Emotiva UMC-200 7.1 Surround Sound Processor Preview

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  1. admin Audioholics Robot Staff Member

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    The obvious question is what you need in a processor. If you are looking for automatic room correction with tons of user control with a focus on high-quality audio, the Emotiva UMC-200 will be for you. But if you need legacy video inputs, you're going to want to look elsewhere. With a $699 list price but a $599 street price (since it is sold direct, we doubt the $699 price will ever be seen), the price is certainly right. Multizone support and HDMI overlay OSD makes the UMC-200 not only competitive with other budget processors, but some with vastly greater price tags.
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  2. BoredSysAdmin Audioholic Overlord

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    small correction

    Imo it would make more sense to change it to this:
    "Not included is any sort of analogue VIDEO input or output."
    " a factor ruling this product out for those that still have gear with analogue video connections"
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    "Emotiva has included eleven user-programmable, fully parametric, equalizers per channel"

    What CPU are they running that this thing can run 88 PEQ's? Sheesh. Only one HDMI out kinda sucks.
  4. agarwalro Audioholic Ninja

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    From the Emo website, Twin Cirrus, 32-bit dual-core floating-point DSP’s.

    From the circuit board, the chips used are CS497024
    and CS495314.

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    If Emotiva can pull off, w/o major snafu's, release this then this thing is a winner on paper. For $600 it would be a slam dunk.
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  6. j_garcia Audioholic Jedi

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    YES! I've been anxiously checking their site for this one since I am due for a new pre. I may just forgo the 105 for now and get this.
  7. darien87 Audioholic Ninja

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    So much for me selling my UMC to finance the XMC I'm wanting. :(
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  8. j_garcia Audioholic Jedi

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    I talked to them about the UMC before and it lacks a few features I want that the UMC200 has unfortunately. That doesn't mean you won't be able to sell it, just not to me :( The display intermittently goes out on my Marantz, so it needs to be replaced unfortunately.
  9. rnatalli Audioholic Ninja

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    The UMC-200 looks like a great unit and better than Outlaw's 975 IMO. My only complaint is they removed Dolby Volume. I really need a good low-level listening mode similar to Dolby Volume Modeler and Audyssey Dynamic EQ so I'm stuck waiting for the XMC-1 with TacT.
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    I ordered one, it was around $400 with my discount card so even with the sale I saved a couple hundred... Time will tell if its any good :)
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  11. Time_Stand_Stil Junior Audioholic

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    I'm wondering if this unit will offer a DIRECT mode, bypassing all processing for especially analogue devices or analogue connection of a CD player etc?

    If it does offer such, boy oh boy it could make a nice addition to a quality A/V set up with appropriate amplifier choices. I may have to budget for one as a near future upgrade to my A/V set up.
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    Have you had to undate firmware to cure switching issues ofor your UMC-1? I wonder about this new UMC for the same reasons.. I wanted a UMC-1 and the matching 200X5 amp but with SOOO many owners complaining about switching issues. I passed and hoped by now they had finally fixed the issues on the UMC-1. I need analog (RCA) inputs so the new UMC is no go for me.
    LAB3,
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    that's for sure. I had two of their UMC's and sent them both back. Quality control at times can be a issue.
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  14. ImcLoud Audioholic Ninja

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    I never had any issues with my umc1, I think a while back when they first came out they had some issues, but now they work well..
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    What switching issues are you referring to? The only problem I still have with my UMC is the occasional audio drop, (waiting a bit or re-selecting the input fixes this).

    If you're still interested I'll be looking to get about $300 for it when the XMC comes out.
  16. Irishman Audioholic

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    Yeah, those XMC's are crazy tanklike!
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    XMC looks good but, I hate to spend that much even with the upgrade cert. its a lot..

    I only hook a ps3, ipod dock, and cable box to it, then I run my multi room system of zone 2, so the umc200 is perfect for me... And with my upgrade its only $400, they sent me an email saying I will get it by 12/5 so next week Ill know if it works..

    I have no problems with my UMC, Im actually going to do some changing around when the new one gets here..
    I am moving the umc 1 to my guest parlors system with my xpa5 where that will power a pair of evo10 bookshelfs and evo center, with the other 2 channels wired into zone 2 and powering my jade5's for music. Then I will use the sw300 subs in both systems somehow....

    And for my main parlors system I will move my xpa2 and xpa3 in place of the xpa5... I can hear my electric bill going up..
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    Did you get the UMC-200? Now that it is in the $2500 system, I'm very curious as to your hands-on take.
  19. j_garcia Audioholic Jedi

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    I ordered mine today. Unfortunately next shipment isn't until next Mon. Xmas eve.
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    I'm curious to hear your impressions (you too ImcLoud). I'm starting to look at separate amplifiers, but unfortunately my current receiver has a little design flaw: it features pre-outs, but no main zone 12V trigger nor a switched outlet to plug an adapter into. As I'm not inclined to leave a power amp running idle 24/7 wasting electricity, and well...I'm lazy, I may look to replace the whole spiel.

    Also curious to see if Emo is going to release a XPA-500. I don't necessarily need something as powerful (and large/heavy) as the XPA-5, but I don't foresee the UPA-500 representing a big upgrade from what I've got either.

    Fun times!

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