Anthem MRX 1140 8K vs Denon AVR-S970H

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      Overview

      Here we are comparing Anthem MRX 1140 8K to Denon AVR-S970H to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. The Anthem MRX 1140 8K has 11 channel and the Denon AVR-S970H has 7 channel amplifiers with Anthem MRX 1140 8K's being more powerful.


      Anthem MRX 1140 8K Denon AVR-S970H

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K was introduced in 2021 and represents a current flagship model of a manufacturer. It is equipped with 11 channel amplifier with 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 15.2 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video signal.

      Denon AVR-S970H was introduced in 2022. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz and upscales up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 video signal.

      Highlights

      • 11.2 Channels
      • 15.2 Channel Processing
      • 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • HDMI 2.1
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
      • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
      • 8K Passthrough
      • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
      • Phono Input

      Highlights

      • 7.2 Channels
      • 7.1 Channel Processing
      • 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • HDMI 2.1
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
      • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
      • 8K Passthrough, 8K Upscaling
      • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
      • Phono Input

      We evaluated Anthem MRX 1140 8K and Denon AVR-S970H and gave them scores of 91 and 89 out of 100 recpectively. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      Denon AVR-S970H

      Amplifier
      92
      Amplifier
      86
      Audio Features
      94
      Audio Features
      86
      Video Features
      100
      Video Features
      100
      Connectivity
      89
      Connectivity
      86
      Zones
      77
      Zones
      77
      Radio
      73
      Radio
      98
      OVERALL
      91
      OVERALL
      89

      For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluations page.

      Pros and Cons

      In this section we present pros and cons of Anthem MRX 1140 8K and Denon AVR-S970H.

      PROS

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      Denon AVR-S970H

      •   Many Channels - 11.2
      •   High Power Output - 140 W
      •   Front Wide Channel Support
      •   15.2 Channel Processing
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   DTS:X
      •   IMAX Enhanced
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   HDMI Version
      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
      •   VRR
      •   QFT
      •   8K Passthrough
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Chromecast Built-In
      •   7 HDMI Inputs
      •   4 HDMI Outputs
      •   7 8K Inputs
      •   Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Spotify
      •   Toroidal Transformer
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   DTS:X
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   HDMI Version
      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
      •   VRR
      •   QFT
      •   8K Passthrough
      •   8K Upscaling
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Works with Amazon Alexa
      •   Google Assistant
      •   HEOS
      •   3 8K Inputs
      •   USB Input
      •   Phono Input
      •   Ethernet
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal

      CONS

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      Denon AVR-S970H

      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No DSD via HDMI
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   No USB Input
      •   No Composite Video Inputs
      •   No Digital Radio
      •   No Pandora
      •   No Tidal
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No DSD via HDMI
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   No Composite Video Inputs
      •   No Digital Radio


      And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

      AVERAGE

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      Denon AVR-S970H

      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   7.2 Channels
      •   Power Output - 90 W
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   6 HDMI Inputs
      •   2 HDMI Outputs
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   Bluetooth 4․2

      Advantage of Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Anthem MRX 1140 8K over Denon AVR-S970H.

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K vs Denon AVR-S970H
      More Channels 11.2 vs 7.2
      Higher Power Output 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Front Wide Channel Support vs
      Bi-amp capability vs
      More Channel Processing 15.2 vs 7.1
      IMAX Enhanced vs
      Independent Subwoofer Outputs vs
      Chromecast Built-In vs
      More HDMI Inputs 7 vs 6
      More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2) vs 2 (1 x 8K and 1 x 4K (simultaneous))
      More 8K Inputs 7 vs 3
      More Optical Inputs 3 vs 2
      More Optical Outputs 1 vs
      More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 2 vs 1
      More RCA Line Outputs 1 vs
      More RCA Pre-Outs 15.2 vs 0.2
      Detachable Power Cord vs
      Zone 2 Outs HDMI, Pre Out vs
      RS-232C Interface vs
      +12V Trigger Output 3 vs
      Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 0 vs 0 / 0
      More Speaker Terminals 11 vs 7
      More Large Speaker Terminals 11 vs 7
      Bigger Power Supply 570 W vs 460 W
      Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 170 W (1% THD) on Channels 1-5, 75 W (1% THD) on Remaining Channels vs 125 W (0.7% THD)
      Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 110 dB vs 100 dB

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      Advantage of Denon AVR-S970H

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-S970H over Anthem MRX 1140 8K.

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K vs Denon AVR-S970H
      Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization vs
      Dolby Atmos Music vs
      DSD via USB vs 2-ch Input
      Audyssey Dynamic EQ vs
      Audyssey Dynamic Volume vs
      Dynamic HDR vs
      Works with Amazon Alexa vs
      Google Assistant vs
      Apple Siri vs
      USB Input for factory service vs 1 Front for USB memory
      Front A/V Inputs vs USB
      More Powered Zones vs 2
      Pandora vs
      Tidal vs
      Deezer vs
      Napster vs
      SiriusXM vs

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      Common Strengths and Weaknesses

      We already listed pros and cons of each model. However, you may also find useful to look at their common strengths and weaknesses shown side-by-side.

      STRENGTHS Anthem MRX 1140 8K Denon AVR-S970H
        Dolby Atmos up to 9.1.6 with external amp up to 5.1.2
        DTS:X Pro up to 9.1.6 with external amp up to 5.1.2
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis) Audyssey MultEQ
        HDR10
        HDR10+
        Dolby Vision
        HDMI []2.12.1
        eARC
        New HDCP Version2.32.3
        Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
        VRR
        QFT
        8K Passthroughup to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4
        Wi-Fi
        Bluetooth SBC
        Many 8K Inputs73
        Phono Input
        Ethernet
        Analog Tuner FM/AM
        Spotify
      WEAKNESSES Anthem MRX 1140 8K Denon AVR-S970H
        No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        No DSD via HDMI
        No Composite Video Inputs
        No Digital Radio

      Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input on Anthem MRX 1140 8K and Denon AVR-S970H with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the receiver.
      • Analog Pre-Outs: Anthem MRX 1140 8K has 15.2 preamplifier outputs which allows you to connect the receiver to the external power amplifier. You may want to use a high quality external amplifier for certain channels, usually for front L/R and center, and use the receiver to power the rest. Also, Anthem MRX 1140 8K has 15 channel processing but has only 11 channel amplifier, so it needs external amplifier connected to the analog pre-outs in order to reach its maximum speaker configuration.
      • Analog Line Inputs and Outputs: There are 4 pair of line inputs on both receivers for connecting sources with analog outputs. There is also 1 pair of line outputs on Anthem MRX 1140 8K.
      • Digital Inputs and Outputs: 3 optical inputs, 1 optical output and 2 coaxial inputs are available on Anthem MRX 1140 8K and 2 optical inputs and 1 coaxial input are available on Denon AVR-S970H for digital audio connections.
      • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel of each receiver.

      Video

      • HDMI:
      • Anthem MRX 1140 8K
        Inputs:
        7   Outputs: 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)
        8K Inputs: 7.
      • Denon AVR-S970H
        Inputs:
        6   Outputs: 2 (1 x 8K and 1 x 4K (simultaneous))
        8K Inputs: 3.

      Front A/V Inputs

      • Anthem MRX 1140 8K: None
      • Denon AVR-S970H: USB

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

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      Denon AVR-S970H

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