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I'd guess your Mc amps are warmer than the Anthem amps, but in any case I'd doubt they're sonic substitutes so you should think about what kind of sound you want out of this system. You're dropping some good coin on this stuff, and seems like you're shortchanging the cables/interconnects. It's like buying a fun sports car and putting crappy tires on it. I'd recommend finding a way to demo some before making any final decisions. Best of luck.
I have the Marantz, but have heard the same thing from my dealer that the room correction is better in the Anthem. I like Anthem stuff, but the availability of the Marantz clinched it for me. You can't go wrong either way.
Not a B&W fan, so would suggest that's where to upgrade, but.......
I use either Bryston 9BST or Theta Intrepid amps. The Anthem's are (once again) very nice, and should be generally of better quality than the MC's.
Also agree with comment above regarding cables. I had good, but not great cables, then upgraded to Transparent Plus MM2 and Super's, and the difference was immediate and substantial. As suggested, try some out - with all the stuff you're buying one of the dealers should be willing to give you some demos.
Congrats on your new system! I'm sure you are excited...I would be.
On the cabling I would go with XLRs whenever you can. Also I would use 12 gauge in the walls. You may not need it to be that large of gauge unless it is a really long speaker run, but wont hurt to have it anyway. I agree with the folks above, cabling(and Power Cords) really make a difference.
Also, you may want to check out Paradigm speakers which typically match well with the Anthem equipment(Anthem equipment sounds great for movies and you cant go wrong). I personally like B&W, but it wouldn't hurt to check out the options.