Dan Laufman at Emotiva gave us a preshow interview and tour. Yesterday I was very impressed by the Emotiva presentation. After speaking with Dan today I’m even more excited for what the company has coming out.
Let’s start with an answer to the question above: yes, the RMC-1 is capable of full discrete 16 channel processing, including front wides, with no matrixing.
There’s also an expansion module for the RMC-1 in the works that will give it support for up to 6 subwoofers, all discretely managed with individual delay, phase, level, and Dirac processing per sub.
Dan also mentioned that HDMI 2.1 boards are being developed and will be available for all RMC, XMC, and XMR units, with an option for the end user to install it themves
to avoid having to ship the whole unit back.
Speaking of the XMR, the new Emotiva Receiver, it’s coming out late this summer. It uses Pascal amp modules (considered to be some of the best), has 11 amplified channels, and will do 200wpc into 8ohms any 4 channels driven 20hz-20khz, that’s dang impressive. It also will have a 1 kilowatt switch-mode power supply similar to those used in the XPA Gen 3 amps, but larger.
Some cool new stuff coming:
The DC-2 DAC is a desktop DAC with a very unique feature - a subwoofer output and bass management (user selectable for 60hz or 80hz crossover point).
There are also the PR
-1 amps - 150 watts into 8ohms doubling to 300 watts at 4 ohms, $299 each, monoblocks, with RCA sand balanced (combo XLR/TRS) inputs.
Dan also mentioned that Emotiva is the only affordable manufacturer of audio equipment who controls their entire technology path. The software for the RMC-1 was apparently the big bugaboo thats been delaying things. Now that that’s finished expect an avalanche of new Emotiva gear in coming years.