Originally Posted by moosifee
For the use case you specify, after the headaches I had with the 4k board in a 2k chain, I wouldn't recommend a unit with the 4k board without some evidence that it's now solid for 2k use. I'd go with an unmolested original unit for a music box with a 2k TV.
Thanks. I ordered the unit 3 days ago so it's a bit late for me. In any case it may not apply in my case that much.
I have an Oppo BDP-83 as the Blu ray source, a Roku Ultra for streaming off Netflix/Amazon. The TV is a Sony 65" A1E which is 4K. So it maybe that the issue will not be relevant for me.
Almost all of my video watching is now through Roku and I have not bought any Blu Ray discs in over a year.
Have a separate HT for large screen viewing (118" 2.35:1) which is now 9 yrs old and I only go down there for a different experience. Even though it is not super bright/contrasty, 4K or HD it still can't be beat for the 'immersive' experience that a huge screen and dark room can provide. May upgrade that sometime but for now it is up in the Den that I mostly watch movies and TV.
My current needs are mainly to do with music and audio. The HT is not ideal for it, you need to sit in a different kind of environment to appreciate good music. I am hoping that with this upgrade and my new KEF speakers the audio will be better.
OT for the thread, I've ordered a few DVD audio and SACD discs to try out with the XMC-1.My old Oppo (BDP-83) can output multichannel DSD over HDMI and the Emotiva can accept it. Don't know if this will work, but I want to give it a try, listening to multichannel high-res audio through this system.
Of course there are many who believe there is no such thing as High-res audio and good old Streaming (Spotify)and CD sources are as good as the human ear can discern. The one difference I guess is the multichannel coding with the High-res discs that CDs lack (or at least that is my understanding).
I'd like to see/hear for myself.