Anthem AVRs To Get HDMI 1.4, Room Correction

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MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO — Anthem will expand its component-audio selection to include A/V receivers (AVRs) with the launch of four models, all with HDMI 1.4 connections upgradable to 1.4a.

All four feature proprietary Anthem Room Correction (ARC), and three of the four models will add Internet radio and USB connections to music-laden hard drives and memory sticks. Two models will feature HD Radio.

The company, which markets component- audio separates and a Blu-ray player, also plans its first iPod dock, which connects to the four receivers.

The four receivers are the $999- suggested MRX 300, $1,499 MRX 500, $1,999 MRX 700, and $3,999 MRX 900, all with built-in decoding of all Bluray surround formats, Anthem Room Correction, and Dolby Pro Logic IIz post-processing technology.

On all four models, the HDMI 1.4 inputs and output pass through 3D video from Blu-ray players and games, but in November, the company plans a firmware update to upgrade them to 1.4a to add support for the side-by-side (half) and top-and-bottom formats that broadcasters are adopting. The AVRs’ HDMI outputs do not support HDMI 1.4’s audio return channel functions.

All but the MRX 300 add Internet radio access using the vTuner portal through wired Ethernet connection to a broadband modem, and front and rear USB inputs to play music from a connected hard drive or from USB memory sticks.

The top two models, the 700 and 900, also add embedded HD Radio.

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