Anthem MRX 520 Performance Collection 5.2 Channel A/V Receiver
Separates-Quality Performance in a Gutsy, Feature-Rich AV Receiver
Experience the breathtaking power and multi-channel flexibility of Anthem’s NEW Third Generation MRX Series of AV Receivers.
Anthem’s award-winning Third Generation MRX Series of high-end multi-channel A/V receivers are known the world over for their excellent sound quality, efficient power handling, and the ease with which they integrate into an entertainment system. The MRX Series is packed with exclusive audio innovations like Anthem Room Correction (ARC) Technology and Advanced Load Monitoring (ALM) Technology, 4K Pass-Through with fast HDMI switching and more.
MRX 520 Features & Functions
5.2 Pre-Amplifier & 5 Amplifier Channels
Why choose an A/V receiver?
Because it’s everything you need to drive a multi-channel home theater or music system in one convenient component. It’s a space-saving, cost-effective alternative to building a system from “separates” (i.e. a preamplifier plus a processor plus a separate external power amplifier).
Additional Features & Functions
Advanced Load Monitoring (ALM)
Low Standby Mode power consumption
Remote control app for iOS (Apple) and Android (coming soon!)
DTS-HD Master Audio
AnthemLogic – (11.2 channels with MRX 1120 and 720, 5.2 channels with MRX 520)
Dolby Pro Logic II on MRX 520
DTS Neo:6 – Cinema, Music
All-Channels – All-Speaker Stereo
8 HDMI inputs (7 rear and 1 front-panel input on MRX 1120 and MRX 720, 7 rear inputs on MRX 520)
Digital Audio Inputs: 2 Coaxial + 3 Optical
5 Stereo Analog RCA Inputs
HDMI On-Screen Display – setup, video adjustments, status, song/artist info from radio stations
MHL Supported Inputs
xvYCC, Adobe RGB, Adobe YCC601, sYCC601, Deep color
2 Parallel Outputs
Consumer Electronic Control (CEC)
Audio Return Channel
IR Input (Configurable)
12V Trigger Output
Control System Drivers
Backlit Remote Control
Sidemount Rack Kit (sold separately)
3 years (US/Canada)
New Color Coded Labeling
To ensure correct speaker hookups the first time, the MRX Gen 3 Series includes color coded loudspeaker terminals and new color coded labeling above speaker specific terminal pairs.
Anthem Room Correction (ARC™)
The Easy-To-Use Anthem Room Correction Kit Delivers Professional Results In Any Room
What is ARC?
Simply put, Anthem Room Correction quickly “corrects” the effects that reflective surfaces such as walls, floors and ceilings have on the sound radiating from a loudspeaker. Removing the effects of these obstacles allows your audio equipment to achieve a more natural sound in any room, as close to the lab standard as possible.
On a more complex level, ARC is a proprietary digital signal processing software that works with a specially-engineered calibration microphone and your PC to quickly and easily optimize audio for your unique listening space. Anthem engineers developed the ARC system while researching how to replicate the audio-lab standard of performance in non-lab environments. This groundbreaking research was conducted in conjunction with the National Research Council of Canada, the Canadian government’s research and technology organization.
Anthem engineers realized that real world listening experiences had little in common with the controlled environment of the audio lab. That’s because even the best loudspeakers are affected by room anomalies like furniture. These obstacles cause standing waves, resonances, and reflections that can color the sound you hear. Imagine the sound waves coming from your speakers as ripples on a water surface. That makes it easy for you to understand how the ripples of sound bounce off any obstruction they encounter. You can immediately see the benefit of removing the obstacles.
ARC digitally compares a room’s acoustic signature to that of the lab standard. It measures the response of each speaker relative to the listening area. Then it uses advanced algorithms to eliminate the negative effects of the obstacles in the room, adjusting response and correcting phase effects. When ARC removes the obstacles, what’s left is the lab standard performance.
