Anthem MRX 540 8K
- 5.2 channels
- 7.1 channel processing
- 100 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
- HDMI 2.1
- Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
- HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 8K Passthrough
- AirPlay 2, Chromecast
- Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- USB and Phono inputs
- 13.2 channels
- 13.2 channel processing
- 150 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
- HDMI 2.1
- Dolby Atmos, DTS:X Pro, Auro 3D capable
- HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 8K Upscaling, 8K Passthrough
- AirPlay 2, DLNA, HEOS
- Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- USB and Phono inputs
Disclosure: We earn money from the affiliate links to products associated with content in this article.
Here we are comparing Anthem MRX 540 8K to Denon AVR-X8500HA 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 540 8K has 5 channel and the Denon AVR-X8500HA has 13 channel amplifiers with Anthem MRX 540 8K's being less powerful.
Advantage of Anthem MRX 540 8K
This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Anthem MRX 540 8K over Denon AVR-X8500HA.
Anthem MRX 540 8K has higher DAC specs and higher signal to noise ratio.
|Anthem MRX 540 8K||vs||Denon AVR-X8500HA|
|Higher DAC Specs||768 kHz/32 Bit||vs||384 kHz/32 Bit|
|More 8K Inputs||7||vs||1|
|More Analog Audio Line Outputs||1||vs|
|More Optical Inputs||3||vs||2|
|More Optical Outputs||1||vs|
|+12V Trigger Output||3||vs||2|
|Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)||110 dB||vs||102 dB|
Advantage of Denon AVR-X8500HA
This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X8500HA over Anthem MRX 540 8K.
Denon AVR-X8500HA has more channels, more power per channel, more channel processing, more analog pre-outs, more zones and bigger power supply. It supports front wide channels, DTS:X, Auro3D, DSD streaming via HDMI and USB, Amazon Alexa, Pandora, Tidal, Deezer, Napster and SiriusXM. It has bi-amp capability and analog multi-channel input.
|Anthem MRX 540 8K||vs||Denon AVR-X8500HA|
|Front Wide Channel Support||vs|
|Bi-amp capability||vs||Full (assignable)|
|More Channel Processing||7.1||vs||13.2|
|Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization||vs|
|DTS:X||vs||Pro up to 7.1.6 or 9.1.4|
|Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer||vs||13.1-ch (Built-In)|
|DSD via HDMI||vs||2-ch/Multi-ch Input|
|DSD via USB||vs||2-ch Input|
|Audyssey Dynamic EQ||vs|
|Audyssey Dynamic Volume||vs|
|Audyssey Sub EQ HT||vs|
|Independent Subwoofer Outputs||vs|
|Works with Amazon Alexa||vs|
|More HDMI Inputs||7||vs||8|
|More HDMI Outputs||2||vs||3 (2 x 8K for MAIN, 1 x 4K for ZONE2)|
|USB Input||for factory service||vs||1 Front for USB memory|
|USB DC Out Port||vs|
|More Analog Audio Line Inputs||4||vs||6|
|More Composite Video Inputs||vs||4|
|More Composite Video Outputs||vs||1|
|More Component Video Inputs||vs||3|
|More Component Video Outputs||vs||1|
|More Analog Pre-Outs||7.2||vs||15.2|
|Front A/V Inputs||vs||HDMI, USB|
|Remote (IR) Input/Output||1 / 0||vs||1 / 1|
|SiriusXM Internet Radio||vs|
|More Speaker Terminals||5||vs||15|
|More Large Speaker Terminals||5||vs||15|
|Bigger Power Supply||365 W||vs||900 W|
|Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)||130 W (1% THD)||vs||190 W (0.7% THD)|
Common Strengths and Weaknesses
Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.
|Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.|
|New HDCP Version|
|Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through|
|4K or 8K Video Passthrough|
|Many HDMI Inputs|
|Anthem MRX 540 8K||Denon AVR-X8500HA|
5 channel Class A/B Amplifier: Anthem MRX 540 8K features 5 channel power amplifier with Class A/B design on Channels 1-5 and Class D design on the rest. It is rated at 100 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.
