Anthem MRX 540 8K vs Marantz Cinema 70s

      Highlights

      • 5.2 Channels
      • 7.1 Channel Processing
      • 100 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
      • 50 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

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      1. Overview

      Here we are comparing Anthem MRX 540 8K to Marantz Cinema 70s 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 Marantz Cinema 70s has 7 channel amplifiers with Anthem MRX 540 8K's being more powerful.


      Anthem MRX 540 8K Marantz Cinema 70s

      Anthem MRX 540 8K was introduced in 2021. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier with 100 W (8 Ω, 1 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 video signal.

      Marantz Cinema 70s was introduced in 2022. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 50 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.


      We evaluated Anthem MRX 540 8K and Marantz Cinema 70s and gave both of them the score of 87 out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

      Anthem MRX 540 8K

      Marantz Cinema 70s

      Amplifier
      84
      Amplifier
      79
      Audio Features
      87
      Audio Features
      85
      Video Features
      100
      Video Features
      100
      Connectivity
      87
      Connectivity
      87
      Zones
      71
      Zones
      79
      Radio
      73
      Radio
      96
      OVERALL
      87
      OVERALL
      87

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

      2. Pros and Cons

      In this section we present pros and cons of Anthem MRX 540 8K and Marantz Cinema 70s.

      PROS

      Anthem MRX 540 8K

      Marantz Cinema 70s

      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   DTS:X
      •   IMAX Enhanced
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   HDMI 2.1
      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
      •   VRR
      •   QFT
      •   8K Passthrough
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Chromecast Built-In
      •   7 HDMI Inputs
      •   7 8K Inputs
      •   Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Spotify
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   DTS:X
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   HDMI 2.1
      •   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
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal

      CONS

      Anthem MRX 540 8K

      Marantz Cinema 70s

      •   Few Channels - 5.2
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   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 Zones
      •   No Digital Radio
      •   No Pandora
      •   No Tidal
      •   Low Power Output - 50 W
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No DSD via HDMI
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   Few RCA Line Inputs
      •   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 540 8K

      Marantz Cinema 70s

      •   Power Output - 100 W
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   2 HDMI Outputs
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   7.2 Channels
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   6 HDMI Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   Bluetooth 4․2

      3. Advantage of Anthem MRX 540 8K

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Anthem MRX 540 8K over Marantz Cinema 70s.

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      Anthem MRX 540 8K vs Marantz Cinema 70s
      Higher Power Output 100 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      IMAX Enhanced vs
      Chromecast Built-In vs
      More HDMI Inputs 7 vs 6
      More HDMI Outputs 2 vs 1 x 8K
      More 8K Inputs 7 vs 3
      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
      RS-232C Interface vs
      +12V Trigger Output 3 vs 1
      Bigger Power Supply 365 W vs 250 W
      Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 130 W (1% THD) vs 70 W (0.7% THD)
      Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 110 dB vs 98 dB
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      4. Advantage of Marantz Cinema 70s

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Marantz Cinema 70s over Anthem MRX 540 8K.

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      Anthem MRX 540 8K vs Marantz Cinema 70s
      More Channels 5.2 vs 7.2
      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 Zones 1 vs 2
      Pandora vs
      Tidal vs
      Deezer vs
      Napster vs
      SiriusXM vs
      More Speaker Terminals 5 vs 7
      More Large Speaker Terminals 5 vs 7
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      5. 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 540 8K Marantz Cinema 70s
        Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2
        DTS:X up to 5.1.2
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis) Audyssey MultEQ
        HDR10
        HDR10+
        Dolby Vision
        HDMI Version2.12.1
        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
        RCA Pre-Outs7.27.2
        Ethernet
        Analog Tuner FM/AM
        Spotify
      WEAKNESSES Anthem MRX 540 8K Marantz Cinema 70s
        No Front Wide Channel Support
        No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        No DSD via HDMI
        No Composite Video Inputs
        No Digital Radio

      6. Amplifier

      Anthem MRX 540 8K Marantz Cinema 70s

      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.

      7 channel Amplifier: Marantz Cinema 70s features 7 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.



        AMPLIFIER Anthem MRX 540 8K Marantz Cinema 70s
        Channels5.27.2
        Power Output100 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
        Front Wide Channel Support
        THX™ Certification
        Continuous 6 Ω Rated
        Certified 4 Ω Performance
        Bi-amp Capability assignable

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        7. Speaker Configurations

        Anthem MRX 540 8K's and Marantz Cinema 70s'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.
        • Marantz Cinema 70s: 5.2.2 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.
        • Marantz Cinema 70s: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos - 5.2.2 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.
        • Marantz Cinema 70s: 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
        • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Both models are able to bi-amp up to 2 main channels simultaneously. 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.

        8. Immersive Audio Formats

        Dolby Atmos

        Anthem MRX 540 8K and Marantz Cinema 70s support Dolby Atmos.

        • 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: Marantz Cinema 70s 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.

        DTS:X

        Anthem MRX 540 8K and Marantz Cinema 70s support DTS:X.

        • 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.

        IMAX Enhanced

        Anthem MRX 540 8K is 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.
        AUDIO DECODING Anthem MRX 540 8K Marantz Cinema 70s
        Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2
        Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        Dolby Atmos Music
        Dolby TrueHD
        Dolby Digital Plus
        Dolby Surround Upmixer
        Dolby Pro Logic
        DTS:X up to 5.1.2
        DTS Neural:X
        DTS Virtual:X
        DTS Neo
        DTS-HD Master Audio
        DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
        DTS 96/24
        IMAX Enhanced
        Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer

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        9. HDMI 2.1

        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.

