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post #10383 of 16451
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Its a speaker level input. On REL and BK subs you can connect to the speaker level outputs on your AV or stereo amp and use the subs crossover and volume control to blend into your main speakers ( well worth the effort ) and connect to your .1 channel at the same time. There's 2 volume controls on the RELs, one for .1 and speaker level so that you can tailor it to your amp and listening room

OK, I suspected this was the case. I recommend NOT doing it. Instead, run a line level signal from MRX (SW output) into the line level input on the REL sub and run your L/R speakers directly from MRX Front L/Front R speaker output. Turn all filtering on REL off. If not possible, turn the low pass filter all the way up (to the highest frequency possible), set the phase control or switch to 0. Let ARC worry about blending speakers and subwoofer - it does it better based on the actual measurements than you can using your ears. I can see how running main speakers through REL may be advantagous when using an analog stereo integrated amp or power amp, but a receiver like Anthem MRX can do a better job integrating the sub using DSP.
post #10384 of 16451
Did it before your post appeared!!! Subwoofer out connected to rel, speaker level connected to rel from main L and R channel in the anthem and obviously the front L and R channels connected to the anthem as usual. Fantastic results, sounds great, massive improvement on bass.
post #10385 of 16451
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Did it before your post appeared!!! Subwoofer out connected to rel, speaker level connected to rel from main L and R channel in the anthem and obviously the front L and R channels connected to the anthem as usual. Fantastic results, sounds great, massive improvement on bass.

See, I don't see a point. In order for REL to filter out the bass (high pass) at the speaker level, it needs to apply some kind of a filter to the speaker level signal coming out of Anthem. Why would you want to subject your L/R speakers to an in-line analog filter potentially introducing phase shifts etc. Anthem already does it by tapering the bass in L/R using ARC (the downslope of the bass in the computed curve). There is no need for REL to do anything - it is possible that your mids and highs will be better if speakers are connected directly MRX.

Bottom line: your only connection that REL has with the rest of the system is one line level interconnect from MRX SW output to REL line level input. All the speakers should be connected to speaker level connectors on MRX.
post #10386 of 16451
Is the MRX able to handle low impedance speakers ?

Why i ask is because at the back it says 8 ohm.
post #10387 of 16451
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Originally Posted by SweElite View Post

Is the MRX able to handle low impedance speakers ?

Why i ask is because at the back it says 8 ohm.

It can handle 4 ohm speakers providing you don't want to drive large, difficult speakers in a large room to insane levels. If you do, you are better off with a power amp - no receiver can really help you here. If your speakers go below 4 ohms most of the time (e.g. Magnepan), you are better off with an outboard amp.
post #10388 of 16451
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It can handle 4 ohm speakers providing you don't want to drive large, difficult speakers in a large room to insane levels. If you do, you are better off with a power amp - no receiver can really help you here. If your speakers go below 4 ohms most of the time (e.g. Magnepan), you are better off with an outboard amp.

Just paired my MRX 700 with a set of Martin Logan Electrostatic Towers and it drives them with authority like you cannot believe! No need for an extra amp.
post #10389 of 16451
hello fellows.

I have a Denon 2311 and had 2 Pios before. I'm currently suffering from upgraditis.

Looking at the MRX 300. Not familiar with ARC. Would anybody would be able to tell me which version of Audyssy ARC would compare too?

Also, do Anthems tend to run "hot"? Not that it's a problem but just to know if my current setup would be adequate.

cheers
post #10390 of 16451
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Originally Posted by jproy13 View Post

hello fellows.

I have a Denon 2311 and had 2 Pios before. I'm currently suffering from upgraditis.

Looking at the MRX 300. Not familiar with ARC. Would anybody would be able to tell me which version of Audyssy ARC would compare too?

Also, do Anthems tend to run "hot"? Not that it's a problem but just to know if my current setup would be adequate.

cheers

I think you would be looking at XT32 or better. Someone else may know more.

I wouldn't say hot, but definitely warm. Need exhaust fans if it's in a closed cabinet. Not nearly as hot as the Onkyo I had before.
post #10391 of 16451
The only thing comparable to ARC is the Audyssey Pro and that still isnt on par from everything I have read.
post #10392 of 16451
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Originally Posted by jproy13 View Post

hello fellows.

I have a Denon 2311 and had 2 Pios before. I'm currently suffering from upgraditis.

Looking at the MRX 300. Not familiar with ARC. Would anybody would be able to tell me which version of Audyssy ARC would compare too?

IMO they're not directly comparable. ARC kind of fits in between them.

I prefer ARC over any of the non-Pro Audysseys, because Audyssey does not allow one to defeat the "crappy speakers compensation notch" without springing for Pro. Also, while I don't know if it works any better, Anthem's included measurement hardware looks/feels more "high end" than the Audyssey tower mic. (Though in the same breath I have to add that the Audyssey mic actually measures quite well.)

