Anthem MRX 540 5.2ch AV Receiver

MRX 540
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Anthem MRX 540 Elite 5.2ch AV Receiver

Anthem’s MRX A/V Receivers are about maximizing performance for the money. Building on the success of their previous models the latest ’40 series adds the newest version of ARC Genesis room correction software, a redesigned and more accurate calibration microphone, Anthem Web User Interface, integrated streaming support and object-oriented audio codec support.

An easy-to-operate receiver with lots of soul

Anthem has a reputation for creating high-performance home theatre receivers that put sound quality above all else. The MRX 540 is a great choice for those looking to create a traditional high-performance 5.1 home cinema system with superb A/V processing, premium amplification and exceptional room calibration – with MRX 540 your money is going where it matters, not into extra channels of power that will go unused.

Plenty of power for each channel

MRX 540's 5 channels are rated at 100 watts (Class AB amplification), and are well-suited for high-performance stand-mount or floor-standing speakers.

Intuitive web-based controls

One of the features that makes Anthem's receivers stand out from the crowd is their user-friendly control interface. Access it from a web browser on your computer or smart device, and easily turn zones on and off, adjust settings, alter speaker configurations, and more.

Advanced room calibration with ARC Genesis 

The Anthem MRX 540 includes the company's own highly regarded ARC (Anthem Room Correction) Genesis software — one of the industry's best room-correction platforms. ARC Genesis measures the acoustics of your room with the included microphone, and then fine-tunes the output of your system to best match the unique sonic characteristics of your space. The resulting sound is clear, smooth, and ultra-detailed, with tight bass and impactful dynamics.

Note: You'll need to install the free ARC Genesis software on your Mac® or PC prior to calibration.

Versatile music streaming options

Connect MRX 540 to your network via wi-fi or Ethernet and stream from your music app of choice. Compatible with AirPlay 2 and Google Chromecast, the player suits most music apps available on Apple and Android smartphone and tablet devices. Bluetooth provides a quick and easy wireless link to your smartphone, tablet or computer for simple music streaming. A free, future update will also include support for Spotify and Roon, making the MRX 740 even more versatile.

Premium digital processing

Featuring premium 32 bit/768kHz, differential-output DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertors), the MRX 540 decodes digital signals to the highest standards. These high resolution DACs don’t miss a breath of the action and make both movies and music sound scintillating

Certified for IMAX Enhanced

A partnership between IMAX, DTS and award-winning Hollywood sound mixers delivers a stunning new sound format – IMAX Enhanced. Only the highest quality home cinema equipment meets the standard, with IMAX enhanced content available on HDR streaming and UHD Blu-ray disc

Upgradable HDMI board - Supports Dolby Vision, HDR, HLG and eARC

Equipped with an upgradable, 7 in/2 out HDMI interface, the MRX 540 supports a wide range of High Dynamic Range video formats. These include Dolby Vision, HDR and HLG. It also supports eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel), the latest Audio Return Channel system that transmits uncompressed surround sound signals, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, from your compatible TV, back to the amp. The removable board allows for future HDMI upgrades (dealer return required).

Anthem MRX 540 5.2ch AV Receiver Key Features

5-channel amplifier

Dolby and DTS surround sound decoding

IMAX Enhanced

ARC Genesis room correction

Audiophile-grade 32-bit/768kHz DAC (digital to analogue converter)

Bluetooth / AirPlay 2 / Google Chromecast built-in

HDMI 2.0b – 7 in – 2 out with eARC

HDR supports HDR10, Dolby Vision & HLG

Upgradeable HDMI board for future proofing

7.2ch pre-outs

Anthem MRX 540 5.2ch AV Receiver


Maximum Output (<0.1% THD)

5.2 Vrms, subwoofer channel 7.1 Vrms

Frequency Response

20 Hz — 30 kHz (+0, -0.2 dB)

THD+N (2 Vrms output)

-100 dB

S/N Ratio (2 Vrms output, IEC-A filter)

110 dB


MRX 540

SNR: 91 dB channels 1-5


Channels 1-5, Two Driven into 8 Ohms

100 W

Channels 1-5, Two Driven into 6 Ohms

130 W


Typical Load

365 W


0.3 W

Standby IP Control Enabled

1.8 W

Standby HDMI Bypass Enabled

4.9 W



15.24 cm

Height with Rackmount Kit



43.18 cm

Depth (not including power cord)

36.4 cm


MRX 540

12.8 kg


220-240 V version:

In countries where the line voltage is 220, 230, or 240 V, this product operates from a single phase AC power source that supplies between 198 V and 264 V at a frequency of 50 Hz.