Anthem MRX 1140 8K vs Sony STR-DH790

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      Overview

      Here we are comparing Anthem MRX 1140 8K to Sony STR-DH790 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 Sony STR-DH790 has 7 channel amplifiers with Anthem MRX 1140 8K's being more powerful.


      Anthem MRX 1140 8K Sony STR-DH790

      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.

      Sony STR-DH790 was introduced in 2018. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 90 W (6 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 4K/60Hz 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 (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
      • HDR10, Dolby Vision
      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough
      • Bluetooth

      We evaluated Anthem MRX 1140 8K and Sony STR-DH790 and gave them scores of 91 and 73 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

      Sony STR-DH790

      Amplifier
      92
      Amplifier
      67
      Audio Features
      94
      Audio Features
      84
      Video Features
      100
      Video Features
      94
      Connectivity
      89
      Connectivity
      62
      Zones
      77
      Zones
      55
      Radio
      73
      Radio
      36
      OVERALL
      91
      OVERALL
      73

      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 Sony STR-DH790.

      PROS

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      Sony STR-DH790

      •   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
      •   DTS:X
      •   DSD via HDMI
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Analog Tuner

      CONS

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      Sony STR-DH790

      •   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 Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No 360 Reality Audio
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   No Wi-Fi
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   4 HDMI Inputs
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   No USB Input
      •   No Phono Input
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   No Composite Video Inputs
      •   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

      Sony STR-DH790

      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   7.2 Channels
      •   Power Output - 90 W
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   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 Sony STR-DH790.

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K vs Sony STR-DH790
      More Channels 11.2 vs 7.2
      Higher Power Output 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Front Wide Channel Support vs
      Certified 4 Ω Performance vs
      More Channel Processing 15.2 vs 7.1
      DTS Virtual:X vs
      IMAX Enhanced vs
      DTS Dialog Control vs
      HDR10+ 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 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
      Wi-Fi vs
      Chromecast Built-In vs
      AirPlay AirPlay 2 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 Outputs 1 vs
      Phono Input vs
      More RCA Pre-Outs 15.2 vs 0.2
      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
      Analog Tuner vs FM
      Spotify vs
      More Speaker Terminals 11 vs 7
      More Large Speaker Terminals 11 vs 2
      Bigger Power Supply 570 W vs 240 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 105 W (0.9% THD)
      Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 110 dB vs 105 dB (500 mV)

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      Advantage of Sony STR-DH790

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Sony STR-DH790 over Anthem MRX 1140 8K.

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K vs Sony STR-DH790
      DSD via HDMI vs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
      USB DC Out Port 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 Sony STR-DH790
        Dolby Atmos up to 9.1.6 with external amp up to 5.1.2 or 7.1
        DTS:X Pro up to 9.1.6 with external amp up to 5.1.2 or 7.1
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis) Advanced D.C.A.C.
        HDR10
        Dolby Vision
        eARC
        New HDCP Version2.32.2
        Bluetooth SBC, AAC
        Analog Tuner FM
      WEAKNESSES Anthem MRX 1140 8K Sony STR-DH790
        No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
        No USB Input for factory service1 Rear for Firmware Update and power Supply
        No Composite Video Inputs
        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 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 1 optical input and 1 coaxial input are available on Sony STR-DH790 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.
      • Sony STR-DH790
        Inputs:
        4   Outputs: 1
        8K Inputs: 0.

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

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      Sony STR-DH790

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