        Marantz Cinema 70s comes with 3 HDMI 2.1 inputs with 8K support and 3 inputs with 4K support. It has 1 output.

        • 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 Marantz Cinema 70s: 3 out of 6 inputs pass 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 Marantz Cinema 70s: It can upscale up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 from HDMI sources.
        • 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.
        • 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.

        Marantz Cinema 70s 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.


        Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)

        Anthem MRX 540 8K and Marantz Cinema 70s support Audio Return Channel (ARC) which 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.


        Gaming Features

        Both receivers support Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT) for lag-free and smooth gaming.



        VIDEO FEATURES Anthem MRX 540 8K Marantz Cinema 70s
        HDR10
        HDR10+
        Dynamic HDR
        BT.2020 color space
        Dolby Vision
        HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
        HDMI Version2.12.1
        Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
        HDCP Version2.32.3
        ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
        VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
        QFT (Quick Frame transport)
        3-D Ready
        Video Signal Passthroughup to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4

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        10. Inputs and Outputs

        Audio

        • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input on Anthem MRX 540 8K and Marantz Cinema 70s with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the receiver.
        • Analog Pre-Outs: Anthem MRX 540 8K and Marantz Cinema 70s have 7.2 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 3 pair of line inputs on Marantz Cinema 70s 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 1 optical input and 1 coaxial input are available on Marantz Cinema 70s 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 540 8K
          Inputs:
          7   Outputs: 2
          8K Inputs: 7.
        • Marantz Cinema 70s
          Inputs:
          6   Outputs: 1 x 8K
          8K Inputs: 3.

        Front A/V Inputs

        • Anthem MRX 540 8K: None
        • Marantz Cinema 70s: USB

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        TERMINALS Anthem MRX 540 8K Marantz Cinema 70s
        HDMI Inputs76
        HDMI Outputs21 x 8K
        8K Inputs73
        USB Input for factory service1 Front for USB memory
        USB DC Out Port
        Optical Inputs31
        Optical Outputs1
        Coaxial Inputs21
        RCA Line Inputs43
        RCA Line Outputs1
        XLR Line Inputs
        Phono Input
        Multi-Channel Input
        RCA Pre-Outs7.27.2
        XLR Pre-outs
        Composite Video Inputs
        Composite Video Outputs
        S-Video Inputs
        S-Video Outputs
        Component Video Inputs
        Component Video Outputs

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        11. Evaluations

        We evaluated Anthem MRX 540 8K and Marantz Cinema 70s and gave both of them the score of 87 out of 100. We also gave separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


        Anthem MRX 540 8K

        Marantz Cinema 70s

        OVERALL
        87
        OVERALL
        87

        Amplifier

        GOOD
        84
        •   Few Channels - 5.2
        •   Power Output - 100 W
        GOOD
        79
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   Low Power Output - 50 W

        Audio Features

        EXCELLENT
        87
        •   Few Channels - 5.2
        •   No Front Wide Channel Support
        •   7.1 Channel Processing
        •   Dolby Atmos
        •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        •   DTS:X
        •   IMAX Enhanced
        •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        •   No DSD via HDMI
        EXCELLENT
        85
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   No Front Wide Channel Support
        •   7.1 Channel Processing
        •   Dolby Atmos
        •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        •   DTS:X
        •   No IMAX Enhanced
        •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        •   No DSD via HDMI

        Video Features

        EXCELLENT
        100
        •   HDR10
        •   HDR10+
        •   Dolby Vision
        •   HDMI 2.1
        •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
        •   VRR
        •   QFT
        •   8K Passthrough
        EXCELLENT
        100
        •   HDR10
        •   HDR10+
        •   Dolby Vision
        •   HDMI 2.1
        •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
        •   VRR
        •   QFT
        •   8K Passthrough
        •   8K Upscaling

        Connectivity

        EXCELLENT
        87
        •   eARC
        •   New HDCP Version
        •   Wi-Fi
        •   Bluetooth
        •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
        •   Chromecast Built-In
        •   7 HDMI Inputs
        •   2 HDMI Outputs
        •   7 8K Inputs
        •   No USB Input
        •   RCA Line Inputs
        •   Phono Input
        •   RCA Pre-Outs
        •   No Composite Video Inputs
        •   Ethernet
        EXCELLENT
        87
        •   eARC
        •   New HDCP Version
        •   Wi-Fi
        •   Bluetooth
        •   Works with Amazon Alexa
        •   Google Assistant
        •   HEOS
        •   6 HDMI Inputs
        •   1 HDMI Outputs
        •   3 8K Inputs
        •   USB Input
        •   Few RCA Line Inputs
        •   Phono Input
        •   RCA Pre-Outs
        •   No Composite Video Inputs
        •   Ethernet
        •   Bluetooth 4․2

        Zones

        GOOD
        71
        •   No Zones
        GOOD
        79
        •   2 Zones

        Radio

        GOOD
        73
        •   Analog Tuner
        •   No Pandora
        •   Spotify
        •   No Tidal
        EXCELLENT
        96
        •   Analog Tuner
        •   Pandora
        •   Spotify
        •   Tidal

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