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The Role Home Theater Receivers Play in Optimum Entertainment

An Anthem MRX-710 AV Receiver on a stand under a TV next to high-fidelity loudspeakers.


When you first consider a home theater, your mind may turn to the big screen depicting lifelike, ultra-realistic images in stunning colors. Or, if your love of surround sound and detailed audio trumps crystal-clear images, your thoughts may wander to the 3D sound field, with brilliant high-fidelity audio encircling you. 

Like most experts that disappear in the background as the show stoppers get all the attention, your home theater receivers get lost in the impressive antics of the big stars. Yet receivers are a key component. In fact, some would argue that it is one of the most important elements in ensuring the ultimate cinematic experience in your Salt Lake City, UT, home.

Let's explore what these systems offer and how you can get the most out of your home theater.

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The Role AV Receivers Play in Home Theaters

The AV receiver is your home theater system's driver, controller, and hub. Yes, it’s that important. These receivers obtain and send HDMI signals—the industry standard for connecting high-resolution audio and high-definition video equipment. Your AV receiver takes the AV signals from various sources and directs them to your outputs. 

For instance, connecting your Kaleidescape Strato movie player to an AV receiver via HDMI sends the video signal to the connected display, whether a projector or TV, and the audio signals to the surround sound speaker system. Essentially, it routes all signals, whether from your Blu-ray, video game console, or turntable.

Why We Partner With Anthem

At Ratio AV, we partner with home entertainment and automation industry leaders. These partnerships ensure the perfect solution for our clients' unique properties and needs. One of our premium partners in the world of AV receivers is Anthem. Thanks to their innovative audio engineering, they create unprecedented functionality and reliability, making them the common choice for professional engineers and musicians worldwide. 

Fourth Generation MRX AV Receivers

Anthem’s fourth-generation MRX Series AV receivers (MRX 1140 8K, MRX 740 8K, MRX 540 8K) are known for their exceptional sound quality and exclusive audio-video innovations. This technology includes Anthem Room Correction (ARC), robust power amps, high-quality DACs, and 8K support. Now, you can enjoy 8K quality video in amazing clarity from all your 8K source devices.

The ARC measures how speakers interact with the room and equalizes them for the space. For instance, even the best loudspeakers are affected by a room's unique obstacles, like furniture, causing reflections and resonances affecting sound waves. ARC uses advanced algorithms to remove these obstacles, creating a listening experience similar to the best sound studios. The result is pure, natural sound as the director or musician intended. 

These receivers also support Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, IMAX Enhanced, and DTS.X. They offer seamless music streaming with Apple AirPlay, Google Chromecast, and Bluetooth. Anthem’s top-of-the-line MRX-1140 can power up to 11 speakers.

They also integrate with all major home automation platforms, such as Control4.

Are you ready for the ultimate cinematic experience in your home? To learn more about the features found in Anthem home theater receivers or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Ratio AV today.

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