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Emotiva vs Marantz vs Integra and room correction software
Since we've started the home theater build, I need to consider a replacement for my Emotiva UMC1.
I just got an email from Emotiva offering me the XMC-1 for $1499 which is a great deal. But......
I really like the feature set on the Marantz 8802A. It has the ability to decode for a 4 ceiling speaker Atmos setup, is Auro 3-D upgradable, has Audyssey XT32 platinum level room correction software, and it just works. It doesn't have any of the annoying quirks that Emotiva is known for - no pops or funny noises. More importantly it is 11.2 channel capable, which means I should be able to run it 7.2.4.
The Emotiva XMC-1 also has a great feature set. However it is NOT Atmos capable yet. Emotiva claims that feature set will be released in 1st quarter 2017, but they have a history of not meeting their targets.
The most desirable feature of the Emotiva is Dirac Full. This is very advanced room correction software, and it is arguably superior to Audyssey XT32. Over at avsforum, only one person who went from XT32 to Dirac, has gone back to the XT32, and it was because they did not perceive the value.
The biggest shortcoming of the Emotiva unit is it is "only" 7.2 channel capable. That means that if I want Atmos, I will have to use the rear 2 channels as 2 overhead channels. So I lose the rears and I don't even get the full 4 overheads.
My theater is going to have at a minimum, 3 front speakers, 2 side speakers, 2 rears, 4 ceiling, and 3 subwoofers (2 at the front and 1 in back). So at a minimum I need a 7.2.4 system (the two front subs could e run from a Y-splitter since they will be equidistant to main listening position).
I'm really thinking about the Marantz right now unless they're releasing a new model in the next few months.
I also really want the Dirac room correction software. I found a way but it will be expensive. I will need two Minidsp DDRC-88A units (each has 8 in/8 out). Those are $1100 each so the costs go up astronomically.
And then there is the Integra, but I have yet to read anything positive about AccuEQ.
Ah well, 1st world problems right?