Anthem MRX 1140 8K vs Pioneer SC-81

       
       

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      Overview

      Here we are comparing Anthem MRX 1140 8K to Pioneer SC-81 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 Pioneer SC-81 has 7 channel amplifiers with Anthem MRX 1140 8K's being more powerful.


      Anthem MRX 1140 8K Pioneer SC-81

      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.

      Pioneer SC-81 was introduced in 2014. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 120 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz and 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It , passes 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K/60p (Marvell Qdeo) 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
      • 120 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/60Hz Upscaling
      • Bluetooth, Ethernet

      We evaluated Anthem MRX 1140 8K and Pioneer SC-81 and gave them scores of 91 and 81 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

      Pioneer SC-81

      Amplifier
      92
      Amplifier
      89
      Audio Features
      94
      Audio Features
      75
      Video Features
      100
      Video Features
      73
      Connectivity
      89
      Connectivity
      78
      Zones
      77
      Zones
      91
      Radio
      73
      Radio
      85
      OVERALL
      91
      OVERALL
      81

      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 Pioneer SC-81.

      PROS

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      Pioneer SC-81

      •   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
      •   High Power Output - 120 W
      •   Front Wide Channel Support
      •   DSD via HDMI
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
      •   Bluetooth
      •   7 HDMI Inputs
      •   USB Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   3 Zones
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify

      CONS

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      Pioneer SC-81

      •   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 Dolby Atmos
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No DTS:X
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No HDR10
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No Dolby Vision
      •   No eARC
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   0 8K Input
      •   Few RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Phono Input
      •   No Digital Radio
      •   No Tidal


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

      AVERAGE

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      Pioneer SC-81

      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   7.2 Channels
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   3 HDMI Outputs

      Advantage of Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Anthem MRX 1140 8K over Pioneer SC-81.

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K vs Pioneer SC-81
      More Channels 11.2 vs 7.2
      Higher Power Output 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 120 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Higher DAC Specs 768 kHz/32 Bit vs 192 kHz/24 Bit
      More Channel Processing 15.2 vs 7.1
      Dolby Atmos up to 9.1.6 with external amp vs
      Dolby Surround Upmixer vs
      DTS:X Pro up to 9.1.6 with external amp vs
      DTS Neural:X vs
      DTS Virtual:X vs
      IMAX Enhanced vs
      Independent Subwoofer Outputs vs
      HDR10 vs
      HDR10+ vs
      BT.2020 color space vs
      Dolby Vision vs
      HLG vs
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) vs
      Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through vs
      VRR vs
      QFT vs
      Video Signal Passthrough up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 vs up to 4K/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
      4K/60p (4:2:2 36-bit)
      4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
      Wi-Fi vs via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
      Bluetooth vs via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
      Chromecast Built-In vs
      AirPlay AirPlay 2 vs AirPlay
      More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2) vs 2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
      More 8K Inputs 7 vs
      More Optical Inputs 3 vs 2
      More Optical Outputs 1 vs
      More RCA Line Inputs 4 vs 3
      Phono Input vs
      More RCA Pre-Outs 15.2 vs 2.2
      Zone 2 Outs HDMI, Pre Out vs RCA Pre/Line Out
      +12V Trigger Output 3 vs 2 (Main, Zone2, HDZone)
      More Speaker Terminals 11 vs 9
      More Large Speaker Terminals 11 vs 9
      Bigger Power Supply 570 W vs 290 W
      Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC) 140 W (1% THD) on Channels 1-5, 60 W (1% THD) on Remaining Channels vs 120 W (0.08% THD)
      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 150 W (1.0% THD)
      Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 110 dB vs 100 dB

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      Advantage of Pioneer SC-81

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer SC-81 over Anthem MRX 1140 8K.

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K vs Pioneer SC-81
      Dolby Pro Logic vs PLIIz
      DTS Neo vs Neo:X
      DSD via HDMI vs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
      DSD via USB vs 2-ch Input
      DSD to PCM Converter vs
      USB Input for factory service vs 1 Front
      USB DC Out Port vs 1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
      More Composite Video Inputs vs 2
      More Composite Video Outputs vs 2
      More Component Video Inputs vs 2
      More Component Video Outputs vs 1
      Front A/V Inputs vs HDMI, USB
      More Zones 2 vs 3
      More Powered Zones vs 2 and HDZone
      Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 0 vs 1 / 1
      Pandora 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 Pioneer SC-81
        High Power Output140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)120 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
        Front Wide Channel Support
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis) Advanced MCACC
        Bluetooth via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
        Many HDMI Inputs77 (1 front)
        RCA Pre-Outs15.22.2
        Ethernet
        Analog Tuner FM/AM
        Spotify
      WEAKNESSES Anthem MRX 1140 8K Pioneer SC-81
        No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
        No Digital Radio
        No Tidal

      Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input on Anthem MRX 1140 8K 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 and Pioneer SC-81 has 2.2 preamplifier outputs which allow you to connect the receivers to the external power amplifiers. 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 Anthem MRX 1140 8K and 3 pair of line inputs on Pioneer SC-81 for connecting sources with analog outputs. There are also 1 pair of line outputs on the receivers.
      • 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 2 coaxial inputs are available on Pioneer SC-81 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.
      • Pioneer SC-81
        Inputs:
        7 (1 front)   Outputs: 2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
        8K Inputs: 0.
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Anthem MRX 1140 8K
        Inputs:
        0   Outputs: 0.
      • Pioneer SC-81
        Inputs:
        2   Outputs: 2.
      • Component Video: Component video connection gives you the higher quality video compared to the composite video connection. So in case your old DVD player and other equipment do not have an HDMI output but have Component video output use this connection over the composite one. resolution on Component video connectors.
      • Pioneer SC-81 supports up to 1080p (1125p) resolution on Component video connectors.
      • Anthem MRX 1140 8K
        Inputs:
        0   Outputs: 0.
      • Pioneer SC-81
        Inputs:
        2   Outputs: 1.

      Front A/V Inputs

      • Anthem MRX 1140 8K: None
      • Pioneer SC-81: HDMI, USB

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

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      Pioneer SC-81

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