13 channel Monolithic Amplifier: Denon AVR-X8500HA features 13 channel power amplifier with Monolithic design. It is rated at 150 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.
Anthem MRX 540 8K's and Denon AVR-X8500HA's amplifiers can be assigned for different speaker configurations.
- Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
- Anthem MRX 540 8K: 3.1.2 with internal amplifier.
- Denon AVR-X8500HA: 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 5.2.6, 7.2.2, 7.2.4, 7.2.6, 9.2.2, 9.2.4 with internal amplifier.
- DTS:X Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for DTS:X:
- Anthem MRX 540 8K: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos - 3.1.2 with internal amplifier.
- Denon AVR-X8500HA: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos - 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 5.2.6, 7.2.2, 7.2.4, 7.2.6, 9.2.2, 9.2.4 with internal amplifier.
- Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
- Anthem MRX 540 8K: 5.2 with internal amplifier and 7.2 with addition of external 2 channel amplifier.
- Denon AVR-X8500HA: 5.2, 7.2, 9.2 with internal amplifier.
- Front Wide Channel support: With the presence of two front wide speakers you can enhance the front surround stage. The following speaker configurations are available for front wide channels:
- Anthem MRX 540 8K: Does not support.
- Denon AVR-X8500HA: 9.2, 9.2.2, 9.2.4.
- Bi-Amp: You can bi-amp Anthem MRX 540 8K's and Denon AVR-X8500HA's front left and right speakers. During bi-amplification two amplifiers are used for one speaker. One amplifier powers the midrange and tweeter section of the speaker and another amplifier powers the low frequency woofers. Each amplifier is less loaded and performs better. In order to use this feature speakers must have 2 pairs of connectors.
- Full Bi-Amp: Denon AVR-X8500HA also features a Full Bi-Amp mode which allows you to bi-amp front, center and surround speakers in 5.1 layout.
Anthem MRX 540 8K and Denon AVR-X8500HA support Dolby Atmos. It is a cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.
- Dolby Surround Upmixer: Both models support Dolby Surround Upmixer. If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.
- Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization: Denon AVR-X8500HA supports Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization which is a digital signal processing solution that leverages Dolby's deep understanding of human audio perception to create the sensation of overhead sound from the listener-level speakers.
Anthem MRX 540 8K and Denon AVR-X8500HA support DTS:X. A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.
- DTS:X Pro: Denon AVR-X8500HA supports DTS:X Pro which is an upgraded version of DTS:X and is no longer limited with 11 channel processing.
- DTS Neural:X: Both models feature DTS Neural:X which is an advanced upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.
- DTS Virtual:X: Both models feature DTS Virtual:X which bridges the gap between DTS:X codec and the reality of so many consumers' homes, allowing you to enjoy multi-dimensional sound regardless of room size, layout, or speaker configuration. If you have a limited speaker setup you will miss a full immersive potential of your entertainment system. DTS Virtual:X adds height and surround audio effect to your system without adding height speakers. It works with multiple configurations and delivers immersive sound experience out of 5.1 or even 2.1 speaker layouts.
- DTS Dialog Control: Both models have DTS Dialog Control. This function adjusts the dialog levels during playback of the DTS:X stream. It allows you to separately increase the dialog levels in contrast with the background sound and hear dialog easily even under noisy circumstances.
Denon AVR-X8500HA supports Auro-3D. It is an immersive 3D audio format developed by the Belgium-based company Auro Technologies. It consists of three layers of sound - surround, height and overhead ceiling. The base horizontal layer uses 5.1 or 7.1 format, the height layer is on top of the base layer and its information is extracted from the standard 5.1 surround PCM carrier. The a/v receiver decoder then extracts this information during playback. In home cinema Auro-3D comes with different listening formats - Auro 9.1, Auro 10.1 with added Top Ceiling channel ("Voice of God"), Auro 11.1 with added Front Height Center channel, and Auro 13.1 with added Left Rear Surround & Right Rear Surround channel.
- Auro-Matic upmixer: Auro-Matic upmixer takes non Auro-3D sound and upmixes to the current speaker configuration.
