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Canadian award-winning specialist AV manufacturer, Anthem, has announced its highly anticipated new range and next generation of power amps. The new range sets an even further elevated standard from a brand that has become synonymous with high-performance AV products.
To complement the new AVM 90 and 70 A/V Processors, Anthem introduces the new MCA 525, 325 and 225 GEN 2 power amplifiers. Available in 5, 3 and 2-channel configurations, these new MCA amplifiers feature more robust and efficient power and heavy-duty reliability. The new MCA Series delivers lower THD (total harmonic distortion) for more clean, pure sound and lower noise for a supremely quiet background.
The MCA 525 GEN 2, MCA 325 GEN 2 and MCA 225 GEN 2, designed and Crafted in Canada, are like no other amplifiers in the world: custom low noise high-power toroidal transformers; high-current bipolar output transistors; high-quality filter capacitors; advanced power supply regulators; oversized aluminum heatsinks; custom-designed dual binding posts; and patented auto-on/off circuitry. Superior craftsmanship that is reflected in clean, clear, audiophile-quality sound from top to bottom of the frequency spectrum.
- 5-Channel Power Amplifier
- 225 Watts Continuous Power per Channel into 8 Ohms
- Completely Redesigned Internal System
- High current output for lower distortion
- Higher Power into More Demanding Loads
- Engineered for Reliability
- Green “Standby” Power Consumption uses less than 2 watts
- Next-generation Advanced Load Monitoring system ensures long-term performance
- 8 bipolar output devices per channel for less stress on each device
- Massive Toroidal Power Supplies
- Audiophile Binding Posts
- Perfect match, sonically and visually, for the Anthem AVM Processors
- Crafted in Canada
Long lifetime, guaranteed
In addition to including a 3-year warranty, you can be confident in these new Anthem amps, as the brand is known for not releasing new models too frequently. Each addition to Anthem's catalogue brings new features, technology, and cosmetic refinements. Buying Anthem today won't see your investment superseded by new models next year.
"Each line up has been refreshed with careful thought regarding the features and capabilities that enthusiasts want and need. The new releases are a culmination of the research and learnings from the past five years and make Anthem the ultimate powerhouse of any home theatre or media room."
- John Bagby, Managing Director, Paradigm Electronics Inc, parent company of Anthem
Higher Power into More Demanding Loads
While most 5-channel amplifiers use a single power supply for front left and right channels and another power supply of the centre and surround, the new MCA 525 GEN 2 shares its two power supplies between all channels. The result is full bursts of power – instantly – without affecting channel separation.
Today’s premium home theatres need support for as many as 15 speakers and 4 subwoofers to handle the latest Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-oriented audio codecs. Pair an AVM 70 or AVM 90 A/V Processor with a stack of MCA amplifiers and you’ll achieve a sound that rivals the best commercial cinemas.
MCA’s scalability means you can purchase only the channels you need to power your vision of home entertainment. AVM Processors can now manage configurations up to 15.4 channels (up from 11.2) with ARC Genesis Room Correction ensuring the best possible sound at every seat. And you won’t need to hide your gear from view. Anthem’s modernized design extends to every component in the MCA and AVM lines.
Next-Generation Advanced Load Monitoring™ Technology
Exclusive ALM™ technology monitors the internal temperature, current and voltage to ensure safe and uninterrupted longterm operation, all the while eliminating the need for internal fuses. ALM™ is not in the signal path, so it never gets in the way. Instead, ALM engages instantly, but only in the most extreme circumstances, to protect your amplifier (and speakers) from damage.
This new generation ALM™ lowers the chance of a line fuse blowing during an over-current condition. Should a fault condition arise, unaffected channels continue to play and all-channel operation resumes automatically once conditions are back to normal. The LED on the front panel confirms status at all times.
An All-New MCA GEN 2 Series
What does it take to improve on perfection? Over 15 years of concentration. The distillation of endless hours of fundamental research. The willingness to rebuild from the ground up. And the focus on a single goal: Leadership through innovation and technology. Introducing the new generation of Anthem MCA GEN 2 Amplifiers, designed, engineered and Crafted in Canada!
