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Emotiva XMC-1 7.2 AV Processor Conclusion

By RichB

The $2,500 XMC-1 is aXMC-1FontStock.jpg well built 7.2 channel AV processor that is fully balanced for the front two channels to achieve audiophile performance. The inclusion of Dirac LE and Dirac Full ($99 upgrade) provides a competitive price point for consumers who focus on sound quality but also want to explore the benefits of PEQ and Dirac’s advanced room correction. Two sets of 11 filter PEQ’s are provided as a core feature and not an afterthought. You don’t get every possible feature found in a budget AVR, but you do get “High-End” performance and plenty of HDMI inputs. If you do not already have the streaming services required in other source devices, there are many very affordable streaming devices that can fill those gaps. 4K early adopters will not be left high-and dry, as Emotiva is planning an upgrade for HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 so they are supporting this product.

If you’re looking for a moderately priced processor that starts with excellent sonic performance and adds both Dirac and full-featured PEQ, then the XMC-1 is a worthy contender.  It's especially noteworthy that Emotiva has recently shifted most of their production to the USA.  Thus the XMC-1 is fully designed, engineered and built right at their corporate headquarters in Tennessee.  You can buy with pride an American made product with the XMC-1.  Donald Trump would be pleased and so should you!


Emotiva Audio Corporation
135 Southeast Parkway Court
Franklin, TN 37064

615-790-6754 | 877-EMO-TECH (877-366-8324)

XMC-1 Review
MSRP: $2,500

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Recent Forum Posts:

KEW posts on December 10, 2017 16:20
darien87, post: 1097933, member: 13366
I love mine.

Dirac made a noticeable difference in my system. Not huge, but definitely an improvement.

Still a little annoyed at the pops and snaps when it locks on to an audio stream for the first time though. Hopefully they'll get that sorted out with a firmware update.
Did they get this sorted?
PENG posts on October 31, 2017 18:10
RichB, post: 1098441, member: 11091
If you assume that a short sine-sweep at some level is representative of amplifier performance playing music. I would not make that assumption. No-one measures amps this way.

Rich

I am not suggesting anyone to use a short sine sweep or any sweep to represent amp performance playing music at all. I am saying that one can do some of those sweep tests to compare the in room response of speakers using different amps and can see how much difference one can expect. From my own experiments using a $90 mic and free REW, I know the difference between speakers and their placements have far greater effect than between my different amps/preamps/AVR. Expectedly we agreed on something and disagreed on a few other things.
RichB posts on October 30, 2017 10:56
John Morrison, post: 1217957, member: 83979
I have the XMC-1 and am completely satisfied with the integration into my home theater. It connects to a Parasound 5.1 amplifier.

There is one issue. I have an MX-980 Universal Remote. I downloaded the IR codes specifically for this device (XMC-1 Main). The ability of the MX to control the XMC is inconsistent. Most of the time it does not work. Other times it will respond sporadically. The at times it will work flawlessly. I have not been able to use any Macros referring to the XMC. The remote that came with the unit works perfectly. I spoke with Emotovia and the specialist (who is incredibly intelligent) was not able to understand the problem. He recommended using the codes for the UMC-1 and gave me the conversions for the XMC inputs to the UMC input names. EG DVD on the UMC is Input 1 on the XMC. Setting up a separate button on the MX-980 has resulted in complete control of the XMC and perfect Macro operation. At times I check control of the XMC using the MX-980 button with the XMC-1 IR codes and it continues to be unreliable. Some place on Google I read that the issue might be a conflict with the HDMI-CEC feature. I disabled this and has not made any change to the problem.

Perhaps the XMC-1 is too new that the integration with Universal Remote Control has not been established with user experience.

I had some difficulty learning the remote codes with the Pronto remote.
If you can use codes, try the codes in this file.

- Rich
everettT posts on October 30, 2017 10:26
John Morrison, post: 1217957, member: 83979
I have the XMC-1 and am completely satisfied with the integration into my home theater. It connects to a Parasound 5.1 amplifier.

There is one issue. I have an MX-980 Universal Remote. I downloaded the IR codes specifically for this device (XMC-1 Main). The ability of the MX to control the XMC is inconsistent. Most of the time it does not work. Other times it will respond sporadically. The at times it will work flawlessly. I have not been able to use any Macros referring to the XMC. The remote that came with the unit works perfectly. I spoke with Emotovia and the specialist (who is incredibly intelligent) was not able to understand the problem. He recommended using the codes for the UMC-1 and gave me the conversions for the XMC inputs to the UMC input names. EG DVD on the UMC is Input 1 on the XMC. Setting up a separate button on the MX-980 has resulted in complete control of the XMC and perfect Macro operation. At times I check control of the XMC using the MX-980 button with the XMC-1 IR codes and it continues to be unreliable. Some place on Google I read that the issue might be a conflict with the HDMI-CEC feature. I disabled this and has not made any change to the problem.

Perhaps the XMC-1 is too new that the integration with Universal Remote Control has not been established with user experience.
Are you using the mx line of site ir, or rf to ir ? Did you setup the remote or an installer. One thing with the macros is there maybe need to be longer pauses between each command, especially if ur line of site ir only.
John Morrison posts on October 30, 2017 10:05
I have the XMC-1 and am completely satisfied with the integration into my home theater. It connects to a Parasound 5.1 amplifier.

There is one issue. I have an MX-980 Universal Remote. I downloaded the IR codes specifically for this device (XMC-1 Main). The ability of the MX to control the XMC is inconsistent. Most of the time it does not work. Other times it will respond sporadically. The at times it will work flawlessly. I have not been able to use any Macros referring to the XMC. The remote that came with the unit works perfectly. I spoke with Emotovia and the specialist (who is incredibly intelligent) was not able to understand the problem. He recommended using the codes for the UMC-1 and gave me the conversions for the XMC inputs to the UMC input names. EG DVD on the UMC is Input 1 on the XMC. Setting up a separate button on the MX-980 has resulted in complete control of the XMC and perfect Macro operation. At times I check control of the XMC using the MX-980 button with the XMC-1 IR codes and it continues to be unreliable. Some place on Google I read that the issue might be a conflict with the HDMI-CEC feature. I disabled this and has not made any change to the problem.

Perhaps the XMC-1 is too new that the integration with Universal Remote Control has not been established with user experience.
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