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Time to start the owners thread.

Latest firmware: version 1.5

Emotiva official XMC-2 page: https://emotiva.com/products/xmc-2

XMC-2 user manual: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2572/6926/files/XMC-2_user_manual_v10.pdf?42957

Main features:

- 16 Channels
- Dolby Atmos 9.1.6
- DTS-X 7.1.4
- Audiophile grade AKM4490 Verita DACs (operating in fully balanced Mono mode for the three front main channels)
- Support for up to three separate subwoofers, with independent level, distance, room correction, and EQ settings for each.
- Two sets of fully independent 11-band manual parametric speaker EQ settings.
Global Bass and Treble controls with user-selectable turnover points (independent from more complex EQ settings).
- 18 Gbps video bandwidth with bit-perfect signal switching on all HDMI inputs and outputs. Supports formats up to 4k UHD 50/60Hz 4.4.4 with HDR, HDR10, and Dolby Vision



I install my XMC-2 couples day ago. Replacing my Anthem 720 and before that the XMC-1.

I am using it in a 5.1.2 setup with couples of gears like cable box, Apple TV 4k. Zappiti Pro and my 4k PC. I was not expecting that but so far so good. The XMC-2 HDMI work flawlessly in my home theatre. No problem even with Apple TV 4K HDR signal. Actually not once I had a HDMI issue and not once I had to reboot the XMC-2 for any problems.

With my XMC-1 I had to reboot time to time especially when doing testing with a lot of back and forth. In my setup, the sound quality is better than the Anthem it replace. The sound just feel right. Rich and detail but not bright nor muddy.

So first impression is important and for now I really like this XMC-2. Will have the chance to do more tests in the comings day so I will report back.
 

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First tips to current and future owners. According to my experience and other XMC-2 owners if you use a HDMI 2.1 cable it help a lot to reduce HDMI 4K HDR incompatibility and problems. Many first owners realize recently that changing for recent HDMI 2.1 cable have solve almost all remaining HDMI issues.

For my part with my Appel TV 4K, I use a Belkin 6 feets HDMI 2.1 cable and so far do good everything is fine even with the 60 fps 4K HDR.
 

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There as been a lot of questions on the XMC-2, 30 days return policy as to know if it start right after purchase or start only after Dirac is launch, same as the RMC-1.

Some owners have call Emotiva to make things clear.

So it is confirm that the XMC-2, 30 days return period will start after Dirac is launch. Same as the RMC-1 :)
 

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That's isn't what is in writing on their website. It would be nice to see this in writing from someone associated with Emotiva. The 30 day return policy starting with delivery was spelled out clearly in the trade-in email they sent out yesterday. Guess I shouldn't be surprised that things are uncertain, typical product rollout for Emo.
 

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Someone call Emotiva and make it 100% confirm.

But I am with you on this one. To avoid confusion Emotiva should have just put right from the start, the real 30 days return policy on the XMC-2 product page.
 

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I hope there are more Emo XMC-2 owners out there. I own one and I am very happy with the sound quality, getting use to the slow HDMI lock on. My only concern is with the pops and clicks when changing channels or switching tracks.
Not sure if they hurt my B&W 805 D3's. Also when playing CD's (via AES/EBU) every track change cuts the first second of the song. I use an Anthem STR Preamp in the chain for music now. Anyone else experience this?
 

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1 week owner

Got mine last Monday after more than 3 weeks. The sound quality is really exceptional and today i used it for movie. My old 1080 LG looks like from its output. Its better than my oppo 93.

But the menu/ui/hdmi is so finicky.

Danny
 

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My only concern is with the pops and clicks when changing channels or switching tracks.

Not likely because they're very brief and there's not enough total energy input to overheat the voice coils.

Loud thumps that try to fling the woofer cones from their boxes would be another matter.
 

