Originally Posted by howard68
i hope someone will do a review asap
Here are the highlights of my first impressions....
BASELINE: I have the RMC setup with the equipment in my signature. I am using a 9.1.6 configuration until expansion modules are available. I've made no audio adjustment besides distance and level matching with my SPL meter. No REW or filter changes yet.
The RMC is lighter in weight than the Marantz AV7704 I am replacing. I'm guessing the light weight is due to the lack of legacy inputs and boards inside. For some reason I feel like the RMC is very simple to physically hook up. It's the same number of cables and connections as my previous processor, but for some reason it felt easy. Again, this may be because the back panel is not messy with legacy inputs. Physical hookup was a breeze.
I've stated in the past I never personally felt like a beta tester with any of my other processor I purchased from Emotiva despite buying early in the product life cycle. Yes there were a few fixes with the XMC and UMC200, but they were small tweaks and not deal breakers (for me). The XMC and UMC200 arrived on my doorstep and seemed complete. If something wasn't included, there was a plan ahead of time from Emotiva on how it would be resolved. The XMC came with a draft manual and buyers were told a higher quality copy of the finished manual would be sent out with the Dirac mic once Dirac was installed via firmware. So I felt like there was a plan for anything that wasn't complete. That is not the feeling I get this go-round with the RMC. The RMC feels unfinished. No manual was included in the box and I have not heard if Emotiva plans to send us a manual. While using the RMC and sending all sorts of different video and audio at the machine, response times with remote clicks would sometimes take 15 seconds to register. Swapping inputs and immediately trying to change the volume didn't always work (sometimes it did). I began using my Harmony remote with the XMC codes. It would get annoying since I was not sure if I hit the correct button, if the harmony remote wasn't sending the correct signal or if the RMC was "frozen" for a moment.
While moving around in the menus there are times part of the menu will not load. Here is an example. The top two lines for the channel labels and their levels should appear, instead there is a blank line to the left of the -3.5 and -3.0 db levels. And I have no idea why "Preset 1" is shown further left on the menu screen.
The details shown by the OLED info does appear to be correct and changes correctly depending on the AV source. However, there were times while switching sources when the OLED menu would also not fully populate. In this example the video line on the bottom did not populate
While these issues are annoying, I'm very confident they are all fixable with a firmware update. At not point did I feel as if I had a hardware or quality issue. I am curious if Emotiva will send out a manual with future purchases or to previous buyers.
hdmi switching and sync times were on par with my old XMC. Not instant, but not annoying or long. With my JVC projector I didn't notice the syncs unless I ws using my my second monitor. There was twice the hdmi switching didn't lock and I got a blue screen. I'm guessing it may have been caused by using dual hdmi outputs and my use of the projector and monitor which do not have the exact same resolution and refresh rate. My fix was to change to a different input and then go back to the original input. That always seemed to "fix" the issue. All the different video formats and resolutions I tried to run displayed correctly on the OLED and passed through the hdmi boards.
From an audio standpoint. WOW! No issues at all. This thing is a show stopper. When I first "completed" my room I used a Marantz AV7704 as a filler until the RMC showed up. I always heard a (not a ground loop) from all my channels. It was annoying and noticeable especially when first starting up the system because my room is so quite. I would hear the clicking of the amps turning on and then "hisssssssssssssssss". I tried to resolve the issue many times, even swapped out the 7704 for a 8802. I never found a solution and figured it was my use of high sensitivity speakers and the amps. With the RMC the hiss disappeared. I used all the same cables and electrical outlets. NO MORE HISS! The RMC is dead quite. Dynamics seems a little quicker with the RMC compared to the 7704. This might be caused by the laid back or relaxed sound Marantz is known for. Whatever the cause, I prefer the RMC.
Channel separation seems a better with the RMC but the craziest thing is the sound stage. With my Marantz I played around a lot with the overhead levels, trying to make them more pronounced. The overhead channels sometimes felt like they got lost in the mix. With the RMC, I was watching some 7.1 content and I thought the RMC-1 was upmixing to a 7.1.6 config. I swore I heard the overhead channels cranking out sound. I stood up and discovered the overheads were not active. I sat back down and I heard the overheads again. I went and turned off the amp powering the overhead speakers to confirm the speakers were not active. When I sat back down it sounded like they were still playing. I never experienced that with the Marantz. My conclusion is that the RMC presents such a great surround sound sound stage, you don't need a lot (or anything) from the overhead channels to hear amazing surround sound tracks all around you.
When I did feed the RMC an Atmos soundtrack (Ready Player One and others) it did an amazing job. I felt the RMC provides a much better representation of the real soundtrack than the Marantz.
I'm tickled with the audio performance. If Emotiva can fix the menu display issues and lock into the hdmi sync 100% of the time, this processor is a giant killer. The RMC is everything I was hoping for and more from an audio side. I think once Dirac is added, the audio performance will only improve. This is not a finished product yet. The RMC is a mostly working product yes, but not refined and finished. If you get hdmi locked in, don't access menus and feed this thing a great soundtrack, the RMC-1 is worth every single penny and more. If you switch inputs A LOT and enjoy tinkering with the menus more than most, I'd suggest waiting until a firmware updates fix the problems. But once resolved, my opinion for anyone looking in this price range is BUY THIS PROCESSOR!!!!