Originally Posted by Ryder125
When I compared the Anthem MRX to Yamaha, Denon and Marantz it was a clear winner, now I'll be comparing it to Cambridge for a week and then keep the winner, I don't remember hearing static and noise from the Anthem? I remember it being clean and quiet, its been awhile since I've heard a MRX but I was impressed with it. Hard to ignore all the love for CA tho, seen a few people switch over from Anthem to CA and seem to be happy with it, on the UK forums they seem to like the Anthem MRX over the Arcam 600/500, so I'm sure Anthem is in Arcam league if not above it given all the people switching from the fmj 600 to the MRX and calling it an improvement.
Anthem has a heck of a following. No doubt. And those that post, love them. Key word though - post. Remember, too, Anthems are sold by EVERYBODY so you hear about them all the time, good reviews, etc. You can buy an Anthem anywhere around me, but only ONE guy sells CA in the whole state.
Not everyone gets the static. Seems to have been more a 700 problem than the others. Most complainers of MRX's had 700's, like me. I wonder how many people WILL get the static after a while. I never had it right away. I get the feeling we'll be hearing about MRX300/500/700's for years to come, and not for good reasons. I'd like to take credit for the term "my MRX went apesh!t crazy" now before others use it. One thing I've been seeing over there lately are a lot of posts about sending the MRX in for repair. Won't turn on. Power issues and such. Something I've suspected for a year or more.
Arcam 600/500 were something of a train wreck, unfortunately. I had two Arcam 400 for quite a while. I thought it was actually better than my Anthem MRX700(s). Clearer center channel, better video upscaling and actually better bass integration even without the aid of room correction. Both have airier upper end than CA, however. But the Arcam had a strange "chirping" noise I couldn't figure out at the time and I jumped ship.
One thing to pay attention to when you are comparing is the center channel. I've written about it before, so I won't bore you with it again, but it was VERY significant compared to Arcam and CA.
The other thing I noticed, is I "think" my upper end opened up a little on the 651r after a month or so. I know it sounds strange, but upper end is a big thing to me. I actually has treble up +2, until recently. Suddenly "S"'s seemed a little harsh, so I turned treble down.
I don't expect MRX people to flock to CA's. Just not enough flash and tech, for them. But I do wish more of them were open minded enough to realize that there are OTHER AVR's that are better than the Japanese brands most "discover" Anthem is SO much better than to begin with. Many act like if the MRX doesn't work out - back to a Japanese brand they will go - like there are NO other options.