Yes, the Anthem MRX-1120 receiver is an excellent choice especially if your main usage would be home theater (movies). The ARC (Anthem Room Correction) is really effective and works really good.
I haven't heard this particular receiver but I did demo the Anthem AVM60 preamp processor, which is basically the MRX-1120 without an amp, and the AVM60 with the ARC engaged performed extraordinarily for surround sound (movies). The AVM60 multi-channel performance for movies, with the ARC engaged, rivals much more expensive preamp processors such as the Classe SSP 800 and Krell Foundation series processors.
I can tell you that for surround sound movies the Anthem AVM60, with ARC engaged, sounded better than the Classe Sigma SSP and the Marantz AV8802 processors.
The Anthem MRX-1120 receiver has exact same preamp processor & DAC section as the Anthem AVM60 preamp processor. And they both are using exact same ARC.
I think the power amp section of the MRX-1120 receiver is probably quite good. And this receiver decodes dolby atmos, dts-x, supports hdcp 2.2, etc.
This Anthem MRX-1120 receiver retails for $3500.
Another great choice would be the new Rotel RAP-1580 av receiver which decodes dolby atmos, dts-x and supports hdcp 2.2 4k video pass through hdmi 2.0 etc. Although Rotel does not call it a receiver due to lack of built-in tuner (am/fm radio) but it is an av receiver without built-in tuner.
But the Rotel lacks features or bells & whistles. It does not have built-in Pandora, Spotify, Tidal or hd radio or Sirius radio alike, no airplay. Pretty barebone. And it lacks auto room EQ calibration software but instead Rotel provides manual PEQ, which requires proper tools and equipments and thorough knowledge and experiences on how to implement it.
I would suggest that you have your Rotel certified and experienced dealer to perform manual calibration for you using its manual PEQ. Or you can hire a professional or accoustician to do it for you.
This receiver retails for $3800 and has great amplifier section that rivals some separate amps.
Has great sounding preamp and DAC as well.
You can never go wrong with either the Anthem MRX-1120 or the new Rotel RAP-1580 receivers.
For multi-channel (home theater) and with the ARC engaged I'm sure the Anthem will perform better than the Rotel. But for stereo performance for music with DSP and other digital processings disabled and room EQ disabled they are probably comparable sonically or perhaps the Rotel might have an edge over the Anthem.
Another great choice would be the NAD T787 receiver ($4k). I've only demoed this receiver in stereo for listening to music and it sounded really good and very musical especially coming from an av receiver.
It is equipped with Audyssey XT32 but this receiver currently does not decode dolby atmos, dts-x, does not support hdcp 2.2 nor 4k video pass through. However, all NAD av receivers and processors are modular designs and can easily be upgradeable to accomodate supports for latest current formats and codecs.
Not sure if NAD has already rolled out its new boards to accomodate supports for dolby atmos, dts-x, hdcp 2.2 hdmi 2.0 4k video yet. Got the feeling they will be available this year.
All these 3 receivers sounded really good for 2ch music and surround sound movies.
For surround movies I'm very sure that the Anthem MRX-1120, with the ARC engaged, will perform better than the Rotel or the NAD. The Rotel RAP-1580 and the NAD T787 have really good amp sections.
Give these 3 receivers a listen and let us know what you think and what you finally decide on.
What are your speakers anyway?
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