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Are you referring to the subwoofer slope only, or does this bug applies to all speaker slopes?
You can't set the subwoofer filter slope independently from other speaker filter slopes.

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Sorry for not being clear.
I was referring to the slope configuration setup :

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"SubWoofer Slop" is just the slope for the LFE low pass filter. Emotiva thinks calling it "SubWoofer Slop" would be less confusing for the user...

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Pretty severe new bug discovered:
For now only use 24dB slopes in bass management, not 12dB.
Hi Markus,
Could you help me understand what is being shown? How do you create a single plot for L+SW if they come out of 2 different outputs?

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Hi Markus,
Could you help me understand what is being shown? How do you create a single plot for L+SW if they come out of 2 different outputs?
Hi Roger,

You could simply use a Y-cable or create the complex sum of both responses in REW if a loopback measurement was used.


By the way, I heard back from Emotiva's "Technical Guru" and of course the answer is "it's a feature, not a bug".

They don't have control over the DSP code. They simply use "pre-programmed routines in the DSP".

They obviously don't use a 12dB filter code that sums to a flat response. On the other hand for 24dB slopes they do. I asked them why they don't use Linkwitz-Riley for 12dB as well. I'm waiting for their response.

The 12dB setting seems to use a Butterworth filter that creates a deep notch at the crossover frequency. One would need to reverse polarity of the sub to get rid of it. The result would be a 3dB peak though:



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... of course the answer is "it's a feature, not a bug".
But of course...
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You could simply use a Y-cable or create the complex sum
Ok, so they are electrically summed.

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They obviously don't use a 12dB filter code that sums to a flat response. On the other hand for 24dB slopes they do. I asked them why they don't use Linkwitz-Riley for 12dB as well. I'm waiting for their response.
I think this is pretty typical of the DSP crossovers out there. The symmetrical 24/24 dB slopes are LR and sum to flat, but the 12/24 do not. Acoustically, it seems to work fine either way, though I have to say I use the 24/24 setting (in my SSP-800) just to minimize overlap.

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The 12dB setting seems to use a Butterworth filter
Yes, it is just one of the 2 cascaded Butterworth sections being used for the 12 dB mode, and two are used for the 24 dB LR mode.

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The UMC-200 does 12/12 or 24/24, not the typical 12/24. I never really understood the reason for 12/24. Like you've said, important is the acoustical summing. I'd think starting with filters that sum electronically flat would be a better idea.

Anyway, such fundamental issues should be explained in the manual as they don't seem to be common knowledge (anymore?). Even most speaker setup routines don't address this properly. AVR makers seem to ignore it, so do room correction systems (although they know better, e.g. see various Audyssey papers from +10 years ago).

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The UMC-200 does 12/12 or 24/24, not the typical 12/24.
Maybe it was changed? I made some plots about 2 years ago, and from what I found the subwoofer's crossover LPF does not change slope -- it is 24 dB regardless. As distinguished from the LFE LPF which does change slope when the mis-named Sub Filter is changed.

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I never really understood the reason for 12/24. Like you've said, important is the acoustical summing. I'd think starting with filters that sum electronically flat would be a better idea.
I think the reason for the 12 dB HP slope is to reduce the passband phase shift in the more "critical" main speaker, while still having 24 dB for the subwoofer for better imaging.
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Maybe it was changed? I made some plots about 2 years ago, and from what I found the subwoofer's crossover LPF does not change slope -- it is 24 dB regardless. As distinguished from the LFE LPF which does change slope when the mis-named Sub Filter is changed.
It was definitely changed:



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I think the reason for the 12 dB HP slope is to reduce the passband phase shift in the more "critical" main speaker, while still having 24 dB for the subwoofer for better imaging.
Minimizing group delay is certainly important but more important is how subs and satellites acoustically sum. It baffles me that no one has come up with a proper automated solution for this. Maybe the whole idea of bass management is still too new
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You can't set the subwoofer filter slope independently from other speaker filter slopes.
Unless I have completely missed something, I'm not sure how else you can change the subwoofer slope. Are the Front, Center, Rears slope in menu supposed to be set at 24? What am I missing?
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When you set "Front slope" for example, you're setting the slope for the high pass filters of the front outputs AND the slope for the low pass filter to the summed subwoofer channel.

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Let us know IF they reply, LOL
They did:
"I asked our engineering department, and they told me that the 24 dB/octave was the preferred filter slope, and that the phase flip in the 12 dB/octave filter was a consequence of the type of 12 dB/octave filter offered by the DSP (they also told me that the number of different options offered by modern DSP processors are limited to the few that the DSP vendor - TI -expects to be used.) They suggested that, if you really want to use that filter, you should invert the phase on the sub itself."

