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Yeah but it was also the PS3 and WDHD TV. All of it didn't work with 4 or 5 different cables that i used. Very weird and obviously the MRX caused it, or so i believe.
post #15992 of 16457
Is the popping sound from the speakers normal when engaging say dts or Dolby..?? I hear it from time it time but not always..
Lastly, I wanted to know if when you're selecting the movie eq and listen to music, can my speakers actually handle louder volume when the bass gets sent to the sub?? I played with only two channel stereo first and cranked it up, I felt the woofers would bottom out on my monitor audio rx6 speakers if I cranked it up to loud levels but then I chose to use the movie eq and used anthem music mode and cranked it up to the same loudness but I still see the woofers on the monitor audios move just as much as when not sending the bass to my dedicated sub?? I thought the bass would be taken away and nthe bass drivers in the speakers wouldn't work as hard..???
I was contemplating buying monitor audio rx8 speakers to handle the bass load when not using a sub but then I was under the impression that using the rx6 speakers with a sub is pretty much the same as having the rx8.. However, the movement of the woofers on the rx6s with or without the sub is identical which makes me wonder if they're being pushed just as hard with or without the sub turned on...
Edited by whitecamaross - 11/24/13 at 4:58pm
post #15993 of 16457
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Originally Posted by whitecamaross View Post

Is the popping sound from the speakers normal when engaging say dts or Dolby..?? I hear it from time it time but not always..
Lastly, I wanted to know if when you're selecting the movie eq and listen to music, can my speakers actually handle louder volume when the bass gets sent to the sub?? I played with only two channel stereo first and cranked it up, I felt the woofers would bottom out on my monitor audio rx6 speakers if I cranked it up to loud levels but then I chose to use the movie eq and used anthem music mode and cranked it up to the same loudness but I still see the woofers on the monitor audios move just as much as when not sending the bass to my dedicated sub?? I thought the bass would be taken away and nthe bass drivers in the speakers wouldn't work as hard..???
I was contemplating buying monitor audio rx8 speakers to handle the bass load when not using a sub but then I was under the impression that using the rx6 speakers with a sub is pretty much the same as having the rx8.. However, the movement of the woofers on the rx6s with or without the sub is identical which makes me wonder if they're being pushed just as hard with or without the sub turned on...

That depends on which Crossover the MRX is set-on for the front speakers. If you set the front to a crossover of 80 hz, then everything below should not be played by the fronts, but instead the subwoofer.
I got the RX8 with a MRX 500 and ARC set my fronts to 60 hz and the rest of my speakers to 80. It sounds pretty nice. Unfortunately i haven't got the time to listen to music at some higher levels. But i haven't experienced the 'problem' your talking about. It should be the crossover on the speakers.
Try and change the cross on the RX6 to 80 hz, and see if that helps.
post #15994 of 16457
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Originally Posted by 04rex View Post

Hey guys. Seem to have a problem. I just bought a used MRX300. I unplugged my old receiver and plugged in the MRX. When I go to video 1 (my cable box is connected) all I get is a flashing purple screen. When I put it on the radio, the video shows up on the screen and even the setup screen shows up. Audio works fine. Once I switch to the input, the purple screen shows up with no audio.

I tried a different HDMI input and the same thing happens. I connected my PS3 and WD HD and nothing shows up. The MRX screen looks like it keeps switching or trying to find something but nothing happens.

My equipment is:
BenQ w1070
Outlaw amp
Cable box
PS3
WDHD

ANd that's it. It worked 100% fine for the longest time until I plugged in the MRX. Any help is greatly appreciated.

I hope I didn't get a dud unit. Oh, it seems to have the latest software version as well. 50.25 I believe.

