Originally Posted by vermont99
I just upgraded to a Samsung 82" Q90 TV from a older Pioneer Elite 60". I have a XMC-1 running my 7.1 system and will use the trade in program to upgrade so I have HDMI 2.0. My question is being that I'm staying with 7.1 sound and the only balanced amps I have are my 2 XPA-1's would the RMC-1L sound better then the XMC-2 or is the processing the same except for all outputs being the same.
I was one of the first to receive the XMC-1 and I have not had a problem with it since day one I hope I will be able to say the same for the new unit.
Originally Posted by Marc Alexander
Why just upgrade the HDMI in your XMC-1?
We just had a lengthy discussion in the Lounge about some of the differences between the XMC-1, XMC-2, and RMC-1/1L when it comes to balanced circuits. I posted the pertinent details in the poll thread on the above units.
In your case, likely the difference you might hear going to the XMC-2 would be the change in DAC chips, however it also came to light that it is fully balanced on all channels. The RMC-1L has a better build quality, display, and appearance, as well as some advantages in DAC configuration for the surround channels, but it might be difficult to hear. The XMC-2 is a lot of bang for the buck, and a big plus with a trade to any new unit is refreshing your 5 year warranty.
That said, the XMC-1 is a very nice, stable, and good sound, but you’d still have to upgrade to the HDMI V3 board to keep that, slightly less stable, but pretty good at this point (though currently unavailable). Right now, no one can say how the XMC-2 will come out of the gates, but the trade in price is hard to resist.