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
Anthem MRX 540 8K and Denon AVR-X8500HA support Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature allows the compatible TV to send audio signal to the a/v receiver through the same HDMI cable which is used to send audio and video signals to the TV. So one HDMI cable is used to transfer audio signal in both directions. New Enhanced ARC will support uncompressed audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio whereas the previous ARC could support only Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD, and PCM.
- Audyssey: Denon AVR-X8500HA comes with Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume, LFC and Sub EQ HT.
- Dynamic EQ: selects the best possible frequency response and surround volume levels moment-by-moment. This ensures that the bass response, tonal balance and surround impression remain constant despite changes in volume. This is the first technology that carefully combines information from incoming source levels with actual output sound levels in the room, a pre-requisite for delivering a dynamic volume solution.
- Dynamic Volume: Your Listening experience can be greatly diminished when there are significant shifts in volume between television programs, commercials and within the program material itself. When this happens you must constantly adjust the volume to maintain your desired listening level. Audyssey Dynamic Volume monitors the volume of program material moment-by-moment and automatically adjusts it, maintaining the desired listening level for all content while optimizing the dynamic range to preserve impact.
- LFC (Low Frequency Containment): While high frequencies are easily stopped by walls low frequencies pass right through. After identifying the frequency range that most readily passes through walls Audyssey developed a technique, called Audyssey LFC (Low Frequency Containment) that reduses the volume at those frequencies and applies psychoacoustic processing to restore the perception of low bass for listeners in the room. The result is no more angry neighbors and no loss of enjoyment for listeners.
- Sub EQ HT: Placing two subwoofers in the room can cause problems, they can create standing waves or even cancel each other out resulting in even less bass than a single sub can produce. Audyssey Sub EQ HT allows two subwoofers to be properly used in a home theater system. The process is automated and takes only a few minutes. The result is rich, full bass for everyone in the room.
- D.D.S.C. (Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit): Denon AVR-X8500HA has 32-bit D.D.S.C. A single IC chip is generally used in processing A/D, DSP, and D/A conversions that are vital to sound quality. The D.D.S.C. uses separate components to process the important sections of the A/D, DSP, and D/A conversions and therefore significantly improves signal processing capability and performance. In addition, the approach of developing and incorporating high-quality dedicated elements in the sections that configure the circuitry makes it easier to develop a high-grade, advanced surround circuit compared with the method where all processing is concentrated within a single chip. Denon’s proprietary digital audio technology that had for many years been developed for pure Hi-Fi components is now also alive in each block of the D.D.S.C.
- ALPHA Processing: Denon AVR-X8500HA has Advanced AL32 Processing.
- Advanced AL32 Processing uses a unique data interpolation algorithm to achieve high-bit, high-sampling output performance. The volume of information has been dramatically improved without any loss in the original data. The clean playback sound free of interference makes it possible to enjoy delicate details, accurate localization, and rich expression in the lower range. Advanced AL32 Processing has three functions: 1. High-bit up-conversion (Adaptive Line Pattern Harmonized Algorithm), 2. Advanced ALPHA Processing and 3. Adaptive digital filter (Automatic Low-Pass filter Harmonic Adjustment).
- Compressed Music Enhancer: Denon AVR-X8500HA features Compressed Music Enhancer which enhances the quality of the music files with lossy compression.
Anthem MRX 540 8K comes with Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis) and Denon AVR-X8500HA comes with Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room correction system.
- Audyssey Room Calibration: Audyssey is an acoustic measurement technology which automatically restores the acoustic distortion caused by the acoustic behaviour of a room with only a push on a button. Audyssey equalization provides an clear, accurate, natural sound with voices and dialog that become focused and intelligible, restoring the musical balance. Musical instruments and sound effects become precisely localized and the surround soundstage is made seamless and enveloping.
Anthem MRX 540 8K comes with 7 HDMI 2.1 inputs with 8K support. It has 2 outputs which work parallelly and output the same signal.
Denon AVR-X8500HA comes with 1 HDMI 2.1 input with 8K support and 7 inputs with 4K support. It has 3 outputs - 2 x 8K for MAIN and 1 x 4K for ZONE2.