Thanks

I had the same problem with my MRX 500 and 700 unit. I had a regular 50ft HDMI cable (not high speed) and hooked it up directly to the Anthem. I would turn on my projector and experience interference and dropping of video. I thought it was the cable, so I ordered a Redmere cable from monoprice and that actually made the problem worse! Apparently, most HDMI outputs are only designed for outputting at lengths no more than 6-10ft. I actually corrected the loss of video and interference on both cables by putting a line booster with an external power supply in line (6ft HDMI to booster and then connect the output to your projector or device). I was using a 1x2 HDMI splitter (powered) to ONLY my projector and it worked great. I know it's cheap but it works wonders for me Amazon: HDMI 1x2 splitter. You may want a higher quality booster thats rated for those long lengths, but that's up to you. So the problem may not be a HDMI handshake issue but an issue of how much power is going to the HDMI cable. Good luck!

My Gear:
MRX 700
Optoma HD20
50ft HDMI Cable
Redmere Cable
HDMI Splitter
PS3
PC
post #15995 of 16457
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Originally Posted by GuitarShredder21 View Post

I had the same problem with my MRX 500 and 700 unit. I had a regular 50ft HDMI cable (not high speed) and hooked it up directly to the Anthem. I would turn on my projector and experience interference and dropping of video. I thought it was the cable, so I ordered a Redmere cable from monoprice and that actually made the problem worse! Apparently, most HDMI outputs are only designed for outputting at lengths no more than 6-10ft. I actually corrected the loss of video and interference on both cables by putting a line booster with an external power supply in line (6ft HDMI to booster and then connect the output to your projector or device). I was using a 1x2 HDMI splitter (powered) to ONLY my projector and it worked great. I know it's cheap but it works wonders for me Amazon: HDMI 1x2 splitter. You may want a higher quality booster thats rated for those long lengths, but that's up to you. So the problem may not be a HDMI handshake issue but an issue of how much power is going to the HDMI cable. Good luck!

My Gear:
MRX 700
Optoma HD20
50ft HDMI Cable
Redmere Cable
HDMI Splitter
PS3
PC

Thanks for the reply. I think i figured out though. Don't know if you read my post before. I switched the redmere to each of my sources and used a regular HDMI to the projector, and each one (cable box, PS3 and WDHD) worked with the redmere connected to them. So i ordered a few more redmere cables. Hopefully this works. I don't see why not.

Thanks for your reply and thoughts.
post #15996 of 16457
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Originally Posted by grymok View Post

That depends on which Crossover the MRX is set-on for the front speakers. If you set the front to a crossover of 80 hz, then everything below should not be played by the fronts, but instead the subwoofer.
I got the RX8 with a MRX 500 and ARC set my fronts to 60 hz and the rest of my speakers to 80. It sounds pretty nice. Unfortunately i haven't got the time to listen to music at some higher levels. But i haven't experienced the 'problem' your talking about. It should be the crossover on the speakers.
Try and change the cross on the RX6 to 80 hz, and see if that helps.

For listening to 2 channel music, to get the best vocals in terms of clarity and articulate instruments notes and have good bass from the sub, as a general rule, should the crossover on the receiver be set at 80 hz or lower or to higher for the front speakers? Thank you.
post #15997 of 16457
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Originally Posted by grasshoppers View Post

Thanks, I never ran separate music and movie configs....do you
Run 2 separate sets of measurements? The reason I ask is that the targets should be the same
Unless the mic positions change (even a little bit!)

With respect to your sub, I think you should experiment with different
Positions, use the quick measure function. I understand what you are saying
About it "sounding" best in its current location, but in the case of ARC we
Would like it to MEASURE better.

Is it possible to calibrate the subwoofer 'into' the existing setup, or do i need to rerun the WHOLE measurements? :S
My neighbors gonna kick me out, if i do to much measurements :S
post #15998 of 16457
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Originally Posted by grymok View Post

Is it possible to calibrate the subwoofer 'into' the existing setup, or do i need to rerun the WHOLE measurements? :S
My neighbors gonna kick me out, if i do to much measurements :S

Sorry, can't do that...you would need to run a new set.
post #15999 of 16457
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Originally Posted by grasshoppers View Post

Sorry, can't do that...you would need to run a new set.

