Originally Posted by jevans64
My deal with the XMC-1 is that it will be obsolete by the time it is finished. Marantz, Denon, etc. have a lot more resources to dump into creating a prepro. Something like the Marantz AV8801 is going to have a lot more features than the XMC-1, mainly support for an industry-standard room correction, like Audyssey, and more than 7.x channels along with their processing modes. If your cable runs are short like mine, less than three feet, then balanced connections between prepro and amp won't matter. A decent receiver with preamp outs will probably work just as well as the XMC-1 and amps. You'll have a much better selection if you choose a receiver with preamp outs over a prepro.
I'm not dogging Emotiva. I have an XPR-5, Airmotiv 5's, and plan on buying the Stealth 8's along with a UMC-200, DC-1, or Pre-1. They just have a poor track record as far as processors go because they don't have the resources to do a lot of complex R&D. Receivers, Preamps, and Processors are the most challenging products to develop. You have to orchestrate handfuls of electronics from different manufacturers and bang out a million lines of code in order to make it all work.
With Audyssey DSX2 and HDMI 2.0 around the corner this year that is true for everything out there now, no?
OEMs need to eat, so "new and must have" features need to come out on a regular 6 month basis.
When do you stop?
I get that sources should turn around regularly (not every 6 months) to keep up with new formats, audio gear really shouldn't but the OEM have figured out a way to do so and have made good $$$ at it.
Think about it for a moment.
An AVR from 2005 should still be good in a modern HT is you have say an oppo.
If you need internet streaming or airplay, those can be has for $50 (roku)-100(airport) as an add on vs $3K for an AVP upgrade.
Look at some of the high end players. Parasound is analog only because they assume you are doing this very same thing.