Originally Posted by CrispAndClean
I can understand existing MRX 300 owners being disappointed at the fact that the newer 310 doesn't support 7.1. However, after thinking about it, I like Anthem's approach of having the same pre-amp/processor and room correction capability throughout the line. With other AV brands, there is usually some undefined difference in the non-amplifer portion of the AV receiver that leads you to believe stepping up the line will improve the overall sound quality. Whether this difference is in the particular flavour of Audyssey, improvements in DAC implementation, better components or what have you.
Since as an AV manufacturer you *have* to make some distinction between models I'm glad Anthem chose to make that distinction 5.1 vs 7.1 and amplifier power, oh and an extra front HDMI input. Really, I'd rather this than say 7.1 in the MRX 310 with a less capable version of ARC or inferior pre-amp section. In fact, I'd like it if other manufactures followed the same approach. I for one would be a lot more inclined to purchase, for instance, a Denon X-2000 with only 5.1 but Audyssey XT32 and identical non-amp innards as the Denon X-4000...even for a bump in price. Same goes for NAD or Cambridge Audio...usually I wouldn't consider the 'entry' level model because although it has the features I need it is just missing 'something' that can be had by stepping up to the next model.
I don't care how anyone try's and spin it or justify it $1300+ is absolutely a rip off! that can't be defended, that 5.1 Denon is $450, that 5.1 351R Cambridge is $799 with top of the line built quality with toroidal transformers! But the 5.1 MRX 310 is $1300+, that's a huge difference in price and Cambridge makes great gear with very high quality parts, possible better quality than Anthem or at least as good, I've had both(551R). There's just no way that price on the 310 as a 5.1 is reasonable or can possibly be justified. When a company makes a great product I'll back it up, I was a huge Apple fan but they've been slipping and I just like their product now, I was a fan of Anthem I thought the MRX 300 was just a great AVR and priced right if not a bit of a deal, a 310 as a 7.1 at $1300 is a fair-good price as a 5.1 it just plain sucks, having to jump up to $1700 for a 7.1 from Anthem puts them out of reach for a lot and personally a few months back I had both a CA551R and the MRX 300 at my house testing both and it's very close between the two and I do feel the CA now has the leg up over the 310, I ended up with the Anthem 300 and love it but if it was now with the 310 I'd go with the CA 551R.
If you need that extra in step up models make it better video up converting, more power niche features like height speakers, better whatever at $1300 don't down grade it to a 5.1 to force many to spend $1700, that's just wrong and lost my support when before I've recommended, supported and pump Anthem cause the 300 was a great... Awesome AVR and worth its price easily, the 310 is no longer that... It should be named the 210.