Originally Posted by echo512
Pulled trigger on UMC-200 + UPA-500.
Ordered Wed., standard shipping, received UMC-200 on Friday via FEDEX, and received UPA-500 via UPS following Monday. Much earlier than anticipated, free shipping of course!
All double boxed, perfect. No smell as some described.
Replacing dying Onkyo 806. I am about 90% Movies/Web Media 10% music
After running EMO-Q, distance was incorrect, but other than that, everything seemed reasonable.
Initial impressions? Very easy to use and set up. I read about the presets, direct vs all stereo,etc., so didn't get confused there.
Had some issues getting HTPC to output audio via HDMI rather than prior toslink (PC issue).
Had some issues with some media outputting MultiPCM, 2 channel, but with UMC-200 set to All Stereo OR PLII, neither matrixed for center channel output. I had to matrix on the HTPC, so ok there.
No issues with HDMI handshake. Rock solid.
Sound? I no longer have issues with center channel voice. Very well balanced between L/C/R from EMO-Q. Perhaps the Audyssey in the 806 never set the center well in the past. I could never tweak it to make it sound good.,
The sound across the 3 speakers was so transparent that I had some issues differentiating between just having L/R channels on, and L/C/R all on. I had to put my ear near the center channel to make sure that it was firing.
Definitely apparent when dialog came through though, which was again, very clear.
Definitely will be looking into working with REW.
I see there haven't been to many posts on this thread lately. I am considering a purchase of a UMC-200 as I have an Onkyo PR
-SC885P with a failing video section that I am at wits end with. Echo512 sounds pretty satisfied with moving from Onkyo to Emotiva. Despite Markus' reservations about the model being "dead", I am very interested in the unit, especially given the overall positive posts and helpful trouble shooting.
My "system" has been streamlined over the years. Now I have a rather simple setup of the Onkyo pre-amp, powered by Chiro c500 & c300 amplifiers, with Mirage speakers and subwoofer (3si, Csi, OM-R2, and BPSS-210). The only components are a PS3, AppleTV, and a Tivo Series 4 (Verizon Fios broadcast source) which accesses all of my digital music on my windows based PC.
So I have a couple of questions. Obviously, movies and TV are my primary use in this system. In particular, how is the HDMI switching and handshaking? I saw some posts relating issues, but were they more due to defective units and/or later solved by firmware upgrades? Is there a discernible pause when switching cable channels for those using cable set-top boxes, or better yet those using TiVo's? Echo512, do you think the UMC-200 performed better for you than your Onkyo in this regard?
-SC885P runs HOT. From what I read, this is what led to so many Onkyo video board failures. Does the UMC-200 run hot? Have any users reading this experienced any video board failures akin to those of Onkyo receivers/pre-amps? I don't recall anyone posting such issues over the 10 pages of this thread.
Lastly, jumping on board this late gives me the virtue of past issues being already solved by firmware upgrades. But I'd hate to buy a "dead" model, if a new version is on the horizon. I don't see anything mentioned on the Emotiva website, but perhaps someone knows if a replacement (UMC-300 ?) is on horizon?
Thanks in advance for the advice and information. This is a great informative thread.