Anthem AV is a Canadian company focused on delivering high quality stereo listening experiences.
When one thinks of hifi or stereo systems many country generally comes to mind: Denmark, England, America as well as a few more. Anthem AV have decided to change that and fly the flag for Canada. One of their new products that we are particularly impressed with is the Anthem STR Integrated Amplifier.
The revolutionary STR Integrated Amplifier is based on an entirely new technological platform, for true benchmark performance in stereo amplification. More power, more control, more connection options, and the most advanced technology available in a single, easy-to-use component.
Designed, engineered, and Crafted in Canada, the STR Integrated Amplifier combines the benefits of an advanced preamp with the power of a massive amplifier and processor. It includes leading-edge DAC, onboard Anthem Room Correction (ARC™), customizable bass manager for mono or stereo sub outs, MM and MC phono inputs—far more than the average integrated amp.
And it includes new generations of many of Anthem’s award-winning, audiophile-loving, review-praised digital signal processing innovations, delivering a noticeably higher level of audio performance realism.
This is the integrated amplifier with the power, features, connections and control to fuel your two-channel dreams, today and into tomorrow
- High-resolution preamplifier section
- High current, high output amplifier section
- Amplifier uses 8 bipolar output devices per channel, a toroidal transformer power supply, and Advanced Load Monitoring for 200W at 8 ohms, 400W at 4 ohms, 550W at 2 ohms, all continuous
- Anthem Room Correction (ARC™) optimizes in-room response for perfect sound
- Bass management for two subwoofers, in mono or stereo
- Up-sampling of lower-resolution sources to 24-bit/192kHz
- S/PDIF coaxial and optical, and balanced AES/EBU inputs
- Asynchronous USB Audio Input supports 32-bit/384kHz PCM, and DSD 2.8 / 5.6 MHz sources
- MM and MC phono, balanced XLR, and single-ended analog inputs
- Analog Direct mode
- Graphic Front Panel Display for easy setup and navigation
- Controllable via Ethernet, RS-232, or supplied IR remote
- Available in Silver and Black Finishes
- Crafted in Canada
The STR comes packed with one of Anthems most significant features, ARC – Anthem Room Correction.
The room correction occurs in three steps:
- Measure the room’s response to test audio output sent to the speaker
- Fit the digital filter as calculated for the room correction
- Implements the room correction in real-time via a digital signal processor in the AVR.
This process is measured and implemented when the audio video receiver is setup, this is called the home cinema calibration process. Why this is important is that it corrects the audio response of the speakers so that they accurately playback the sound intended by the movie maker no matter how your room is shaped or treated.
This is a stunning stereo amplifier which makes a brilliant start for any hifi system.
If you would prefer, the pre-amp and amplifier can be purchased separately from each other too