Excerpt: “From Canada with love,” says weatherman Mr. G of WPIX New York every time a sinister polar vortex is about to sweep down from the frozen north. That cool Canadian breeze can be a trial in winter. In summer, however, it’s a breath of fresh air—and that’s also a good description of AV receivers from Ontario-based Anthem. They’re built like tanks, obsessively performance-oriented, and shorn of (what some might deem) frivolous features.
Conclusion: Somehow Anthem have done the impossible and made the best receiver on the market even better. The MRX 710 is a genuinely remarkable achievement that combines pure performance with a level of sophistication normally only found in products that cost ten times as much. Anthem appear to have addressed all the issues that people had with their previous generation of receivers, improving the build quality and making the design more attractive.
Summary: Anthem continues their tradition of offering tremendous value for the dollar in their second-generation MRX A/V receivers. The MRX 710 sounds fantastic with both movies and music. The receiver is so much easier and faster to configure thanks to the network interface that Anthem has incorporated into the updated ARC 1M Room Correction System.
Conclusion: Here's the question that I would imagine many MRX 700 owners are asking right now, and in fact it's one I'm still mulling over myself: is the MRX 710 worth the upgrade? Despite the fact that it's undoubtedly more detailed, with even better stereo performance, I think my answer to that largely depends on how your room deals with bass and what sort of speakers you're using with it.