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Originally Posted by coresare View Post

Ok. I'll look into it. Do you know if this receiver allows you to browse the computer hard drive connected to the same network?

-edit .. nevermind. Looks like the apple TV unit will allow that! Damn it. I might be out $2000 + $100 dollars now! Do you just plug in the Apple TV to an HDMI port on the receiver and then you pick the input from the receiver which recognizes it as Apple TV? Do you always have to have the TV on to navigate around to pick what to play from Pandora?

You don't browse the entire hard drive. You browse what is in an iTunes library. You would have to make sure your music + video is in your library. The Anthem doesn't recognize AppleTV as a specific device. You configure an HDMI input and it will show up the same as any other source device.

I suggested it because it is a cheap, easy fix for a streaming solution with a solid UI + easy to setup + easy for others to use. It also won't be outdated as quickly as if it were built directly into the receiver. iTunes can also be controlled via the remote app on an ipod / ipad. The downside is you need iTunes running somewhere on a computer. All media servers need to be run somewhere. Unless you really want to mount a hard drive / USB device into a player -- I find these hard to browse / sync with the rest of a large library.

You will need the TV on to select some apple TV apps / features. If streaming audio though, I typically have the TV off and use the computer directly or the remote app on an ipad to browse.

The closest I've come to browsing with no tablet / no computer / no TV is something like the Marantz NA7004 streamer. It's doable, but you do not really want to browse a large library that way (Same as having a large hard drive attached it's usually a massive list matching the filesystem on the drive). The only thing that makes the Marantz bearable is the quick scroll knob type control it has. I use this in a separate two channel system where there is no screen hooked up. I still prefer to use the iTunes remote app for this Airplay device as well.
post #13562 of 16451
Thanks!
post #13563 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Ryder125 View Post

outside of the toroidal is there any difference in the built quality between the 700, 500 and 300?
Build quality wise I think that is the only difference.
post #13564 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Legairre View Post

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Originally Posted by Ryder125 View Post

outside of the toroidal is there any difference in the built quality between the 700, 500 and 300?
Build quality wise I think that is the only difference.

What do you mean by that?

Do you have any specific examples, perhaps illustrated with photos?
post #13565 of 16451
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Originally Posted by coresare View Post

Sorry I posted a thread on this earlier, but had no responses. Hoping here will bring more luck.


Anyone know if an ethernet cable is plugged into the Anthem MRX 500, it can browse the hard drive of a PC on the network and play the mp3's off of it?

Looking for an amp to power Paradigm Studio 100's I'm planning on buying. I wish it had AirPlay as my wife would use that, but the ARC high level of room calibration has me intrigued.

Anyone know if the ARC calibration is noticeably better than Audyssey MultEQ XT's calibration?

My living room is a bit of a nightmare. Kinda small, and the TV is above the fireplace in the corner so the optimal seating position is in the other corner.

The other consideration was the Marantz SR6007 which has AirPlay. The MRX 700 has HD radio though, but costs $2,000 gaaah...

Thanks in advance!

From what I have seen and read, none of the MRX receivers have the ability to log into a NAS, Server, or local PC in order to play files. The network jack is for the vTuner.

The only way to playback must stored on a usb drive or iPod is through the usb port. The MRX receivers will not recognize drives that are over 2 TB in size.
post #13566 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Legairre View Post

Is Dolby volume on?

nope it wasnt, just turned it on and that worked. Should dolby half voume and dolby cinema also be on?

Thanks for fix btw
post #13567 of 16451
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Originally Posted by mominayal View Post

nope it wasnt, just turned it on and that worked. Should dolby half voume and dolby cinema also be on?

Thanks for fix btw

Interesting...I always found Dolby "off" was the better choice (for me). Dolby tended to lower my volume levels whenever I tried it.
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Originally Posted by arnyk View Post

What do you mean by that?

Do you have any specific examples, perhaps illustrated with photos?

First post of this thread or the Anthem website would be a good place to look.
post #13569 of 16451
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Originally Posted by arnyk View Post

What do you mean by that?

Do you have any specific examples, perhaps illustrated with photos?
You could read this it does explain difference between the 300,500 and 700 transformers. The 300 & 500 use an iron core EI transformer while the 700 uses a torroidal. http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/receivers/receivers-reviews/anthem-mrx-500-71-av-receiver/page-2-design.html

Also if you are interested this is a good article on the chips used in the MRX series. http://www.laaudiofile.com/anthem_mrx700.html
Edited by Legairre - 2/11/13 at 9:32am
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Originally Posted by mominayal View Post

nope it wasnt, just turned it on and that worked. Should dolby half voume and dolby cinema also be on?

