Anthem MRX 540 8K
Pioneer Elite SC-97
- 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
- 9.2 channels
- 11.2 channel processing
- 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
- Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
- HDR10, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
- AirPlay, DLNA
- Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- USB and Phono inputs
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Here we are comparing Anthem MRX 540 8K to Pioneer Elite SC-97 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 Pioneer Elite SC-97 has 9 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 Pioneer Elite SC-97.
Anthem MRX 540 8K has higher DAC specs and higher signal to noise ratio. It supports IMAX Enhanced. In video department only Anthem MRX 540 8K supports HDCP 2.3 copy protection, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma.
|Anthem MRX 540 8K||vs||Pioneer Elite SC-97|
|Higher DAC Specs||768 kHz/32 Bit||vs||192 kHz/32 Bit|
|Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)||vs|
|Newer HDCP Version||2.3||vs||2.2|
|BT.2020 color space||vs|
|Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through||vs|
|Video Signal Passthrough||up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4||vs||up to 4K/60p (4:4:4)|
|More 8K Inputs||7||vs|
|More RCA Line Inputs||4||vs||3|
|More Optical Outputs||1||vs||1|
|+12V Trigger Output||3||vs||2 (assignable)|
|Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)||110 dB||vs||103 dB|
Advantage of Pioneer Elite SC-97
This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite SC-97 over Anthem MRX 540 8K.
Pioneer Elite SC-97 has more channels, more power per channel, more channel processing, more zones and bigger power supply. It supports front wide channels, DSD streaming via HDMI and USB and Pandora.
|Anthem MRX 540 8K||vs||Pioneer Elite SC-97|
|Front Wide Channel Support||vs|
|Bi-amp capability||vs||Front, Center, Surround, SP-B|
|More Channel Processing||7.1||vs||11.2|
|DTS Neo||vs||Neo:X (before firmware update)|
|DSD via HDMI||vs||2-ch/Multi-ch Input|
|DSD via USB||vs||2-ch Input|
|DSD to PCM Converter||vs|
|Independent Subwoofer Outputs||vs|
|More HDMI Inputs||7||vs||8 (1 front)|
|More HDMI Outputs||2||vs||3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)|
|USB Input||for factory service||vs||1 Front|
|More Composite Video Inputs||vs||2|
|More Composite Video Outputs||vs||2|
|More Component Video Inputs||vs||2|
|More RCA Pre-Outs||7.2||vs||13.2|
|Front A/V Inputs||vs||HDMI, USB|
|Remote (IR) Input/Output||1 / 0||vs||2 / 1|
|More Speaker Terminals||5||vs||11|
|More Large Speaker Terminals||5||vs||11|
|Bigger Power Supply||365 W||vs||370 W|
|Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC)||100 W (1% THD)||vs||140 W (0.08% THD)|
|Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)||130 W (1% THD)||vs||190 W (1.0% THD)|
Common Strengths and Weaknesses
Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.
|Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.|
|New HDCP Version|
|4K or 8K Video Passthrough|
|Many HDMI Inputs|
|Many Optical Inputs|
|No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer|
|Does not Work with Amazon Alexa|
|Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer Elite SC-97|
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.
9 channel Class D3 Amplifier: Pioneer Elite SC-97 features 9 channel power amplifier with Class D3 design. It is rated at 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.
Anthem MRX 540 8K's and Pioneer Elite SC-97'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.
- Pioneer Elite SC-97: 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 7.2.2 with internal amplifier and 7.2.4, 9.2.2 with addition of external 2 channel 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.
- Pioneer Elite SC-97: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos - 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 7.2.2 with internal amplifier and 7.2.4, 9.2.2 with addition of external 2 channel 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.
- Pioneer Elite SC-97: 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.
- Pioneer Elite SC-97: 9.2, 9.2.2.
- Bi-Amp: Anthem MRX 540 8K is able to bi-amp up to 2 and Pioneer Elite SC-97 is able to bi-amp up to 4 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.
- 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.
- 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: Anthem MRX 540 8K supports 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: Anthem MRX 540 8K supports 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.
- Compressed Music Enhancer: Pioneer Elite SC-97 features Compressed Music Enhancer which enhances the quality of the music files with lossy compression.
- Advanced Sound Retriever: Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer Elite SC-97 is done by Pioneer’s Advanced Sound Retriever. Hear the detail, warmth and clarity, the way the artist intended it, from all of your highly compressed MP3 and WMA files stored on USB, Smartphone and portable media players. By restoring data that tend to get lost in the digital compression process, Pioneers Advanced Sound Retriever Technology enhances audio reproduction all the way upto 20 Khz frequencies.
- MCACC: Pioneer’s exclusive Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC) delivers an easy-to-use, automatic sound adjustment system to precision-tune your Pioneer and Pioneer Elite receivers with minimal effort. Every MCACC system comes with a microphone to measure and analyze reverb characteristics. The equalizer optimally adjusts sound parameters to fit the size and shape of your home environment while maintaining the integrity of high-resolution playback without any degradation to the quality of your music.
