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Anthem MRX 720

7.2-channel home theater receiver with Anthem Room Correction, DTS Play-Fi®, and Dolby Atmos®

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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.

Anthem MRX 720

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.

Product Highlights:

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

    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

    Outstanding power and sound quality. Easy set-up. The room correction worked great. Love this receiver.

    John, Lincoln, NE

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    Features and Specs

    Amplification
    Number Of Channels 7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 140
    THD in Stereo 1 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
    Minimum Impedance L/R 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Center 8 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Surround 8 ohms
    General Features
    Internet-ready Yes
    Bluetooth No
    Apple AirPlay No
    Alexa-compatible No
    Google Home-compatible No
    Chromecast built-in No
    DTS Play-Fi Yes
    App Remote Control Yes
    USB port for iPod/iPhone No
    FM Sensitivity Not Given
    HD Radio Tuner No
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration ARC
    HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video Yes
    HDR-compatible HDR10, Dolby Vision (FW), HLG (FW)
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    4K Video Upscaling No
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion No
    DLNA Certified
    MHL-compatible Yes
    Multibrand Remote Control No
    Learning Remote No
    LCD Remote
    Width (inches) 17-1/4
    Height (inches) 6-1/2
    Depth (inches) 15-13/16
    Weight (pounds) 31
    Parts Warranty 3 Years
    Labor Warranty 3 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Multi-room HDMI Output No
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, TrueHD, DD+
    Dolby Atmos Yes
    DTS DTS, HD, HDMA, Neo:6
    DTS:X Firmware update
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 8
    Audio-only Inputs 10
    Component Video Inputs None
    Component Video Monitor Outputs None
    Optical Digital Inputs 3
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
    Optical Digital Outputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 8
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 2
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Discrete Subwoofer Outputs Yes
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output Yes
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port 1
    USB Connections FW updates
    Removable Power Cord IEC 2-prong

    Product Research

    Audio Section
    Video Section
    Network & Tuner Functions
    Multiroom Playback
    Remote & Convenience Features

    Audio Section

    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 speaker systems.
      • 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.

    Video Section

    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.

    Network & Tuner Functions

    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: The Anthem MRX 720 receiver 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 MRX 720's DTS Play-Fi features. DTS Play-Fi lets you wirelessly stream music from a variety of music sources to the Anthem MRX 720 receiver. 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 receiver through the free DTS Play-Fi app.
    • Online Music Services: From the free DTS Play-Fi app on your Apple iOS/Android device or Windows computer, you can share and listen to Pandora, Spotify Connect, SiriusXM, TIDAL, Amazon Music, Songza, Rhapsody, and Internet Radio.
    • Computer Audio (DLNA): The MRX 720 receiver 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.

    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.

    Multiroom Playback

    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", so you can easily add more DTS Play-Fi components to your system, regardless of manufacture, for a multiroom audio solution. You can play the same source in each room or a different song in each room. Eight separate wireless source devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.), each with its own source, are supported simultaneously and any wireless source device can stream to eight DTS Play-Fi playback devices. Due to the bandwidth limitations of most wireless networks, no more than 16 wireless DTS Play-Fi products on a single WiFi network at one given time is recommended.

    Note: The Anthem MRX 720 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.

