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post #13201 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Tank_PD View Post

Yes, MRX300 here with a Marantz MM7055 amp. I wish I would have just gotten the 700 and no external amp and am even thinking of consolidating / upgrading or running the speakers directly off the 300. Speakers are the S6 / C3. They do not need very much power to sound great, hence the amp range on Paradigm's website starting at as little as 15W. The S6 actually sound their best off my 70W integrated; Though not because of the power, but there is no room correction to reduce the bass output, etc. Any amps / separates I desire are just for lust and little to do with function. smile.gif

That is pretty surprising that they sound that good off of just the 70 watts! I figure I may as well just keep the amp and use it for now though since the area I am in nobody really seems to be too interested in audio equipment around and that the SOB would cost so much to ship, it's hardly worth selling online. Nice to know that its a great sounding unit, thanks!
post #13202 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Yosh70 View Post

Have you tried re-downloading the new firmware? You never know.....

I have tried that too now but same result.

I can't think of anything else to try. I have logged a support ticket with Anthem and waiting for a response.
post #13203 of 16451
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Originally Posted by dmpavs View Post

That is pretty surprising that they sound that good off of just the 70 watts! I figure I may as well just keep the amp and use it for now though since the area I am in nobody really seems to be too interested in audio equipment around and that the SOB would cost so much to ship, it's hardly worth selling online. Nice to know that its a great sounding unit, thanks!

It's a high-current integrated amp with a large power supply. Most integrated amps seem much more conservatively rated than a typical receiver.
post #13204 of 16451
February will be a year since I've owned my MRX-500. Last month I started to notice I was getting some static noise while listening to lossless movie soundtracks on blu-ray. My player was an Oppo BDP-93. I was using 2 HDMI outputs on the player, one directly to my display (to avoid handshake errors) and the other to the MRX for audio. The static noise would be something of a skip in the audio, it would happen about the first 7min. of the start of a movie. I normally would hear maybe 1 or 2 errors. It wasn't terribly loud where it could do damage to my speakers but I have never noticed it before. Two weeks ago I purchased the Oppo BDP-103, HDM1 goes to my display, HDMI 2 goes to the MRX. HDMI is set to split A/V on the Oppo. I still hear some static skips while playing blu-rays. I'm considering calling Anthem to see if they have maybe a beta firmware that could correct this. My MRX-500 is currently on 50.25. Has anyone else heard these static skips? Is anyone here using current beta on their MRX receivers?
post #13205 of 16451
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Originally Posted by dmpavs View Post

Hey guys, I'm ditching the processor I have and was thinking about going with the Anthem MRX 300 to be used with an external amp for more power. I liked the sound of separates and cannot think that this would really be any different if using a different amp. Anyone on here have experience with this setup? Just curious if there is an audible difference in SQ vs the receiver alone?
I run an MRX300 with a Monitor audio silver speakers powered by a Rotel RMB-1095 (5 X 200 watts) and a Rotel RB-1050 (2 X 100 watts for the center backs). The Monitor Audio speakers are 6 ohms and drop to a bit below 4ohms so they are pretty hard to drive. The MRX300 without the external amps paired with my speakers is OK but swapping in the amp really opens up the sound stage at movie volumes that I listen at like -20 and louder(I usually listen at -14) on the master volume. The imaging is improved at those volumes and there is a much greater separation too. With music I run my fronts full range without the sub and the as good as it is for movies the external amps make it even better for 2 channel listening at louder volumes. For me and my speakers the external amps make a big improvement.
Edited by Legairre - 1/7/13 at 8:33am
post #13206 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Legairre View Post

I run an MRX300 with a Monitor audio silver speakers powered by a Rotel RMB-1095 (5 X 200 watts) and a Rotel RB-1050 (2 X 100 watts for the center backs). The Monitor Audio speakers are 6 ohms and drop to a bit below 4ohms so they are pretty hard to drive. The MRX300 without the external amps paired with my speakers is OK but swapping in the amp really opens up the sound stage at movie volumes that I listen at like -20 and louder(I usually listen at -14) on the master volume. The imaging is improved at those volumes and there is a much greater separation too. With music I run my fronts full range without the sub and the as good as it is for movies the external amps make it even better for 2 channel listening at louder volumes. For me and my speakers the external amps make a big improvement.

