Originally Posted by 67jason
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and please dont take my comments the wrong way. the xmc-1 does seem like a solid peice of kit, but "beyond expectations" it is not for me at this time. i will continue to follow this thread. and assuming dirac is released within the 60 day window emotiva announced i will evaluate my purchase of it more thoroughly. but what it currently lacks based on what i would like to have, there is no value for me.
I am not trying to argue, I said in my post that it may absolutely not be of value for you because of the issues you stated, and that's great. However, for many, the 'issues' you state, or as I would simply put it, omitted features, are not a do or die for us. I'd much rather purchase something that was built by hand in the US that leaves out several features that are of little or no value to me than buy something that was put together by a machine in another country and includes a whole bunch of stuff I don't need.
Now, if they had left off something I really wanted/cared about (as they have from your perspective), I would not be interested in the XMC.
Different people have different needs/wants, and the XMC-1 will fit many users' needs perfectly. Others, not so much. I respect your viewpoint, and I respect the way you stated why it doesn't fit YOUR needs. I respect the fact that you didn't make a blanket statement that it's not good enough for anyone and nobody that has any sense would buy one.
As for "Beyond Expectations", well, that's a marketing slogan. I don't really put a lot of thought into anything that comes out of a marketing department. Why? Because I work in marketing.
"Stunning audio and video innovations"
"Stay IN-Command of the future"
"amazing sound and picture quality"
"Innovation at it's best"
These are all marketing statements taken from a single page at Denon's website. So, perhaps I should start a Denon thread complaining that when I hit a button on my Denon AVR to watch a movie from the Netflix app, it's not 'instantly streamed' like the website says. It takes at least 5 seconds before it starts playing. They said it would be instant, which means the nanosecond I press that button, it should start streaming.
No, it's marketing. Take it with a grain of salt. Who's expectations are they talking about? It's a vague statement made to evoke a feeling. This is not a claim. Bringing up that statement is ridiculous and in my opinion discredits anyone who does so. Sorry.