Savant Sneaks Big Anthem News into Partnership Announcement

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Anthem MRX 710 receiverSavant announced this morning that Anthem has joined its Partners in Excellence program, an initiative that involves not only a sort of “best-in-class recommended gear” list for use with Savant control systems, but also serves as a kind of certified drivers program. In other words, when you use gear from the Partners in Excellence program with your Savant automation system, you can rest assured that not only are you getting quality gear, but that the gear in question will slip seamlessly into your control ecosystem.

Here’s the kicker from the announcement, though: despite the fact that Anthem hasn’t officially announced them yet, the Savant Partners in Excellence release specifically mentions that profiles have been developed for Anthem’s second-generation MRX receivers: the MRX 310, MRX 510, and MRX 710. Granted, these new receivers are one of the worst-kept secrets in the industry — the ad from this week’s CEDIA Daily has already leaked online — but as far as I can tell, this is the closest we’ve seen to an official announcement.

From the press release:

Anthem, part of Paradigm Electronics, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of high performance electronics for music and home theater systems sold internationally as Anthem and Anthem Statement. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, the Anthem lineup includes power amplifiers, stereo preamplifiers, integrated amplifiers, surround-sound processors and digital room correction systems. Savant recently completed development of their profile for Anthem’s generation 2 MRX series of A/V receivers. “Savant’s Partners in Excellence program facilitates efficient integration of Anthem products into the Savant control and automation environment; we are pleased to participate in this initiative and bring added value to our network of authorized dealers,” explained Anthem’s Senior Marketing Director, Mark Aling.

Anthem joins a number of other manufactures in the Partners in Excellence initiative, including specialists in A/V, lighting control, climate control, and security. Both Savant and Anthem will be exhibiting at CEDIA EXPO 2013 this week, the former in booth 654, the latter in SR-1.

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