- 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz Passthrough on Anthem MRX 540 8K: All inputs pass up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 video signal.
8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz Passthrough on Denon AVR-X8500HA: 1 out of 8 inputs passes up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 and the rest of the inputs pass up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 video signal.
- 8K Upscaling on Denon AVR-X8500HA: It can upscale up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 from HDMI and analog sources.
- Analog To HDMI Upconversion: Denon AVR-X8500HA supports analog to HDMI Upconversion, so you can input your analog video sources and output them digitally via HDMI. This means that you will need only one HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
- BT.2020 Color Space: BT.2020 or Rec. 2020 is a color standard which delivers a wider color gamut compared to Rec. 709. It covers approximately 75% of the total visual spectrum while the Rec. 709 covers only 35% (available on both models).
- HDCP 2.3 Copy Protection: Both receivers are HDCP 2.3 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
- Quick Media Switching (QMS): With HDMI 2.1a, Quick Media Switching for movies and video uses the HDMI VRR mechanism to eliminate the blackout period when an HDMI Source device switches its video mode. As long as the resolution remains the same and only the frame rate changes, QMS will instantly switch between frame rates. QMS eliminates A/V blackouts by using VRR technology to change frame rates, allowing instant changes from 24Hz to 60Hz frame rate, and anywhere in-between. The viewer never sees blank screens and gets a seamless experience (available on Denon AVR-X8500HA only).
- 3D Ready: Both receivers are able to pass 3D video through HDMI.
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
Anthem MRX 540 8K supports HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma.
Denon AVR-X8500HA supports HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, Dynamic HDR and Hybrid Log-Gamma.
High dynamic range video has greater dynamic range than standard dynamic range (SDR) video with brighter whites and deeper blacks. The result is greater contrast and more details in dark and bright areas, better color and depth.
- HDR10: HDR10 uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors. It is technically limited to a maximum of 10,000 nits peak brightness, however common HDR10 contents are mastered with peak brightness from 1,000 to 4,000 nits.
- HDR10+: HDR10+ is an HDR video technology that adds dynamic metadata to HDR10 source files. The dynamic metadata are used to adjust brightness levels on a scene-by-scene or even frame-by-frame basis. HDR10+ supports maximum of 10,000 nits peak brightness and 10-bit or more (up to 16-bit) color bit depth. It uses Samsung's dynamic metadata defined in SMPTE ST 2094-40.
- Dolby Vision: Dolby Vision is a set of technologies developed by Dolby Laboratories for high dynamic range (HDR) video. It covers content creation, distribution, and playback. Like HDR10+, it includes dynamic metadata that are used to adjust and optimize each frame of the HDR video to the consumer display's capabilities in a way specified by the content creator. Dolby Vision allows for a maximum resolution of 8K up to 12-bit color depth, maximum peak brightness of 10,000 nits and a color gamut up to Rec. 2020. It uses Dolby's proprietary dynamic metadata defined in SMPTE ST 2094-10.
- Dynamic HDR: Dynamic HDR enables a noticeable progression in overall video image quality from SDR to static HDR, and now static HDR to dynamic HDR. Dynamic HDR support ensures every moment of a video is displayed at its ideal values for depth, detail, brightness, contrast, and wider color gamuts - on a scene-by-scene or even a frame-by-frame basis. HDR-enhanced content is available for movies, videos, TV shows, video and PC games and VR.
- Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG): The Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) is a transfer function developed mainly for HDR live video feed and over-the-air broadcasts. It is an HDR format that uses BT.2020 color primaries and a bitdepth of 10-bit. It is backward compatible with the transfer function of SDR and is designed to be better-suited for television broadcasting, where the metadata required for other HDR formats is not backward compatible with non-HDR displays. HLG defines a non-linear optical-electro transfer function, in which the lower half of the signal values use a gamma curve and the upper half of the signal values use a logarithmic curve.
Anthem MRX 540 8K and Denon AVR-X8500HA are IMAX Enhanced certified. To qualify for IMAX Enhanced certification, 4K HDR televisions, projectors, sound bars, a/v receivers, loudspeakers, powered subwoofers and other premium home entertainment devices must meet carefully prescribed performance requirements established by IMAX, DTS and Hollywood's leading experts.