Anthem MRX 540 8K and Pioneer Elite SC-97 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.
Anthem MRX 540 8K and Pioneer Elite SC-97 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.
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
Anthem MRX 540 8K supports 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.
Anthem MRX 540 8K comes with Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis) and Pioneer Elite SC-97 comes with MCACC Pro room correction system.
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.
Pioneer Elite SC-97 comes with 8 HDMI inputs. It has 3 outputs - 2 for MAIN and 1 for MAIN/HDZONE.
- 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.
4K/60Hz Passthrough on Pioneer Elite SC-97: All inputs pass up to 4K/60p (4:4:4) video signal.
- 4K Upscaling on Pioneer Elite SC-97: It can upscale up to 4K/60p (4:4:4) from HDMI and analog sources.
- Analog To HDMI Upconversion: Pioneer Elite SC-97 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 Anthem MRX 540 8K only).
- HDCP Copy Protection: Anthem MRX 540 8K is HDCP 2.3 and Pioneer Elite SC-97 is HDCP 2.2 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.
Pioneer Elite SC-97 supports HDR10
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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
Anthem MRX 540 8K supports 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
- Analog Pre-Outs: Anthem MRX 540 8K has 7.2 and Pioneer Elite SC-97 has 13.2 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 and Pioneer Elite SC-97 has 11 channel processing but has only 5 channel amplifier, so they need external amplifiers connected to their analog pre-outs in order to reach their maximum speaker configurations.
- XLR Inputs: There is one pair of XLR inputs on both receivers. If your CD player, Blu-Ray player or other source have XLR outputs you can connect them to the receiver's XLR Inputs for higher quality balanced connection.
- Analog Line Inputs and Outputs: There are 4 pair of line inputs on Anthem MRX 540 8K and 3 pair of line inputs on Pioneer Elite SC-97 for connecting sources with analog outputs. There are also 1 pair of line outputs on the receivers.
- Digital Inputs and Outputs: 1 optical input, 3 optical outputs and 2 coaxial inputs are available on Anthem MRX 540 8K and 1 optical input, 2 optical outputs and 2 coaxial inputs are available on Pioneer Elite SC-97 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.
- Pioneer Elite SC-97
Inputs: 8 (1 front) Outputs: 3 (2 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 540 8K
Inputs: 0 Outputs: 0.
- Pioneer Elite SC-97
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 Elite SC-97 supports up to 1080i (1125i) resolution on Component video connectors.
- Anthem MRX 540 8K
Inputs: 0 Outputs: 0.
- Pioneer Elite SC-97
Inputs: 2 Outputs: 0.
Front A/V Inputs
- Anthem MRX 540 8K: None
- Pioneer Elite SC-97: HDMI, USB
Anthem MRX 540 8K
Pioneer Elite SC-97
And in the end let us list all the available specifications of the receivers side-by-side.
|BASICS||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer Elite SC-97|
|Model||MRX 540 8K||SC-97|
|Type||A/V Receiver||A/V Receiver|
|Country||North America||North America|
|AMPLIFIER||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer Elite SC-97|
|Front Wide Channel Support|
|Amplifier||Class A/B on Channels 1-5 and Class D on the rest||Class D3 (Direct Energy HD)|
|Continuous 6 Ω Rated|
|Certified 4 Ω Performance|
|Bi-amp Capability||Front, Center, Surround, SP-B|
|AUDIO||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer Elite SC-97|
|Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Engine||Next-Generation DSP Platform||Texas Instruments Aureus|
|DAC||ESS SABRE32 Ultra (ES9016S)|
|DAC Specs||768 kHz/32 Bit||192 kHz/32 Bit|
|Maximum Channel Processing||7.1||11.2|
|Air Studios Monitor Certification|
|Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|Dolby Atmos Music|
|Dolby Digital Plus|
|Dolby Surround Upmixer|
|Dolby Pro Logic|
|Dolby Digital EX|
|DTS:X||up to with firmware update|
|DTS Neural:X||with firmware update|
|DTS Neo||Neo:X (before firmware update)|
|DTS-HD Master Audio|
|DTS-HD High Resolution Audio|
|DTS-ES||Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1|
|Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer|
|PCM||2-ch/Multi-ch Input||2-ch/Multi-ch Input|
|Music Playback via USB||MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD|
|High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network||88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit|
|High Resolution Audio Formats via USB||Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD|
|DSD via HDMI||2-ch/Multi-ch Input|
|DSD via USB||2-ch Input|
|DSD to PCM Converter|
|Jitter Reduction||plus PQLS (HDMI Bitstream/ Multi)|
|Auto Level Control||Multi-Channel|
|DTS Dialog Control|
|Dialogue Lift||via Dialog Enhancement|
|Sound Retriever||Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)|
|Sound Retriever AIR|
|Digital Noise Reduction|
|Tone Control||All Channels|
|Compressed Music Enhancer||Advanced Sound Retriever|
