The Anthem STR stereo preamplifier is a highly flexible two-channel front end component. Some of its more notable features are: a built-in DAC with a full suite of digital inputs including USB, digital bass management for up to a 2.2 channel stereo configuration, a pure Analog-Direct mode, a high-quality MM/MC phono input, remote control and Anthem’s highly regarded room correction system, ARC. The preamp’s face is refreshingly uncluttered, and a large front graphic display makes navigating the features and settings a relatively painless affair.
Anthem STR Preamp and Power Amp
The matching Anthem STR stereo power amplifier is a brawny piece of hardware. It is a dual-mono design featuring two large toroidal transformers and sixteen bipolar output devices per channel. With power ratings of 400 watts into 8 ohms, 600 watts into 4 ohms and 800 watts into 2 ohms, it should be able to drive loudspeakers with even the most obstinate efficiency and impedance ratings. It also sports a large front graphic display that can show relevant operational information and act as a pair of honking-big digital VU meters.
I will be testing this pair of components with a few different speaker configurations and I am keen to see how effectively Anthem’s ARC system handles the room acoustics in my studio space. Look for a detailed review on the website in the near future.