Originally Posted by wpbpete
My original plan was to get the UMC-200 then later the XPA-3 to run the fronts. Then the Costco deal popped up. I've been having sporadic issues with the 1522 and it's annoying the hell out of me, so it's going back. I was going to run MCCAC today but I'm just gonna start over. I have 3 weeks of free play until I find a replacement
Newgate88, Glad to hear your happy with your Emo gear. I'm very curious how your system sounds with stereo music.
Well, I have a number of CD's from which I have heard details I cannot recall ever hearing before.
I also have a number of CDs (older ones) that I almost never listen to anymore because the abysmal mastering that was used on them is now painfully obvious.
In a nutshell, it really is the best I can remember hearing. I don't know anyone else who cares about high end audio, so the only setups I have heard that might be better would have been in a relatively high end Audio Store, many years ago. Those memories are are too fuzzy to compete with what I hear every day.
The SCS4s were the first building block of this system to be added, and represented the most dramatic change from the older setup. Vastly improved clarity, and detail. Not just in music, but movie dialog as well.
Following the SCS4s was the UPA-7. That improvement was more subtle, but there nonetheless. It contributed a feeling of effortless, instantaneous dynamics to both music and movie soundtracks. It also seemed to reveal more and more improvement over time.
Last was the UMC-1. As I am sure you are aware, it has been relentlessly and sometimes viciously pilloried by many people with varying degrees of credibility. Many, if not most of those frequent AVS. It is NOT perfect. Sometimes it takes longer than I like to lock onto the HDMI audio signal. Sometimes it briefly produces static when the audio signal changes. But. The UMC-1 IS FAR more musical and clear than the Onkyo receiver that it succeeded in my system. It too added clarity and detail to the presentation of both music and movies. I have at least one Blu-ray (Snakes and Arrows) that I never listened to before I had the UMC-1, because it sounded harsh, buzzy, and was generally unpleasant to listen to- Snakes and Arrows is now a pleasure to hear, at least to me.
And by all accounts, it has been handily surpassed by UMC-200. I personally am waiting on the XMC-1.
Sorry, as I read this it comes across as an Emotiva ad, which was not my intent. This is after all, the Thiel thread. I am really happy with the overall system and (justifiably I think) really proud of the way it all sounds. When asked I tend to gush about it.Edited by NewGate88 - 4/17/13 at 7:00am