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This is an old thread, but...
I have the Anthem MRX700, in fact this is my SECOND one. I am leaning towards an Arcam AVR400. I have looked into the Cambridge.
If you want features and lots of signal noise, go Anthem. If you just want the "basics" of what you need, power and an AVR based on SQ vs "isn't it NEAT" go Cambridge.
ARC is great, it is. BUT....if you have good speakers and controlled bass it's usefulness can be limited. The more I pulled my fronts from the wall, the less ARC mattered. it didn't do a lot to begin with. PLUS, like anything, there are trade-offs like a slightly "thinner?" sound to me. Why do most audio files always choose the "default/off" settings? there's a reason.
Also, I didn't think the all digital situation with Anthem would matter, But it DOES, BIG TIME.
I put in a CD (I'm mostly a TV guy) and it was TERRIBLE. No sound stage of any kind. And when all the instruments of the music kick in it's a mess, just a mess of sound.
I say better sound quality trumps "lesser"? SQ + room correction.
And you will get that with the Cambridge. In fact, I kinda think the Cambridge IS what the Anthem is SUPPOSED to be.
Simple and thinned out on features for a slightly better sound at a great price. But the Anthem fails BECAUSE of BAD processing designs. "Clicks, pops, and static from the AMPS or from the processing TO the AMPS"
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