Thanks for fix btw
That's strange because dolby volume suppresses dynamic range which will lower your volume. I have all my dolby volume settings set to off.

Hit the dolby volume button on the remote and use the up/down arrow buttons to turn off dolby volume and then hit the same button again and make sure Dolby D/DTS DRC is set to normal(which is off). You have to hit the dolby volume button twice to get to Dolby D/DTS DRC
Edited by Legairre - 2/11/13 at 9:44am
post #13571 of 16451
Hello All,
I have a question, It has been so long since I ran ARC on my MRX 700. I am thinking about purchasing new Front speakers, and they are 6ohm's. My question is would it be ok to mix the front 6ohm speakers with my center and surrounds that are 8ohm speakers. Is there a settings in the amp that asks you what ohm's your speakers are?
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Hello everyone..just a quick question..the video processing in the Mrx is a lot better than my TV and cable box, what setting should I have my cable box in if I want the Mrx to do all the processing..480i or 1080i?.. Thank you..ran arc Saturday for the first time..very very nice!!!
Thanks again to all that contribute to this thread..we are all blessed to have anthem!!.. Lol
post #13573 of 16451
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Originally Posted by HeffeMusic View Post

Hello All,
I have a question, It has been so long since I ran ARC on my MRX 700. I am thinking about purchasing new Front speakers, and they are 6ohm's. My question is would it be ok to mix the front 6ohm speakers with my center and surrounds that are 8ohm speakers. Is there a settings in the amp that asks you what ohm's your speakers are?
You can mix 6 ohm and 8 ohm speakers. The 6 ohm speakers will be harder for the receiver to drive, but I'm not aware of a switch on the MRX like some receivers have for 6ohm speakers.
post #13574 of 16451
I run 4 ohm right and left with 6 ohms center Vienna Acoustic Beethoven Baby Grands with MAESTRO GRAND center with surrounds and heights no problem on a MRX 500 . Just run ARC.
Phil
post #13575 of 16451
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Originally Posted by esh516 View Post

Hello everyone..just a quick question..the video processing in the Mrx is a lot better than my TV and cable box, what setting should I have my cable box in if I want the Mrx to do all the processing..480i or 1080i?.. Thank you..ran arc Saturday for the first time..very very nice!!!
Thanks again to all that contribute to this thread..we are all blessed to have anthem!!.. Lol
If the MRX is set to anything but "through" you could set the cable box to it's pass through setting for video so you aren't needlessly scaling in the cable box too. That way you can pass an unscaled signal to the MRX and then it only gets scaled once.
Edited by Legairre - 2/11/13 at 2:38pm
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Originally Posted by Legairre View Post

If the MRX is set to anything but "through" you could set the cable box to it's pass through setting for video so you aren't needlessly scaling in the cable box too. That way you can pass an unscaled signal to the MRX and then it only gets scaled once.

Might also be called "Native" out from the cable box depending on the model.
post #13577 of 16451
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

Might also be called "Native" out from the cable box depending on the model.
The cable box only gives me three options..480i,720p or 1080i..its a dish net vip211.. I guess it should be on 480i??
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anyone have suggestions?
need a guru.....



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Originally Posted by kosmo7479 View Post

Hi
update on sub issue:
SVS sent out a new Amp for the sub being that the sub looks like it might have an early roll-off down low and might indicate a problem with your amplifier.
i've changed the amp out and nothing changed, now shows dips after 50-100?
So this can only be room design/furniture causing this?

I do see an increase in dB's







or what about thi setting, is this good thing to do?
-3 in targets


post #13579 of 16451
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Originally Posted by esh516 View Post

The cable box only gives me three options..480i,720p or 1080i..its a dish net vip211.. I guess it should be on 480i??
It won't really matter since you're not using "through" on the MRX, but I would probably choose 720p or 1080i just because I hate 480i. I know it's not a logical reason it's just me being me smile.gif
post #13580 of 16451
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Originally Posted by kosmo7479 View Post

anyone have suggestions?
need a guru.....
I'm no guru, but, I wouldn't mess with the target window Reference Level offset. As for the sub you say it hasn't changed but either through positioning or amp the new one doesn't roll off as steep as the other one did. ARC corrected the dip and it looks really good. .
post #13581 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Legairre View Post

That's strange because dolby volume suppresses dynamic range which will lower your volume. I have all my dolby volume settings set to off.

