So for a very long time I wanted the EMO UMC-1 since I was running their amps, but my Onkyo TX-NR807 was serving me quite well. Once the release of the XMC was announced I was able to obtain a brand new in box UMC so I decided to grab it and sell my Onkyo to my brother. I'm not 100% dissapointed with doing this, but the "WOW" factor hasn't been there and I've been using it hardcore for the past 3 months in my HT.
I'm sure the sounds are clearer and cleaner, but I just don't hear it. The decoding is pretty much the exact same as the 807. Every movie I play on my HTPC is HD-Master anyhow. I feel their room correction software isn't has in depth as Audyssesy. I didn't care for the 1 sub out, but that's easily fixed with a cable which I still haven't done yet. I also notice I have to turn the volume on the UMC-1 up to 70/100 to get the same output I got from the 807 at -20db. Perhaps Onkyo's send stronger pre-out signals?
Even though I really need to upgrade my speakers I'm considering selling the UMC and going back to what I know; a Onkyo/Integra, or maybe a Denon, Yamaha, etc. pre/pro. Would you all say I should just wait and worry about my speakers or part ways with it and get something else? I've tried other speakers, Klipsch wanna-be's Accoustech's, but I don't run any of them under 80hz since I have subs, so I've been content for the longest. I guess I'm just not in aww over the UMC like I always thought I would've been. Anything out there right now worth pulling the trigger on or should I wait? I'd hate to keep messing with rcvr's and pre-pro's when there's other things I could be getting ( another PJ =) ), but everyone has one part they upgrade the most eh? If it would be advise to upgrade (now or later) the amount I will spend usually stays the same at between $1,000.00-$1,500.00
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