Looking for recommend on 5.1 processor
My Emotiva UMC-1 just bit the dust, well, really it mostly works but it seems a CEC signal from an Nvidia Shield caused it to enter into a loading loop that it wont come out of. The manufacturer has no answer other than we'll give you a discount on a new item. And while thats generous I dont really have the $1000 for the current UMC-1 equivalent. Im a civil servant on a civil servants wage.
So my question is what can I replace it with that is in the $500-$600 range that has pre-outs (I have a Sunfire 5x200 amp) and a second zone? Thats really my most basic requirements. I dont have an extravagant system, mostly play music and watch movies in my mancave and occasionally send the signal outside (with an older Adcom amp) to my patio. I dont need the latest greatest sound field processing or correction software/capabilities.
Any thoughts would be appreciated