Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Sony STR-AZ5000ES

       
       

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      Overview

      Here we are comparing Anthem MRX 740 8K to Sony STR-AZ5000ES 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 Sony STR-AZ5000ES has 11 channel amplifiers with Anthem MRX 740 8K's being more powerful.


      Anthem MRX 740 8K Sony STR-AZ5000ES

      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.

      Sony STR-AZ5000ES was introduced in 2023. It is equipped with 11 channel amplifier with 120 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 and DTS:X, passes 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz and upscales up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 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
      • 120 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • HDMI 2.1
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
      • HDR10, Dolby Vision
      • 8K Passthrough, 8K Upscaling
      • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet

      We evaluated Anthem MRX 740 8K and Sony STR-AZ5000ES and gave them scores of 89 and 92 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

      Sony STR-AZ5000ES

      Amplifier
      89
      Amplifier
      91
      Audio Features
      89
      Audio Features
      91
      Video Features
      100
      Video Features
      99
      Connectivity
      88
      Connectivity
      88
      Zones
      77
      Zones
      93
      Radio
      73
      Radio
      86
      OVERALL
      89
      OVERALL
      92

      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 Sony STR-AZ5000ES.

      PROS

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

      Sony STR-AZ5000ES

      •   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 - 120 W
      •   11.2 Channel Processing
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   DTS:X
      •   IMAX Enhanced
      •   360 Reality Audio
      •   DSD via HDMI
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   HDMI Version
      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
      •   VRR
      •   8K Passthrough
      •   8K Upscaling
      •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Google Assistant
      •   Chromecast Built-In
      •   7 HDMI Inputs
      •   4 8K Inputs
      •   USB Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   3 Zones
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal
      •   Bluetooth 5․0

      CONS

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

      Sony STR-AZ5000ES

      •   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 Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No HDR10+
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   No Phono Input
      •   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 740 8K

      Sony STR-AZ5000ES

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   3 HDMI Outputs
      •   RCA Line 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 Sony STR-AZ5000ES.

      Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Sony STR-AZ5000ES
      Higher Power Output 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 120 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Higher DAC Specs 768 kHz/32 Bit vs 192 kHz/32 Bit
      HDR10+ vs
      AirPlay AirPlay 2 vs AirPlay 2
      More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2) vs 2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
      More 8K Inputs 7 vs 4
      More Optical Inputs 3 vs 2
      More Optical Outputs 1 vs
      More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 2 vs 1
      More RCA Line Outputs 1 vs
      Phono Input vs
      Headphone Out 6.3 mm (1/4") vs
      Zone 2 Outs HDMI, Pre Out vs HDMI, Composite video, Pre Out
      Analog Tuner vs FM
      Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC) 140 W (1% THD) on Channels 1-5, 60 W (1% THD) on Remaining Channels vs 130 W (0.9% THD)

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      Advantage of Sony STR-AZ5000ES

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Sony STR-AZ5000ES over Anthem MRX 740 8K.

      Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Sony STR-AZ5000ES
      More Channels 7.2 vs 11.2
      Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization vs
      DSD via HDMI vs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
      DSD via USB vs 2-ch Input
      Google Assistant vs
      Works with SONOS vs
      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 HDMI, USB
      More Zones 2 vs 3
      More Powered Zones vs 2 and 3
      Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 0 vs 1 / 2
      Pandora vs
      Tidal vs
      Deezer vs
      More Speaker Terminals 7 vs 11
      More Large Speaker Terminals 7 vs 11
      Bigger Power Supply 485 W vs 500 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 740 8K Sony STR-AZ5000ES
        High Power Output140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)120 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) D.C.A.C. IX
        HDR10
        Dolby Vision
        HDMI []2.12.1
        eARC
        New HDCP Version2.32.3
        Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
        VRR
        8K Passthroughup to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4
        Wi-Fi
        Bluetooth SBC, AAC, LDAC
        Chromecast Built-In
        Many HDMI Inputs77 (1 front)
        Many 8K Inputs74
        RCA Pre-Outs11.211.2
        Ethernet
        Analog Tuner FM
        Spotify
      WEAKNESSES Anthem MRX 740 8K Sony STR-AZ5000ES
        No Front Wide Channel Support
        No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
        No Digital Radio

      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 and Sony STR-AZ5000ES 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 both receivers 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 1 coaxial input are available on Sony STR-AZ5000ES for digital audio connections.
      • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") output jack on Anthem MRX 740 8K for headphones.

      Video

      • HDMI:
      • Anthem MRX 740 8K
        Inputs:
        7   Outputs: 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)
        8K Inputs: 7.
      • Sony STR-AZ5000ES
        Inputs:
        7 (1 front)   Outputs: 2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
        8K Inputs: 4.
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Anthem MRX 740 8K
        Inputs:
        0   Outputs: 0.
      • Sony STR-AZ5000ES
        Inputs:
        2   Outputs: 1.

      Front A/V Inputs

      • Anthem MRX 740 8K: None
      • Sony STR-AZ5000ES: HDMI, USB

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

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      Sony STR-AZ5000ES

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