Originally Posted by MichaelTS
I'm certainly not one of the "pro's" here, but from your description your position sounds similar to mine. The quirks that some have mentioned on the LMC-1 have been largely addressed in the latest firmware update (all new units ship with it and older units will have an in-the-field method soon). This unit possesses no quirks that I can not deal with.
The only minor gripe is that the remote isn't user friendly (or even close to MANY remotes I've had in the past, currently in possession of 14 unique remotes for various devices in the house). The solution is to go w/ a GOOD learning remote and that issue goes away. Something I recommend for any receiver anyway as no great theater will have all components from the same vendor likely.
It excels and I've done little tweaking so far, a truly amazing value with a real presence. The bass management is much better than my former Pio Elite and frankly the LPA-1 is a beastly thing. I run Totems as my fronts with JBL's in the rear and the LPA doesn't even break a sweat running at near reference levels. This unit is attractive specifically for its simplicity. It doesn't have a zillion bells and whistles like my old Pioneer or even the new 1016 unit I had for 5 days before returning it.
But, bear in mind that you will need a good learning remote as well as you'll have to purchase your own amplifier connects. I went w/ Bluejeanscable.com but there are other highly recommended vendors as well.
So, the loaded cost for the unit is ($899 + free shipping + learning remote if you need one + cabling $100 in my case).
Would I purchase again? YOU BETCHA! Easily the best purchase I've ever made, and my last Pio Elite cost a great deal more than this unit.
Thank you very much for the reply, Michael. You're more 'pro' than me, I assure you.
One of the things I was wondering about was compatibility with universal remotes. I had been eyeing the Harmony 880 to try and streamline the whole mess anyway, so it's nice to know that the Emotiva stuff should work just fine with it.
I just realized that there *are* three SPDIF optical inputs, also. I had misread that earlier.
So really, the only question is whether to use the HDMI add-on with the TiVO and the PS3, or to just run component.
And what type of amp connects are required (links, if possible, por favor)? I am very much new to separates. The irony is that I worked in audio/video production for years (as a producer, not an engineer), and I should know this stuff (or at least not be intimidated by it)!! Hell, I don't even know if the LMC takes banana clips (which I love), or where to get them if they do!
Anyway. Much obliged for the response. I'll take any more success/horror stories as well, but I'm leaning heavily
toward this combo (after falling out of love with Marantz for various reasons), and my wife is enamored of the apparent simplicity (and appearance) of the Emotiva line as well.