Originally Posted by Marc Alexander
Did you self-install both? What can you share about RMC-1 bass management? I can't imagine the RMC-1 having more flexible bass management than Trinnov.
Yes, I did self-install both. I was utilizing Seaton Catalyst and Seaton Sparks, along with my 12 subs (8 Othorns and 4 Seaton Terraform D18's) at the time I had the Emotiva RMC-1. Since then, I have reoriented my subs in a different configuration with the Trinnov, and I am now utilizing JBL speakers.
Prior to getting the RMC-1, I had spent a considerable time dialing in the bass with the Marantz 8805, bypassing Audyssey and using a Behringer DCX2496. With input from Mark Seaton via phone and text, I time aligned 12 subs using the DCX2496, moving subs all over my theater space for optimal placement. After I found best position and I got things relatively close, Mark Seaton came over to my house to run Audyssey and essentially EQ the bass to fight what Audyssey tends to do to below 20 hz bass.
The RMC-1 came out, and I sold away the Marantz in order to upgrade to 9.1.6.
When I received the Emotiva RMC-1, I started out utilizing the same settings on the Behringer DCX2496 and initially set up the RMC-1 on my own. What I heard from the Emotiva after I set up the RMC-1 was something. To my ears, the Emotiva RMC-1 sounded better than a fully calibrated Marantz 8805 with Audyssey room correction.
After initially setting up the RMC-1, Mark Seaton did come over and fine tune things, further expanding on the work we had started with the Marantz. At the time of the calibration, there were firmware issues with the RMC-1, which prevented us from utilizing REW as intended. Since that time, I believe that issue has been resolved.
A lot has changed since I owned the Emotiva, including the speakers I am using, the sub layout, and how I manage bass. I have ceased utilizing the Behringer DCX2496, and I am managing the subs directly from the Trinnov. The Trinnov has an array of options for bass management, some of which I am still experimenting with.
I am essentially starting from square 1 with the Trinnov, so things aren't apples-to-apples. Even so, I was still impressed enough with the RMC-1 to bring me back to this thread, even after upgrading to the Trinnov.