- Written by Carlo Lo Raso
- Published on 18 August 2014
Anthem MRX 310 A/V Receiver Review Highlights
Anthem’s second generation of MRX receivers has garnered much acclaim in recent months. And while the MRX 310 is the baby of line, its video performance and sound quality is equal to that of its more powerful brothers, like the MRX 710 but just for a smaller room. All MRX receivers feature the newest iteration of the highly regarded Anthem Room Correction System, along with a streamlined design and feature set that focuses on more of what you do need and less of what you don’t. Avoid being put off by the fact that this is “only” a 5.1 channel receiver for what is easily 7.1 channel money these days. In the right size room, the MRX 310 more than makes a compelling case for itself as a top notch home theater front end.
Anthem MRX 310 Audio/Video Receiver Highlights Summary
- • Excellent build quality inside and out
- • Second generation of the well-regarded Anthem Room Correction System
- • 5.1 channels of above average amplification
- • Full set of preamp out jacks for later expansion
- • No streaming services to speak of
Introduction to the Anthem MRX 310 A/V Receiver Review
Putting together a new home theater setup? Looking to upgrade that old receiver you’ve had soldiering on valiantly in your a/v cabinet? Well, the home theater enthusiast should find themselves spoiled for choice these days. Just to get some ideas, Secrets has reviewed quite a few receivers over the years. Just a quick perusal through the major online retailers and the local brick and mortars will provide one with a plethora of options. For a reasonable budget of $500.00 - $700.00, it’s fairly easy to find a 7.1 channel receiver with decent connectivity, some networking options and some sort of room correction program from many of the major players out there. So why, you might ask, would someone consider shelling out north of $1100 bucks for a home theater receiver with only 5.1 channels and minimal bells and whistles? The fine folks at Anthem are betting that once you give their updated line of MRX receivers a listen, you’ll understand that they’ve spent their time and effort on the important stuff. They make no bones about the sound quality and performance being of paramount importance. The kitchen sink approach to A/V receiver feature sets has apparently been left for everyone else.
ANTHEM MRX 310 AUDIO/VIDEO RECEIVER REVIEW SPECIFICATIONS
- Design: 5.1 Channel A/V Receiver
- Codecs: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
- Additional Listening Modes: Anthem Logic Cinema, Anthem Logic Music, Dolby Pro Logic II Movie, Dolby Pro Logic II Music, DTS Neo 6 Cinema, DTS Neo 6 Music
- Precision: 24-Bit/192kHz A/D and D/A Converters
- 2-Zone Operation
- AM/FM Radio Tuner
- Anthem Room Correction Gen 2 (ARC 1M)
- Power Output: 2 x 80 watts RMS - Two Channels Driven @ 0.1% THD+N into 8 Ohms; 5 x 60 Watts RMS Five Channels Driven @ 0.1% THD+N into 8 Ohms
- Amplifier type: Class A/B
- Dimensions: 6.5" H x 17.25" W x 14.6" D
- Weight: 27.8 Pounds
- MSRP: $1,199 USD
- SECRETS Tags: Anthem, MRX, Receivers, ARC. Receiver Reviews 2014, Pro Logic, Anthem Room correction, TrueHD, DTS, A/V, Audio/Video
The Anthem MRX 310, which we have here, is the baby of the MRX line. It offers 5.1 channels of amplification at 80 watts per channel which is plenty for a small to moderate sized home theater. The two other models in the line, the MRX 510 and MRX 710 both offer 7.1 channels of amplification at 100 and 120 watts per channel respectively. There are other minor differences between the models such as the ability to bi-amp the front speakers and additional front panel HDMI connectivity in the two bigger receivers. But as we’ll see later on, the three models tend to share more in features than they differ. In particular, they all share the newest flavor of the well regarded Anthem Room Correction called ARC 1M. The ARC 1M system features an entirely new user interface and greater precision due to more advanced digital signal processing in the MRX receivers. The ARC 1M system interfaces with an MRX receiver using a network CAT-5 cable either by direct connection or via a computer over a wireless network.
As a consumer, I personally measure value not solely on how much I can get for my money, but also on the quality of what my dollar gets me. Do I go for a larger amount of the run of the mill or do I get a lesser amount of the top shelf stuff? Well, let’s have a look and see if Anthem’s quality over quantity approach pays off for your hard earned dollar.