I promised to share my interesting findings with those who care…
I took some of my Denon’s flagships of the shelf to test Emotiva’s EMC-200 processor that some wished me luck with it...
I tried many combinations and set ups.
Using OPPO-103($499) with Emotiva EMC-200 Processor ($599) and UPA-700 Power Amp ($499) turned out to be such a pleasant surprise.
Emo’s EMC-200 and UPA-700 combined, retail at less than $1.100 vs. $2.500 Denon’s 4520ci. I certainly missed some bells and whistles but didn’t miss Denon’s lack of reliability.
The more I got used to the EMC-200 the more I liked it. Unlike the 4520ci, the EMC-200 has absolutely no HDMI issues, no hum or hiss noise at reference volume and no leak from other sources. Not the mention the absence of heat radiation.
Note: Lip Sync Delay in the UMC-200 is 0 to 999ms vs. Denon’s 0-100ms. (200ms. manual)
I was surprised when Emotiva’s rep told me it’s OK to set the processor right on top of their Power Amp as long as they got some side clearance. I was skeptical at first but after trying them out, I was shocked there was absolutely no heat issues especially for the 500kva amp running continuously at high volume.
My second test was to combine the UMC-200 with my old AVR-5803 as a power amp.
I was surprise to feel more heat radiating from the 5803 than I’ve been used to after owning it for nine years. Then I realized I never used its main amps back then, I always used my (cool) Yamaha MX-1 amp for that purpose.
By realizing that the 4520 is not much worse than the 5803 when it comes to heat, I decided go back to my original set up once I ship out the UPA-700 and the UMC-200 to their owner.
I’ll be setting up the 4520 with the MX-1 to Bi-Amp the Left and Right main speakers, the 4520 L+R to Bi-Amp the center and the rest of the surrounds.
One thing I know for sure, if the 4520 fails and Denon refuses to take care of it, I know I’ll never replace it with another receiver. Pre/Pro with separate amps is the only way to go. It’s cost effective and much more reliable.Edited by Joe6P - 3/21/13 at 10:38am