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MRX 710 vs 310 + amp

dolofsson

Active Member
Hello,

Need some advice on upgrades.

Currently with standmounters (Dyn X16) and a centre @ 3.0 with Onkyo 809.

Mostly using my gear for TV/Movies - about 70%, and 30% music. (But quality when listening to music is more important, not as picky when it comes to TV/TH.)

Will go for 5.1 and probably wallstanders like KEF r500/700 or Dynaudio with small speakers/sats as rears.

Would you go for
Anthem MRX 710 alone or
MRX 310 together with a stereo amp driving the fronts? (For example Musical Fidelity M3i or Hegel H80.)

The two packages a roughly the same price.
 

Seriously Ltd

Distinguished Member
AVForums Sponsor
Hello,

Need some advice on upgrades.

Currently with standmounters (Dyn X16) and a centre @ 3.0 with Onkyo 809.

Mostly using my gear for TV/Movies - about 70%, and 30% music. (But quality when listening to music is more important, not as picky when it comes to TV/TH.)

Will go for 5.1 and probably wallstanders like KEF r500/700 or Dynaudio with small speakers/sats as rears.

Would you go for
Anthem MRX 710 alone or
MRX 310 together with a stereo amp driving the fronts? (For example Musical Fidelity M3i or Hegel H80.)

The two packages a roughly the same price.
Will you ever want 7.1 as the 310 is only a 5.1 receiver?
The MRX range are fantastic musical amps too.
 

dolofsson

Active Member
Will you ever want 7.1 as the 310 is only a 5.1 receiver?
The MRX range are fantastic musical amps too.

I've taken that into consideration. I haven't fully decided, I might go the 510 route instead. But at present I don't have room for 7.1.

But what do you think of MRX + stereo amp vs MRX alone?

Is it just a waste of money using a stereo amp in that price range - maybe one need a much better amp to tell difference playing music compared to the MRX 710 alone? (Like Hegel 200, M6i, Nait XS-2.)
 

Seriously Ltd

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I'm not familiar with the amps you mention but what I will say is the MRX range is very very good with music. I use the 510 and have that hooked up to a6 channel power amp and it's fantastic.
How large is your room and do you listen at high levels?
Consider a 510 and then add 3 channel power amp at a later date if you wish,so the front 3 are matched and the receiver can power the rears.
I heard the 710 all last weekend with music and it did sound excellent.
Try and get a demo in your own room. If you contact Rob at Gecko he will be able to loan you one. I would be happy with the 710 on its own.
 

dolofsson

Active Member
I'm not familiar with the amps you mention but what I will say is the MRX range is very very good with music. I use the 510 and have that hooked up to a6 channel power amp and it's fantastic.
How large is your room and do you listen at high levels?
Consider a 510 and then add 3 channel power amp at a later date if you wish,so the front 3 are matched and the receiver can power the rears.
I heard the 710 all last weekend with music and it did sound excellent.
Try and get a demo in your own room. If you contact Rob at Gecko he will be able to loan you one. I would be happy with the 710 on its own.

I see in your sig. that you use an A5 which I suppose is quite powerful...!

Have you tried running your system without the A5? I guess that a difference like that is what I'm trying to assess.

Trying to figure out what is the best price/performance.

Adding a "cheap" ($1500-ish) amp with a MRX 310/510 maybe just is waste of money. Then I guess it's better to go for 710 from the start - or like you said start with 310/510 and then add a more competent amp later. ($3000+?)

Can't demo 710 at home unfortunately - guess Sweden is a bit far away for Rob at Gecko. :) I will try to listen to it later this summer though visiting an Anthem dealer.
 

Seriously Ltd

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AVForums Sponsor
I find the MRX range of receivers to be just as musical as the Arcam AVR 500 that I used to own. Prior to that I owned a Lexicon DC2 with ADA and Parasound power amps. The MRX range really as a standalone receiver isn't far off minus the power obviously.
I would say get the 710 then you can always add a power amp later.
 

dolofsson

Active Member
I find the MRX range of receivers to be just as musical as the Arcam AVR 500 that I used to own. Prior to that I owned a Lexicon DC2 with ADA and Parasound power amps. The MRX range really as a standalone receiver isn't far off minus the power obviously.
I would say get the 710 then you can always add a power amp later.

Thank you for the advice, much appreciated. I will demo the 710 and maybe 510 + amp and go on from there.
 

the_dude2

Well-known Member
I see in your sig. that you use an A5 which I suppose is quite powerful...!

Have you tried running your system without the A5? I guess that a difference like that is what I'm trying to assess.

Trying to figure out what is the best price/performance.

Adding a "cheap" ($1500-ish) amp with a MRX 310/510 maybe just is waste of money. Then I guess it's better to go for 710 from the start - or like you said start with 310/510 and then add a more competent amp later. ($3000+?)

Can't demo 710 at home unfortunately - guess Sweden is a bit far away for Rob at Gecko. :) I will try to listen to it later this summer though visiting an Anthem dealer.

I ran my MRX300 for over a year without a power amp and it was good. But with the KK speakers I have there is a big difference using the AB Systems power amp compared to the MRX, it was well worth buying.
 

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