Network & Tuner Functions
11.2Ch Preamplifier: The Anthem AVM 60 preamplifier is fitted with
both balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA) 11.2ch pre-outs - Front Left/Right,
Center, Surround Left/Right, Back Left/Right, Height 1 Left/Right, Height 2
Left/Right, and Sub 1/2. The dual sub pre-outs are parallel and not discrete.
The XLR and RCA pre-outs output the same audio signal at the same time.
- True-Balanced XLR Pre-Outs: Electrical noise in audio is often
generated due to the connection with other AV components and due to the
connection between the preamplifier-processor and amplifier, as well as from
other sources of external noise. To ensure the AVM 60 is not affected by
this distortion, it uses True-Balanced XLR Pre-Out connections to achieve a
balanced transmission that is highly noise resistant.
- Unbalanced RCA Pre-Outs: The AVM 60 preamplifier is also equipped
with unbalanced RCA pre-outs in the case that your multi-channel amplifier
does not offer XLR inputs.
Note: Match the AVM 60 preamplifier with Anthem's MCA series of
amplifiers - MCA 525, MCA 325, MCA 225 (all sold separately).
Audiophile-Grade Components: The Anthem AVM 60 preamplifier
utilizes audiophile-grade components; such as premium differential-output D/A converters
for hi-res sound, quad-core
digital signal processing with Dolby Atmos capability, a toroidal power supply
for tremendous reliability, and a brushed anodized
aluminum front-panel to resist unwanted vibration.
Anthem Room Correction (ARC): ARC (Anthem Room Correction) is a
proprietary digital signal processing software that works with a
specially-engineered calibration microphone and your Windows PC (Vista or newer) to quickly and
easily optimize audio for your unique listening space. The AVM 60 includes an
ARC kit, consisting of a custom calibration microphone, a professional quality
mic stand, and high quality connectors. The ARC software must be downloaded from the AnthemAV.com website (See Software & Firmware Updates under Product Support). Anthem Room
Correction quickly "corrects" the effects that reflective surfaces such as
walls, floors and ceilings have on the sound radiating from a loudspeaker.
Removing the effects of these obstacles allows your audio equipment to achieve a
more natural sound in any room, as close to the lab standard as possible. How It
- 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,
|Multichannel Linear PCM ||8ch, 32-192kHz,
|High Definition Audio Bitstream || Dolby Atmos,
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
DTS-HD High Resolution |
| Optical/Coaxial ||2Ch Linear PCM ||2ch, 32-96kHz,
|Multichannel Linear PCM ||6ch, 32-96Hz,
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
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
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
Digital Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Anthem AVM 60 preamplifier is
equipped with three optical (toslink) digital inputs, one optical (toslink)
digital output, and two coaxial (RCA) digital inputs. The optical output
provides a pass-through of the preamplifier's optical or coaxial digital inputs.
The digital inputs/output support up to 5.1ch 24-bit/96kHz audio, including
Dolby Digital & DTS.
Front-Panel Headphone Jack: The Anthem AVM 60 preamplifier is fitted with a
front-panel 1/4" headphone jack for connection of a set of headphones. You can configure the preamplifier to mute
its preouts when headphones are plugged in or allow the preouts to remain active
even when a set of headphones are plugged into the front-panel headphone jack.
HDMI 2.0a: Featuring eight HDMI inputs (including one
conveniently located on the front-panel) and two HDMI outputs, the AVM 60
incorporates an advanced video section that features the latest HDMI 2.0a
specification, including support for 4K/60 Hz Ultra-HD video, BT.2020 Wide Color
Gamut, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling. The
AVM 60 also features HDCP 2.2 compatibility, a requirement for 4K Ultra HD
Use a premium high-speed 18Gbps HDMI cable for the best
- 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
- 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
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
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,
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
- 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
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
Note: The Anthem AVM 60 is a DTS Play-Fi wireless receiver and can only receive DTS Play-Fi content from other
DTS Play-Fi enabled products. It is not a DTS Play-Fi wireless transmitter and cannot transmit DTS Play-Fi content to other
DTS Play-Fi enabled products.
FM Tuner: The AV preamplifier features a built-in FM tuner. You can
store up to 30 FM station presets. The unit does not offer an AM tuner.
On-Screen Display (OSD): The Anthem AVM 60 preamplifier offers an
on-screen menu system via its main HDMI output. The clean and simple interface
of the OSD makes setup and other operations extremely easy.
Multi-Zone Functionality: The Anthem AVM 60 offers multizone
functionality for playback of the same or different audio sources in up to two
rooms. It also allows you to watch to the same HDMI video sources on up to two
- 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
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 USB
port to complete update. This unit does not offer firmware or software updates
via a wired or wireless network connection.
Backlit Remote Control: The included IR remote control provides
wireless operation of the Anthem AVM 60 preamplifier. The remote offers full
control over the preamplifier's main zone, as well as volume and input selection
for Zone 2. It provides backlit keys, so the buttons are easily visible even in
a dark room.
HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control): The Anthem AV
preamplifier supports HDMI-CEC, which synchronizes the operation of this unit
with other HDMI-CEC devices when connected via HDMI. With HDMI-CEC,
turning on one component in the system can turn on the rest of the system, same
with turning one component off. Not all HDMI-CEC
compatible components and functions are guaranteed to work.
IP Control: The AV preamplifier offers IP control through
its RJ-45 Ethernet jack.
IR Input: The 3.5mm IR input jack allows you to control the
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).