Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Marantz SR8012

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      Overview

      Here we are comparing Anthem MRX 740 8K to Marantz SR8012 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 Marantz SR8012 has 11 channel amplifiers with Anthem MRX 740 8K's being less powerful.


      Anthem MRX 740 8K Marantz SR8012

      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.

      Marantz SR8012 was introduced in 2017 and represented a flagship model of a manufacturer. It is equipped with 11 channel amplifier with 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 11.2 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D, passes 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 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

      • 11.2 Channels
      • 11.2 Channel Processing
      • 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro 3D
      • HDR10, Dolby Vision
      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/60Hz Upscaling
      • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
      • Phono Input

      We evaluated Anthem MRX 740 8K and Marantz SR8012 and gave them scores of 89 and 94 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

      Marantz SR8012

      Amplifier
      89
      Amplifier
      94
      Audio Features
      89
      Audio Features
      93
      Video Features
      100
      Video Features
      95
      Connectivity
      88
      Connectivity
      92
      Zones
      77
      Zones
      93
      Radio
      73
      Radio
      96
      OVERALL
      89
      OVERALL
      94

      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 Marantz SR8012.

      PROS

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

      Marantz SR8012

      •   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
      •   Many Channels - 11.2
      •   High Power Output - 140 W
      •   11.2 Channel Processing
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   DTS:X
      •   IMAX Enhanced
      •   Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   DSD via HDMI
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Works with Amazon Alexa
      •   HEOS
      •   8 HDMI Inputs
      •   4 HDMI Outputs
      •   USB Input
      •   Many RCA Line Inputs
      •   Phono Input
      •   Multi-Channel Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   3 Zones
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal
      •   Toroidal Transformer

      CONS

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

      Marantz SR8012

      •   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
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   0 8K Input
      •   No Digital Radio
      •   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

      Marantz SR8012

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones

      Advantage of Anthem MRX 740 8K

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Anthem MRX 740 8K over Marantz SR8012.

      Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Marantz SR8012
      Higher DAC Specs 768 kHz/32 Bit vs 768 kHz/32 Bit
      HDR10+ 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
      Chromecast Built-In vs
      More 8K Inputs 7 vs
      More Optical Inputs 3 vs 2
      More Optical Outputs 1 vs
      More RCA Line Outputs 1 vs
      +12V Trigger Output 3 vs 2
      Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 110 dB vs 102 dB

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      Advantage of Marantz SR8012

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Marantz SR8012 over Anthem MRX 740 8K.

      Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Marantz SR8012
      More Channels 7.2 vs 11.2
      Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer vs Built-In
      DSD via HDMI vs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
      DSD via USB vs 2-ch Input
      Audyssey Dynamic EQ vs
      Audyssey Dynamic Volume vs
      Audyssey LFC vs
      Audyssey Sub EQ HT vs
      Independent Subwoofer Outputs vs
      Works with Amazon Alexa vs
      More HDMI Inputs 7 vs 8 (1 front)
      USB Input for factory service vs 1 (Front) for USB memory
      More RCA Line Inputs 4 vs 7 (1 front)
      Multi-Channel Input vs 7.1
      More Composite Video Inputs vs 5 (1 front)
      More Composite Video Outputs vs 1
      More Component Video Inputs vs 3
      More Component Video Outputs vs 1
      Front A/V Inputs vs HDMI, USB, Composite, L/R Audio
      More Zones 2 vs 3
      More Powered Zones vs 2 and 3
      Zone 2 Outs HDMI, Pre Out vs HDMI, Component, Composite, Pre Out
      Pandora vs
      Tidal vs
      Deezer vs
      Napster vs
      SiriusXM vs
      More Speaker Terminals 7 vs 11
      More Large Speaker Terminals 7 vs 11
      Toroidal Transformer vs
      Bigger Power Supply 485 W vs 780 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 175 W (0.7% THD)

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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 Marantz SR8012
        High Power Output140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
        Channel Processing11.111.2
        Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.4
        DTS:X up to 7.1.4
        IMAX Enhanced
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis) Audyssey MultEQ XT32
        HDR10
        Dolby Vision
        eARC
        New HDCP Version2.32.2
        Wi-Fi
        Bluetooth SBC
        Many HDMI Inputs78 (1 front)
        Many HDMI Outputs3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)
        Phono Input
        RCA Pre-Outs11.211.2
        Ethernet
        Analog Tuner FM/AM
        Spotify
      WEAKNESSES Anthem MRX 740 8K Marantz SR8012
        No Front Wide Channel Support
        No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        No Digital Radio

      Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input on Anthem MRX 740 8K and Marantz SR8012 with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the receiver.
      • 7.1 Multichannel Input: In case you have a high quality Blu-Ray or a DVD player with multichannel analog outputs you may connect it to a 7.1 multichannel analog inputs of Marantz SR8012 and use high quality DACs of the player instead of the ones in the receiver.
      • Analog Pre-Outs: Anthem MRX 740 8K and Marantz SR8012 have 11.2 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 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 7 pair of line inputs on Marantz SR8012 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 and 2 coaxial inputs are available on Marantz SR8012 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.
      • Marantz SR8012
        Inputs:
        8 (1 front)   Outputs: 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)
        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.
      • Marantz SR8012
        Inputs:
        5   Outputs: 1.
      • 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.
      • Marantz SR8012 supports up to 1080p resolution on Component video connectors.
      • Anthem MRX 740 8K
        Inputs:
        0   Outputs: 0.
      • Marantz SR8012
        Inputs:
        3   Outputs: 1.

      Front A/V Inputs

      • Anthem MRX 740 8K: None
      • Marantz SR8012: HDMI, USB, Composite, L/R Audio

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

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      Marantz SR8012

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