Originally Posted by Lsdec2
I also wish I had the opportunity to test the RMC1L vs XMC2 for movies. I have the XMC2 and it sounds phenomenal for movies but that’s not to say the RMC1L may sound even better. Perhaps calling Emotiva and asking them may help. I don’t think anyone has had a chance to do a comparison test.
Mono mode just means that the DACs which are stereo and normally services 2 channels are bridged and service only 1 channel which improves performance. It has nothing to do with mono or stereo sound. The key to movies is the quality of the center channel and the fact that the XMC2’s center is as good as the L/R means the XMC2 has excellent movie sound quality.
The please wait is gone and the performance and usability has greatly improved.
The are 3 sub outs. I only have 2 subs and Dirac recognizes them as individual subs during calibration. So room correction with REW is very easy and will be also easy with Dirac when it’s released.
Thanks so much for your reply! I am glad to hear that the please wait is gone because that was very irritating to see pop up with every button press on the remote!
I am definitely with you on the fact that the center channel and really the front 3 channels in general are the most important for movie watching which is why I am leaning towards the XMC-2 which is $1k less than the RMC1L. The only feature I would be missing out on is the mono part of the DACs for the other channels. So does the XMC-2 not having individual AKM4490 DACs for each channel then?
When you calibrated with REW, how difficult was it to do? Did you use the mic that Emotiva sends or did you have to buy a UMK1 and/or a minidsp to calibrate the system? I have 2 subs as well so isn't a minidsp needed to dial them in via REW? Is there a tutorial for REW with the XMC-2? I am only familiar with Anthem's ARC and Audyssey which are both straight forward. Thanks for any info! I'm definitely leaning towards the XMC-2 since I am on a budget and it would only put me around $600 more than the Marantz 7705 processor I currently have.
Originally Posted by dwander
I don’t think it’s ever said please wait. It’s just a second or two slower except for the times it really lags or freezes but that’s not that often. And I can’t really speak to any differences between the two processors.
You can calibrate the system with a umik-1 and REW, you don’t need a minidsp box or anything. It’s not really hard to do. Only issue I’ve come across is the center sub filters not uploading. There may be a work around for that though. I remember seeing something in one of the forums.
I'm really glad to hear about you not noticing the please wait when using the processor. When I used an RMC1L it literally told me to please wait every time I pressed a button on the remote or tried to change any setting on the unit.
So can you not use the microphone that Emotiva supplies to use with REW? I know on Anthem's ARC you could also use their mic with REW but I never had the need to try it. Do you have dual subs? I want to say that a minidsp is usually recommended when having dual subs but I have only read about REW and never been hands on with it. Was there a tutorial you followed to calibrate the XMC-2 with REW? I definitely need room correction in my room and it would hold me over until Dirac is finally released for the XMC-2.
Finally, how bright is the OLED screen and particularly the power on button on the XMC-2? I currently have the Marantz 7705 and it lets you dim the LCD screen but NOT the power on ring light and it is VERY bright and distracting while watching movies since it sits on my stand under the OLED TV.
Thanks again for the help!