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
- 5.1 channels
- 5.1 channel processing
- 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
- 4K Passthrough
- USB input
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Here we are comparing Anthem MRX 540 8K to Pioneer VSX-524-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 540 8K has 5 channel and the Pioneer VSX-524-K has 5 channel amplifiers.
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 VSX-524-K.
Anthem MRX 540 8K has more channels, higher DAC specs, more channel processing and higher signal to noise ratio. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, IMAX Enhanced and Spotify. It has bi-amp capability, phono input and analog pre-outs. In video department only Anthem MRX 540 8K supports HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma.
|Anthem MRX 540 8K||vs||Pioneer VSX-524-K|
|Certified 4 Ω Performance||vs|
|Higher DAC Specs||768 kHz/32 Bit||vs||192 kHz/24 Bit|
|More Channel Processing||7.1||vs||5.1|
|Dolby Surround Upmixer||vs|
|DTS-HD High Resolution Audio||vs|
|Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)||vs|
|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/4:2:0/24-bit
|Remote Controll App||Anthem Remote App||vs|
|More HDMI Inputs||7||vs||4|
|More HDMI Outputs||2||vs||1|
|More 8K Inputs||7||vs|
|More Analog Audio Line Inputs||4||vs||3|
|More Analog Audio Line Outputs||1||vs|
|More Optical Inputs||3||vs||1|
|More Optical Outputs||1||vs|
|More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs||2||vs||1|
|More Analog Pre-Outs||7.2||vs||0.1|
|+12V Trigger Output||3||vs|
|Remote (IR) Input/Output||1 / 0||vs||0 / 0|
|IP Control for CI||vs|
|Detachable Power Cord||vs|
|More Large Speaker Terminals||5||vs||2|
|Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)||110 dB||vs||98 dB|
Advantage of Pioneer VSX-524-K
This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-524-K over Anthem MRX 540 8K.
Pioneer VSX-524-K has bigger power supply. It supports DSD streaming via HDMI.
|Anthem MRX 540 8K||vs||Pioneer VSX-524-K|
|Dolby Pro Logic||vs||PLII|
|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|
|Bigger Power Supply||365 W||vs||415 W|
Common Strengths and Weaknesses
Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.
|Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.|
|4K or 8K Video Passthrough|
|No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer|
|Does not Work with Amazon Alexa|
|Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer VSX-524-K|
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.
5 channel Discrete Direct Energy Amplifier: Pioneer VSX-524-K features 5 channel power amplifier with Discrete Direct Energy design. It is rated at 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).
Anthem MRX 540 8K's and Pioneer VSX-524-K'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 VSX-524-K: Not supported.
- 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 VSX-524-K: Not supported.
- 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 VSX-524-K: 5.1 with internal amplifier.
- Bi-Amp: You can bi-amp Anthem MRX 540 8K'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.
Anthem MRX 540 8K supports 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: Anthem MRX 540 8K supports 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.
Anthem MRX 540 8K supports 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 Neural:X: Anthem MRX 540 8K supports 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: 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.
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.
- Compressed Music Enhancer: Pioneer VSX-524-K features Compressed Music Enhancer which enhances the quality of the music files with lossy compression.
- Advanced Sound Retriever: Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer VSX-524-K 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.
Anthem MRX 540 8K comes with Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis) and Pioneer VSX-524-K comes with MCACC Auto room correction system.
- 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 comes with 7 HDMI 2.1 inputs with 8K support. It has 2 outputs which work parallelly and output the same signal.
Pioneer VSX-524-K comes with 4 HDMI inputs. 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.
4K/60Hz Passthrough on Pioneer VSX-524-K: All inputs pass up to 4K/60p/4:2:0/24-bit
4K/24p/4:2:2/36-bit video signal.
- 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 2.3 Copy Protection: Anthem MRX 540 8K is 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.
Pioneer VSX-524-K does not support HDR.
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
- Phono Input: There is an MM phono input on Anthem MRX 540 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 540 8K has 7.2 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 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 Pioneer VSX-524-K 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 Pioneer VSX-524-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.
- Anthem MRX 540 8K
Inputs: 7 Outputs: 2
8K Inputs: 7.
- Pioneer VSX-524-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 540 8K
Inputs: 0 Outputs: 0.
- Pioneer VSX-524-K
Inputs: 2 Outputs: 1.