So now we know that
- 24 dB/octave is the "preferred" filter slope
- sub polarity needs to be reversed when the 12 dB/octave filter setting is used

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"... you should invert the phase on the sub itself."
Have you measured with REW using that suggestion yet?[/quote]Considering the UMC's distance settings are not very precise, I'd bet you'll at least have to play around more with moving/positioning the SW.
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They did:
"I asked our engineering department, and they told me that the 24 dB/octave was the preferred filter slope, and that the phase flip in the 12 dB/octave filter was a consequence of the type of 12 dB/octave filter offered by the DSP (they also told me that the number of different options offered by modern DSP processors are limited to the few that the DSP vendor - TI -expects to be used.) They suggested that, if you really want to use that filter, you should invert the phase on the sub itself."

So now we know that
- 24 dB/octave is the "preferred" filter slope
- sub polarity needs to be reversed when the 12 dB/octave filter setting is used
So the Front, Center, Rear Slopes should default to 24 not the 12 as it is now and the 24 slope is the "Preferred" slope and the menu screen should be set up across the board at 24.
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Yes but you would need to measure if 12dB (with sub polarity reversed or not) might give better results.

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Yes but you would need to measure if 12dB (with sub polarity reversed or not) might give better results.
I'm concerned about the LFE channel on either Blu-ray, DVD, Multi-Channel music etc and reversing polarity because that might solve the problem with the summed signal coming the other channels but the LFE channel isn't being touched.

It also occurs to me that shouldn't this have been discovered before now by those using REW. I suppose if you are just using Emoq you should re-run with the revised 24 slopes.
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I'm concerned about the LFE channel on either Blu-ray, DVD, Multi-Channel music etc and reversing polarity because that might solve the problem with the summed signal coming the other channels but the LFE channel isn't being touched.
Everything gets summed to the subwoofer channel, L, R, C, Surrounds and LFE alike. So I don't follow what your concern is.

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It also occurs to me that shouldn't this have been discovered before now by those using REW.
It should but it hasn't.

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I suppose if you are just using Emoq you should re-run with the revised 24 slopes.
I guess if you're using EMO-Q then it really doesn't matter Get proper measuring gear and set up the unit yourself. Or if you want an automated solution get a miniDSP DDRC-88A.

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firmware update looping

Just tried to update firmware and it has fallen in to a "Loading loop" Any ideas how to fix/proceed?

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Just tried to update firmware and it has fallen in to a "Loading loop" Any ideas how to fix/proceed?
Figured it out.

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I'n looking for video/audio processor to use as the basis for my HT system.

Yesterday my Denon 1712 copped out on the audio output, and I can't make it make sounds again.

It lasted more than my previous, and expensive, Onkyo, which lasted less than a year.

I think that's outrageous. This equipment should last longer.

I wonder if I might have more luck with the Emotiva. Are you people satisfied with it?

I think the previous processor was less expensive than this one, like half the price. Wasn't it?
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These devices should last years. Sounds like there's maybe a heat or electrical problem in your home?

The UMC-200 isn't built anymore. You might get a cheap one second hand.

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[QUOTEThe UMC-200 isn't built anymore. You might get a cheap one second hand.[/QUOTE]

Why is it still listed at Emotiva as part of the product line yet?

Not quite interested in anything second hand.

Any other processor you would recommend?

If UMC200 is no more, then there's only the Outlaw that I know of.
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[QUOTEThe UMC-200 isn't built anymore. You might get a cheap one second hand.
Why is it still listed at Emotiva as part of the product line yet?

Not quite interested in anything second hand.

Any other processor you would recommend?

If UMC200 is no more, then there's only the Outlaw that I know of.[/QUOTE]

The 5-year warranty is transferable if you change your mind about second hand units. I haven't heard the Outlaw, but the reviews are pretty positive.

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I've been through the entire thread and may have missed it (also checked with Uncle Google), but still need to verify the following bug from post #1 is really as bad as I read it:
"Direct" mode with x.0 channel digital input signal is post bass management and delay -> all channels are high pass filtered, LOW FREQUENCIES ARE LOST"

So just to make sure, if I feed a UMC-200/Fusion 8100 a 2.0 stereo PCM stream via HDMI/spdif:
1) Highpass filter does its job and highs go to the mains
2) Lowpass filter DOES NOT pass lows, all lows are truly "lost" and simply vanish, sub out is dead

Is this truly what happens, or is this listed as a bug due to (mis)labeling opinion? And if so, is there another mode which allows for proper 2.0 input bass management?


UPDATE: Rereading my notes, I think I found the answer from post #130 :
Go to Setup > Playback
Dolby 2/0 > Stereo
Please verify this provides expected bass management

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Rule of thumb: never use Direct Mode unless you're feeding the UMC-200 with an analog signal.

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I'd guess EMO is keeping the UMC-200 on the web site for awhile to
  1. Clear out B stock
  2. As a placeholder for a soon to be released entry level processor

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Since the last firmware update (and don't get started on THAT process) when my UMC would not work right and I sent it for repair, (big plus they did the FW update too) I have done nothing but use it. There is nothing else out there that would necessitate my replacing in the near future.

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