You’re going to get a wide variety of responses to your question, but I’m going to try to give you an honest and fair perspective from a long time customer...
I’ve been an Emotiva customer since 2009 and have owned (and continue to own) thousands of dollars worth of their equipment.
I currently use two of their amplifiers (DR-2 and XPA-9), their XSP-1 analog preamp, a 7 speaker "bed channel" setup using their current line of Airmotiv passive loudspeakers, their DC-1 DAC and ERC-3 CD player.
happy with what I’m using and it works (and sounds) exceptional. It also didn’t break the bank for me to get there.
Having said this, I would highly
advise avoiding their A/V processors if you want something that works with very little trouble and doesn’t require a multitude of workarounds for basic day-to-day operation. I have owned their UMC-1, UMC-200 and XMC-1 (with the HDMI 2.0b HDMI board upgrade). Their processors sound exceptional, but that’s of little benefit when they can’t reliably perform their principle function without jumping through hoops.
Although I still admire and support the brand, I've had to throw in the towel on their processors and have moved on to another brand that, while may not sound “quite
” as good, works exactly
how it is supposed to each and every time I turn it on.
Hope this helps...