Audyssey Pro has a feature that ARC doesn't, curve-drawing (albeit with quite a bit of allowed variance), and may in the hands of some people offer subjective improvements over ARC.

However, consider that Audyssey Pro requires not only a Pro-enabled box to begin with, but also a $150 license and an expensive measurement kit; bought new, one can practically buy an MRX 300 for just the cost of the Pro license and kit, AVR or pre-pro not included! In light of that, ARC is IMO a much better value proposition. And for a non-expert, probably the absolute better choice.

As for heat, it doesn't seem to run any hotter than the Denons I had before it.
post #10393 of 16451
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Originally Posted by DS-21 View Post

IMO they're not directly comparable. ARC kind of fits in between them.

I prefer ARC over any of the non-Pro Audysseys, because Audyssey does not allow one to defeat the "crappy speakers compensation notch" without springing for Pro. Also, while I don't know if it works any better, Anthem's included measurement hardware looks/feels more "high end" than the Audyssey tower mic. (Though in the same breath I have to add that the Audyssey mic actually measures quite well.)

Audyssey Pro has a feature that ARC doesn't, curve-drawing (albeit with quite a bit of allowed variance), and may in the hands of some people offer subjective improvements over ARC.

However, consider that Audyssey Pro requires not only a Pro-enabled box to begin with, but also a $150 license and an expensive measurement kit; bought new, one can practically buy an MRX 300 for just the cost of the Pro license and kit, AVR or pre-pro not included! In light of that, ARC is IMO a much better value proposition. And for a non-expert, probably the absolute better choice.

As for heat, it doesn't seem to run any hotter than the Denons I had before it.

thanks DS-21. I'm in the non expert category for sure. I currently have MultEQ and if I was going to upgrade, I would want to go to XT32which can only be found on upper models of Marantz, Denon, Onkyo (although the new Onkyo 818 is suppose to have it but it's still over $1000can.).

I'm one of those who thinks that most AVRs are on par, so room correction software is high on my priority list (not interested in the Sherwood).

That's what made me think of Anthem, as I remember reading on several thread here and there that ARC was as good if not better in some regards. The MRX 300 can be add for a little under a Grand around here but I have to contact Anthem to make sure they are an authorized reseller.

Thanks for the info.

cheers
post #10394 of 16451
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Originally Posted by jproy13 View Post

thanks DS-21. I'm in the non expert category for sure. I currently have MultEQ and if I was going to upgrade, I would want to go to XT32which can only be found on upper models of Marantz, Denon, Onkyo (although the new Onkyo 818 is suppose to have it but it's still over $1000can.).

I'm one of those who thinks that most AVRs are on par, so room correction software is high on my priority list (not interested in the Sherwood).

That's what made me think of Anthem, as I remember reading on several thread here and there that ARC was as good if not better in some regards. The MRX 300 can be add for a little under a Grand around here but I have to contact Anthem to make sure they are an authorized reseller.

Thanks for the info.

cheers

I am quite confident in saying that for $1000 there is nothing that can touch the MRX300. The sound quality is phenomenal. ARC is the game changer, for this price point there is nothing out there as good.
post #10395 of 16451
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I am quite confident in saying that for $1000 there is nothing that can touch the MRX300. The sound quality is phenomenal. ARC is the game changer, for this price point there is nothing out there as good.

lol, it is becoming increasingly difficult to look away. I'm tempted because it's got everything I need and nothing I don't want (Ethernet port, usb port, "i"this and "i"that and all those gizmos).

how are the updates done?
post #10396 of 16451
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Originally Posted by jproy13 View Post

lol, it is becoming increasingly difficult to look away. I'm tempted because it's got everything I need and nothing I don't want (Ethernet port, usb port, "i"this and "i"that and all those gizmos).

how are the updates done?

Download to your computer and then uploaded to MRX through serial port in rear of MRX (the same connection for uploading ARC). If your computer doesn't have a serial connection you will need USB serial adapter.

barry
post #10397 of 16451
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Originally Posted by mwinely View Post

I am quite confident in saying that for $1000 there is nothing that can touch the MRX300. The sound quality is phenomenal. ARC is the game changer, for this price point there is nothing out there as good.

Right now, at least, the Sherwood Newcastle R-972 is an interesting competitor. Trinnov is interesting technology, even leaving its primary calling card (spatial remapping) aside. It's also considerably cheaper right now as it's a closeout, though it won't likely have the mfg support an Anthem box will. (The gentleman who guided the R-972, as well as previous excellent SN product, Jeff Hipps, is now employed by ATI's Theta division.)

The R-972 doesn't have on-screen volume display, though.
post #10398 of 16451
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Originally Posted by DS-21 View Post

Right now, at least, the Sherwood Newcastle R-972 is an interesting competitor. And cheaper. It doesn't have on-screen volume display, though.

right. I read a good part of the official thread and by most account, still a little buggy.

