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Anthem MRX 520

5.2-channel home theater receiver with Anthem Room Correction

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Overview

Our take on the Anthem MRX 520

If you long for high-impact home theater with top-notch sound quality and cutting-edge video technology, take a look at Anthem's MRX 520 5.2-channel receiver. It has full support for 4K and HDR, so it works perfectly with the latest Ultra HD TVs and Blu-ray players. Premium digital-to-analog converters ensure audiophile-grade performance in stereo or surround sound.

Anthem MRX 520

No matter what reflective surfaces are in your room, the MRX 520 can correct for them, giving you natural, detailed sound.

The sound you've been craving

If you long for high-impact home theater with top-notch sound quality and cutting-edge video technology, take a look at Anthem's MRX 520 5.2-channel receiver. It has full support for 4K and HDR, so it works perfectly with the latest Ultra HD TVs and Blu-ray players. Premium digital-to-analog converters ensure audiophile-grade performance in stereo or surround sound.

The MRX 520 puts out 100 watts per channel — plenty of power for medium- to large-sized rooms. And if you ever want a little more, 5.2-channel preamp outputs mean you can add an even bigger amp later on for any or all channels.

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 520'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.

Product Highlights:

    Power and Processing:
    • 5-channel amplifier
    • 100 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 1% THD with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
    • ARC (Anthem Room Correction) speaker calibration (software, microphone, and stand 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
    Audio Performance Features:
    • premium 32-bit / 768 kHz differential-output digital-to-analog converters
    • detachable power cable
    Connections:
    • HDMI 2.0a audio/video switching: 7 in, 2 out (including 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
    • 5.2-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
    • engineered in Canada
    • 17-5/16"W x 6-1/2"H x 14-13/16"D
    • weight: 28.2 lbs.
    • warranty: 3 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • 5.2ch AV receiver
    • 6' AC power cord
    • Remote control (RC-MRX2)
    • "AAA" batteries
    • FM wire antenna
    • Calibration mic
    • Mic stand
    • 12' USB cable
    • 16' Ethernet cable
    • Operating Manual
    • Online Product Registration card
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    Features and Specs

    Amplification
    Number Of Channels 5
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 100
    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 No
    Bluetooth No
    Apple AirPlay No
    Alexa-compatible No
    Google Home-compatible No
    Chromecast built-in No
    DTS Play-Fi No
    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) 28.2
    Parts Warranty 3 Years
    Labor Warranty 3 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Multi-room HDMI Output No
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, TrueHD, DD+
    Dolby Atmos No
    DTS DTS, HD, HDMA, Neo:6
    DTS:X No
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 7
    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 7
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 2
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Discrete Subwoofer Outputs No
    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
    Convenience Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Section

    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): The MRX 520 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 Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, 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,

    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 decoding formats.

    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 listenable.

    Dynamic Range Control: This features allows you to control the difference between the softest and loudest passages, but only on multichannel Dolby Digital soundtracks. You can select between three DRC modes - Normal, Reduced, or Late Night.

    Volume & Tone Adjustments: The Anthem 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 front channels support 6-8 ohm speakers, while all other channels will accept 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 control.
    • 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 tuner.

    Video Section

    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 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 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 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 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 selected.

    Convenience Features

    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 TVs.

    • 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.

    Remote Control

    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+) 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.
    • 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).

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    Crutchfield asked  
    Why did you buy this?

    5.2 system with decent power output and not an overly large chassis size like all the 7.2 and up systems being sold today. Gets solid reviews for sound quality. [ Brian  Feb 28, 2018 ]
    It's made in Canada. Place of manufacturing matters to me. [ Thien  Feb 20, 2018 ]
    Great reviews [ Anthony  Feb 12, 2018 ]
    ANTHEM DELETES SOME OF THE BELLS AND WHISTLES IN FAVOR OF HIGHER AUDIO QUALITY AND BETTER BUILD QUALITY WHICH IS MOST IMPORTANT TO ME.ALSO RECOMMENDED BY TWO TECH ADVISORS.SORRY CANT REMEMBER THEIR NAMES [ GARY  Feb 07, 2018 ]
    Build quality and Anthem ARC room correction. [ Yoelvis  Jan 16, 2018 ]
    Audio quality. [ Roberto  Dec 20, 2017 ]
    Very good reviews. Also, I only want/need a receiver with 5.1 and not a lot of other features/channels I do not need. [ Theodore  Sep 14, 2017 ]
    I researched and found this receiver to be the best overall for my needs. [ Santos  Aug 26, 2017 ]
    Reviews [ Craig  Jul 27, 2017 ]
    Mainly because of recommendations and the high ratings. Need a solid AVR that kicks butt with both 4k blu ray movies and hi resolution music playback. This one seems to fit the bill perfectly for my needs. [ ERIC E  Jul 24, 2017 ]
    Audiophile quality [ Eric  Jul 06, 2017 ]
    Sound quality without the added features I will never use. [ Marco  May 12, 2017 ]
    Reviews regarding quality of sound and ARC system to correct for room acoustics. Crutchfield was an authorized dealer. [ Greg Patrick  Mar 26, 2017 ]
    I'm interested in Anthem's room correction; if it works as good as people say it does, I'll be very satisfied. [ David  Jan 17, 2017 ]
    Excellent reviews [ Mark  Jan 09, 2017 ]