Front A/V Inputs
- Anthem MRX 540 8K: None
- Pioneer VSX-524-K: 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||Pioneer VSX-524-K|
|Model||MRX 540 8K||VSX-524-K|
|Type||A/V Receiver||A/V Receiver|
|AMPLIFIER||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer VSX-524-K|
|Front Wide Channel Support|
|Amplifier||Class A/B on Channels 1-5 and Class D on the rest||Discrete Direct Energy|
|Continuous 6 Ω Rated|
|Certified 4 Ω Performance|
|AUDIO||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer VSX-524-K|
|Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Engine||Next-Generation DSP Platform||Texas Instruments Aureus|
|DAC Specs||768 kHz/32 Bit||192 kHz/24 Bit|
|Maximum Channel Processing||7.1||5.1|
|Air Studios Monitor Certification|
|Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|Dolby Atmos Music|
|Dolby Digital Plus|
|Dolby Surround Upmixer|
|Dolby Pro Logic||PLII|
|Dolby Digital EX|
|DTS-HD Master Audio|
|DTS-HD High Resolution Audio|
|Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer|
|PCM||2-ch/Multi-ch Input||2-ch/Multi-ch Input|
|Music Playback via USB||MP3, WMA, AAC|
|High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network|
|High Resolution Audio Formats via USB|
|DSD via HDMI||2-ch Input|
|DSD via USB|
|DSD to PCM Converter|
|Auto Level Control||2 Channel|
|DTS Dialog Control|
|Sound Retriever||Advanced (2-Channel)|
|Sound Retriever AIR|
|Digital Noise Reduction|
|Tone Control||Front L/R Channels|
|Compressed Music Enhancer||Advanced Sound Retriever|
|High-resolution Music Enhancer|
|Audyssey Dynamic EQ|
|Audyssey Dynamic Volume|
|Audyssey Sub EQ HT|
|Pure Direct Mode|
|Advanced Surround||9+1 Mode DSP|
|Front Stage Surround Advance|
|Independent Subwoofer Outputs|
|CALIBRATION||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer VSX-524-K|
|Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.||Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis)||MCACC Auto|
|Full Band Phase Control|
|Standing Wave Control|
|Distance Adjustment||0.1 Feet|
|Auto Subwoofer Crossover|
|VIDEO||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer VSX-524-K|
|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/4:2:0/24-bit|
|Video Signal Upscaling|
|Analog To HDMI Upconversion|
|Component Video Upscaling|
|Analog to Analog Video conversion|
|Video Parameter Adjustments|
|Triple HD Noise Reduction|
|isf Certified Calibration Control|
|CONNECTIVITY||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer VSX-524-K|
|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|
|InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue|
|USB Input||for factory service||1 Front|
|USB DC Out Port|
|Analog Audio Line Input||4||3|
|Analog Audio Line Output||1|
|Composite Video Input||2|
|Composite Video Output||1|
|Component Video Input|
|Component Video Output|
|Front A/V Inputs||USB|
|Headphone Out||6.3 mm (1/4")||6.3 mm (1/4")|
|ZONES||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer VSX-524-K|
|+12V Trigger Output||3|
|Remote (IR) Input/Output||1 / 0||0 / 0|
|MISC||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer VSX-524-K|
|On-Screen Display||Analog Only|
|IP Control for CI|
|Versatile Speaker Configuration|
|Remote Controller||System Remote Control|
|Detachable Power Cord|
|RADIO||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer VSX-524-K|
|SiriusXM Internet Radio|
|CONSTRUCTION||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer VSX-524-K|
|Solid Aluminum Front|
|Large Speaker Terminals||5||2|
|Color-Coded Speaker Terminals|
|3D Space Frame Construction|
|Gold plated RCA terminals|
|POWER||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer VSX-524-K|
|Power Supply||AC 120 V, 60 Hz||AC 120 V, 60 Hz|
|Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer|
|Power Consumption||365 W||415 W|
|Standby Power||0.3 W||0.1 W|
|GENERAL||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer VSX-524-K|
|ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function|
|Auto Power Standby|
|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 168 mm x 331..5 mm|
17-1/8" x 6-5/8" x 13-1/16"
|Weight||12.8 kg (28.2 lbs)||8.3 kg (18 lb 5 oz)|
|SPECS||Anthem MRX 540 8K||Pioneer VSX-524-K|
|Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2||80 W (0.08% THD)|
|Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2||100 W (1% THD)|
|Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2||130 W (1% THD)|
|Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)||140 W (1% THD)|
|Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)||200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)|
|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||98 dB|
|S/N Ratio (Line, EIA, at 1 W (1 kHz))||79 dB|
|Frequency Response (Analog In)||20 Hz - 30 kHz +/-0.2 dB|
|DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI||2.8 MHz|
|Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance||1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)|
|HDMI Terminal||Type A (19-pin)|
|HDMI Output Type||5 V, 100 mA|
|USB Terminal||USB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 A|
|FM Frequency||87.5 MHz - 108 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