The new MCA GEN 2 series greatly reduces the use of internal cabling for a much smoother circuit path for pure, unobstructed audio performance. The use of low-flux toroidal transformers and improved input transistors provide a greater sense of transparency, even with dynamically complex material.
Anthem has also improved other performance benchmarks including power bandwidth and slew rate. With a signal-to-noise ratio of 120 dB, background noise is practically nonexistent, leaving you with just pure natural sound reproduction.
Engineered for Reliability
The new MCA GEN 2 Amplifiers use Anthem’s years of experience to “engineer out” common amplifier gremlins.
Green “Standby” Power Consumption
In addition to the reduced inrush current, these new MCA GEN 2 Amplifiers only use between 1-2W in “standby” mode. As with all Anthem amplifiers, they can be switched on manually, via trigger, or by sensing an input signal. New, larger, more conductive audiophile binding posts have been added to maximize contact and maintain a firm grip on the speaker cable. If you’re in the market for cutting-edge audio component separates, Anthem’s new MCA GEN 2 Amplifiers balance the complex dynamics of today’s most demanding multi-channel media with the rare finesse required to satisfy the audiophile in you. MCA GEN 2 Amps provide an abundance of conservatively rated power into demanding low impedance loads, incredible reliability, and a new design aesthetic that matches our sleek new AVM A/V Processors.
Massive Toroidal Power Supplies
MCA amplifiers deliver incredible dynamics thanks to massive “audiophile approved” conservatively rated power supplies designed with high rail voltages.
Low flux toroidal power transformers ensure ultra-quiet performance by minimizing stray magnetic field radiation. This provides the pure, clean, low-noise power that is needed to reproduce the full dynamics of home theatre and the most complex and dynamic music recordings.
Stable as a Rock
Anthem amplifiers are incredibly stable into difficult, low-impedance speaker loads, making these superb-sounding dynamos reliable performers in even the toughest circumstances.
From military-spec epoxy circuit boards to multiple high-current bipolar-output transistors, oversize computer-designed heatsinks and custom-designed robust binding posts, the build quality of these amps (all designed and crafted in Canada) ranks among the finest in the world.
The Anthem Advantage
At Anthem, we have one simple goal – to design, engineer and manufacture audio/video products that deliver premium performance and convenience at a reasonable price. We do this by spending thousands of hours selecting and testing components, carefully designing our own circuit topologies, and backing them with robust power supplies that ensure maximum long-term quality and reliability. We achieve this with our team at the Paradigm/Anthem Research Center and their decades of combined experience.
Backed by over 35 years of home-grown, hands-on design, and innovative audio engineering experience, Anthem products provide an unprecedented level of reliability and functionality; delivering one of the industry’s highest performance/price ratios. This is just one reason why Anthem electronics are the choice of knowledgeable audiophiles, professional musicians and engineers the world over.
Continuous 20 Hz to 20 kHz, <1% THD (all models)
8 ohms: 225 W
4 ohms: 400 W
2 ohms: 600 W
THD at 100 W
1 kHz: 0.0010%
20 kHz: 0.015%
IMD at 100 W
ITU-R (19 kHz + 20 kHz): 0.0005%
SMPTE (60 Hz + 7 kHz) : 0.002%
SNR, IEC-A, ref. 225 W : 120 dB
Frequency Response, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
open circuit: ± 0.1 dB
8 Ω: ± 0.1 dB
4 Ω: ± 0.1 dB
2 Ω: ± 0.2 dB
Power Bandwidth, -3 dB at 200 W into 8 ohms: 90 kHz
Slew Rate: 30 V/μs
Damping Factor, 20 Hz to 1 kHz: 300
Channel Separation, 100 Hz to 10 kHz: >65 dB
RCA / XLR: 10 kΩ / 15 kΩ
Input Sensitivity, 225 W into 8 Ω: 1.5 Vrms
Voltage Gain: 29 dB
Standby: 2.0 W
Idle: 80 W
Typical: 550 W
High-Output: 1200 W
Height: 6.9 cm
Rackmounted Height: 4U
Width: 43.8 cm
Depth: 46 cm
Weight: 27.5 kg