I like Cary better than Anthem.
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I doubt many have made this specific comparison.
I have the Cary Cinema 6 which is good sounding, but not quite as transparent and dynamic as a true high-end 2 channel preamp. (which makes sense, as it is built for another job)
For HT, the Cary sounds great, as it does for music. I'd stick with cary. They look a lot nicer than the anthem stuff too
I'm not a dealer for either brand, but from my experience I much prefer the Cary Audio's sound over the likes of Anthem.
I'm a big sound over features type of guy and feel Cary has the better audio section. Still, you cannot disregard Anthems killer video section.
Amplification I give credit to Cary as well. Anthem amplifiers do nothing for me. Sure, they have gobbs of power, but I think they tend to sound warm. That may be on purpose to tame the Paradigms, though.
Well I just orders a cinima 11a basically because I am using all balanced equipnment and tube amps also have a cinima 5 for the sourounds. However if I wasn't I would get the Rotel you may want to look at it better price point and more boomey in the base. For movies the Rotel I thinnk is better moore boom in the low end also has video switching. The cary is smoother than any other processor but at the loss of that low end boom dffect. Also Cary repair dept leaves alot to be desired and they seem to break. My cinima 5 is there now and my 303/300 just came back. I have spent a fortune on repairs of cary equipnemtn none of my other stuff has ever broken.
I have heard the cinema 11 and thought it was a sweet sounding processor. I own an anthem AVM 30. It is nice sounding unit. I think the D2 with ARC adds room optimization abilities that the cinema 11 cannot compete with. I know the cinema 11 does have auto setup but it is not that sofisticated. I'm not sure the 11v does more in this area. Anthem also has upgradeabilty (at a cost) that cary does not have. I know that i am not completely answering your question but wanted to add my two cents, anyways.