One of the audio shop in my town is an official Paradigm dealer so therefore, an official Anthem dealer (confirmed with the owner).

Have to decide if I'll take the leap of faith. A grand is alot of money. On the other hand, because AV receivers are not Anthem's bread and butter (I think), I'm lead to believe that their AV receiver would be relevant for quite a while. I mean if a newer version of HDMI would come out, it could be upgradable versus buying a new receiver. I may be completely in the park with this one, just a gut feeling.

oh, and it does have HDMI passthrough right?
post #10399 of 16451
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Originally Posted by jproy13 View Post

right. I read a good part of the official thread and by most account, still a little buggy.

One of the audio shop in my town is an official Paradigm dealer so therefore, an official Anthem dealer (confirmed with the owner).

Have to decide if I'll take the leap of faith. A grand is alot of money. On the other hand, because AV receivers are not Anthem's bread and butter (I think), I'm lead to believe that their AV receiver would be relevant for quite a while. I mean if a newer version of HDMI would come out, it could be upgradable versus buying a new receiver. I may be completely in the park with this one, just a gut feeling.

oh, and it does have HDMI passthrough right?

Yes, it does have HDMI passthrough, but "Auto" seems to work just fine as well. Picture still looks great through "Auto" and I am also enjoying the on-screen volume display.
post #10400 of 16451
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Yes, it does have HDMI passthrough, but "Auto" seems to work just fine as well. Picture still looks great through "Auto" and I am also enjoying the on-screen volume display.

Giraffe, I too am using Auto for the convinience, but I know why people are asking about passthrough - many video chips including Anthem's Genesis Torino do not handle 1080p 24fps correctly and insert an extra frame every 42secs or so, causing a jerk or skip that is more or less noticeable (mostly when there is fast movement). I notice this occasionally but don't care. Others are driven mad by it and for them configuring MRX to through is a must. Of course, in the process you lose on screen display but there are many people that gladly pay that price for a skip-free Blu-Ray reply.
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I tried the CEC function last night and I was able to get video from my last source used but no audio on my TV. Does it also pass audio? I can't remember if the MRX supports ARC? If not, would an optical cable connected to the MRX pass it or do I have to have an optical cable from my DVR to TV?
post #10402 of 16451
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Originally Posted by eric-t View Post

I tried the CEC function last night and I was able to get video from my last source used but no audio on my TV. Does it also pass audio? I can't remember if the MRX supports ARC? If not, would an optical cable connected to the MRX pass it or do I have to have an optical cable from my DVR to TV?

You have enable sound to the tv, not just the AVR, in the setup menu.
John
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Originally Posted by jayray View Post

You have enable sound to the tv, not just the AVR, in the setup menu.
John

I tried AVR+TV and still a no go? I see when you switch it to AVR+TV it changes the way the sound comes through your speakers. Another words, dialog through L/R fronts and center.

Does CEC support ARC?
post #10404 of 16451
I asked Anthem support. The MRX receivers do not support the Audio Return Channel.
post #10405 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Chris Isble View Post

I asked Anthem support. The MRX receivers do not support the Audio Return Channel.

Now it makes sense why it doesn't work. So the MRX passes no audio out of the HDMI cable whether on or off, correct? And the only solution would be to run an optical cable from DVR to TV, correct?
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Originally Posted by eric-t View Post

Now it makes sense why it doesn't work. So the MRX passes no audio out of the HDMI cable whether on or off, correct? And the only solution would be to run an optical cable from DVR to TV, correct?

Have you turned on the TV speakers?
post #10407 of 16451
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Have you turned on the TV speakers?

I believe I never turned them off but I will check. If that is the cause, will the MRX pass audio when the MRX is off and CEC is on? I thought since the MRX does not support ARC it's not possible.
post #10408 of 16451
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Originally Posted by eric-t View Post

I tried AVR+TV and still a no go? I see when you switch it to AVR+TV it changes the way the sound comes through your speakers. Another words, dialog through L/R fronts and center.
Does CEC support ARC?

I just realized why. It can't send a multichannel source to the TV and has to switch to a two channel source.
post #10409 of 16451
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Originally Posted by eric-t View Post

I believe I never turned them off but I will check. If that is the cause, will the MRX pass audio when the MRX is off and CEC is on? I thought since the MRX does not support ARC it's not possible.

If you turn the MRX off the TV will come on and the audio will start coming out of the TV speakers. ARC is sound from the TV going back to the MRX so it's not applicable as it's not ARC support.

Yes, it's retarded.
post #10410 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Rock Danger View Post

If you turn the MRX off the TV will come on and the audio will start coming out of the TV speakers. ARC is sound from the TV going back to the MRX so it's not applicable as it's not ARC support.

Yes, it's retarded.

And I need to have the HDMI audio output set to AVR+TV, correct?
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