Sorry to butt in and give my two cents, but I'm kinda saddened around all the negativity towards Emotiva, I'm not massively pro-Emotiva (I only have an XPA5 linked to my AV8801), but it really does seem that people want them to fail.
Yeah, it sounds like Emotiva have screwed up a lot and their customer service and forum policies may be a bit suspect but shouldn't we be cheering them on? We've got an American company that's trying to innovate, sell us decent quality gear at more than decent prices, they're trying to manufacture in the states, give us upgrade paths / money off vouchers etc. etc.
Looking at my position, I've got an AV8801 and I'm really happy with it. However with all this talk of Atmos (sorry to say that dreaded word here), I'm kinda unhappy that an upgrade board won't be offered to give me HDMI2.0 and upgrade the DSPs so it can process Atmos. That's Marantz's business model and I bought into that system when I bought the unit. C'est la vie as they say.
However Emotiva are trying to do things a bit differently, possibly upgrade boards will be offered in future (they do mention a modular system) and at the very least you get a cash discount on your next purchase. Sounds good to me.
If Emotiva were to disppear, then we'd lose a source of pressure on the other manufacturers (Denon, Marantz, Onkyo et al) to step up their game and offer better value for money. Competition is always good, and if you don't like the company, don't buy their products.
Regarding the 60 day wait to get Dirac, is it really the end of the world? How many years have people been waiting for the XMC-1? Like people have said, you can get it now and play with it a bit while waiting. I'd rather they took their time and ironed out all the bugs (hoping it won't be riddled with bugs in 60 days), than to rush it out and get you guys to beta test it for them. Although to be fair since I'm not in the immediate market for an XMC-1, it's easy for me to say all this!
Originally Posted by Djoel
This is from the Datasat LS,
thread If you go further down a few post djnickuk takes a few specs from the xmc, not too sure where he got it at the time frame, but he shows the processing power and compares them to the LS10 DSP chip power, and it's a whole different ball game! Well you can see wide margin in number of processing chips Vs the Emo
Surely is understandable between the prices difference of course, but it looks like I answered my own question.
Regarding DSP horsepower, I doubt it's really as simple as 2x300MHz DSPs in the XMC-1 vs 8x400MHz (2 used for Dirac) in the RS20i. As much as I'd love a Datasat, I think the I could put my kids through a decent private school for that money! Anyway, it's a mistake to think that higher MHz numbers are everything. It's similar to Intel's megahertz race in the late 90s. There's more factors involved such as how many instructions does it crunch per MHz, efficiency of the code, how specialised the chip is to crunch that code, single / dual / quad core and so on. I don't pretend to know much about DSPs but the XMC could be running newer / more efficient DSPs and Dirac could've streamlined their software. Obviously the Datasat has more channels, so it'll need more horsepower. It's just some food for thought
A question I did have was, are the initial calculations crunched on the XMC-1 itself, or can you do them on a PC?