New MRX Anthem Receivers Include Dolby Atmos and Play-Fi

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With the launch of two new AV receivers with DTS Play-Fi and Dolby Atmos, Anthem receivers are setting the standard for high-end home cinemas.


Play-Fi is premium whole-home wireless audio, that connects the largest ecosystem of brands in the world. With DTS Play-Fi, users can stream audio to any Play-Fi connected speaker over Wi-Fi, once paired with the Play-Fi app. The system supports file formats up to 24-bit/192 kHz, and can be used with streaming services like Tidal and Spotify.



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In addition to being Play-Fi enabled, both new receivers are Dolby Atmos enabled. Dolby Atmos is the latest in audio realism. Rather than panning from channel to channel to approximate the movement of on-screen sound sources, sound engineers can move the objects themselves through a “virtual” space on a computer monitor while the system creates the sound effects. Due to the increased processing power and bandwidth, Dolby Atmos adds height information, so that realistic helicopter sounds can literally fly around the room like they’re coming right off the screen.Additional speakers and processing power, create the effect of being immersed in the audio experience.

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The new MRX MRX720 and MRX1120 models also boast HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 support, high-end 32-bit DACs and Anthem Room Correction (ARC), which this time out claims enhanced correction algorithms and a four speaker configuration memory. The MRX720 is a seven channel design, and can be configured for 7.1, 5.1.2 or 5.1 plus zone 2 speaker systems. It has eight HDMI inputs (one front mounted). The step-up MRX1120 has eleven channels of amplification onboard, and can be configured for 7.1.4 or 5.1.4 plus zone 2.

A supporting model, the MRX520, is 5 channel design, with seven HDMI inputs and two parallel HDMI outputs, plus zone 2 output. The MRX range support RS232 integration with most major control systems, including Crestron.

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