Yeah, I know I wasn't imagining it with my old Marantz either, people who say it is exactly the same sound, only louder obviously haven't listened very close. It is the whole purpose of separate components and why they sound superior. I just was asking due to not knowing if the Anthem was that good that the internal amp didn't need any separation...
post #13207 of 16451
Hey all, just have a question on the video side of the mrx300
I just sold my old avr that upscaled everything to 1080 p...I just picked up a marantz that does not have
Any video processing..just straight thru...and my HD channels are OK..but std channels,like nickelodeon suck!
The pic is sooo bad..my dish net box asks me what type of TV 480,720p or 1080i..I have it on 1080i..my Sony is 1080p..but display only says I'm getting a 1080i picture,anyway..bottom line is I'm getting a mrx300 and would like to know how the upscaling is on that,what type of video processer does it use?.. Only using it as a pre-amp..does it upscale 480 std TV pic to 1080p with good results?...thanks
post #13208 of 16451
Did your SD channels look better with your old avr? Your TV is already scaling up and the MRX will too, but with all these basic scalers they're probably similar. You can't escape the fact that the non-HD signal isn't going to be that good and can't compare to HD.
post #13209 of 16451
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Originally Posted by mikey94025 View Post

Did your SD channels look better with your old avr? Your TV is already scaling up and the MRX will too, but with all these basic scalers they're probably similar. You can't escape the fact that the non-HD signal isn't going to be that good and can't compare to HD.
Yes..my SD signals was wayyy better with my old avr that was a Harmon/person with faraduja dcdi processing,it upscaled everything to 1080p..now with the marantz in its place with straight pass thru,the SD signals are terrible
I'm getting the Mrx Friday,I hope it does the trick!
I tweaked my settings on my Sony xbr but still can't get a decent SD picture,Nickelodeon (for my 5 yrs old,not me)
Lol..is unwatchable!..all washed out and blurry,I'm just used to everything getting upscaled to 1080p,I guess my old avr did a much better job than my dish net.box and TV
Oh well..hope the anthem is my ticket,also hope it plays well with my oppo bd-103!
post #13210 of 16451
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Originally Posted by esh516 View Post

Yes..my SD signals was wayyy better with my old avr that was a Harmon/karden with faraduja dcdi processing,it upscaled everything to 1080p..now with the marantz in its place with straight pass thru,the SD signals are terrible
I'm getting the Mrx Friday,I hope it does the trick!
I tweaked my settings on my Sony xbr but still can't get a decent SD picture,Nickelodeon (for my 5 yrs old,not me)
Lol..is unwatchable!..all washed out and blurry,I'm just used to everything getting upscaled to 1080p,I guess my old avr did a much better job than my dish net.box and TV
Oh well..hope the anthem is my ticket,also hope it plays well with my oppo bd-103!
post #13211 of 16451
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Originally Posted by ThePrisoner View Post

February will be a year since I've owned my MRX-500. Last month I started to notice I was getting some static noise while listening to lossless movie soundtracks on blu-ray. My player was an Oppo BDP-93. I was using 2 HDMI outputs on the player, one directly to my display (to avoid handshake errors) and the other to the MRX for audio. The static noise would be something of a skip in the audio, it would happen about the first 7min. of the start of a movie. I normally would hear maybe 1 or 2 errors. It wasn't terribly loud where it could do damage to my speakers but I have never noticed it before. Two weeks ago I purchased the Oppo BDP-103, HDM1 goes to my display, HDMI 2 goes to the MRX. HDMI is set to split A/V on the Oppo. I still hear some static skips while playing blu-rays. I'm considering calling Anthem to see if they have maybe a beta firmware that could correct this. My MRX-500 is currently on 50.25. Has anyone else heard these static skips? Is anyone here using current beta on their MRX receivers?