    8 questions already asked

    Yes that is really what it means. No networking. You can add a some kind of Bluetooth receiver to get Bluetooth. The ethernet conector on the back is for room correction only. [ DOUGLAS  Sep 05, 2018 ]
    No, if you have a Sonos Connect, you can attach that to this receiver and stream through that device. This receiver does not have any networking built in, you have to supply the streaming yourself. Personally I have a Chromcast Ultra connected for this task. [ Matt  Sep 05, 2018 ]
    As far as the unit driving your B&W speakers the answer is I do not know. I am driving a Def tech speaker system with 5 built in powered subs and I stream through my Oppo 103D player. Both your concerns could be addressed by checking out the 720 and 1120 Anthems. They have more power than the 520 and they have Wi-Fi. I will say that the 520 is perfect for my setup and has shown no degree of stress at high volume levels. The overall performance blows everything else I have owned away including some separates. [ Cathy  Feb 23, 2018 ]
    Greg, The amp seems to have ample power. I managed to destroy a pair of Kef Reference Series in stereo mode. Yes the speakers were old but they give up the ghost in 20 minutes and had no issues with a Pioneer SC 25. No comparison. I could push the Pioneer into protection mode and shut down. Upon move I reinstalled my BGCorp inwalls and recalibrated. Can't recall the model but they are 5 feet of ribbons with 8 inch drivers.Had to reduce the master volume to plus 10 to stop the ringing in my ears and prevent hearing damage. Closest thing to the anthem I auditioned was a McIntosh and you know the cost on those. On a final note, the wife could hear a quality difference. You can't beat the soundstage. For streaming I use MrMC on a Fire Tv or Apple TV. It's a legal version of Kodi, but all my music is in flac and I refuse to listen to Sirus or any mp3 format at home. But I could always hear the difference. Hope this helps. Chris [ CHRISTOPHER  Feb 22, 2018 ]
    Two channel music is awesome. The only time I experienced a problem with two channel playback is with movies. Please note my system is a 2.0 system so everything is down mixed to 2.0. I run into this problem only with multichannel movies where the receiver has to decode a dolby audio source and down mix 5.1, 7.1, or atmos to 2.0. Music doesn't have this problem and sounds fantastic. [ Gerald  Dec 25, 2017 ]
    Wow, I'm not sure about that. I'd recommend a call to anthem to find out. Or Crutchfield's folks are great also. Best of luck! [ Mark  May 24, 2017 ]
    Really quite easy. First, you need to attach the FM antenna on the far left side on the back of the unit. Then, go to the input function on the remote and scroll down to FM. You can then manually tune FM stations as would in your car, and, or set up stations as presets. Just follow the directions in the manual. I hope this helps! [ Mark  May 24, 2017 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer, or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  May 23, 2017 ]  Staff
    I had asked this question of the Anthem folks--It's in the works but, I don't think it's imminent. [ Mark  Mar 17, 2017 ]
    I didn't see any info in the owner's manual about bi-wiring. May want to check the AVS forum. [ Mark  Jan 24, 2017 ]
    No it doesn't. It's a 5 channel receiver. Plus biamping from a receiver does nothing but use extra wire. [ Matthew  Jan 21, 2017 ]
    I believe this is possible using the pre-amp outputs and a y-splitter to bi-amp. [ Gary  Jan 21, 2017 ]
    As long as you can emulate Windows Vista or new with it, then we expect it to work. HTH! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul  Dec 07, 2016 ]  Staff
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