    Remote & Convenience Features

    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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    Joey recommended them [ Jerry  Sep 06, 2018 ]
    On recommendation from a hi-end retailer with an impeccable reputation. And very positive reviews online. [ David  Jun 18, 2018 ]
    A friend has a similar unit.. I love how it sounds.. influenced my purchase. Also Anthem only deals with Crutchfield, who I trust. [ Robert  Apr 23, 2018 ]
    sound quality and ARC [ Srinivas  Mar 17, 2018 ]
    High quality audio, room correction software [ CHRISTOPHER  Mar 04, 2018 ]
    Sounds like a quality product base on what I've read. [ Mark  Feb 19, 2018 ]
    The ARC coupled with great sound and plenty of power. It's a step up from the Denon receiver that I've had for a decade. [ Matthew  Feb 02, 2018 ]
    User and critic reviews. [ BRIAN  Jan 12, 2018 ]
    Based on reviews, features, and my experience with the MRX-520 I have in my family room [ Scott  Dec 27, 2017 ]
    Quality Sound Par Excellence [ Sharada Prasad  Dec 20, 2017 ]
    Company Name and Reputation, Product Specs, and Positive Reviews [ Danny  Nov 20, 2017 ]
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    Arc [ TRAVIS  Sep 17, 2017 ]
    Anthem Room Correction. I had poor luck with Audyssey over the years, and user reviews suggested that ARC was outstanding. It was...best sound I have ever had in my room. [ BRIAN  Aug 23, 2017 ]
    Needed to decide between MRX 1120 and MRX 720. Ultimately decided the toroidal transformer in the 1120 just wasn't worth an extra $1000. Unless I notice a hum or other noise that a toroidal would fix, I'll use those savings to purchase a second subwoofer from Crutchfield, which will undoubtedly make a much bigger difference sonically! Looking forward to receiving and putting this receiver through its paces. [ Terri  May 01, 2017 ]
    Previously owned an Anthem AVM 50 that was taken out by a lightning strike. Tried the NAD M15HD2 with Aydessey but did not care for the sound...esp for music. [ KEVIN  Mar 22, 2017 ]
    The choices at my local retailer seemed either underwhelming or overpriced. This seemed to have the must-have features and quality while lacking a few bells and whistles. It sounds great and I am now rediscovering subtleties in my old favorite films and building up to an Atmos system. I will say though that the Play Fi app on Windows is troubled and the lack of AirPlay support is frustrating. [ Edward  Aug 04, 2016 ]

    10 questions already asked

    Yes, plugged in headphones and it worked (blade runner 2049 and Dolby Atmos with Xbox one x) [ Robert  Sep 26, 2018 ]
    Yes. The Anthem will downmix any selected source input into stereo for the line output. It's a two channel output of the selected source for the main zone and provided at a fixed level. I hope that helps My bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan [ Ryan  Sep 26, 2018 ]  Staff
    I don't know. I watch my movies with sound traveling through the speakers. I am not very familiar with this receiver, even though I bought one I find it very complicated to update the software and so forth. [ marinaldo  Sep 24, 2018 ]
    you can have video from one output, and audio go to another output. Not sure why you would want to do that though since the DAC in the anthem is amazing [ jean louis  Sep 24, 2018 ]
    The receiver supports direct play so I assume it will work well. [ Chris  Sep 05, 2018 ]
    Spotify supports Play-Fi specs. This works very well. I dont know about Sonos. [ RYAN  Sep 05, 2018 ]
    It will support Spotify, it acts as a streaming device on your network, so you will still need a phone or tablet to control it. [ dema12co  Sep 05, 2018 ]
    I used an older machine running Windows XP (service pack 3) and worked as hoped. [ RYAN  May 24, 2018 ]
    That is what i used [ AARON S  May 23, 2018 ]
    Per Anthem, Arc 2 runs on Vista and later... so may not work with XP... [ Robert  May 23, 2018 ]
    I asked the exact question direct to Anthem. They responded that while they don't have published power ratings for 4-Ohm loads, the load is "stable" on the MRX 720. With that, I run 5 speakers at 4-Ohms and 2 height speakers at 8-Ohms with no problems. [ Alec  Sep 19, 2017 ]
    The Anthem MRX 720's that we carry are only designed for use with 120V ~ 60Hz AC outlets--it's not designed to work on 220-240V power. If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Larry  Apr 11, 2017 ]  Staff
    I have not used the Arcam model myself but the Anthem is an excellent quality receiver. It offers exceptional build quality, robust performance, and advanced room-correction capability. I hope that helps. My Bio; https://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Mar 17, 2017 ]  Staff
    I believe only the main amp will handle two 4 ohm speakers, additionally I was informed by Anthem the use of a sub would be required for optimal bass! [ JEFF A  Jan 12, 2018 ]
    Yes, it does have 7 amplified channels. You may want to check with Anthem to confirm. I run a 5.1 set up. [ Eric  Aug 17, 2016 ]
    No, this receiver does not offer any upscaling. You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the receiver's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Aug 10, 2016 ]  Staff
    No. The Anthem's dual HDMI outputs are parallel so, they will only supply the same selected video source at the same time. You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the receiver's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Jul 30, 2016 ]  Staff
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