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Here are my initial impressions of my new Anthem AVM 60 and D-Sonic M3a-4000-7 amplifier combination I emphasize initial impressions because I’m only about 8 hours in. The rest of my system consists of gen 1 M&K S150 LCR, SS150 surrounds and rears (all 4 Ohm speakers) and one Def. Technology sub (my Genelec subs are impractical for this room but will be implemented in my theatre room). My source material is streamed through Apple 4K TV connected directly to the Anthem, primarily Netflix and Amazon Prime. I am in the process of building the new theatre room and this current 7.1 setup is in my living room which is 15’ wide by 40’ long, a challenge for any system to say the least. The right side speakers are within 1 foot of the wall, the left side speakers are at least 15 feet from the other wall. One wall is all window. My only comparison in this room is a NAD M15 with paramount power, Marantz 6004 receiver and briefly a Denon 3600H receiver hooked up to these speakers.
So far I am extremely impressed with the Anthem/D-Sonic combo. The D-Sonic is a no-nonsense amp which appears to be extremely well built with balanced inputs, well made binding posts and a 12 volt trigger. It is a large piece weighing about 50 pounds. It appears to have limitless power and has so far handled everything I’ve thrown at it from 2 channel music to dynamic 7.1 movie tracks. As expected with this kind of power, it has no issues driving the M&Ks through any peaks. What I am surprised by is its musicality. Although its early on, I think I am sold on Class D amplification. If it improves with break-in, all the better.
The Anthem is a relatively simple piece as well. It does not have all the bells and whistles of some of its competitors, such as multiple DSP modes, which is fine by me as I am more interested in sound reproduction based on the creators intent. It has 11 balanced outputs, 7 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs, one with ARC (auto return channel) not to be confused with ARC (Anthem Room Correction). The Anthem’s processing is neutral and detailed. I hear things I did not hear with the other systems. I can’ t wait to hear what this combination sounds like in an acoustically treated room with 4 heights installed.
Setup was simple once I discovered that the ARC Genesis software did not like Ethernet on the Anthem and wifi on the laptop, as the AVM 60 couldn’t be found. Once I disconnected the Ethernet from the Anthem and enabled wifi, the 60 was detected immediately.
I’ve only run ARC in Auto mode. Professional mode looks very interesting and I am looking forward to playing around with it. Auto has done an admirable job in this challenging room. My initial impression of ARC isfavourable, probably because of the acoustically challenged room. Once my, hopefully acoustically correct theatre is built, I suspect ARC will have less impact. It is easy to do an AB comparison with ARC on an off as you can setup two virtual inputs with identical profiles, one with ARC on and one with it off. ARC created a well balanced soundstage allowing the center channel to blend more seamlessly with the fronts compared to when it was off. Dialogue was more focused and the sound was less bright and less fatiguing. I was impressed with how well it was able to create an envelope around the prime seating position and the effect was subtle in rain and nature scenes and more pronounced in car chase and war scenes. This amp can get very loud without any hint of clipping.
Please let me know if anyone interested in this setup has any specific questions and I will do my best to answer them.
Last edited by Knuck; 01-23-2020 at 07:36 PM.