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I'm thinking about buying the Anthem MRX 300 receiver. I noticed a Proceed Amp 5 for sale on audiogon.
Is this a good amp? Will it pair well with the Anthem?

Thanks in advance.

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If your looking for a quality used amp hunt around for a Bryston. They carry a 20yr warranty that's transferable. I don't know what your budget is but there are also plenty of capable new inexpensive 5 channel amps on the market. The NAD T-955 and also models from Outlaw and Emotiva come to mind.
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I had a Proceed AMP 5 that I paired with an Integra DTC-9.8 processor and thought it was a fantastic amp. It may be psychoacoustics based on what some people on this forum say about all amps sounding the same, but to my ears, I thought it sounded better than the Sunfire Cinema Grand and NHT Power^5 IcePower amps I was able to compare it to when driving my Vandersteen 3A Signature speakers.

Never had a chance to compare it to a Bryston, Classe, and other high-end amps that the Proceed is often times compared to. But considering it retailed for nearly $5000 new and now can be had for <$1,300 used, I think there definitely are some deals to be had on the AMP 5. Good luck trying to find a used Bryston 9BST at that price.

Just be forewarned that the Proceed AMP 5 is large (20" deep) and heavy (~115 lbs.) so make sure that your rack can accommodate this beast of an amp.

What speakers do you have? Based on what I hear about the quality of the amp section in the Anthem MRX, might be worthwhile trying out the receiver first before jumping to the conclusion that the amp section is inadequate and buying an external amp needlessly....
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I have a 5.1 system with Polk speakers up front. I thought that I would upgrade to Paradigm, Def Tech or Dynaudio in the near future.
If I go with the MRX 300 instead of the MRX 700 I could save $1000 and put that toward an external amp.

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I did exactly what you are thinking of, MRX300 / external amp, but I wish I had more strongly considered the MRX700 -- just for simplicity. My speakers don't really need the extra power of a separate amp. My 70WPC integrated can push them louder than I can stand. The ARC room correction on the MRX has also significantly tamed the bass. My in-room gain is rather high.
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My dealer is recommending the Arcam 400 over the Anthem because of HDMI handshake issues.
I'm leaning this way but will have to do more research.

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My dealer is recommending the Arcam 400 over the Anthem because of HDMI handshake issues.
I'm leaning this way but will have to do more research.

Do you suppose that your dealer might also be recommending the $2500 price tag over the $1000 price tag?

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Do you suppose that your dealer might also be recommending the $2500 price tag over the $1000 price tag?

AJ

I am partial to the Anthem, but I did experience a dealer pushing $5K separates over the 2-3K I was ready to spend. Didn't seem to be interested in selling anything that wasn't $5K.
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I considered that possibility but if I go with the Arcam I may not need a separate amp. A more fair comparison would be the Anthem MRX 700 at 2k vs. the Arcam 400 at $2500. If I go the Anthem MRX 300 route I would most likely need a separate amp.

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I considered that possibility but if I go with the Arcam I may not need a separate amp. A more fair comparison would be the Anthem MRX 700 at 2k vs. the Arcam 400 at $2500. If I go the Anthem MRX 300 route I would most likely need a separate amp.

Arcam's room correction system is an off the shelf solution that comes along for the ride on its incorporated Analog Devices DSPs. It is reportedly and observably inferior to Anthem Room Correction.

http://www.stereophile.com/musicinth..._39/index.html

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If your looking for a quality used amp hunt around for a Bryston. They carry a 20yr warranty that's transferable.

Solid amps that are tanks and sound great too.
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My dealer is recommending the Arcam 400 over the Anthem because of HDMI handshake issues.
I'm leaning this way but will have to do more research.

Phil

If there is such a problem then unless Anthem has really dropped the support ball (since having an AVM 20), I'd expect they'll get it resolved. What does Anthem have to say about the allegation?

Just because there is a knob doesn't mean you should turn it.
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Hi guys, I posted this question at another old Proceed thread. Hopefully someone could help me. I just bought a AMP3 from ebay. The unit plays fine but I noticed the power seems a bit weak so I did the pink and white noise test. With my Onkyo NR5009 volume at 60, the AMP3 read 74 dB pink/ 79 dB white with my Radio shack meter. My NR5009 read 77 dB white/ 79 dB pink and my McCormack DNA-125 read 78 dB white/ 81 dB pink. Why is the AMP3 reading so low at 74Bb pink ? Is this an indication the AMP3 may be going bad ? The chassis shows a sign of being opened before, pehaps for service. My speakers are Triad Silver LCR.
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