Do have current Oppo 103 FW? Anthem had issue with 103.
post #13212 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Brian-HD View Post

Do have current Oppo 103 FW? Anthem had issue with 103.

Yes, I'am on firmware BDP10X-38-1220, which was released January 2, 2013.
post #13213 of 16451
Any new Anthem news from CES regarding a new receiver line up or anything?????
post #13214 of 16451
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Originally Posted by ThePrisoner View Post

Yes, I'am on firmware BDP10X-38-1220, which was released January 2, 2013.

What did Anthem told you regarding this issue?
post #13215 of 16451
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Originally Posted by 04rex View Post

Any new Anthem news from CES regarding a new receiver line up or anything?????

Just the amp as of now which seems to be a killer amp


http://www.digitaltrends.com/ces-videos/anthem-shows-us-the-m1-statement-a-1000-watt-digital-mono-amplifier/
post #13216 of 16451
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Originally Posted by esh516 View Post

Hey all, just have a question on the video side of the mrx300
I just sold my old avr that upscaled everything to 1080 p...I just picked up a marantz that does not have
Any video processing..just straight thru...and my HD channels are OK..but std channels,like nickelodeon suck!
The pic is sooo bad..my dish net box asks me what type of TV 480,720p or 1080i..I have it on 1080i..my Sony is 1080p..but display only says I'm getting a 1080i picture,anyway..bottom line is I'm getting a mrx300 and would like to know how the upscaling is on that,what type of video processer does it use?.. Only using it as a pre-amp..does it upscale 480 std TV pic to 1080p with good results?...thanks
My experience is the MRX sucks at upscaling. First off there's no way to maintain 4:3 aspect ratio, it will stretch any SD signal to 16:9 (I really don't like watching fat people)... at least my TV gives me a choice.

I've got a Sony XBR-909, and I run all my SD (analog) inputs direct to the TV, which does a much better job of upscaling than the MRX. I got the MRX primarily for audio, so it's not a big issue for me, but I had been hoping to reduce the number of cables direct to the TV.
post #13217 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Brian-HD View Post

Just the amp as of now which seems to be a killer amp
http://www.digitaltrends.com/ces-videos/anthem-shows-us-the-m1-statement-a-1000-watt-digital-mono-amplifier/

That's actually from 2012. Last years show.

I hope they come out with a new updated receiver. Maybe 7.2 with more HDMI inputs?
post #13218 of 16451
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Originally Posted by 04rex View Post

That's actually from 2012. Last years show.
I hope they come out with a new updated receiver. Maybe 7.2 with more HDMI inputs?

you are corrected.
post #13219 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Brian-HD View Post

What did Anthem told you regarding this issue?

Anthem said to check with Oppo about their firmware, which I just did by phone. Oppo advised me to go from bitstream on HDMI 2 to LPCM and listen for any audio errors. I will listen tonight while watching Redbox rental of Ted.
post #13220 of 16451
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Originally Posted by yanknuck View Post

Nice shots! I like the clean simple look to the GUI. The hard drive feature along with the Internet radio are probably the extras (or non essentials if you prefer) that I'm most interested in. It would be a little nicer to pop on WEEI in the living room for a listen, instead of the dungeon where the computer is.

Don't get me wrong though, it's all about the sound quality first and foremost. I definitely need a new AVR. The 500 just seems like the logical move to hookup to my Monitor 9's. I already have the all important WAF. Just a matter of getting a few more dollars together to drive one home. All in due time...

Peter

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Originally Posted by fredthe View Post

My experience is the MRX sucks at upscaling. First off there's no way to maintain 4:3 aspect ratio, it will stretch any SD signal to 16:9 (I really don't like watching fat people)... at least my TV gives me a choice.
I've got a Sony XBR-909, and I run all my SD (analog) inputs direct to the TV, which does a much better job of upscaling than the MRX. I got the MRX primarily for audio, so it's not a big issue for me, but I had been hoping to reduce the number of cables direct to the TV.
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Originally Posted by fredthe View Post

