The Anthem MRX 540 Audio Visual Receiver is the affordable entry into this upmarket Canadian company’s latest range of AVR’s. The five-channel MRX 540 is ideal for powering a 5.1 surround sound system and with the addition of an extra 2 channel amplifier you can have a full Dolby Atmos or DTS:X system — that’s the traditional five speakers and subwoofer configuration, plus a pair of upward-firing or in-ceiling speakers for overhead effects.
Bringing The Power: The MRX 540 has Class AB amplification for the front left, centre, right and two surrounds rated at 100 Watts continuous which should drive your speakers to decent levels, even in larger rooms. Of course, adding an extra 2 channel power amplifier gives you the opportunity to take advantage of Dolby Atmos & DTS:X for that fully immersive experience.
New ARC Genesis Room Correction: Your room has a bigger impact on the sound than any component in your system. Anthem’s new ARC Genesis is an easy-to-use room correction system that gives your sound a huge improvement. ARC takes out all the big peaks to let you hear your home theatre and music soundtracks the way the engineers intended. This new generation of Anthem AV products features the latest version of ARC Genesis Room correction and the redesigned and higher precision calibration microphone. New features include support for both Mac and Windows, new target curve adjustment options including deep bass and high frequencies, improved algorithms and much more. This third generation of Anthem Room Correction software represents a significant leap forward in room correction with the most comprehensive set of features yet. ARC Genesis transforms the audio performance of compatible speakers or electronics while retaining the unique character of any room. Proprietary Digital Signal Processing (DSP) software works in tandem with a calibrated microphone to provide astonishing improvements to the sound you hear.
Introducing Anthem Web User Interface: The Anthem Web User Interface is now built into all MRX Receivers and AVM Processors. Using a phone, tablet or laptop, owners can easily access any function or setting and make changes on the fly. Power the main or second zone on and off, adjust volume, change audio modes or tweak channel trims for a perfect surround sound experience. The Web UI can also be used to calibrate speaker delays and levels and configure network settings/control options. Source devices can be renamed, simplifying set up by enabling the elimination of unused inputs. Installers can import and export files to make remote management simple and convenient.
Latest Audio & Video Features: New features, capabilities, and robust integration position the Anthem AVX Series as the critical control centre of premium home theatre and audio. The MRX 540 is designed to offer a spectacular home theatre experience with the most advanced audio and video processing features.
IMAX Enhanced: IMAX Enhanced is the only way to experience IMAX’s signature picture, sound and scale in the home, IMAX Enhanced combines digitally remastered 4K HDR content and DTS audio technologies with best-in-class consumer electronics products and streaming platforms.
Dolby Atmos: Sound has never sounded this good. Feel a deeper connection to the stories and music you love with sound that moves all around you with breathtaking realism.
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. Experience how truly immersive audio transforms your favourite movies, music and games.
Dolby Vision: Feel the story’s full emotional impact, bringing your entertainment to life with an ultra-vivid picture, brighter highlights, and darker shadows.
Robust Integration: The Anthem MRX 540 features external control and IP control capabilities for easy customization and compatibility with third-party integration solutions. It offers IP control capability for major third-party control devices including Control 4, Savant, RTI, Crestron, Elan and more.
New Electronics platform, up to 7.2 pre-amplifier channels with 5 amplifier channels, HDMI 2.0b HDCP 2.2, hardware upgradeable to HDMI 2.1 (8K)
On select models (MRX 1140, AVM 90 and AVM 70), object-oriented audio codecs have been updated to the latest version of DTS:X Pro.
All object-oriented audio codecs have been updated to the latest version of DTS:X and Dolby Atmos.
ARC Genesis now features a more precise microphone, ensuring better results in any listening environment.
Platform Agnostic Streaming with AirPlay2, Google Chromecast (Audio), Bluetooth v4.2, and Spotify Connect and Roon (coming soon!)
Reliable Networking Platform with web-based setup and over-the-air updates
Next-Generation DSP Platform
Modernized Design with high-resolution front panel display
Amp matrixing with up to 4 re-assignable channels
7.2 preamplifier channels with 5 amplifier channels. 100 watts per channel continuous power into 8 ohms.
Amp matrixing with up to 4 re-assignable channels
Two paralleled subwoofer outputs
Auto Subwoofer Phase Adjustments (ARC Genesis)
Auto Subwoofer Polarity Adjustments (ARC Genesis)
Latest Implementation of ARC Genesis
Four Speaker Profile Memories
2” / 5 cm Speaker Distance Increments
0.5dB Level Increments
Super Sub Front Setting
HDMI & Video:
HDMI 2.0b & HDCP 2.2 (hardware upgradeable to HDMI 2.1 8K)
4:4:4 Subsampling @4K60 (18.2 Gbps)
High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
BT.2020 Color Gamut
4K 50/60 Switching
Dual HDMI Outputs
DTS-HD Master Audio
Three 12V Trigger Outputs
Pre-made Control Drivers
Save and Load Settings
Import and Export Settings
Rackmount kit (sold separately)
Apple Airplay 2
Google Chromecast Audio
Spotify Connect (coming soon!)
Roon (coming soon!)
All Channel Stereo
All Channel Mono
Anthem Web User Interface
Advanced Load Monitoring (ALM)
30 Input Configurations
Input trim adjustments
Power-on Input Assignment
Auto Power Off
Eco Mode (standby)
Over-the-air Network updates
Beta updates (over-the-air)
Backlit Remote Control
MAXIMUM CONTINUOUS OUTPUT (1% THD)
Channels 1-5, Two Driven into 8 Ohms: 100W
Channels 1-5, Two Driven into 6 Ohms: 130W
Maximum Output (<0.1% THD) 5.2 VRMS, 7.1VRMS
Frequency Response 20Hz – 30KHz +/-0.2dB
Frequency Response, Analog-Direct N/A
THD+N (2 Vrms output) -100 dB
S/N Ratio (2 Vrms output, IEC-A filter) 110 dB
Dimensions(WxHxD): 432 x 166 x 336mm (382mm including knobs & connections)