Originally Posted by rickyhgarcia
All the flaws that you have reported on the RMC-1 on this forum are the reasons I stopped considering the Emotiva to replace my old Marantz AVP. Before the quoted entry, however, you mentioned that FW 1.5 fixed many of the issues, and that it was finally good enough. Then you wrote the quoted entry. So, is this a never ending headache?
Since you are switching back and forth between Marantz and Emotiva, can you tell a difference in sound quality between the two? Like the guy in the video Emotiva just published, that stands by Emotiva´s superior audiophile sound.
FW 1.5 did fix a lot of issues. The fixed issues were known issues that I had been waiting to be fixed and I was happy to see them resolved. However, I have found some new issues and still wait on a DTS fix. My personal feeling on how Emotiva handles me reporting those issues and the small gap between performance of the 8805 and RMC is why the RMC is out of the rack.
The RMC with FW 1.5 I believe is at the point where most people would be able to enjoy it as long as they have an understanding it's not perfect and still has some small quirks. For people like myself who have been dealing with countless issues for the past 10 months it's not worth the hassle when I also own an 8805 that I can put back into my rack.
I've spoken before about the Marantz 8805 vs Emotiva RMC sound quality comparison. I've viewed That HT Guy's video comparing the two processors. He does touch on some of the pros and con's of each unit, but I'm not sure if he correctly communicates the importance or impact of some of the differences. I would agree the RMC sounds better, mostly because of its super low noise floor. With the Emotiva amps and high efficiency speakers I own, the Marantz 7704 and 8805 both had a "hiss" in the system (not a ground loop buzz). The 7704 hiss was louder than the 8805, but they both have it. The RMC does not have a hiss. Channel separation and blend does also sound better with the RMC, but it's not earth shattering in my opinion. So two real positives for the RMC. But here is where the RMC starts to break down and breaks down REALLY fast if you have family members who just want a system that works. I've never had a failed hdmi lock on with the 8805. I get a blue screen 50% of the time when switching to the Oppo 203 input on my RMC. Others have reported the same. Switching inputs on the RMC is not instant and during that delayed switch with the RMC you kind of lose the ability to change other things on the processor like volume.
In my mind, if choosing between the RMC and 8805 you need to personally weigh the importance of something like reliability/stability vs a slightly better sound. Everyone will have a different answer and everyone is right when making their own decision. Right now, for me, the small audio improvement difference the RMC has vs the 8805 is not worth the headache or my wife's comments when a $5K processor I've owned for 10 months doesn't work. But I'd also add, if I just now purchased the RMC, the remaining quirks are not enough to make me go out and buy the 8805 as a filler. I'm closely watching for when the 30-day return policy starts with Emotiva because I am not sure the Emotiva sticks around if the Monoprice processor comes out with a clean release or if Anthem updates their processors next year with a 16 (or more) channel unit.
I know that was a lot, and it doesn't give a clear winner. But it's sort of a decision that needs to be based on personal preference and situation. And for that I hope I provided enough input to help you.