Originally Posted by k3nnis
Thanks guys. I’m in Australia and it equates to about US$350 used in good condition. Not sure if that’s good or bad?
How does the XMC-1 compare to the umc200 in terms of surround audio?
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I would echo
's thoughts on the UMC-200's sound quality. And, having been in his theater several times, I can attest to the care he treats his gear with.
I sold my UMC-200 a little over a year ago for a little over $400 USD, so I'd say that's a pretty fair price.
When I first connected my UMC-200, it was night and day over the AVR it replaced, even before running REW and setting the PEQ. If done right, which often takes some trial and error, the REW/PEQ adjustments can really make the UMC-200 sing. But you have to be up to the challenge. It's not Audyssey, you have to know a little about what you're doing, do some research, watch some videos, and dedicate some time to taking the measurements and inputting the data.
As for the XMC-1 in comparison, it was again a major improvement over the UMC-200, due to the XMC-1's utilization of Dirac room correction. Dirac is the best I've heard. Again, there is a slight learning curve (not as complex as REW, but even more flexibility), and you'll want to do several different measurements, try some different settings, room curves, etc., but I'm still shocked at how good the XMC-1 has made my room sound.
Had they never released the XMC-1, I'm sure I'd still be very satisfied with the UMC-200. The sound quality really was good. The XMC-1, with Dirac, is really just better. But it also comes with a higher price tag.
The one thing I would mention about the UMC-200, getting up there in age, keep in mind that it will not pass a 4K signal, and they have been prone to a random power supply failure (which some members of the Emotiva Lounge have replaced inexpensively without sending the unit to Tennessee, if you know how to solder). They do, however, have a 5 year transferrable warranty, so check the original purchase date on any unit you may be looking at, as it might even still have warranty remaining.