How does ARC work?
The ARC Kit is easy to use, and just a few simple steps can customize your loudspeakers for your unique listening space.
Each ARC-ready component comes with a complete ARC Kit, consisting of software and microphone calibration file from our website, a professional quality mic stand and high quality connectors. You will need a Windows-based laptop computer with a CD drive.
Plug the kit’s custom Calibration Microphone into your computer and into your ARC-ready Anthem A/V receiver. Place the microphone at each of the listening positions in your room (a minimum of five, maximum of ten), and allow ARC to take a sound sample from each location.
The proprietary ARC software measures the difference between the speaker’s ideal lab-standard response, and their real-world performance in your room. Then, its sophisticated DSP accurately equalizes response and creates intricate crossover curves so that the performance of the speakers in your room meets the ideal lab standard!
Now you’re hearing exactly what our audio engineers intended you to hear: Pure, natural, transparent sound, no matter what challenges your room presents!
Wi-Fi Music Streaming with DTS Play-Fi®
Limitless music. App-controlled convenience. Wireless connectivity.
Everyone wants instant access to their digital audio library, anywhere in the home. And Anthem’s MRX Series with DTS Play-Fi® technology is the perfect, high performance means of delivery. Anthem MRX Series can take full dynamic advantage of the better-than-CD-quality sound quality delivered by the DTS Play-Fi® streaming technology.
Partnered With the Leader in Wi-Fi Streaming
Partnered with the leader in Wi-Fi streaming, DTS Play-Fi wi-fi streaming technology supports a host of high quality file formats. Controlled directly from your smart device or computer in any operating system, the “Open Ecosystem” of DTS Play-Fi technology makes it easy to stream music throughout your home, and to add more wireless streaming devices on the fly.
Audio Formats Supported by DTS Play-Fi®
All your music, at your fingertips.
The whole family can now access personal digital audio libraries from anywhere in your home with the touch of a screen. Take advantage of endless choices from online music streaming services*. Stream from any device, Android or iOS mobile or PC, with a wide range of connectivity options for today and tomorrow.
* Some of the music services listed below may not be available in your region. All logos are property of their respective owner(s).
Bring Your Movies to Life with Immersive Sound
What is Dolby Atmos?
Dolby Atmos® is a revolutionary new audio technology that transports you into extraordinary entertainment experiences.
Fills your room with captivating sound
Sound comes from all directions, including overhead, to fill the room with astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth.
Puts sounds into motion all around you
The specific sounds of people, music, and things move all around you in multidimensional space, so you feel like you are inside the action.
Delivers the full impact of the artist’s work
Artists have amazing new capabilities to tell their stories, accent their games, or perform their music to achieve the greatest expressive impact.
How does Dolby Atmos work?
Dolby Atmos is the first home theater system that is based not on channels but on audio objects. What is an audio object? Any sound heard in a movie scene—a child yelling, a helicopter taking off, a car horn blaring—is an audio object. Filmmakers using Dolby Atmos can decide exactly where those sounds should originate and precisely where they move as the scene develops.
Thinking about sound in this way eliminates many of the limitations of channel-based audio. In a channel-based system, filmmakers have to think about the speaker setup: Should this sound come from the left rear surrounds or the left side surrounds? With Dolby Atmos, filmmakers just have to think about the story: Where is that yelling child going to run? How will the helicopter move overhead after takeoff?
The Dolby Atmos system, whether in the cinema or the home theater, has the intelligence to determine what speakers to use to precisely recreate the child’s movement in the way the filmmakers intend. They can now precisely place and move sounds as independent objects in multidimensional space, including anywhere overhead, so you can hear them as you would naturally. reality to your listening experience. Dolby Atmos helps weave the audio story to match what’s happening on the screen.
DTS:X Ready What is DTS:X?
DTS:X is the next generation audio codec from DTS that leverages object-based audio to enable new audio experiences in immersion and interactivity.
