Originally Posted by jayray
There is always an Anthem MRX 300, with Anthem Room Correction. Hard to beat with excellent amp sections and great room correction.
Propaganda aside, the Anthem's amps are absolutely nothing special. (And before you come back with "my MRX 500 drives my speakers just as well as my previous Denon 4310/Emotiva setup," all that really says is that the Emo amp was superfluous in your previous system.)
Now, there's nothing wrong with with the Anthem's amps at all. But nothing special or unique about them, either, at this price or any other. They're just standard commodity parts. They are class AB units, which means they produce more heat compared to their power output - i.e. they're less energy-efficient - than modern class D amps.
The only potential, theoretical sonic issue with them is that they might
have higher zero-crossing distortion than a class AB chipamp, because they use discrete parts and will not by the nature of the beast be matched as well as the equivalent parts inside a single chip will be. But I can't say I've ever heard anything objectionable from mine. Yet, at least. I hope my tune doesn't change when I put mine with my reference speakers, which are a solid 10dB/W/m more efficient than the ones currently in use...
That said, having surveyed the market recently (and not being inclined to spend more than a grand because my previous AVR cost double that and only lasted three years), the MRX 300 was my choice. ARC is IMO well worth the premium, and unlike amps room correction systems actually make a sonic difference. Even though with an Anthem box one has to deal with the silliness of uninformed "audiophiles" thinking that various component parts of it are better because Anthem is a "high end" brand and their ad copy asserts so. (Reviews say so too, but reviews tend to parrot ad copy. The measured performance of them has been shown to be adequate but unexceptional.) The software is excellent, though it would be better if it were OSX compatible. The included measurement equipment itself is a cut above anything offered by anyone else.
My criteria were different from the OP's, though, in that I paid no consideration to radio or internet streaming features. (In truth, the only things that mattered to me were room correction software and warranty.) My last AVR had HD Radio and I never used it, and I get streaming audio from external sources. The MRX 300 does not have either feature. So if they are very important, it's not the right box for the OP.