Originally Posted by jproy13
I have a Denon 2311 and had 2 Pios before. I'm currently suffering from upgraditis.
Looking at the MRX 300. Not familiar with ARC. Would anybody would be able to tell me which version of Audyssy ARC would compare too?
IMO they're not directly comparable. ARC kind of fits in between them.
I prefer ARC over any of the non-Pro Audysseys, because Audyssey does not allow one to defeat the "crappy speakers compensation notch" without springing for Pro. Also, while I don't know if it works
any better, Anthem's included measurement hardware looks/feels more "high end" than the Audyssey tower mic. (Though in the same breath I have to add that the Audyssey mic actually measures quite well.)
Audyssey Pro has a feature that ARC doesn't, curve-drawing (albeit with quite a bit of allowed variance), and may in the hands of some people offer subjective improvements over ARC.
However, consider that Audyssey Pro requires not only a Pro-enabled box to begin with, but also a $150 license and an expensive measurement kit; bought new, one can practically buy an MRX 300 for just the cost of the Pro license and kit, AVR or pre-pro not included! In light of that, ARC is IMO a much better value proposition. And for a non-expert, probably the absolute better choice.
As for heat, it doesn't seem to run any hotter than the Denons I had before it.