Which picture, shall i aim for with the quick measure. There ain't any graphs to aim for, only the current.
post #16000 of 16457
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Originally Posted by hamptons View Post

For listening to 2 channel music, to get the best vocals in terms of clarity and articulate instruments notes and have good bass from the sub, as a general rule, should the crossover on the receiver be set at 80 hz or lower or to higher for the front speakers? Thank you.

That depends alot on the speaskers. But have seen alot here which suggests the crossover at 80hz and your speakers set to SMALL. Try it and listen.
But if you run ARC, the MRX should set a good crossover for the speakers, and still remember to set your speakers to SMALL.
post #16001 of 16457
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Originally Posted by grymok View Post

Which picture, shall i aim for with the quick measure. There ain't any graphs to aim for, only the current.

Use the "quick measure" function for the subwoofer only.
Use your sub graph as a reference. You are going to want to
Smooth the graph out ...get rid of the large peaks and dips
By moving your sub around. Be patient!
post #16002 of 16457
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Originally Posted by grymok View Post

That depends alot on the speaskers. But have seen alot here which suggests the crossover at 80hz and your speakers set to SMALL. Try it and listen.
But if you run ARC, the MRX should set a good crossover for the speakers, and still remember to set your speakers to SMALL.

If I set the crossover at 80hz, do I still have to set the speakers to SMALL? How do I go and set the speakers to SMALL? Thanks.
post #16003 of 16457
Transformer Hum?

I just received my MRX 300 and I am extremely impressed by how this looks in person! Very solid unit. I have not had a chance to play any music through it yet (time for bed), though I did turn it on to make sure it is operable.

What I did notice in my quiet room is a humming or buzzing sound, which is emanating from the left rear of the chassis, where the transformer is presumably located. Is some degree of hum or buzz normal? I did a search and could not find a lot of talk about this, so maybe mine happens to be a bit louder than most?

I am really hoping to not have to return this, as I got a really great deal and I am super excited to play around with ARC and properly set this thing up.

Thank you for anyone who is willing to chime in on this!
post #16004 of 16457
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Originally Posted by anthrojohn View Post

Transformer Hum?

I just received my MRX 300 and I am extremely impressed by how this looks in person! Very solid unit. I have not had a chance to play any music through it yet (time for bed), though I did turn it on to make sure it is operable.

What I did notice in my quiet room is a humming or buzzing sound, which is emanating from the left rear of the chassis, where the transformer is presumably located. Is some degree of hum or buzz normal? I did a search and could not find a lot of talk about this, so maybe mine happens to be a bit louder than most?

I am really hoping to not have to return this, as I got a really great deal and I am super excited to play around with ARC and properly set this thing up.

Thank you for anyone who is willing to chime in on this!

I got the same on my MRX 500, not loud, as i can't hear it when playing music, movie or my pc is turned on. But when it's total quiet i can hear it. Same with a little hum from my subwoofer, when it's on(Can't eliminate it :S)
post #16005 of 16457
Thank you for sharing your experience, Grymok. I seem to be able to count on you to respond -- even on Thanksgiving! smile.gif

It's good to know that this is fairly normal, and it is true that I cannot hear it when there is music playing. I also have not placed it within a cabinet yet, where I think it will dampen the humming somewhat.

I'm just curious if this is something that might increase in volume over time, or if this is consequence of this particular transformer's design. I might shoot Anthem an email to ask for their take on it.

Again, thanks for weighing in, and I will be posting my impressions of the MRX 300 over the next few days.
post #16006 of 16457
No problems. Here in Denmark, we don't celebrate thanksgiving, it's just an American thingie...



Now i have moved my subwoofer back at the starting position. This is what i got:

The woofer pointing out into the room


The woofer pointing to the right of the left speaker


The woofer pointing at the left speaker.

Which one does look 'best'?
If i should guess, i will pick picture number 2 smile.gif
post #16007 of 16457
^^^^^^^I like the first one a bit better. The 2nd one is good too.
Run ARC and let's see what happens on the correction graph.
post #16008 of 16457
The 1st one just look a bit a like the other measure i have in my ARC atm.
Ain't it a problem, that it raises so much at 5 and 10k hz?.