DTS:X places sound where it would occur naturally in space, creating the most lifelike, multi-dimensional audio experience ever. Free from channel restrictions, sound can be placed and moved to where you would hear it in the real world. Because DTS:X doesn’t require any specific speaker layout, you can arrange your home theater system however you want it. With DTS:X you’re in control of your listening experience. That hard-to-hear line in a movie can be lifted out of the background sounds for a more personal entertainment experience.
Works With All DTS Content
DTS will playback all DTS formats including DTS Digital Surround and DTS-HD Master Audio. DTS:X bitstreams are backward-compatible with older DTS AVRs and sound great.
An audio object is the combination of the waveform where captures the audio, and metadata which represents the spatial location in which the object should be heard. Audio objects free content from specific speaker layouts for optimal listening.
This means the same DTS:X content will sound great whether it’s rendered on stereo or a fully immersive surround sound system.
DTS:X places sound where it would occur naturally in space, creating the most lifelike, multi-dimensional audio experience ever. Be prepared — this improved immersion and heightened realism makes horror movies scarier, comedies more laugh-out-loud, and car chase scenes even more real.
You are in control of your listening experience. That hard- to-hear line in a movie can be improved at a touch — lift the dialogue out from the background sounds when you want clarity and experience a more personal entertainment experience.
Your movie collection gets a new lease on life! Rest assured that our celebrated catalog of DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks are best heard with DTS:X. Take your favorite Blu-ray, DVD or digital movie to new heights.
We made sound move, so your speakers don't have to. Because DTS:X doesn't require any specific speaker layout, you can arrange your home theater system however you want.
|Maximum Output (<0.1% THD)||4.2 Vrms, subwoofer channel 5.2 Vrms|
|Frequency Response (2 Vrms output)||10 Hz — 31 kHz (+0, -0.25 dB)|
|Frequency Response, Analog-Direct (2 Vrms output)||10 Hz — 48 kHz (+0, -0.25 dB)|
|THD+N (2 Vrms output)||-95 dB|
|S/N Ratio (2 Vrms output, IEC-A filter)||110 dB|
|PREAMPLIFIER + AMPLIFIER (1 W output)|
|MRX 1120 / MRX 720||-88 dB channels 1-5, -75 db back/height|
|MRX 520||-88 dB|
|Compatible with 4 Ohms or higher impedance.|
|MAXIMUM CONTINUOUS OUTPUT (1% THD)|
|MRX 1120||MRX 720||MRX 520|
|Channels 1-5, Two Driven into 8 Ohms||140 W||140 W||100 W|
|Channels 1-5, Two Driven into 6 Ohms||170 W||170 W||130 W|
|Remaining Channels, Two Driven into 8 Ohms||60 W||60 W||n/a|
|Remaining Channels, Two Driven into 6 Ohms||75 W||75 W||n/a|
|MRX 1120||MRX 720||MRX 520|
|Typical Load||570 W||485 W||365 W|
|Standby||0.3 W||0.3 W||0.3 W|
|Standby IP Control Enabled||4.7 W||4.7 W||2.4 W|
|Standby HDMI Bypass Enabled||8.2 W||8.2 W||5.8 W|
|Height||6-1/2" (16.5 cm)|
|Height with Rackmount Kit||4U|
|Width||17-1/4" (43.9 cm)|
|Depth (not including power cord)||14-3/4" (37.5 cm)|
|MRX 1120||32 lb (14.5 kg)|
|MRX 720||31 lb (14 kg)|
|MRX 520||28.2 lb (12.8 kg)|
|120 V version:||In countries where the line voltage is 120 V, this product operates from a single phase AC power source that supplies between 108 V and 132 V at a frequency of 60 Hz.|
|220-240 V version:||In countries where the line voltage is 220, 230, or 240 V, this product operates from a single phase AC power source that supplies between 198 V and 264 V at a frequency of 50 Hz.|