Originally Posted by Hans Gruber
thanks mattburk, I read the above article and bought the LMC-1 LPA-1 because of what Secrets of Home Theater thought of the Emotiva 2 channel set.
The Emotiva two-channel set is purely an analog pre-amp and amp. The LMC-1 is a digital surround processor, which incorporates a significantly
different set of design challenges. I would personally not suggest that a purchasing decision for any company's surround processor ever be based on a single review of its success with a more expensive
analog stereo pre-amp. The RSP-1 has no digital inputs, no surround processing, no video switching, and only a simple two-setting analog bass management system. The LMC-1 includes ADC, DAC, DSP for all the usual suspects (with documented issues relating to some of those modes), video switching including transcoding of s-video/composite to component, digital bass management using either a triple crossover of a global crossover (depending on whether or not Pro Logic II/IIx is used with a Dolby Digital source, although that particular behavior is still not officially documented), and a few other design issues that are simply absent from the RSP-1 at the same time that it costs less
than the RSP-1. I simply don't see how a positive review of one equates to a reason to buy the other.
Originally Posted by Hans Gruber
Don't buy direct from the manufacturer if you have unrealistic expectations. It seems to me that a few guys (Vddobrev, and Gmauriello) are trashing Emotiva. If you don't like something, say nothing unless you received bad customer service.
I really haven't seen much in the way of unrealistic expectations among Emotiva owners, and I've been following the LMC-1 for well over a year and a half now. You may disagree with the manner in which some Emotiva owners have expressed themselves, and in some cases that may be perfectly valid, but that doesn't negate the fact that the underlying reasons for those expressions may have some validity. I'll offer a few examples. The MPS-1 has typically been very well-regarded sonically, but I've also seen a significant number of reports over the last two years or so of folks having to exchange individual channels due to defects. For some affected by that situation, that exchange process may be worth the final result (a good-sounding 7x200W amp for a really good price), but there will be others who are disappointed in the need for that exchange process - as is their right. The LMC-1 is another example, with a lengthy list of known problems
(some very significant) that has lingered for a very long time without much response from Emotiva. These are not issues that qualify as "asking too much for the price point" or "unrealistic expectations" - they are generally basic operational issues for which the price tag doesn't enter into the equation. Some folks use their LMC-1's in such a way that they can avoid the more problematic issues (lack of surround mode memory, for example), but not everyone is going to be like that.
By the way, I really
can't agree with that last statement at all. This and other forums exist in part to help people gather information, and simply withholding information because it isn't "nice" is not going to get anybody anywhere. I would suggest an alternative statement of: "If you don't like something, explain why
you didn't like it - and if there were good things (such as customer service or even a particularly handy feature that you did like) it would be useful to others to say that as well."