Anthem MCA 525 Gen 2 Power Amplifier

Brand: Anthem
Model Number: MCA 525 GEN 2
UPC: 809918003154
Model Number: MCA 525 GEN 2
UPC: 809918003154

Anthem MCA 525 Gen 2 Power Amplifier

  • 5 Channel Power Amplifier
  • Delivers Lower THD ( Total Harmonic Distortion )
  • Cosmetic Match for AVM 70/90 & MRX 540/740/1140
  • Crafted in Canada


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Anthem MCA 525 Gen 2 Power Amplifier

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.

Superb Value in Multichannel Amplifiers, delivering 225 continuous watts per channel into 8 ohms.

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.

Limitless Possibilities

Today’s premium home theaters 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 hear 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. All MCA power amps are Crafted in Canada.

Massive Toroidal Power

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 theater and the most complex and dynamic music recordings.

Audiophile Binding Posts

Our own custom-designed, oversized robust binding posts ensure full power delivery at all times.

They’re easy to use and facilitate large speaker cable connectors.

Multichannel muscle for your home theater

Anthem’s MCA 525 Gen 2 is overbuilt to provide your five-speaker surround sound system with all the power it needs, and then some. It follows in the footsteps of the impressive first-generation MCA 525, with meaningful improvements. It’s been completely redesigned, with shorter internal cabling that creates a smoother circuit pathway.

Why does that matter? Because a well-designed amplifier can do a better job of controlling the stop-start motion of your speakers’ drivers, enhancing virtually every aspect of sound quality from deep bass, to dynamics, to soundstaging.

Home theater hero

Usually power amps like this one are paired with A/V preamp/processors. Anthem’s MRX Series home theater receivers have preamp outputs, so you can easily connect the MCA 525 Gen 2 and use it to drive your front left, right, and center channels, plus two back speakers or surrounds. That surge of added power does wonders for music and movie soundtracks.

Inside the Anthem sound

The MCA 525 Gen 2’s rated power output provides a clue to this amp’s unshakeable grip on the music. It produces 225 watts per channel at 8 ohms, 400 watts into 4 ohms and an incredible 600 watts into 2 ohms! There are two beefy toroidal transformers inside to ensure stable, noise-free performance.

And each channel has eight bipolar output transistors, to deliver loads of effortless high-current power. The typical A/V receiver uses only two output transistors per channel. Every feature has been optimized so that you’ll hear clean, transparent sound emerging from an eerily quiet background.

Brand Anthem   Model Anthem MCA 525 GEN 2
Product: Anthem MCA 525 Gen 2 Power Amplifier

Number of Channels: 5
Power Output per Channel (8 ohms): 225
Power Output per Channel (6 ohms): —
Power Output per Channel (4 ohms): 400
Frequency Response: 20-20k
THD: 0.015%
Minimum Impedance: 2
Bridged Power per Channel: 0 watts
Speaker Outputs: 5
THX Certification: No
Width (inches): 17-1/4
Height (inches): 6-11/16
Depth (inches): 19-3/16
Weight: 61 pounds

Inputs & Outputs

Number of Inputs: 5
Input Type: XLR, RCA
Level Controls: No
Speaker Connectors: Posts


(Continuous RMS, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, <1% THD)
Impedance: 8Ω (225 W), 4Ω (400 W), 2Ω (600 W)

Inputs: Single-Ended, Balanced, Relay Trigger (3.5-mm Mono Jack)
Outputs: Speaker Binding Posts, Relay Trigger (3.5-mm Mono Jack)

Front Panel: Power (On/Off)
Rear Panel: 3 On/Off Modes (Trigger, Manual, Auto)

at 1 kHz: 0.0010%
at 20 kHz: 0.015%

IMD AT 100 W
ITU-R (19 kHz + 20 kHz): 0.0005%
SMPTE (60 Hz + 7 kHz): 0.002%

open circuit: ± 0.1 dB
8Ω: ± 0.1 dB
4Ω: ± 0.1 dB
2Ω: ± 0.2 dB

SNR, IEC-A, ref. 225 W: 120 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
Input Impedance (RCA / XLR) 10 kΩ /: 15 kΩ
Input Sensitivity, 225 W into 8 Ω: 1.5 Vrms
Voltage Gain: 29 dB

standby – idle – typical – high output
2.0 W – 80 W – 550 W – 1200 W

Height: 6-5/8” (16.9 cm)
Height with Rackmount Kit: 4U
Width: 17-1/4" (43.9 cm)
Depth: 18-1/8" (46 cm)

MCA 525 (Gen. 2): 61 lb (27.5 kg)

120 V version: In countries where the line voltage is 120 V, this product operates from a single phase AC power source that supplies between 108 V and 132 V at a frequency of 60 Hz.
220-240 V version: In countries where the line voltage is 220, 230, or 240 V, this product operates from a single phase AC power source that supplies between 198 V and 264 V at a frequency of 50 Hz.

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