Ask yourself one question...do you really think the XMC-1 would have been ready to ship on the Feb 14th date if they had not made any last minute changes and stayed with the planned HDMI boards?
Of course not!
Bottom line is, this thing was not going to ready to ship by the date that Dan had proclaimed for the past six months so they needed some way of being able to delay if further. I, like a lot of people, really like their amps but this steady stream of misinformation on this unit is beginning to sound like it is coming from a politician. I think the press they are getting over this is doing Emotiva more harm than good.
I for one was prepared to buy this unit the day it was available but given the circus that this has become, I will be waiting for at least a few months until this is a proven unit as I do not want to be a Beta tester.
Nope. There is a waiting list from 2011 or so that will be filled first, when the thing is finally released(April). That may well exhaust the first shipment of units from China. I'm not sure if there is still a pre-order list, or some other thing, but either way, I doubt there will be any left over, you'll have to wait for the second shipment which could take you into May/June. By then, a track record of sorts of the XMC will exist.
True, I posted without thinking, the various parts will be coming from China among other places and take time to build and ship. On the thought that Emotiva may have gotten some of Sherbourn's talent, I suspect the truly talented would have seen the handwriting on the wall long before Sherbourn was floundering. Nobody wants to go down with a sinking ship and hope that a buyer will come along to buy Sherbourn and then pick and choose among the survivors for employees as it would be a pretty low percentage opportunity. Hard to say, though, with Sherbourn, TacT, and Carver's relationships with Emotiva all ending badly, there may have been a survivor or two.
Wise move, Bill.
Yes, I would hope so too. The problem is Emotiva have massively damaged their credibility in processors when they released the much-delayed UMC-1, which was still fraught with problems (some of them unfixable) months after the (delayed) launch. By all accounts the UMC-200 is much better, but was still released with significant problems which had to be left to customers to discover. During that process, Emo seemed to show that they did not really, fully understand the product they had "designed".
Now, people are very, very cautious about a) taking anything Emo says about processors at face value and b) whether the XMC-1 will in reality be a fully working processor from Day One. Laufman isn't helping the situation by releasing half-baked information saying, very close to launch, that they are delaying the February 14th launch so they can "incorporate HDMI 2.0" and then announcing that this isn’t actually the case and the unit will be released as a HDMI 1.4b unit, but the launch date is still delayed anyway. To many this makes no sense on various levels and further adds to the feeling that either Emo don't really know what they are doing (did they really think they could incorporate HDMI 2.0 at this stage of development?) or, worse maybe, that they do know what they are doing and what they are doing is, well, not to put too fine a point on it, being economical with the truth and seeking a handy excuse for yet another delay.
The end result is that anyone who is not a dyed-in-the-wool Emo fanboy is taking the sensible decision to wait until the XMC-1 is 'in the wild' and has been examined fully by credible end-users (such as markus767 here on AVS). Speaking from a professional marketing POV, this is a good example of an almost perfect textbook way NOT to launch a new product. It will take Emo some time to get over their credibility problems wrt to processors, if ever.
So like many others, my own position is 'wait and see'. I am very interested in Dirac as implemented in the XMC-1 and I do hope they have got it right this time. But there is no way, no way at all, that I would want to buy this unit until I had seen it credibly reviewed and until it had been in the hands of experienced end-users for some considerable time.
I had to smile at this quote from one of the articles:
"Laufman has a sort of tortoise and the hare business approach. “We’re not in a hurry...""
They certainly aren't in a hurry to get their processors to market ;)