Anthem MRX 1140 8K vs Pioneer VSX-522-K

       
       

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      Overview

      Here we are comparing Anthem MRX 1140 8K to Pioneer VSX-522-K 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 VSX-522-K has 5 channel amplifiers.


      Anthem MRX 1140 8K Pioneer VSX-522-K

      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 VSX-522-K was introduced in 2012. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier with 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz and 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It , passes 1080/60p 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

      • 5.1 Channels
      • 7.1 Channel Processing
      • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)

      We evaluated Anthem MRX 1140 8K and Pioneer VSX-522-K and gave them scores of 91 and 60 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 VSX-522-K

      Amplifier
      92
      Amplifier
      71
      Audio Features
      94
      Audio Features
      64
      Video Features
      100
      Video Features
      46
      Connectivity
      89
      Connectivity
      57
      Zones
      77
      Zones
      55
      Radio
      73
      Radio
      59
      OVERALL
      91
      OVERALL
      60

      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 VSX-522-K.

      PROS

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      Pioneer VSX-522-K

      •   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
      •   DSD via HDMI
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   USB Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Analog Tuner

      CONS

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      Pioneer VSX-522-K

      •   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
      •   Few Channels - 5.1
      •   Low Power Output - 80 W
      •   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
      •   No Wi-Fi
      •   No Bluetooth
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   4 HDMI Inputs
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   Few RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Phono Input
      •   No Ethernet
      •   No Zones
      •   No Digital Radio
      •   No Pandora
      •   No Spotify
      •   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 VSX-522-K

      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   7.1 Channel Processing

      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 VSX-522-K.

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K vs Pioneer VSX-522-K
      More Channels 11.2 vs 5.1
      Higher Power Output 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Certified 4 Ω Performance vs
      Bi-amp capability vs
      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
      DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 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
      Newer HDCP Version 2.3 vs 2.2
      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 1080p
      Wi-Fi vs
      Bluetooth vs
      Chromecast Built-In vs
      AirPlay AirPlay 2 vs
      Remote Controll App Anthem Remote App vs
      More HDMI Inputs 7 vs 4
      More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2) vs 1
      More 8K Inputs 7 vs
      More Optical Inputs 3 vs 1
      More Optical Outputs 1 vs
      More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 2 vs 1
      More RCA Line Inputs 4 vs 3
      More RCA Line Outputs 1 vs
      Phono Input vs
      More RCA Pre-Outs 15.2 vs 2.1 (Surr Back/Front Height)
      Ethernet vs
      Detachable Power Cord vs
      More Zones 2 vs 1
      RS-232C Interface vs
      +12V Trigger Output 3 vs
      Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 0 vs 0 / 0
      IP Control for CI vs
      Spotify vs
      More Speaker Terminals 11 vs 5
      More Large Speaker Terminals 11 vs 2
      Bigger Power Supply 570 W vs 415 W
      Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 110 dB vs 98 dB

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      Advantage of Pioneer VSX-522-K

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-522-K over Anthem MRX 1140 8K.

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K vs Pioneer VSX-522-K
      Dolby Pro Logic vs PLII
      DTS Neo vs Neo:6
      DSD via HDMI vs 2-ch Input
      USB Input for factory service vs 1 Front
      More Composite Video Inputs vs 2
      More Composite Video Outputs vs 1
      Front A/V Inputs vs USB

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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 VSX-522-K
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis) MCACC Auto
        New HDCP Version2.32.2
        RCA Pre-Outs15.22.1 (Surr Back/Front Height)
        Analog Tuner FM/AM
      WEAKNESSES Anthem MRX 1140 8K Pioneer VSX-522-K
        No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
        No Digital Radio
        No Pandora
        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 VSX-522-K has 2.1 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 and Pioneer VSX-522-K has 7 channel processing but has only 11 channel amplifier, so they need external amplifiers connected to their analog pre-outs in order to reach their maximum speaker configurations.
      • 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 VSX-522-K 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 1 optical input and 1 coaxial input are available on Pioneer VSX-522-K 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 VSX-522-K
        Inputs:
        4   Outputs: 1
        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 VSX-522-K
        Inputs:
        2   Outputs: 1.

      Front A/V Inputs

      • Anthem MRX 1140 8K: None
      • Pioneer VSX-522-K: USB

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

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      Pioneer VSX-522-K

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