‘The Anthem MRX 710 is, quite simply, the best sounding AV receiver that we have reviewed to date and is therefore the reference point against which all the other receivers will be compared.’
Awarded: 10/10 Reference Status
Reviewed by Steve Withers
AV Forums were the first reviewers in the UK to get their hands on the new Anthem MRX receivers.
It is fair to say that they liked the first generation of receivers, but there was room for improvement. Anthem listened to the criticism of the first generation and reacted… and it looks like AV Forums are exceptionally pleased with the results! They have scored it a very rare 10/10 and awarded it a coveted Reference Status.
‘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 are also to be congratulated for having the courage to remove unnecessary analogue connections and for dropping pointless features to concentrate on what is important – sound quality.’
‘ARC 2 is nothing short of a revelation, with a completely redesigned user interface and an improved level of performance.’
‘The audio performance of the MRX 710 was simply stunning, with a wonderfully realised sound field that delivered precise localisation and effects. There was a superb level of detail in the performance, with lovely imaging and clarity. Dialogue was always clear, instruments sounded natural and bass was beautifully integrated. The overall performance was classy, subtle and controlled, never sounding overbearing but able to go suitably loud when needed. As we have found with previous Anthem receivers, the MRX 710 was cable of sounding wonderful with both multi-channel audio and two-channel stereo. This is something of a rare feat but if you’re looking for an AV receiver that can sound as good with your music collection as it will with your movie collection, then look no further.’
‘We often wonder how Anthem are able to deliver such a performance at this price point and once again the Canadian manufacturer has managed to surprise us. The MRX 710 would be worth buying if it was twice the price but at £2,199 it is nothing short of a bargain. The Anthem MRX 710 is, quite simply, the best sounding AV receiver that we have reviewed to date and is therefore the reference point against which all the other receivers will be compared.’