My experience is the MRX sucks at upscaling. First off there's no way to maintain 4:3 aspect ratio, it will stretch any SD signal to 16:9 (I really don't like watching fat people)... at least my TV gives me a choice.
I've got a Sony XBR-909, and I run all my SD (analog) inputs direct to the TV, which does a much better job of upscaling than the MRX. I got the MRX primarily for audio, so it's not a big issue for me, but I had been hoping to reduce the number of cables direct to the TV.
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Originally Posted by fredthe View Post

My experience is the MRX sucks at upscaling. First off there's no way to maintain 4:3 aspect ratio, it will stretch any SD signal to 16:9 (I really don't like watching fat people)... at least my TV gives me a choice.
I've got a Sony XBR-909, and I run all my SD (analog) inputs direct to the TV, which does a much better job of upscaling than the MRX. I got the MRX primarily for audio, so it's not a big issue for me, but I had been hoping to reduce the number of cables direct to the TV.[/quot
post #13221 of 16451
Well that's a bummer, I was hoping the Mrx had decent video upscaling in it
I know it sounds good, I was hoping for the complete package
My TV and dish net sat. Box both do not upscale SD signals very good at all...I do not understand,my old h/k upscaled everything to 1080p and everything looked great..best picture I ever had..should of held on to it but needed to sell it to buy the Mrx
Now...I'm not sure what to do
Could anyone please post some pics of the GUI.on screen menu of the Mrx..please!!
post #13222 of 16451
I use my MRX to upscale everything to 1080p from my TiVo. 480i SD, 720p, 1080i all native from the TiVo.

I had NO idea the MRX, itself, even COULD "stretch" SD. It has always maintained ratios of what it gets for me.

I don't think fredthe is correct that the MRX "automatically" stretches SD. Can anyone confirm this?

Mine doesn't.
post #13223 of 16451
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Originally Posted by ThePrisoner View Post


Anthem said to check with Oppo about their firmware, which I just did by phone. Oppo advised me to go from bitstream on HDMI 2 to LPCM and listen for any audio errors. I will listen tonight while watching Redbox rental of Ted.

From what you were saying, it was " static noise while listening to lossless movie soundtracks on blu-ray". Is Ted Bluray?
post #13224 of 16451
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Originally Posted by esh516 View Post

Could anyone please post some pics of the GUI.on screen menu of the Mrx..please!!
There's a bunch of pics of the GUI in this review. http://www.avforums.com/reviews/Anthem-MRX-300-AV-Receiver-Review_334/Review.html
post #13225 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Brian-HD View Post

From what you were saying, it was " static noise while listening to lossless movie soundtracks on blu-ray". Is Ted Bluray?

Yes, Ted is a blu-ray rental.
post #13226 of 16451
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Originally Posted by dean-l View Post

I use my MRX to upscale everything to 1080p from my TiVo. 480i SD, 720p, 1080i all native from the TiVo.
I had NO idea the MRX, itself, even COULD "stretch" SD. It has always maintained ratios of what it gets for me.
I don't think fredthe is correct that the MRX "automatically" stretches SD. Can anyone confirm this?
Mine doesn't.
Let me clarify: when I refer to SD stretch, it's with analog NTSC video input. I don't know what it does with 480i digital input.
Edited by fredthe - 1/8/13 at 6:02pm
post #13227 of 16451
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Originally Posted by ThePrisoner View Post

Yes, Ted is a blu-ray rental.

Post your findings when you can.
post #13228 of 16451
When 4000k becomes more popular in the next few years will the MRX receivers get an update to its software like they did with 3D support? or is it a hardware thing where the AVR will need to be replaced?
post #13229 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Brian-HD View Post

Post your findings when you can.

Last night while watching Ted on BD I experienced no audio static while listening to the lossless DTS-MA being sent to the MRX-500 in the form of LPCM (Oppo BDP-103 HDMI is configured for LPCM). I will contact Oppo later today.
post #13230 of 16451
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Originally Posted by saladonion View Post

I have tried that too now but same result.
I can't think of anything else to try. I have logged a support ticket with Anthem and waiting for a response.

This happened to my MRX-300 and Anthem had me take it back to the dealer for a replacement.
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