Anthem Electronics STR D/A integrated amplifier Specifications

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Description: Solid-state, class-AB integrated amplifier with Anthem Room Correction (ARC). Analog audio inputs: 4 unbalanced (RCA), 1 balanced (XLR), 2 phono (MC, MM). Digital audio inputs: 2 S/PDIF (RCA), 2 S/PDIF (TosLink), 1 USB, 1 AES/EBU (XLR). Preamplifier outputs: variable, fixed, subwoofer (all RCA). Communication (updates & control): USB, mini USB, Ethernet RJ-45, RS-232, IR in, 12V trigger out. Digital input sample rates: USB: PCM 32/384, DSD at 2.8MHz & 5.6MHz. HDMI & S/PDIF: PCM 24/192. Internal digital processing: 32/192. Power output (continuous, 20Hz–20kHz, <1% THD): 200Wpc into 8 ohms (23dBW), 400Wpc into 4 ohms (23dBW), 550Wpc into 2 ohms (21.5dBW). Signal/noise (1kHz, IEC-A, 2V RMS out): digital in, 44.1kHz, 112dB; analog in, DSP mode, 110dB; analog in, direct mode, 120dB. Phono input impedance: 47k ohms MM, 100 ohms MC. Power consumption: typical use, 250W; high output, 500W; idle, 40W.
Dimensions: 17" (432mm) W by 6.75" (172mm) H by 17.5" (445mm). Weight: 40 lb (18kg).
Finishes: Silver, Black.
Serial number of unit reviewed: AGL1215587.
Price: $4499. Approximate number of dealers: 1100. Warranty: 5 years.
Manufacturer: Anthem Electronics, 205 Annagem Boulevard, Mississauga, Ontario L5T 2V1, Canada. Tel: (905) 696-2868. Web:

Anthem Electronics
205 Annagem Boulevard
Mississauga, Ontario L5T 2V1
(905) 696-2868

Bogolu Haranath's picture

Considering all the different things it can do, the Anthem integrated is one of the "best bang for the buck" products ............

hifiluver's picture

for the big $$$ it better perform. Still I liked the brand better when it produced simple straightforward and more affordable products like the Integrated 225.

ppgr's picture

The average is not smoother, it's only averaged :)

Manimaldoug's picture

That is one handsome amp. Beautiful

Bogolu Haranath's picture

"Get outta of my dreams, get into my car" :-) ............

volvic's picture

Always wanted a pair of these great speakers. A few years ago someone was selling a pair with every replaceable woofer and tweeter as spares. Should have jumped on the chance. Nice to see Mr. Norton still using his.

stasis05's picture

This was a great review, but I really wish the reviewer had been given more opportunities to explore the features--no opinions on either of the phono inputs, no trying it out with even more high end speakers to see how it compares to integrated amps two or three times its price, etc. Seems like the reviewer was forced to review it based on a stereotype of Anthem as a home AV brand first, audiophile-brand second. I would have loved to see how it stacked up against a Mark Levinson or Pass Labs Integrated to see if it could hold its own.

funambulistic's picture

I would also like to see how these integrated amps, in this relative price range, that have bass management/room correction (Anthem, Parasound, Outlaw, Classe) perform in a 2.1 configuration. I know a lot of stereo only folks that round out their systems with a subwoofer or two (including myself). I believe the only recent review of an integrated (receiver, actually) that incorporated subwoofers was that of the Arcam FMJ SR250, written by Mr. Rubinson

audiodoctornj's picture

Dear Mr. Norton, thank you for your insightful review of the STR. I do believe you summed up the STR nicely. We feel that the Anthem STR is an excellent piece for the money with a very clean detailed presentation even without using ARC.

When you combine the STR's excellent power amplifier stage, a state of the art Room Correction system, a very capable dac stage, and a phono stage for a very reasonable $4,500.00 the STR should be on anyone's list to check out.

Howerver, the real shocker is the more expensive STR series amplifer and preamp/dac at $10k. The STR amplifier and preamp/dac just has an even more liquid overall presenation, while improving upon all aspects of the integrated amplifier.

You have to spend considerably more money than the STR separates to really move into higher quality sound, so the gentleman who asked about other brands, the new Anthem STR series products are really good sounding and are very competitive with any of the major audiophile brands.

Dave Lalin, owner, Audio Doctor NJ

NPRlistner's picture

I am trying to decide between these two to run a pair of 4 ohm speakers at 90db sensitivity. I use a Lumin D2 for streaming. What are your thoughts Dave?