Anthem MRX 540 8K vs Pioneer VSX-932

       
       

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      Overview

      Here we are comparing Anthem MRX 540 8K to Pioneer VSX-932 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-932 has 7 channel amplifiers.


      Anthem MRX 540 8K Pioneer VSX-932

      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.

      Pioneer VSX-932 was introduced in 2017. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 80 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 4K/60Hz and upscales 1080p to 4K video signal.

      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
      • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
      • HDR10, Dolby Vision
      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/30Hz Upscaling
      • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
      • Phono Input

      We evaluated Anthem MRX 540 8K and Pioneer VSX-932 and gave them scores of 87 and 84 out of 100 recpectively. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

      Anthem MRX 540 8K

      Pioneer VSX-932

      Amplifier
      84
      Amplifier
      86
      Audio Features
      87
      Audio Features
      86
      Video Features
      100
      Video Features
      95
      Connectivity
      87
      Connectivity
      82
      Zones
      71
      Zones
      55
      Radio
      73
      Radio
      92
      OVERALL
      87
      OVERALL
      84

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

      Pros and Cons

      In this section we present pros and cons of Anthem MRX 540 8K and Pioneer VSX-932.

      PROS

      Anthem MRX 540 8K

      Pioneer VSX-932

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

      CONS

      Anthem MRX 540 8K

      Pioneer VSX-932

      •   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 - 80 W
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No eARC
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   4 HDMI Inputs
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   Few RCA Line Inputs
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   No Zones
      •   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

      Pioneer VSX-932

      •   Power Output - 100 W
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   2 HDMI Outputs
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   7.2 Channels
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   Bluetooth 4․1 + LE

      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-932.

      Anthem MRX 540 8K vs Pioneer VSX-932
      Higher Power Output 100 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Higher DAC Specs 768 kHz/32 Bit vs 384 kHz/32 Bit
      DTS Virtual:X vs
      IMAX Enhanced vs
      HDR10+ vs
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) vs
      Newer HDCP Version 2.3 vs 2.2
      Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through vs
      VRR vs
      QFT vs
      Video Signal Passthrough up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 vs up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
      AirPlay AirPlay 2 vs AirPlay
      More HDMI Inputs 7 vs 4
      More HDMI Outputs 2 vs 1
      More 8K Inputs 7 vs
      More Optical Inputs 3 vs 1
      More Optical Outputs 1 vs
      More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 2 vs 1
      More RCA Line Inputs 4 vs 3 (1 front)
      More RCA Line Outputs 1 vs
      More RCA Pre-Outs 7.2 vs 0.2
      Detachable Power Cord vs
      RS-232C Interface vs
      +12V Trigger Output 3 vs
      Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 0 vs 0 / 0
      IP Control for CI vs
      Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 110 dB vs 106 dB

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      Advantage of Pioneer VSX-932

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-932 over Anthem MRX 540 8K.

      Anthem MRX 540 8K vs Pioneer VSX-932
      More Channels 5.2 vs 7.2
      DSD via HDMI vs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
      DSD via USB vs 2-ch Input
      Works with SONOS vs
      DTS Play-Fi vs
      USB Input for factory service vs 2 (1 Front)
      More Composite Video Inputs vs 2
      Front A/V Inputs vs USB, Mini-Jack
      Pandora vs
      Tidal vs
      Deezer vs
      More Speaker Terminals 5 vs 7
      More Large Speaker Terminals 5 vs 7
      Bigger Power Supply 365 W vs 480 W

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      Common Strengths and Weaknesses

      We already listed pros and cons of each model. However, you may also find useful to look at their common strengths and weaknesses shown side-by-side.

      STRENGTHS Anthem MRX 540 8K Pioneer VSX-932
        Dolby Atmos
        DTS:X
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis) MCACC
        HDR10
        Dolby Vision
        New HDCP Version2.32.2
        Wi-Fi
        Bluetooth SBC, AAC
        Chromecast Built-In
        Phono Input
        Ethernet
        Analog Tuner FM/AM
        Spotify
      WEAKNESSES Anthem MRX 540 8K Pioneer VSX-932
        No Front Wide Channel Support
        No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
        No Zones11
        No Digital Radio

      Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input on Anthem MRX 540 8K and Pioneer VSX-932 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-932 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-932 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.
      • Pioneer VSX-932
        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-932
        Inputs:
        2   Outputs: 0.

      Front A/V Inputs

      • Anthem MRX 540 8K: None
      • Pioneer VSX-932: USB, Mini-Jack

      Anthem MRX 540 8K

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      Pioneer VSX-932

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