5-Channel Amplifier: The Anthem MRX 520 AV receiver employs a
5 channel amplifier that is rated at 100 watts per 2 channels driven @ 20-20kHz, into
8-ohms, at 1.0%THD.
Audiophile-Grade Components: The Anthem MRX520 AV receiver utilizes audiophile-grade components; such as premium 32-bit/768kHz
differential-output D/A converters for high-resolution sound, tri-core 32 digital signal
processing (DSP) with Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD 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): 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 MRX 520 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.
- To use Anthem Room Correction (ARC), you will need a Windows-based
laptop or computer (Vista or newer) with a CD drive.
- Both, the Anthem AV receiver and your Windows PC must be connected
to the same network.
- You will need to manually calculate speaker distances from main
listening position before or after running ARC (ARC does not auto-detect
- You can manually tweak the ARC measurements after they are computed,
or you can choose to bypass ARC and manually configure the
receiver and your speaker setup.
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,
|Multichannel Linear PCM ||8ch, 32-192kHz,
|High Definition Audio Bitstream || 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,
Note: Even though the AV receiver will decode 7.1ch
surround sound (via HDMI), it will only output 5.1ch surround, because it
lacks Surround Back channel speaker outputs.
Post Decoding Formats: The Anthem AV receiver supports
Dolby Pro Logic II (Movie/Music/Game) and
DTS Neo: 6 (Music/Cinema) to enhance 2-channel and multichannel
AnthemLogic: The MRX 520 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.
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 MRX 520 allows you to
configure the receiver's Power-On Volume, Maximum Volume Level, and Mute Level,
as well as Bass & Treble.
Analog & Digital Audio Connection: The Anthem MRX 520 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). The
binding post terminals can accept up to 10AWG speaker wire, pin-connectors and
banana plugs (single only). The receiver supports 6-8 ohm speakers.
- 5.2ch + Zone 2 Pre-Outs: The receiver is fitted with 5.2ch pre-outs
(Front, Center, Surround, and Dual Sub) to connect external amplifiers. The dual
subwoofer outputs are parallel and not 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 520 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
- Digital Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Anthem MRX 520 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 520 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.
FM Tuner: The Anthem AV receiver features a built-in FM
tuner. You can store up to 30 FM station presets. The unit does not offer an AM
HDMI 2.0a: Featuring seven HDMI inputs and
two HDMI outputs,
the MRX 520 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 520 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 520 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
- 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
MHL Support: The 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 520'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
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 520 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 not 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
On-Screen Display (OSD): The Anthem MRX 520 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.
Multi-Zone Functionality: The Anthem MRX 520 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 MRX 520'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 receiver's FM tuner,
analog audio input sources, plus optical & coaxial digital audio inputs (2ch
PCM only) for Zone 2 (HDMI audio/video cannot be sent to Zone 2). You can
choose to control the volume of Zone 2 from your MRX 520 or your 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).
Auto Off: When there is no input signal (for 5, 10, 20, 60,
120, or 360 minutes), the MRX 520 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.
Backlit Remote Control: The included IR remote control
provides wireless operation of the Anthem MRX 520 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+)
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
- 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 520 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).