Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Denon AVR-X550BT

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      Overview

      Here we are comparing Anthem MRX 740 8K to Denon AVR-X550BT 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 740 8K has 7 channel and the Denon AVR-X550BT has 5 channel amplifiers with Anthem MRX 740 8K's being more powerful.


      Anthem MRX 740 8K Denon AVR-X550BT

      Anthem MRX 740 8K was introduced in 2021. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 11.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video signal.

      Denon AVR-X550BT was introduced in 2018. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier with 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz and 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing. It , passes 4K/60Hz video signal.

      Highlights

      • 7.2 Channels
      • 11.1 Channel Processing
      • 140 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

      • 5.2 Channels
      • 5.1 Channel Processing
      • 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • HDR10, Dolby Vision
      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough
      • Bluetooth

      We evaluated Anthem MRX 740 8K and Denon AVR-X550BT and gave them scores of 89 and 70 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 740 8K

      Denon AVR-X550BT

      Amplifier
      89
      Amplifier
      71
      Audio Features
      89
      Audio Features
      57
      Video Features
      100
      Video Features
      94
      Connectivity
      88
      Connectivity
      63
      Zones
      77
      Zones
      55
      Radio
      73
      Radio
      68
      OVERALL
      89
      OVERALL
      70

      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 740 8K and Denon AVR-X550BT.

      PROS

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

      Denon AVR-X550BT

      •   High Power Output - 140 W
      •   11.1 Channel Processing
      •   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
      •   4 HDMI Outputs
      •   7 8K Inputs
      •   Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Spotify
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Bluetooth
      •   USB Input
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Analog Tuner

      CONS

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

      Denon AVR-X550BT

      •   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 Digital Radio
      •   No Pandora
      •   No Tidal
      •   Few Channels - 5.2
      •   Low Power Output - 70 W
      •   5.1 Channel Processing
      •   No Dolby Atmos
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No DTS:X
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No DSD via HDMI
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No eARC
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   No Wi-Fi
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   Few RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Phono Input
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   No Ethernet
      •   No Zones
      •   No Digital Radio
      •   No Pandora
      •   No Spotify
      •   No Tidal
      •   Bluetooth 3․0 + EDR


      And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

      AVERAGE

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

      Denon AVR-X550BT

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   5 HDMI Inputs

      Advantage of Anthem MRX 740 8K

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Anthem MRX 740 8K over Denon AVR-X550BT.

      Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Denon AVR-X550BT
      More Channels 7.2 vs 5.2
      Higher Power Output 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Certified 4 Ω Performance vs
      Bi-amp capability vs
      More Channel Processing 11.1 vs 5.1
      Dolby Atmos vs
      Dolby Surround Upmixer vs
      DTS:X vs
      DTS Neural:X vs
      DTS Virtual:X vs
      IMAX Enhanced vs
      DTS Dialog Control 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 50/60Hz 4:4:4
      Wi-Fi vs
      Chromecast Built-In vs
      AirPlay AirPlay 2 vs
      More HDMI Inputs 7 vs 5
      More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2) vs 1
      More 8K Inputs 7 vs
      More Optical Inputs 3 vs 2
      More Optical Outputs 1 vs
      More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 2 vs
      More RCA Line Inputs 4 vs 2
      More RCA Line Outputs 1 vs
      Phono Input vs
      More RCA Pre-Outs 11.2 vs 0.2
      Ethernet vs
      More Zones 2 vs 1
      RS-232C Interface vs
      +12V Trigger Output 3 vs
      Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 0 vs 0 / 0
      Spotify vs
      More Speaker Terminals 7 vs 5
      More Large Speaker Terminals 7 vs
      Bigger Power Supply 485 W vs 310 W
      Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 170 W (1% THD) on Channels 1-5, 75 W (1% THD) on Remaining Channels vs 90 W (0.7% THD)
      Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 110 dB vs 98 dB

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      Advantage of Denon AVR-X550BT

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X550BT over Anthem MRX 740 8K.

      Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Denon AVR-X550BT
      Dolby Pro Logic vs PLII
      DTS Neo vs Neo:6
      USB Input for factory service vs 1 (Front) for USB memory
      More Composite Video Inputs vs 2
      More Composite Video Outputs vs 1
      Front A/V Inputs vs USB
      Analog Tuner vs FM/AM with RDS

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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 740 8K Denon AVR-X550BT
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis)
        HDR10
        Dolby Vision
        New HDCP Version2.32.2
        Bluetooth SBC, AAC
        Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS
      WEAKNESSES Anthem MRX 740 8K Denon AVR-X550BT
        No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        No DSD via HDMI
        Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
        No Digital Radio
        No Pandora
        No Tidal

      Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input on Anthem MRX 740 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 740 8K has 11.2 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 740 8K has 11 channel processing but has only 7 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 740 8K and 2 pair of line inputs on Denon AVR-X550BT for connecting sources with analog outputs. There is also 1 pair of line outputs on Anthem MRX 740 8K.
      • Digital Inputs and Outputs: 3 optical inputs, 1 optical output and 2 coaxial inputs are available on Anthem MRX 740 8K and 2 optical inputs are available on Denon AVR-X550BT 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 740 8K
        Inputs:
        7   Outputs: 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)
        8K Inputs: 7.
      • Denon AVR-X550BT
        Inputs:
        5   Outputs: 1
        8K Inputs: 0.
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Anthem MRX 740 8K
        Inputs:
        0   Outputs: 0.
      • Denon AVR-X550BT
        Inputs:
        2   Outputs: 1.

      Front A/V Inputs

      • Anthem MRX 740 8K: None
      • Denon AVR-X550BT: USB

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

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      Denon AVR-X550BT

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