|High-resolution Music Enhancer||Hi-bit32 Audio Processing|
|Audyssey Dynamic EQ|
|Audyssey Dynamic Volume|
|Audyssey Sub EQ HT|
|Pure Direct Mode|
|Advanced Surround||11 + 1|
|Front Stage Surround Advance||(Focus/Wide)|
|Virtual Speakers||(Surround Back/Height/Wide)|
|Independent Subwoofer Outputs|
|CALIBRATION||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer Elite SC-97|
|Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.||Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis)||MCACC Pro|
|Full Band Phase Control|
|Standing Wave Control|
|EQ Bands||9-Band (Advanced)|
|Distance Adjustment||1/2 Inch|
|Auto Subwoofer Crossover|
|VIDEO||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer Elite SC-97|
|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 4K/60p (4:4:4)|
|Video Signal Upscaling||up to 4K/60p (4:4:4)|
|Analog To HDMI Upconversion||Component****, Composite|
|Component Video Upscaling|
|Analog to Analog Video conversion|
|Component Video Maximum Resolution||1080i (1125i)|
|Video Parameter Adjustments||YNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black Level|
|Triple HD Noise Reduction|
|isf Certified Calibration Control|
|CONNECTIVITY||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer Elite SC-97|
|MHL Input||1 Rear (Version 2.0)|
|Works with Amazon Alexa|
|Works with SONOS|
|Apple Product Connection||iPod, iPhone and iPad||iPod and iPhone via front USB|
|Remote App||Anthem Remote App||iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)|
|InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue|
|HDMI Inputs||7||8 (1 front)|
|HDMI Outputs||2||3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)|
|USB Input||for factory service||1 Front|
|USB DC Out Port|
|RCA Line Input||4||3|
|RCA Line Output||1||1|
|XLR Line Inputs|
|Composite Video Input||2|
|Composite Video Output||2|
|Component Video Input||2|
|Component Video Output|
|Front A/V Inputs||HDMI, USB|
|Headphone Out||6.3 mm (1/4")||6.3 mm (1/4")|
|ZONES||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer Elite SC-97|
|Powered Zones||2, 3 and HDZone|
|Zone 2 Outs||RCA Pre/Line Out|
|Zone 3 Outs||RCA Pre/Line Out|
|Zone 4 Outs||HDMI|
|+12V Trigger Output||3||2 (assignable)|
|Remote (IR) Input/Output||1 / 0||2 / 1|
|MISC||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer Elite SC-97|
|On-Screen Display||Graphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)|
|HDMI Speaker B Link|
|IP Control for CI|
|Versatile Speaker Configuration||Surround Back/Front Height/Front Wide/Front Bi-Amp/Zone 2/B-Speaker/Powered HD Zone|
|Remote Controller||Learning Remote Control (Lumius)|
|Detachable Power Cord|
|RADIO||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer Elite SC-97|
|SiriusXM Internet Radio|
|CONSTRUCTION||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer Elite SC-97|
|Solid Aluminum Front|
|Advanced Direct Construction||Advanced Direct Construction|
|Large Speaker Terminals||5||11|
|Color-Coded Speaker Terminals|
|Ceramic Speaker Terminals|
|3D Space Frame Construction|
|Gold plated RCA terminals|
|POWER||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer Elite SC-97|
|Power Supply||AC 120 V, 60 Hz||AC 120 V, 60 Hz|
|Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer|
|Power Consumption||365 W||370 W|
|Standby Power||0.3 W||0.1 W|
|GENERAL||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer Elite SC-97|
|ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||431.8 mm x 152.4 mm x 364 mm|
17" x 6" x 14-1/2" x
|435 mm x 185 mm x 441 mm|
17-1/8" x 7-5/16" x 17-3/8"
|Weight||12.8 kg (28.2 lbs)||17.5 kg (38.6 lbs)|
|Warranty||2 Years Parts & Labor|
|SPECS||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer Elite SC-97|
|Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2||100 W (1% THD)||140 W (0.08% THD)|
|Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2||130 W (1% THD)||190 W (1.0% THD)|
|Power Output (4 Ω, 1 kHz, 2||240 W (1.0% THD)|
|Multi Channel Simultaneous Drive (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1.0%)||810 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1.0%)|
|THD||0.04% (1 kHz, 130 W + 130 W, 8 Ω)|
|Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)||400 mV/47 kΩ (Line)|
|Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)||5 mV/47 kΩ|
|Rated Lineout Level and Impedance||400 mV/2.2 kΩ (REC OUT)|
|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||103 dB|
|Frequency Response (Analog In)||20 Hz - 30 kHz +/-0.2 dB|
|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/PR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
|Wi-Fi Standard||IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency||5 GHz, 2.4 GHz|
|Bluetooth Version||2․1 + EDR|
|Bluetooth Frequency||2.4 GHz|
|HDMI Terminal||19-pin (not DVI)|
|HDMI Output Type||5 V, 55 mA|
|HDMI Input/MHL Terminal||5 V, 900 mA|
|USB Terminal||USB2.0 High Speed (Type A) 5 V, 1 A|
|FM Frequency||87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz|
|AM Frequency||530 kHz - 1700 kHz|
* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted