Originally Posted by audio4life
That said, let's hope they are on the verge of a ground breaking domestically manufactured processor that will change the game. I'll wait and see. You'll step up and pay the man. At the end of the day, neither choice is wrong.
Yeah, I really hope so as well. Besides the sound quality, there have been many other things about the XMC that have made it much more pleasureable to use. Here's what I posted over at the lounge about some of those features.
"AUTO Mode - The XMC does such a great job of interpreting the signal and setting the appropriate surround mode. With the UMC, I basically left it on PLIIx movie 95% of the time because none of the other modes sounded as good to me. I did occasionally switch to direct or stereo for 2 channel listening which I also do on the XMC but man, the AUTO mode kicks ass making it so simple to get great sounding content matrixed to 7 channels. No muss, no fuss. All of the modes sound excellent on the XMC.
Brightness - No more running through all of the dim levels just to set something on the UMC, then turning it back off. The XMC set to brightness 0% is such a great implementation for making those quick adjustments or checking the info display. It goes dark when finished, just like you would want.
INFO display - No more scrolling like the UMC! Current volume is displayed. Enough said.
Loudness - I didn't use this much on the UMC. I think it was called Dolby volume. Low/Mid/High, did anyone hear a difference? The loudness feature on/off has been simplified and appears to work well on the XMC. Boosting those highs and lows helps at lower volumes although I still need to play with the bass level when enabled.
Menu - They really hit it out of the park with this one. Moving around through the settings is much more straight forward than on the UMC. I remember a few quirky things with the UMC like setting speaker levels. Was it previously -2.0db or -2.5db, did I just change it while looking? I haven't found anything yet in the XMC menus that seems confusing.
Lastly, there are no pops or noises powering on and off or while adjusting settings like I've heard before on the UMC. The XMC is dead quiet and locks on quickly.
It's been such a pleasure listening to the movies and music that I know well on the XMC-1.
Man I haven't been this excited about our theater in a while!"
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