Anthem MRX 500 7.1 A/V Receiver


Introduction to the Anthem MRX 500 7.1 A/V Receiver

A quick internet search turns up a number of very positive reviews for the Anthem MRX 700. The MRX 700 is Anthem's top of line receiver. In my internet search, however, I didn't find any reviews of the two other receiver models. Incidentally, the MRX 700 has basically gotten nothing but positive reviews as far as I could tell. Meanwhile, Anthem's other two receiver models; the MRX 300 and the MRX 500, may very well suit those who don't quite need all the power and features of the MRX 700 or those who have real world budget constraints.

So I decided to spend a little time with the middle receiver, the MRX 500. A very big part of the story is that all three Anthem receivers include the complete Anthem Room Correction (ARC) system. This is an amazing inclusion at the available price points for the line. Let's see how the $1,499 MRX 500 stacks up.


  • Design: 7.1 A/V Receiver
  • Codecs: Dolby TrueHD , Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital EX, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-ES (Matrix, Discrete), DTS 96/24
  • Power Output: 2 x 100 Watts RMS into 8 Ohms - Two Channels Driven; 5 x 75 Watts RMS
  • THD+N: 0.1%
  • DACs: 24/192
  • 2-Zone Operation
  • AM/FM Radio Tuner
  • Anthem Room Correction (ARC)
  • Dimensions: 6.5" H x 17.25" W x 15.25" D
  • Weight: 34.3 Pounds
  • MSRP: $1,499 USA, $1,649 CAN
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  • SECRETS Tags: Receivers, Surround Sound, Room Correction, 5.1