Originally Posted by Bill Mac
I had a similar experience with the UMC-1 when I had it in my system. I felt my Onkyo 886 had better SQ with movies and MCH music due to Audyssey. For 2CH music I felt the UMC-1 had the edge over the 886. Not a huge difference but one that I could notice. I kept the 886 and bought a Parasound 2100 to handle 2CH music. Then I bought the 4311 and found the SQ to be better than the 886 due to XT32. I did a number of direct A-B comparisons between the 4311 and the 2100 listening to 2CH music. Using the Direct mode of the 4311 I found the differences between the two to be minimal if nonexistent.
So I sold the 2100 and haven't looked back. If anyone has a room that is a challenge or wants their sub(s) to be EQ'd properly the 4311 is the clear winner over the UMC-1 IMO.
The only clear winner is the one that we each prefer.
Bill, you and I have certainly owned our share of AVR's, processors, amps, etc. Among pre/pro's I have owned Rotel, Arcam, Anthem, Lexicon, B&K, Marantz and others I am sure. The UMC has better steering to all channels, especially to the rears. Is steering a good term?
I feel more immersed in the sound than with any of the others. Music has a more natural sound. All IMO of course.
What do you have lined up for the next purchase?