Anthem MRX 540 8K (North American version)
- 5.2 channels
- 7.1 channel processing
- 100 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
- HDMI 2.1
- Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
- HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 8K Passthrough
- AirPlay 2, Chromecast
- Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- USB and Phono inputs
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Anthem MRX 540 8K was introduced in 2021. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.
We evaluated the Receiver and gave 85 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.
Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and video signal passthrough and upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...
Pros and Cons
In this section we present pros and cons of Anthem MRX 540 8K
|Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.|
|Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through|
|4K or 8K Video Passthrough|
|New HDCP Version|
|Many HDMI Inputs|
|Many 8K Inputs|
|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|
Anthem MRX 540 8K has 5 channel amplifier and delivers 100 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 Ω load.
The Receiver has 8K passthrough up to 60p. It can bypass HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision.
High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.
Dolby Vision and HDR10+
Dolby Vision and HDR10+ are both updates to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and support up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.
Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer
Anthem MRX 540 8K supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 3.1.2 channels.
Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.
Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.
If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.
DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer
Anthem MRX 540 8K supports DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. It can be configured upto 3.1.2 channels.
A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.
DTS Neural:X is a new upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.
Anthem MRX 540 8K comes withAnthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis) room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.
Anthem MRX 540 8K can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver supports AirPlay 2. It has 7 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.3 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 7.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.
Front panel has no inputs.
Here we list all the available features and specifications of Anthem MRX 540 8K.
|Model||MRX 540 8K|
|Front Wide Channel Support|
|Amplifier||Class AB on Channels 1-5 and Class D on the rest|
|Continuous 6 Ω Rated|
|Certified 4 Ω Performance|
|Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Engine||Next-Generation DSP Platform|
|Maximum Channel Processing||7.1|
|Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|Dolby Atmos Music|
|Dolby Digital Plus|
|Dolby Surround Upmixer|
|Dolby Pro Logic|
|DTS-HD Master Audio|
|DTS-HD High Resolution Audio|
|Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer|
|DSD via HDMI|
|DSD via USB|
|DSD to PCM Converter|
|DTS Dialog Control|
|Audyssey Dynamic EQ|
|Audyssey Dynamic Volume|
|Audyssey Sub EQ HT|
|Independent Subwoofer Outputs|
|Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.||Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis)|
|BT.2020 color space|
|HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)|
|ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)|
|VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)|
|QFT (Quick Frame transport)|
|Video Signal Passthrough||up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4|
|Works with Amazon Alexa|
|Works with SONOS|
|Apple Product Connection||iPod, iPhone and iPad|
|Remote App||Anthem Remote App|
|USB Input||for factory service|
|USB DC Out Port|
|Analog Audio Line Input||4|
|Analog Audio Line Output||1|
|Coaxial In/Out||2 /|
|Composite Video Input|
|Composite Video Output|
|Component Video Input|
|Component Video Output|
|Front A/V Inputs|
|+12V Trigger Output||3|
|Remote (IR) Input/Output||1 / 0|
|IP Control for CI|
|Detachable Power Cord|
|SiriusXM Internet Radio|
|Large Speaker Terminals||5|
|Power Supply||AC 120 V, 60 Hz|
|Power Consumption||365 W|
|Standby Power||0.3 W|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||431.8 mm x 152.4 mm x 364 mm|
17" x 6" x 14-1/2" x
|Weight||12.8 kg (28.2 lbs)|
|Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2||100 W (1% THD)|
|Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2||130 W (1% THD)|
|Maximum Preout Level and Impedance||5.2 VRMS, 7.1 VRMS|
|Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance||32 Ω - 600 Ω|
|S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)||110 dB|
|Frequency Response (Analog In)||20 Hz - 30 kHz +/-0.2 dB|
* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted