command is used to start audio playback, the DTS Play-Fi app can be used to dynamically add more DTS Play-Fi components to the streaming session.
FM Tuner: The AV receiver features a built-in FM tuner. You can store up to 30 FM station presets. The unit does not offer an AM tuner.
Zone 2: The MRX 720'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 can select the receiver's FM tuner, analog audio input sources, optical & coaxial digital audio inputs (2ch PCM only), plus DTS Play-Fi content for Zone 2 (HDMI audio/video cannot be sent to Zone 2). Zone 2 consists of speaker level & line-level outputs.
- Speaker-Level: The receiver's Surround Back speakers can be configured to power a pair of Zone 2 speakers. In this setup, you are restricted to 5.1ch (Front, Center, Surround) in the main zone and 2ch stereo in Zone 2. Volume of Zone 2 will be controlled by the AV receiver.
- Line-Level: The receiver also contains Zone 2 pre-outs, so you can connect an external amplifier to power a pair of speakers in Zone 2. In this setup, you can continue to listen to 7.1ch (Front, Center, Surround, Surround Back) in main zone and still enjoy 2ch stereo in Zone 2. You can choose to control the volume of Zone 2 from the receiver or external amplifier.
Zone 2 Input Follows Main (Party Mode): This feature allows you to enjoy the AV receiver'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 receiver's two HDMI outputs are parallel, so the same HDMI audio/video signal is output through both and can be used simultaneously (video is output at the resolution supported by both TVs).
Wireless Multi-Room/Multi-Source Audio: DTS Play-Fi is an "Open Ecosystem", allowing you to connect multiple DTS Play-Fi products together from different brands and manufacturers on the same home network to create a whole-home streaming experience. You can play the same music in each room or different music 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.
- The Anthem MRX 1120 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.
- All DTS Play-Fi enabled products work seamlessly together, so there's no hassle adding more components, or choosing more than one audio brand (like Anthem Anthem, Integra, Klipsch, MartinLogan, McIntosh, Paradigm, Phorus, Polk Audio, SVS, Wren, and more) in your home.
On-Screen Display (OSD): The Anthem MRX 720 AV receiver 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.
Backlit Remote Control: The included IR remote control provides wireless operation of the Anthem MRX 720 receiver. The remote offers full control over the receiver'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 receiver 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.
Remote App: Download the Anthem AV app onto your Apple (iOS 7.0+) iPod/iPhone/iPad or Android (OS 4.0.3+) smartphone/tablet for remote control of the AV receiver from your compatible mobile device. The Anthem AV app offers similar functionality and control of the AV receiver to that of the factory IR remote. Ethernet connection to the rear-panel of the MRX receiver is required, and your Apple iOS or Android device must be on the same local network.
Note: This app is not recommended if a custom IP or RS-232 control system is or will be controlling the MRX receiver; it is normally best to use one type of network control to prevent conflicts.
Custom Integration Remote Connections: The Anthem AV receiver is fitted with the following custom integration remote inputs/outputs.
- IP Control: The AV receiver offers IP control through its RJ-45 Ethernet jack or wireless WiFi network connection.
- IR Input: The 3.5mm IR input jack allows you to control the receiver 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 MRX 720 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 receiver's RS-232C port provides seamless integration with a wide range of third-party home automation control systems (such as AMX or Crestron).
Auto Off: When there is no input signal (for 5, 10, 20, 60, 120, or 360 minutes), the MRX 720 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 receiver's USB port to complete update. This unit does not offer firmware or software updates via a wired or wireless network connection.
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