- What makes an IMAX Enhanced A/V receiver different from an A/V receiver with DTS:X technology? DTS:X technology is commonly found in most multi-channel A/V receivers on the market today. All IMAX Enhanced A/V receivers include DTS:X technology and deliver additional features, such as auto-sensing of IMAX Enhanced content, via IMAX Mode. IMAX Mode indicates that your A/V receiver supports fully immersive IMAX signature sound.
- IMAX Enhanced Content: IMAX Enhanced studio partners have announced IMAX Enhanced versions of movies that exclusively feature IMAX's signature picture, sound and scale.
- Picture: Stunning, ultra-vivid 4K HDR picture that utilizes the newest, proprietary Digital Media Remastering technology (DMR) developed by IMAX. DMR accurately reduces noise and grain under the filmmaker’s guidance to best optimize the content for a much higher-quality, higher-brightness display. Without this technology, high-dynamic range content can actually look worse than what was originally seen and intended by the filmmaker.
- Sound: IMAX and DTS have partnered with award-winning Hollywood sound mixers leveraging DTS:X codec technology integrated in home audio equipment and select televisions to deliver an IMAX signature sound experience with deeper bass and more dynamic range.
- Scale: Select IMAX Enhanced titles that were shot with IMAX-certified cameras or specially formatted for IMAX theatres feature its exclusive expanded aspect ratio, enabling viewers to see the full scale and scope of the picture on 4K HDR TVs.
- Streaming Services: IMAX Enhanced is now available on the world’s biggest streaming services, including Disney+, BRAVIA CORE, Tencent, iQiyi and more.
Both receivers support Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT) for lag-free and smooth gaming.
- Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM): Auto Low Latency Mode enables the ideal latency setting to automatically be set allowing for smooth, lag-free and uninterrupted viewing and interactivity. When the receiver detects a gaming signal it will enter ALLM. The signal will also be sent to the TV causing it to automatically switch to a low-latency, low-lag mode for gaming. Some functions will not be available on the receiver and TV during ALLM.
- Variable Refresh Rate (VRR): VRR enables a gaming source such as a console or computer to deliver video frames as fast as it can, which in many cases is slower than the normal static refresh rate. It allows the TV to adapt to certain frame rate which reduces or eliminates lag, judder and frame tearing for more fluid and better detailed gameplay.
- Quick Frame Transport (QFT): QFT reduces latency for smoother no-lag gaming, and real-time interactive virtual reality. It transports each frame at a higher rate to decrease display latency, which is the amount of time between a frame being ready for transport in the GPU and that frame being completely displayed.
Inputs and Outputs
- Phono Input: There is an MM phono input on Anthem MRX 540 8K and Denon AVR-X8500HA with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the receiver.
- 7.1 Multichannel Input: In case you have a high quality Blu-Ray or a DVD player with multichannel analog outputs you may connect it to a 7.1 multichannel analog inputs of Denon AVR-X8500HA and use high quality DACs of the player instead of the ones in the receiver.
- Analog Pre-Outs: Anthem MRX 540 8K has 7.2 and Denon AVR-X8500HA has 15.2 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 540 8K has 7 channel processing but has only 5 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 540 8K and 6 pair of line inputs on Denon AVR-X8500HA for connecting sources with analog outputs. There is also 1 pair of line outputs on Anthem MRX 540 8K.
- Digital Inputs and Outputs: 3 optical inputs, 1 optical output and 2 coaxial inputs are available on Anthem MRX 540 8K and 2 optical inputs and 2 coaxial inputs are available on Denon AVR-X8500HA for digital audio connections.
- Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel of each receiver.
- Anthem MRX 540 8K
Inputs: 7 Outputs: 2
8K Inputs: 7.
- Denon AVR-X8500HA
Inputs: 8 Outputs: 3 (2 x 8K for MAIN, 1 x 4K for ZONE2)
8K Inputs: 1.
- Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
- Anthem MRX 540 8K
Inputs: 0 Outputs: 0.
- Denon AVR-X8500HA
Inputs: 4 Outputs: 1.