Will try a arc this weekend and see what happends
post #16009 of 16457
Hey guys.. new to this thread.

I'm putting together a new HT system, and am considering Anthem. Most likely the MRX 510 or MRX 710. I've used Onkyo for years, and currently use a Pioneer ELITE SC-61 AVS with the D3 Amplification.. I LOVE Elite, but am considering using something different, and wanted some opinions.. They seem nicely priced.

I'd be looking to pair them with some Monitor Audio GX50 speakers, and an Oppo Blu-ray.

Thoughts or comments anyone??
post #16010 of 16457
Hi and welcome. My previous receiver was a Pioneer Elite. I now have an MRX300 paired with Rotel amps and Monitor Audio Silver series speakers. There's just no comparison between the Pioneer and the Anthem MRX. The MRX with ARC is incredibly detailed with a huge soundestage that makes it seem like the sounds are just floating all around you. The MRX is in a completely different league over the Pioneer Elite with MCACC. The Pioneer with MCACC was OK, but ARC is like someone lifted a shift off my speakers. You'll be amazed at how much better ARC over MCACC. ARC sounds so good it's hard for me to imagine buying another pre/pro or receiver without ARC.
post #16011 of 16457
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Originally Posted by Legairre View Post

Hi and welcome. My previous receiver was a Pioneer Elite. I now have an MRX300 paired with Rotel amps and Monitor Audio Silver series speakers. There's just no comparison between the Pioneer and the Anthem MRX. The MRX with ARC is incredibly detailed with a huge soundestage that makes it seem like the sounds are just floating all around you. The MRX is in a completely different league over the Pioneer Elite with MCACC. The Pioneer with MCACC was OK, but ARC is like someone lifted a shift off my speakers. You'll be amazed at how much better ARC over MCACC. ARC sounds so good it's hard for me to imagine buying another pre/pro or receiver without ARC.

I'm going to second this. I also have used MCACC in the past. Not that it's terrible, but I agree that ARC is on another level. I also have used Audyssey and ARC is like MCACC and Audyssey all in one but better. I don't know if this will make sense but the fist thing I notice was the soundstage but with channel details I've ever heard before. Cohesive is a good word I guess. Also ARC is very powerful and forgiving of less than ideal rooms, like mine. I say go for it!!
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Legairre & jproy13 ~

Looking for a little context. How much time did you spend with MCACC (and Audyssey for the latter)? Did you spend a lot of time reading up and really digging in, followed by multiple runs with these others eq solutions? Or was it closer to, "set it and forget it"? Sometimes it requires a fair amount of effort in conjunction with detailed feedback from experienced users before getting the most from either MCACC or Audyssey.
post #16013 of 16457
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Originally Posted by CruelInventions View Post

Legairre & jproy13 ~

Looking for a little context. How much time did you spend with MCACC (and Audyssey for the latter)? Did you spend a lot of time reading up and really digging in, followed by multiple runs with these others eq solutions? Or was it closer to, "set it and forget it"? Sometimes it requires a fair amount of effort in conjunction with detailed feedback from experienced users before getting the most from either MCACC or Audyssey.
I've only used Audyssey for a small amount of time in a Marantz AV7005 pre/pro I had for a week before getting the MRX. I lived with MCACC from 2007-2012 in my Pioneer Elite VSX-92TXH, right before I picked up the MRX in December of 2012. I've spent a LOT of time tweaking MCACC and also a lot of time learning over the years from the big MCACC thread.

I've used it in a single position mode, as well as multi position mode. I've used All Channel Adjust, Front Align, and Symmetry, and have worked extensively with the EQ settings. I worked with MCACC for 5 years and one of the biggest problems with it is that it doesn't EQ a sub or ANY other speaker below 63Hz.. It will do Phase control, but that's not an EQ and not EQing the sub or any speaker below 63HzHz is a major deficiency in MCACC. I did use an Velodyne SMS-1 to EQ my sub down to 15Hz, but that still left my other 7 speakers without an EQ below 63Hz. MCACC is pretty tweakable and I've worked with the x-curve and also speaker delays to get the best out of it, but MCACC just doesn't sound nearly as good as ARC.

