Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Sony STR-ZA2100ES

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      Overview

      Here we are comparing Anthem MRX 740 8K to Sony STR-ZA2100ES 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. Both receivers have 7 channel amplifiers with Anthem MRX 740 8K's being more powerful.


      Anthem MRX 740 8K Sony STR-ZA2100ES

      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-ZA2100ES was introduced in 2017. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 75 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 9ch + Phantom 2ch maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K/60p 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

      • 7.2 Channels
      • 9ch + Phantom 2ch Channel Processing
      • 75 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
      • HDR10, Dolby Vision
      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/60Hz Upscaling
      • Ethernet

      We evaluated Anthem MRX 740 8K and Sony STR-ZA2100ES and gave them scores of 89 and 83 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-ZA2100ES

      Amplifier
      89
      Amplifier
      79
      Audio Features
      89
      Audio Features
      86
      Video Features
      100
      Video Features
      96
      Connectivity
      88
      Connectivity
      75
      Zones
      77
      Zones
      89
      Radio
      73
      Radio
      59
      OVERALL
      89
      OVERALL
      83

      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-ZA2100ES.

      PROS

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

      Sony STR-ZA2100ES

      •   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
      •   9ch + Phantom 2ch Channel Processing
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   DTS:X
      •   DSD via HDMI
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
      •   USB Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   3 Zones
      •   Analog Tuner

      CONS

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

      Sony STR-ZA2100ES

      •   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
      •   Low Power Output - 75 W
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No 360 Reality Audio
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   No Wi-Fi
      •   No Bluetooth
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   0 8K Input
      •   No Phono Input
      •   No Digital Radio
      •   No Pandora
      •   No Spotify
      •   No Tidal


      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-ZA2100ES

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   7.2 Channels
      •   6 HDMI Inputs
      •   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-ZA2100ES.

      Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Sony STR-ZA2100ES
      Higher Power Output 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 75 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Certified 4 Ω Performance vs
      More Channel Processing 11.1 vs 9ch + Phantom 2ch
      DTS Virtual:X vs
      IMAX Enhanced vs
      DTS Dialog Control vs
      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/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
      Wi-Fi vs
      Bluetooth vs
      Chromecast Built-In vs
      AirPlay AirPlay 2 vs
      More HDMI Inputs 7 vs 6 (1 front)
      More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2) vs 2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
      More 8K Inputs 7 vs
      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
      More RCA Pre-Outs 11.2 vs 2.2 (Height L/R and Subwoofers)
      Headphone Out 6.3 mm (1/4") vs
      Zone 2 Outs HDMI, Pre Out vs HDMI, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out
      +12V Trigger Output 3 vs 1 (80 mA)
      Spotify vs
      Bigger Power Supply 485 W vs 290 W
      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 105 W (0.9% THD)
      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 115 W (0.9% THD)
      Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 110 dB vs 105 dB (20 kHz LPF, 500 mV)

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      Advantage of Sony STR-ZA2100ES

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Sony STR-ZA2100ES over Anthem MRX 740 8K.

      Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Sony STR-ZA2100ES
      DSD via HDMI vs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
      USB Input for factory service vs 1 (Front) for update and setting
      More Composite Video Inputs vs 2
      More Composite Video Outputs vs 1
      More Component Video Inputs vs 2
      Front A/V Inputs vs HDMI, USB
      More Zones 2 vs 3
      More Powered Zones vs 2
      Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 0 vs 1 / 2

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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-ZA2100ES
        Channel Processing11.19ch + Phantom 2ch
        Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 plus 2 phantom rear surround channels
        DTS:X up to 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 plus 2 phantom rear surround channels
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis) D.C.A.C. EX
        HDR10
        Dolby Vision
        eARC
        New HDCP Version2.32.2
        RCA Pre-Outs11.22.2 (Height L/R and Subwoofers)
        Ethernet
        Analog Tuner FM/AM
      WEAKNESSES Anthem MRX 740 8K Sony STR-ZA2100ES
        No Front Wide Channel Support
        No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        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 and Sony STR-ZA2100ES has 2.2 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 and Sony STR-ZA2100ES has 10 channel processing but has only 7 channel amplifier, so they need external amplifiers connected to their analog pre-outs in order to reach their maximum speaker configurations.
      • 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-ZA2100ES 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-ZA2100ES
        Inputs:
        6 (1 front)   Outputs: 2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/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.
      • Sony STR-ZA2100ES
        Inputs:
        2   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. resolution on Component video connectors.
      • Anthem MRX 740 8K
        Inputs:
        0   Outputs: 0.
      • Sony STR-ZA2100ES
        Inputs:
        2   Outputs: 0.

      Front A/V Inputs

      • Anthem MRX 740 8K: None
      • Sony STR-ZA2100ES: HDMI, USB

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

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      Sony STR-ZA2100ES

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