- 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.
- Denon AVR-X8500HA supports up to 1080p resolution on Component video connectors.
- Anthem MRX 540 8K
Inputs: 0 Outputs: 0.
- Denon AVR-X8500HA
Inputs: 3 Outputs: 1.
Front A/V Inputs
- Anthem MRX 540 8K: None
- Denon AVR-X8500HA: HDMI, USB
Anthem MRX 540 8K
And in the end let us list all the available specifications of the receivers side-by-side.
|BASICS||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Denon AVR-X8500HA|
|Model||MRX 540 8K||AVR-X8500HA|
|Type||A/V Receiver||A/V Receiver|
|AMPLIFIER||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Denon AVR-X8500HA|
|Front Wide Channel Support|
|Amplifier||Class A/B on Channels 1-5 and Class D on the rest||Monolithic|
|Continuous 6 Ω Rated|
|Certified 4 Ω Performance|
|Mono Block Power Amplifier Construction||L/R separated|
|Bi-amp Capability||Full (assignable)|
|AUDIO||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Denon AVR-X8500HA|
|Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Engine||Next-Generation DSP Platform||Two dual SHARC+ core 32-bit DSP|
|DAC Specs||768 kHz/32 Bit||384 kHz/32 Bit|
|Maximum Channel Processing||7.1||13.2|
|D.D.S.C. HD Digital||32 bit|
|Alpha Processing||AL32 Processing Multichannel|
|Air Studios Monitor Certification|
|Dolby Atmos||up to 7.1.6 or 9.1.4|
|Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|Dolby Atmos Music|
|Dolby Digital Plus|
|Dolby Surround Upmixer|
|Dolby Pro Logic|
|Dolby Digital EX|
|DTS:X||Pro up to 7.1.6 or 9.1.4|
|DTS-HD Master Audio|
|DTS-HD High Resolution Audio|
|DTS-ES||Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1|
|Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer||13.1-ch (Built-In)|
|PCM||2-ch/Multi-ch Input||2-ch/Multi-ch Input|
|Music Playback via USB||MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD|
|High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network||up to 192 kHz|
|High Resolution Audio Formats via USB||Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD|
|Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB|
|DSD via HDMI||2-ch/Multi-ch Input|
|DSD via USB||2-ch Input|
|DSD to PCM Converter|
|DTS Dialog Control|
|Dialog Level Adjustment|
|Compressed Music Enhancer|
|High-resolution Music Enhancer|
|Audyssey Dynamic EQ|
|Audyssey Dynamic Volume|
|Audyssey Sub EQ HT|
|Pure Direct Mode|
|Independent Subwoofer Outputs|
|CALIBRATION||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Denon AVR-X8500HA|
|Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.||Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis)||Audyssey MultEQ XT32|
|Audyssey App Support|
|Optimized Bass Redirection|
|VIDEO||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Denon AVR-X8500HA|
|HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)|
|BT.2020 color space|
|QMS (Quick Media Switching)|
|ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)|
|VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)|
|QFT (Quick Frame transport)|
|Video Signal Passthrough||up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4||up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4|
|Video Signal Upscaling||up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4|
|Analog To HDMI Upconversion||Component, Composite|
|Component Video Upscaling|
|Analog to Analog Video conversion|
|Component Video Maximum Resolution||1080p|
|isf Certified Calibration Control|
|CONNECTIVITY||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Denon AVR-X8500HA|
|Works with Amazon Alexa|
|Works with SONOS|
|AirPlay||AirPlay 2||AirPlay 2|
|Apple Product Connection||iPod, iPhone and iPad||iPod, iPhone and iPad|
|Remote App||Anthem Remote App||Denon 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices and Kindle Fire|
|InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue|
|Bluetooth Headphone Transmission|
|HDMI Outputs||2||3 (2 x 8K for MAIN, 1 x 4K for ZONE2)|
|USB Input||for factory service||1 Front for USB memory|
|USB DC Out Port|
|Analog Audio Line Input||4||6|
|Analog Audio Line Output||1|
|Composite Video Input||4|
|Composite Video Output||1|
|Component Video Input||3|
|Component Video Output||1|
|Front A/V Inputs||HDMI, USB|
|Headphone Out||6.3 mm (1/4")||6.3 mm (1/4")|
|ZONES||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Denon AVR-X8500HA|
