Originally Posted by thrillcat
It's just odd to me that the people who seem to be the MOST PASSIONATE about the XMC-1 are the people who have no intention of purchasing it regardless of when it came out. They have nothing more to do but come on a thread for something they don't own/don't plan to own and bash it. I don't understand what makes a person do that?
Well, I can explain, from my own perspective, since you ask. I have two aims with using forums. One is to seek help and advice when I need it. I have been privileged to receive a huge amount of both over the years. The other is to give something back in return for the help so freely given to me by knowledgeable, enthusiastic forum members. So my aim wrt to any comments I make about the XMC-1 is to try to counter fanboy enthusiasm with some reality, with a view to, hopefully, give a counterpoint view which might help people avoid making an expensive mistake.
For example, I do think it was important to tell people about Atmos when knowledge about Atmos was not very widely available. For example, there was not, until very recently, even a single thread on the Lounge which dealt with Atmos. Someone, I believed, who was about to drop 2 grand on a processor deserved to know that there was a significant technology on the horizon, which every mainstream manufacturer would be implementing and which heralded the first new development in home AV sound for almost a decade. And which would not be featuring in the XMC-1
. Whether you or anyone else wants Atmos is not the issue. The issue is that it exists, it is a revolution in HT sound and there are undoubtedly some people whose purchasing intent for the XMC-1 would be influenced by knowing more about it. If, after learning more, they decide they don't want Atmos and are happy with the XMC-1 and its 3-year's behind the times tech, that is absolutely fine. But at least they can make an informed decision.
Of course, at the time I believed the XMC-1 was going to be launched in February/April/May/June (delete as applicable) which was well before
information about Atmos would be mainstream, and well before Atmos-enabled units were available to buy. Now, we know that the Atmos units will likely be on sale before the XMC-1, so that does make a difference somewhat, and is one of the reasons I have more or less left the XMC-1 threads over at the Lounge now.