Any potential buyer of the UMC-200 must read this thread very carefully.
Based on the bugs discovered by Markus, its necessary to evaluate if the bugs have more weight than the UMC-200 advantages.
Prior to buy the UMC-200 i evaluated my needs, i wanted a processor that :
- PEQ (mandatory)
- run cool,
- Decode all new formats,
- work flawlessly using the HDMI connections (i only use HDMI)
- 5 years warranty
The only processor that was equally cheap was the Outlaw 975, but it hadn't a PEQ so it was discarded.
As i just use HDMI, don't use analogue connections, don't use EMOQ, dont use headphones, i could buy the UMC-200.
Regarding sound quality, prior to the UMC-200 (+UPA-700) i had an Arcam AVR350 (a receiver praised by its "musical" abilities), and to be honest, without activating the PEQ, i doubt that in a blind test i could distinguish one from another.
Both allowed me to get my speakers without distortion to levels i cant use normally.
Using the PEQ, the UMC-200 is superior.
So, if the bugs don't bother you, it's a great unit.