|Powered Zones||2 and 3|
|Zone 2 Outs||HDMI, Composite, Pre Out|
|Zone 3 Outs||Pre Out, Composite|
|+12V Trigger Output||3||2|
|Remote (IR) Input/Output||1 / 0||1 / 1|
|MISC||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Denon AVR-X8500HA|
|On-Screen Display||Advanced Graphic User Interface|
|Web Browser Control|
|IP Control for CI|
|Pre-programmed / Learnable / LCD Display||/ /|
|Detachable Power Cord|
|Denon Link HD|
|Quick Select plus / Quick Select||/|
|RADIO||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Denon AVR-X8500HA|
|SiriusXM Internet Radio|
|CONSTRUCTION||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Denon AVR-X8500HA|
|Large Speaker Terminals||5||15|
|Color-Coded Speaker Terminals|
|Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals|
|High Grade Audio Components|
|Gold plated RCA terminals|
|POWER||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Denon AVR-X8500HA|
|Power Supply||AC 120 V, 60 Hz||AC 120 V, 60 Hz|
|Power Consumption||365 W||900 W|
|No Sound Power||ECO On/Off: 70 W/125 W|
|Standby Power||0.3 W||0.1 W|
|GENERAL||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Denon AVR-X8500HA|
|ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function|
|Auto Power off|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||431.8 mm x 152.4 mm x 364 mm|
17" x 6" x 14-1/2" x
|434 mm x 195 mm x 482 mm (with antenna: 434 mm x 259 mm x 482 mm)|
17-1/8" x 7-3/4" x 18-3/4" (with antenna up: 17-1/8" x 10-1/4" x 18-3/4")
|Dimensions of Package (W x H x D)||22.4" x 12.9" x 21.2"|
|Weight||12.8 kg (28.2 lbs)||23.6 kg (52 lbs)|
|Weight of Package||26.9 kg|
|SPECS||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Denon AVR-X8500HA|
|Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2||150 W (0.05% THD)|
|Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2||100 W (1% THD)|
|Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2||130 W (1% THD)||190 W (0.7% THD)|
|Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)||260 W (10% THD)|
|Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)||210 W (1% THD)|
|Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)||280 W x 2-channel|
|Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)||170 W x 2-channel|
|THD digital||0.008% (1 kHz, at 0 dB)|
|Analog Distortion||0.005% (20 Hz-20 kHz, Direct mode)|
|Phono Distortion||0.03% (1 kHz, 3 V)|
|Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)||200 mV/47 kΩ|
|Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)||2.5 mV|
|Rated Lineout Level and Impedance||1.2 V|
|Rated Output digital||2 V (at 0 dB playback)|
|Maximum Preout Level and Impedance||5.2 VRMS, 7.1 VRMS|
|Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance||32 Ω - 600 Ω|
|S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)||110 dB||102 dB|
|S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)||74 dB|
|S/N Ratio (digital)||102 dB|
|Dynamic Range (digital)||100 dB|
|Phono RIAA Deviation||±1 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)|
|Frequency Response (Analog In)||20 Hz - 30 kHz +/-0.2 dB||+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)|
|DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI||2.8 MHz|
|DSD Sampling Rates via USB||5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz|
|Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance||1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)|
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
|Video Frequency Response||5 Hz to 60 MHz, 0 dB/-3 dB (Component)|
5 Hz to 10 MHz, 0 dB/-3 dB (Composite)
|Wi-Fi Standard||IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency||5 GHz, 2.4 GHz|
|Bluetooth Frequency||2.4 GHz|
|USB Terminal||USB2.0 5V, 1 A|
|FM Frequency||87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz|
|FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)||Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)|
|FM Effective Sensitivity||1.2 µV (12.8 dBf)|
|FM S/N Ratio||Mono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dB|
|FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)||Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%|
|AM Frequency||520 kHz - 1710 kHz|
|AM Effective Sensitivity||18 µV|
* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted