Anthem MRX700 Home Theater Receiver - Photo Profile

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Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front View w/Accessories

Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front View w/Included Accessories
Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front View w/Included Accessories. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page is the Anthem MRX700 Home Theater Receiver and the accessories that come packaged with it.

On the back is the box that houses the Anthem Room Correction Kit. On top of the room correction kit are the two remote controls (one for main system and other is provided for Zone 2 operation). The remaining items shown are the detachable power cord, AM/FM antennas, and both an English and French User Manual.

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Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front View

Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front View
Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front View. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the front panel of the MRX700 . The panel is divided into three sections.

On the left side are the menu access and navigation controls, as well as Headphones, USB, and a set of analog audio/video inputs connections. There is a sliding panel that can be used to cover the front panel connections, if desired (see additional close-up Photo).

Running across the center section is the LED status display and the input/source selection buttons (see additional close-up photo)

Moving to ​the right is the Master Volume Control and other function buttons, including Dolby Volume (on/off), Mute, Channels, Audio Level setting, LED Display Brightness, Zone Selection, and independent power buttons for the Zone 2 and the Main Receiver. In other words, you can turn on and operate Zone 2 without having to turn the power on to the main receiver (see additional close-up photo).

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Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear Panel View

Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear Panel View
Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear Panel View. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a photo of the entire rear connection panel of the MRX700. As you can see, the Audio and Video input and output connections are located mostly in the top half and the speaker connections are located on the on the bottom half.

For a close up look and explanation of each type of connection, proceed to the next three photos.

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Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear Connections - Top Left

Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear Connections - Top Left
Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear Connections - Top Left. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a photo of the AV connections on the rear panel of the MRX700 located on the top left.

Running across the very top is one HDMI output and four HDMI puts. All HDMI inputs and output are ver1.4a and feature 3D-pass through.

Moving down to the next row is the connection for the optional Anthem Dock (for iPod), Ethernet/LAN (for access to Internet Radio), and the rear mounted USB connection.

One the right of this photo are the AM/FM/HD Radio antenna connections.

Moving down the bottom section of this photo are six pairs of analog stereo audio inputs and two pairs of analog stereo outputs.

It must be noted that there is no provision for direct connection of a Turntable for playing Vinyl Records using the MRX700. You cannot use the analog audio inputs to connect a turntable due to the fact that the impedance and output voltage of the turntable cartridge is different than for other types of audio components.

However, If you have a turntable and need to connect it to the MRX700, you can employ an additional Phono Preamp in order to connect to one of the provided audio inputs. Also, some newer turntables have built-in phono preamps that will work with the audio connections provided on the MRX700. If you are planning to purchase a turntable, check for this feature.

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Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear Connections - Top Right

Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear Connections - Top Right
Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear Connections - Top Right. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the connections provided on the MRX700 located on the right side of the rear panel.

Starting on top there are three Composite (yellow) video inputs and three composite video outputs.

Mvoing right is a set of ​Component Video (red, green, blue) outputs, followed by a series of three sets of component video inputs.

Moving down to the bottom left is one Digital Coaxial audio output and two Digital Coaxial audio inputs, as well as one Digital Optical audio output and three Digital Optical audio inputs.

For a close-up look at the speaker connections proceed to the next photo.

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Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear Connections - Bottom Left

Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear Connections - Bottom Left
Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear Connections - Bottom Left. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the remaining connections provided on the MRX700, located on the bottom left side of the rear panel.

Starting on the top section of this photo are connections for 12 IR remote sensor cables and a 12 Volt Trigger cable. These connections are provided for control of on/off functions of other devices using the MRX700. In addition, an RS-232 connection is provided for more sophisticated control functions in custom installations, and can also be used to access firmware updates that have been downloaded to a PC.

Below the Trigger and RS232 connections is a Zone 2 pre-amp output. This would connected to the audio inputs of a secondary amplifier or receiver located in another room, or used in the same room for 2-channel only analog audio listening with separate set of speakers.

Next is a set of 7 channel analog audio preamp outputs. These preamp outputs can be used to connect more powerful amplifiers to the MRX700, to be used in place of the MRX700's own internal amplifiers. When using this type of setup, the MRX700's other functions, such as audio processing and switching can still be accessed. NOTE: The Subwoofer preamp output connects to a powered subwoofer.

Next is another set of preamp outputs that be used to connect to external amplifiers for Zone 2, Vertical Height (for Dolby ProLogic IIz), or Surround Back channels.

Finally, taking up the rest of the rear connection panel are the Speaker Connections.

Here are some of the speaker setups that can be used:

1. If you want to use a full traditional 7.1/7.1 Channel setup, you can use the Front, Center, Surround, and Surround Back connections.

2. If you want to have the MRX700 power a 2nd zone system, you can use the Front, Center, and Surround connections to power a 5.1 channel system in your main room and use the extra Surround Back terminals to power a two-channel 2nd zone system.

3. If you want to have the MRX700 power vertical height channels, you can use the Front, Center, and Surround connections to power 5 channels use the extra terminals to power the two vertical height channels.

In addition to the physical speaker connections, you will also need to use the menu setup options of the receiver to send the correct signal information to the speaker terminals, based on what speaker configuration option you are utilizing. You also have to remember that you cannot use all the available options at the same time.

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Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front Inside View

Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front Inside View
Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front Inside View. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

If you have never looked inside a home theater receiver, this is ​a good example what is inside, as viewed from the front of the MRX700. Without going into detail, you can see the power supply, with its large transformer, on the left, and all of the amplifier, sound, and video processing circuitry packed into the majority of the space. Also, the cooling fan and cooling chamber are housed in the back box you see on the bottom right of this photo.

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Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear Inside View

Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear Inside View
Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear Inside View. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the inside of the MRX700, as seen from above and rear of the receiver. Without going into detail, you can see the power supply, with its large transformer, on the left, and all of the amplifier, sound, and video processing circuitry packed into ​the majority of the space. Also in this view you can see the exterior of the fan assembly and cooling chamber, located across the back of this photo, but near the front of the receiver.

For a look at the remote controls provided with the Anthem MRX700, proceed to the next two photos.

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Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Main Remote Control

Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Main Remote Control
Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Main Remote Control. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the main remote control provided with the Anthem MRX700 Home Theater Receiver.

As you can see, this is an average size remote. It fits well in our hand, but it would have been nice to have backlit buttons so that it would be easier to use in the dark.

On the top row are the Main Power On/Off buttons.

Just below the Main ON/OFF buttons are the Power On/Off and Mute Buttons for Zone 2, as well as Sleep Timer and Dim button for the front panel.

Moving down is a numeric keypad for random access functions. Off to the right side of the remote are Volume, Mute, and related audio setting buttons.

Moving down to the center of the remote are Tuner Presets and Output Resolution buttons, and also the main Menu access and navigation buttons.

Moving down to the bottom portion the remote are the Multimedia control buttons, which work like transport buttons.

For a look a the Zone 2 Remote Control, proceed to the next photo...

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Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Zone 2 Remote Control

Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Zone 2 Remote Control
Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Zone 2 Remote Control. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Zone 2 remote control provided with the Anthem MRX700 Home Theater Receiver.

As you can see, this remote is much smaller than the main remote and has a less complex layout. It fits well in our hand, but just the main remote, it is black and is not backlit.

On the top row are Main Power On/Off buttons and the Power On/Off for Zone 2.

Moving down to the bottom portion the remote are the control buttons, which work like transport buttons.

In the center of the remote are Tuner Presets and Tuner scanning buttons.

On the bottom of the Zone 2 remote control are set of Input select buttons. It is important to note that only analog audio/video sources can be sent and accessed in Zone 2.

Finally, on the right side of the remote are blue buttons that control the Zone 2 Volume and Mute functions.

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Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Main Menu

Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Main Menu
Anthem MRX700 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Main Menu. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Main Onscreen Menu for the Anthem MRX700 Receiver.

The is divided into eight categories.

If you are one that is intimidated by extensive setup menus, you can skip down to the Quick Setup category at the bottom. When you click on Quick Setup, the MRX700 will ask you four questions: Do you use an HDMI/DVI TV? Component video output resolution? Do You have a Subwoofer? and How many additional speakers do you have?

Although the Quick Setup will get you going right away out the box, you should check out the other menu categories to fine tune the MRX700 to your room and your personal preferences.

Video Ouput Configuration provides settings that can set the name and output resolution for each input source.

Speaker Configuration provides all the settings need to manually set all speaker levels, distances, and crossover for each channel. A Test Tone is provided. On the other hand, if you take advantage of the Anthem Room Correction System, this will all be done automatically for you. But you make further tweaks afterwards.

Audio/Video Setup and Presets provides a host of setting options, including if you want the audio from your HDMI source to be sent only to MRX700 or to both the MRX700 and your TV, set, renaming the source inputs, LipSynch Delay, Listen Mode Presets (sets the default sound processing mode for each input source), and Video settings (including video noise reduction, cross color suppression, and film mode detection)

Displays/Timeout category allows you to set how long the on-screen display menu and front panel settings stay visible after they are selected. You can also change what information is displayed when changing parameters, such as Volume or other status items.

Trigger Configuration sets which other components in our home theater system are to be turned on/off if they are connected to Anthem MRX700 via the 12 Volt Trigger connection.

General Configuration Allows you to set four items: Power On Volume (you can set the MRX700 so that when you turn it on it will always default to your present volume level), Load Factory Defaults (returns all settings to the original settings made at the factory), Save/Load User Settings (all menu settings you have made can be stored and retrieved at a later time), and RS-232 Baud Rate (this provided for custom installer use).

System Information displays the Product Name, Installed Firmware Version, Date of Manufacture, and Region of use.

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Anthem MRX700 Home Theater Receiver - Room Correction Kit

Anthem MRX700 Home Theater Receiver - Room Correction Kit
Anthem MRX700 Home Theater Receiver - Room Correction Kit. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo is a look at the Anthem Room Correction System Kit box contents.

In the center is the provided Microphone Stand.

Laying on the table, starting on the left is the Serial Cable that connects a PC or Laptop the MRX700's RS232 Port. Below the serial cable is the CD-ROM with the needed software program, as well as the USB microphone.

Moving to the right side of the photo is USB microphone holder, and the USB cable that connects the microphone to a Laptop or Desktop PC.

Also shown is the Anthem Room Correction user guide.

How The Anthem Room Correction Kit Works

The Anthem Room Correction Kit works by having your PC or Laptop instruct the MRX700 (via the RS232 serial connection) to generate a series of test signals into each connected speaker and subwoofer. As the test signals are generated by the MRX700, they are picked up by the provided microphone, which, in turn, sends the signal to your connected PC or Laptop via a USB connection. It is recommended that this step is repeated for at least five listening positions.

Once the series of test signals is collected by the PC, the software calculates the results and matches the results against a reference curve. The software then corrects the response of the loudspeakers that are affected by room characteristics to more closely match the reference curve, thus optimizing subwoofer performance as much as possible for your specific listening space, correcting for the negative effects that the room adds to the mix.

Once this process is completed, the results are saved in both the MRX700 and your PC/Lap, where the results can be displayed in graph form on your PC/Laptop monitor or screen.

For a look at a sampling of Anthem Room Correction results, proceed the final two photos in this profile.

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Anthem Room Correction - Test Results Example

Anthem Room Correction - Test Results Example
Anthem Room Correction - Test Results Example. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at how the results are displayed after the Anthem Room Correction process is completed.

The vertical portion of the graph displays the db output of the subwoofer, while the horizontal portion of the graph displays the frequency response of the subwoofer in relation to the db output.

The red line is the actual measured frequency response of the test signal as reproduced by the loudspeakers and subwoofer.

The broken blue line is the reference or target that the subwoofer needs to approach in order to provide optimum response performance.

The green line is the EQ (equalization) that is calculated by the software that provides the best response possible for the loudspeakers and subwoofer within the specific listening space in which the measurements have taken place.

In looking at these results, the speakers measured perform well in the mid and high frequencies, but drop off in output considerably below 200Hz.

In addition, the results show that the subwoofer used in this test has a consistent output between 50 and 100 Hz, but has steep output drop off below 50Hz and above 150Hz.

For a look at how these results are applied to the actual speaker settings in the MRX700's menu, proceed to the next photo.

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Anthem Room Correction - Speaker Distance and Level Settings Results

Anthem Room Correction - Speaker Distance and Level Settings Results
Anthem Room Correction - Speaker Distance and Level Settings Results. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Speaker Level Calibration and Listening Position (speaker distance) settings calculated by the Anthem Room Correction System, as displayed by the MRX700's onscreen menu.

Final Take

The MRX700 delivers more-than-enough power for most rooms and provides exceptional sound. Practical features I really liked included: Comprehensive audio processing options, analog-to-HDMI video conversion and upscaling, 3D pass-through, and Anthem Room Correction System.

Additional features that I liked was the inclusion of built-in internet radio acess, and both speaker connections or preamp outputs (your choice) provided for 2nd zone operation.

A high quality receiver should have the ability to perform well in both stereo and surround modes. The audio quality of the MRX700 in both stereo and surround modes was excellent, making it great for extensive music listening and home theater use. There was no sign of amplifier or listening fatigue.

The MRX700 offers practical setup and connection options, without a lot of feature and connection overkill, but does not include some options that I would have expected in its price class, such as a dedicated phono input or 5.1/7.1 channel analog audio inputs.

On the other hand, for a high-end home theater receiver, the MRX700 is easy to set up and use, but also gives the experienced user more detailed setup options. The MRX700 also has excellent build-quality. However, the MRX700 does carry a $2,000 price tag.

For additional perspective on the Anthem MRX700 Home Theater Receiver, also check out my Review and Video Performance Tests

Manufacturer's Site.