Anthem announced today a new series of multizone music distribution products that...
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The new MDX Series isn't your typical distributed audio product. The two models that comprise the new lineup so far not only offer flexible configuration and plenty of power, they also pack in the company's beloved Anthem Room Correction, advanced bass management capabilities, and more, making this one of the few multi-zone systems that might actually appeal to audiophiles.
Read on for full details directly from Anthem:
Anthem Electronics, an award-winning manufacturer of high-end electronics for music and home theater, is pleased to announce the launch of the MDX Series of distribution systems. MDX features advanced DSP processing, matrix switching, and cutting-edge Anthem amplification technology, providing smooth, efficient, consistent high power and reliability. They are engineered to simplify custom audio system installations and to blow listeners away with extreme performance in any setup.
MDX includes these key features and more:
Nothing could be simpler than on-site configuration and room calibration using MDX's intuitive web-based controls. The specially designed, adaptive user interface works on any device and allows users to:
Robust IP/RS-232 connection capability ensures compatibility with leading home automation systems, with easily downloaded drivers, including Control4, Crestron, Elan, RTI, Savant, and URC.
Digital Inputs, Digital Switching
Fast, efficient Ultra-Class-D amplification is supported by proprietary Advanced Load Monitoring technology, delivering reliable performance under even the most demanding loads. MDX's high-efficiency design meets and exceeds global power-saving standards.
MDX-16 features smooth, instantaneous digital switching output the allows the linking of digital inputs between multiple units. MDX-16 also features analog pass-through connections, allowing daisy-chaining.
Dedicated Subwoofers for each Zone
MDX are the first distribution solutions to offer the ability to expand a system by adding external subwoofers. This is accomplished through either an RCA connection to a powered subwoofer or external sub amplifier; or by assigning a zone's output to power a subwoofer. Any subwoofer attached to an MDX also benefits from Anthem Room Correction, which not only corrects acoustic output for an ideal response but also sets bass management settings (including subwoofer phase) for a flawless transition to the main speakers.
Zone Configuration Options
Zones can have custom names, multiple inputs, independent playback, and tuning controls and can bridge for more power. Subwoofer bass management is available in any zone and allows users to set the crossover frequency, level, phase, and polarity. Only the MDX Series gives listeners this much control over multiple zones, supporting creative system designs and thrilling audio performance.
Equalization & Matrixing Capabilities
Full digital/analog matrix switching allows a user to assign any analog RCA, digital coaxial or digital optical input to any output, either pre-configured via the web interface or switched in real-time via IP commands.
MDX-16 audio inputs:
MDX-8 audio inputs:
MDX-16 audio outputs:
MDX-8 audio outputs:
MDX-16 retails for $2,999/each (US) and $3,499/each (CAD).
MDX-8 retails for $1,999/each (US) and $2,499/each (CAD).
The MDX series is now shipping.