The MRX cost me about $900 and it was well worth every penny. If I had known ARC sounded this good I would have picked up an MRX a long time ago. MCACC sounds OK but it just can't hold a candle to ARC. ARC really is at a totally different level of sound quality. a lot of times after upgrading equipment I can barely notice an improvement. Going from the Pioneer Elite to the MRX was a very noticeable upgrade.
Edited by Legairre - 11/29/13 at 11:16am
post #16014 of 16457
Excellent contextual feedback, thanks! And yes, the MCACC 63Hz cutoff limitation can be a significant one.
post #16015 of 16457

Hi all, I'm a 2 week old owner of a mrx 500, I love the sound from it so detailed, but I have a couple of niggles that I'm trying to fix,

 

When playing Blu-rays the picture judder's slightly just enough to be annoying, never noticed it on my old amp a Denon 1910, I'm still using the same HDMI cables I had before they are Chord company active 1.3.

 

My other issue is a popping sound coming from the front left speaker when I change source and when the blu-rays are loading and  on my PS3 when you change weapons ect during the game.

 

Ive looked through the posts but to be honest I got a bit overwhelmed so sorry if these have been answered before.

 

Thanks Mick

post #16016 of 16457
Got some new measurements. Moved the sub.


Not sure if the new measurements on the sub is better than the old one?.





Anything better than the older ones?.
post #16017 of 16457
^^^^^^^You Nailed it!!!! IMHO no further "tweaking" is needed!
post #16018 of 16457
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Originally Posted by mick4x4 View Post

Hi all, I'm a 2 week old owner of a mrx 500, I love the sound from it so detailed, but I have a couple of niggles that I'm trying to fix,

When playing Blu-rays the picture judder's slightly just enough to be annoying, never noticed it on my old amp a Denon 1910, I'm still using the same HDMI cables I had before they are Chord company active 1.3.

My other issue is a popping sound coming from the front left speaker when I change source and when the blu-rays are loading and  on my PS3 when you change weapons ect during the game.

Ive looked through the posts but to be honest I got a bit overwhelmed so sorry if these have been answered before.

Thanks Mick
Hi,

Can you try different hdmi cables with your blu-ray player? Have you tried using through, 1080p, etc. for video passthrough? Are you running the latest firmware?

For the popping, try connecting the FR speaker to the FL output and the FL speaker to the FR output. By doing this, the popping should now appear in the FR speaker if it's a defect.

Let us know what happens.
post #16019 of 16457

Hi, im not on the latest version of the firmware yet! im on 50.19 think the latest is 50.25 but im having problems updating to that so I have the dealer coming next week too sort it hopefully!

 

I've not tried through mode but will give it a go, don't think its a speaker fault as it started as soon as I connected the mrx 500, never had an issue on my old amp,

 

one other problem I have is lip sync I have to set it 150ms to get it anything like right not sue if this is connected to the juddering or not,

 

Thanks Mick

post #16020 of 16457
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Originally Posted by mick4x4 View Post

Hi, im not on the latest version of the firmware yet! im on 50.19 think the latest is 50.25 but im having problems updating to that so I have the dealer coming next week too sort it hopefully!

I've not tried through mode but will give it a go, don't think its a speaker fault as it started as soon as I connected the mrx 500, never had an issue on my old amp,

one other problem I have is lip sync I have to set it 150ms to get it anything like right not sue if this is connected to the juddering or not,

Thanks Mick

I was on 50.19 before upgrading to 50.25 and never had any issues 50.19. Also, I never had lip sync issues with any of my hdmi sources, including a Sony Blu-ray/SACD player, Patriot Box Office media player, Aios Pivos media player, and an Oppo 983 dvd player.

Is your PS3 running the latest firmware? Are you able to try a different hdmi cable?
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