Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Ultimate Man Cave of Former NY Giants Star Sports Anthem Electronics & Paradigm Speakers

Former New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer just completed his man cave, a project he initiated long before the Giants made it into the Superbowl this year. Designed and installed by Todd Anthony Puma of  The Source Home Theater Installation & Design, New York City, the system features high-end equipment from Anthem, Paradigm, Wolf and Screen Innovations.

The deadline set by Amani for the install was this year's Superbowl, just in case the Giants didn't make it to the end. Although Amani will be watching his team take on the New England Patriots from the
Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis instead, his man cave is complete and ready for future enjoyment.

A large portion of the install process was auditioning the audio equipment. “For this room, above all else, I wanted a surround-sound system that made me feel like I was right in the middle of the action,” says Toomer. “That’s the one thing I’ve never loved about surround-sound: I’ve never felt like I was actually there. I’ve always felt like I was almost there. I don’t want almost. If I’m watching a game, I want to feel the attack.”

To make the selection easier, Toomer visited Puma’s home to audition a few different audio setups. “We listened to three different systems,” says Puma. In the end Toomer selected Paradigm Studio series speakers and matching subwoofers powered by Anthem's MRX 700 receiver, mentioning that the Paradigm & Anthem system sounded “fuller and less trembly” than the others.

The end result? A bad a$$ theater room with beautiful decor to match. Amani Toomer’s “Ultimate Man Cave” will air on “First Look” on LXTV, the NY local NBC Channel 4 station at 12:30 AM ET on Sunday, February 5th. It will also air on national television on NBC’s “OPEN HOUSE” program airing at 8:30am on Superbowl Sunday.

Click here! to view Toomer's install photo slideshow.
Click here! to read the full EH "Cool Homes" article
For more information on Anthem MRX receivers click here!
For more information on Paradigm Studio series click here!

Monday, January 23, 2012

MRX 700 earns AVForums.com "Best Buy" Award

AVForums reviewed the MRX 700 and gave it the "Best Buy" stamp of approval, comparing it to the "physique, poise and accuracy of a mid 80s Russian gymnast...where its grip and control of real world loudspeakers manifests itself in a very taught, textured delivery that has real - as in hi-fi levels of - detail and refinement."

Here are some more of our favourite quotes from this review...

"With enough real world power to shake the room with whatever speakers you choose; it polishes this with a subtle and nuanced performance which is both deft and vice like in its grip. This transfers well to music, with an open and transparent reproduction that propels music along with enthusiasm and insight, eschewing the superficially more impressive, but ultimately less communicative reproduction of its peers."

"That this ability is further heightened, rather than quashed by the use of the ARC room correction is, I feel, reason enough to push the MRX 700 to the top of your audition list. I've been continually impressed the subwoofer cousin of ARC (PBK) and hearing its effectiveness with all channels at such a low price point has only served to make me wonder why so many others get it so wrong."

"There are two points that were very clear to me after my first, extended, thrashing of the MRX 700. The first is that if this is 'only' a 7x120W of amplifier, then somebody should tell Anthem their Watts are larger than the competitions. Okay, I only run 5.1, but as any visitors to Williams towers will confirm, the listening room is quite large and I'm prepared to fill it to the corners with sound and the MRX-700 was well up to the task, without losing it's composure."

"It was during one of my music sessions that the second revelation hit me. For the first time ever, I preferred music with the EQ switched ON and I still can't believe I've just written that. Turn ARC on and the stereo soundstage increases slightly in size, tightens up in terms of focus, but because most of its doings are focused toward the bottom end of the range (I tended to set the EQ to an upper limit of 1kHz) the natural life and sparkle survived untouched."

"Forget the spec sheets, get out and hear the MRX 700. There is no spec sheet for sheer class and the MRX 700 delivers it by the bucket."

The above quotes only touch on the theme of the review. We encourage you to read the review in full at AVForums.com

For more information on Anthem MRX receivers, click here!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Anthem makes a "Statement" at CES 2012 with Awards & New Statement M1 Amplifier

CES 2012 wrapped up last week and based on attendance and show coverage, we're calling it a great success at Anthem & Paradigm! With the introduction of new products, a mind-blowing 2-channel high-end demo as well as a few sneak previews of upcoming products, the Anthem & Paradigm suites at the Venetian were buzzing with excitement! So here's a summary of what went on...

The show kicked off on a high note with a prestigious award for Anthem... The SoundStage! Network handed out their "Product of the Year" awards and the MRX 700 won "Exceptional Value" in the Electronics category!

Anthem's Erin Phillips accepts the "Product of the Year" award from SoundStage!

By far the most popular Anthem product at the show was the Statement M1 amplifier. CE Pro named it one of the "Best Products of CES 2012"...

The M1 also performed in the Anthem & Paradigm 2-channel high-end demo. Creating quite the buzz, the demo room featured two Paradigm Reference Signature S8 floorstanding speakers driven by a pair of new Anthem Statement M1 amplifiers. Until now, Class D amplifiers have been shunned in the audiophile world. The M1 enjoys all of the attributes of our award-winning Statement Class AB amplifiers but through exclusive Anthem technologies, goes far beyond the current capabilities of Class A, Class AB and prior Class D amplifiers in the market. The goal of the demo was to be a simple 2-channel demo so that we could let the S8s and M1s shine and we can say with confidence, they did just that.

Calling the M1 a "Hot Product" The Audio Beat spent time in our Demo Room

Also making an appearance was the upcoming Anthem AVM 50v 3D and Statement D2v 3D, expected to be released sometime soon (we can't say more than that at this time)...

That about covers what was new and exciting at CES 2012 for Anthem, however, the coverage was endless including many videos, photos etc. We encourage you to do a Google search to find out all the details from differing perspectives of the show.

Here are few links to picture and video coverage at the show:
  • Click here! for CE Pro's "Best of CES 2012"
  • Click here! for SoundStage! Network's 2011 Product of the Year Awards
  • Click here! for video coverage from HomeTheater on the Anthem Statement M1
  • Click here! for photos & show coverage from Secrets of Home Theater
  • Click here! for "Hot Product" show coverage from The Audio Beat
  • Click here! for video coverage from Digital Trends on the Anthem Statement M1
Click here! to read a summary of CES 2012 Paradigm coverage.