Anthem’s new MRX 710 and 510 A/V receivers sing the upgrade siren song

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Anthem announced today the anticipated release of two pieces from the next generation of its lauded MRX receiver series, the MRX 710 and 510. We got a sneak peak at the latest editions to the MRX family at this year’s CEDIA conference, and walked away pretty impressed. Now we’ve got the full low down on everything these new powerhouses have to offer. Let’s have a look, shall we?

The 710 and 510 sit at the top tier of the MRX receiver line-up. This year’s models are sleeker, harder working, and more advance than their predecessors, addressing some of the quirks we had with the initial line. Both new receivers offer a smooth ride through their 7 channels of audio output, thanks in part to Advanced Load Monitoring, which incorporates several layers of temperature and voltage monitoring to ensure the receivers stay below the red, no matter how hard you hit the throttle. Power output is listed at 120 watts per channel for the 710, and 100 watts per channel for the 510.

Anthem has also added a veritable wish list of upgrades to its new devices. Apart from a more advanced version of the company’s room correction DSP system, called ARC 1M, the new receivers offer virtually everything you need to support a fully loaded state-of-the-art home theater system. Upgrades include 7 HDMI inputs, one with Auto Return Channel (ARC), 2 HDMI outs, 4K video upscaling and pass through, drivers for IP control of select systems, iOS and Android controller apps, a host of available configurations, bi-amping of the L/R channels, and more.

Adding all of that to the already impressive array of features from last year’s lineup, including multiple listening modes, Dolby and DTS decoding, reams of analog and digital inputs, and a host of other bells and whistles for video and audio support, these latest MRX receivers pack a powerful punch.

The seemingly endless combination of device configurations may bust your wallet as you attempt to acquire enough gear to fill all those holes – including that new 4K TV you’ve had your eye on – but the the receivers themselves are priced relatively modestly, coming in at $2000, and $1600 for the 710 and 510 respectively. Anthem’s two new MRX receivers are available now, with the baby brother 310 on its way this January.


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