Anthem Electronics is now shipping its MRX 710 and MRX 510, two models in its next generation of MRX Series high-end AV receivers.
Advanced Load Monitoring on the amplifiers mean the new models can not only work harder, but work harder for longer, the company says. Ease of integration, a useful and forward-looking feature set with a refined version of Anthem Room Correction (ARC 1M) designed exclusively for this new generation, are part of the offering. Aesthetically, these next-generation models feature a clean, minimalist front panel and well-organized back panel.
With IP and RS-232 control, the new lineup boasts an expanded, flexible command set including drivers for popular control systems, as well as remote control apps for Android and iOS (Apple) devices both coming soon. Price, in typical Anthem fashion, once again reflects an extraordinary Performance to Value relationship.
A room’s physical dimensions, architectural details, dead spots, even furnishings, play a dramatic role in sound quality, so Anthem further refined the company’s room correction system with a version of ARC particular to the new generation. Dubbed ARC 1M, the software and microphone kit are included as part of the offering. ARC 1M connects via Ethernet, enjoys a higher level of digital signal processing and offers users the option to print ‘before and after’ room-measurement graphs.
MRX 710 and 510 each feature 7 channels of power. Power ratings are provided in the ‘Technical Specifications’ section later in this release.
All models feature Anthem’s proprietary Advanced Load Monitoring (ALM), designed to keep a constant eye on output. An overheating protection and cooling system, ALM features a unique extruded aluminum heat-sink tunnel. Voltage across the output stage and current through the output stage are constantly monitored to keep output transistors within their safe operating area as a function of time. In extreme situations, where speaker impedance is very low and the music level is very high, the amplifier will shut down to protect itself. The heat sink tunnel is driven by a fan. Inside the tunnel, temperature is monitored. During normal operation, the tunnel’s temperature will be below the threshold at which the fan needs to turn on. In demanding situations, where the temperature rises above an initial threshold, the fan comes on at low speed. If the temperature rises above the second threshold, the fan moves into high speed. This allows the amplifier not only to work harder, but for longer periods, without the need for shutdown.