Hit the dolby volume button on the remote and use the up/down arrow buttons to turn off dolby volume and then hit the same button again and make sure Dolby D/DTS DRC is set to normal(which is off). You have to hit the dolby volume button twice to get to Dolby D/DTS DRC

Dolby d/dts is normal and Dolby off is definetly lower volume, by ALOT.

Another issue is after a day or two of use now, whenever I turn the system on, whether its to cable or bluray
post #13582 of 16451
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Originally Posted by mominayal View Post

Dolby d/dts is normal and Dolby off is definetly lower volume, by ALOT.

Another issue is after a day or two of use now, whenever I turn the system on, whether its to cable or bluray

Sorry hit submit b4 I was finished.

Whenever I turn it on, it gives me a green low def image. When I toggle between inputs on the Mrx it fixes itself. I using it with an epson 6020. Don't know if it's the projector or receiver but I think it's the receiver.

Of note may be tht I purchased a Mrx 300, but when I opened the box ( which said mrx300), it was a Mrx 500. Don't know I got a dud or what
post #13583 of 16451
Is the entire screen one big green image? If so and connected through HDMI it's probably doing an HDMI handshake. I had a similar HDMI issue and needed a new cable Was the box previously opened? Sounds like you got someone's return. The volume issue is not normal and using it with dolby volume on will really kill your dynamic range. You'll loose a LOT of LFE in movies. If it was me I'd return it..
post #13584 of 16451
Yes
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Originally Posted by Legairre View Post

Is the entire screen one big green image? If so and connected through HDMI it's probably doing an HDMI handshake. I had a similar HDMI issue and needed a new cable Was the box previously opened? Sounds like you got someone's return. The volume issue is not normal and using it with dolby volume on will really kill your dynamic range. You'll loose a LOT of LFE in movies. If it was me I'd return it..[/quo


Yes new box, matching serial numbers. I think I will return it as well
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Hmm so they put a 500 in a 300 box at the factory. The green screen is HDMI handshaking. The volume issue is a problem, does it have the volume issue with BD and cable?
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Anyone here interested in swapping Anthem MRX-700 for a 4 month old Denon 4311ci? I cannot get used to the Denon sound coming from Marantz equipment and am thinking of giving Anthem amps a try. I have Paradigm reference speakers so it may be a good setup for the speakers also. If interested send me a PM and we can discuss.
post #13587 of 16451
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Originally Posted by mominayal View Post



Yes new box, matching serial numbers. I think I will return it as well

Before you do, a couple things you could check. What are the levels at for your speakers? You say its been setup, did you or someone else did this for you? Was ARC run thru and applied?
Also, has the firmware for the receiver been updated?

One more, maybe its MCA30 you have connected to the receiver.....I dont think there's a gain control for this amp but you can always try and run your system with just the receiver in place.
That will take the MCA30 out of the equation.

Just some suggestions.
post #13588 of 16451
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Originally Posted by alour View Post

Anyone here interested in swapping Anthem MRX-700 for a 4 month old Denon 4311ci? I cannot get used to the Denon sound coming from Marantz equipment and am thinking of giving Anthem amps a try. I have Paradigm reference speakers so it may be a good setup for the speakers also. If interested send me a PM and we can discuss.

You can get a new 4311 for around $1100-$1500 and the MRX700 is price controlled through Anthem dealers. Hard to get one new for much less than $2K.
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I'm stumped at the moment. I have tried a few different movies on my MRX and not sure why it is continuing to play multi-channel but with no center sound. I put in Star Trek (2009) and with Dolby TruHD the dialogue is coming out the front two mains and not the center. I also tried Lord of the Rings, NON Blu-ray and the same, shows as Multi-channel PCM which I have Oppo BDP-83 bit-streamed out to MRX so not sure why this is, or I am just really damn tired tonight? Avengers and another were fine with center speaker.

Any ideas?
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Strange, I tried my PS3 and now it says 2.0 on MRX and there IS center sound like its in DD 5.1...I don't get it. Why doesn't it register it as Dolby Digital 5.1 on Anthem?
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