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Got Mine on Friday and Spent the weekend with it. The sound quality is amazing. Bass management is night and day better then my Marantz 7702mk2. People complain about the UI however I found it to be easy to use. I had no problems setting mine up and getting everything dialed in. It is a bummer that DIRAC isn't ready but it is coming. It does take a bit to turn on and switch inputs. These are not deal breaking issues though in my opinion. Only issue I have found so far is it cuts off the first (less then a second) part of a song when I play it from my Sonos using Spotify (Optical digital input). I have to see if this happens when playing a playlist or just because I jump around. Over all I'm really impressed with it though. As I said sound quality is amazing. I'm not getting any pops and clicks when changing tracks as the poster above talked about. I can't think of any other processor at this price point that sounds as good and has 16 channels. I will continue to really test it out but so far I'm really happy I got mine.
 

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Could you elaborate (I also have a 7702mk2)?

I find with the XMC-2 especially for music (I listen to music in Stereo mode with the subs and mains 90% of the time) the bass is more seemless sounding with the XMC-2. With the Marantz the lower frequencies would boom from my subs and the higher bass frequencies would be lacking. I also found with the Marantz I had to turn my subs higher then my other speakers to get enough bass. On The XMC-2 all my channels are set at the same level. All this being said the Marantz still sounded great I just find the XMC-2 sounds much better. This says a lot about the quality of sound out of the XMC-2 because the Marantz is a great processor also.
 

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I don't understand why anyone would by an AVR from Emotiva after their recent run of sheer disaster.

A power amp perhaps, but not an AVR or preamp.
 
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OK, but bass management refers to how the processor apportions the bass between the subs and mains; what you described sounds like a less than successful Audyssey setup which resulted in uneven bass response.

Having to turn up the bass after setup is typical for Audyssey.


I find with the XMC-2 especially for music (I listen to music in Stereo mode with the subs and mains 90% of the time) the bass is more seemless sounding with the XMC-2. With the Marantz the lower frequencies would boom from my subs and the higher bass frequencies would be lacking. I also found with the Marantz I had to turn my subs higher then my other speakers to get enough bass. On The XMC-2 all my channels are set at the same level. All this being said the Marantz still sounded great I just find the XMC-2 sounds much better. This says a lot about the quality of sound out of the XMC-2 because the Marantz is a great processor also.
 

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OK, but bass management refers to how the processor apportions the bass between the subs and mains; what you described sounds like a less than successful Audyssey setup which resulted in uneven bass response.

Having to turn up the bass after setup is typical for Audyssey.

This is what I was talking about when I said the bass sounds more seamless with the XMC-2. With the XMC-2 you can't tell what bass is coming from the subs and what is coming from the mains. It was easy to tell with the Marantz this is what I mean by seamless.



I didn't have to tun up the bass on my Integra which also had Audussey xt32 (older model before Onkyo/ Integra made their own room correction).
 

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I don't understand why anyone would by an AVR from Emotiva after their recent run of sheer disaster.

A power amp perhaps, but not an AVR or preamp.

So far I have actually found the XMC-2 to be really stable. Have 30 days to send it back which I will if it is problematic. So far that isn't the case.
 

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Gotcha.


This is what I was talking about when I said the bass sounds more seamless with the XMC-2. With the XMC-2 you can't tell what bass is coming from the subs and what is coming from the mains. It was easy to tell with the Marantz this is what I mean by seamless.

I didn't have to tun up the bass on my Integra which also had Audussey xt32 (older model before Onkyo/ Integra made their own room correction).
 

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I’ve got one on the way, arriving Thursday. Will update with my impressions once I get it settled in to my system.
I’ve currently got a Yammy CX-A5200 but want to see what kind of difference the EMO makes when listening to my vinyl in 2 channel stereo. I’m hoping for an improvement. The Yammy isn’t bad or anything, just want to hear other options and would like to avoid a separate pre amp specifically for music.
 

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Which AVR are you referring to?
When I read that post questioning why anyone would buy an EMO product I wondered why someone who doesn’t even own one would take the time to get on an owners thread and slam it. Nothing better to do I suppose. Hilarious :laugh:
 

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Any new info on a Dirac timeline?
Also has anyone else asked if there is a timeline for actually doing a XMC-1 trade in?

I really do not want to go without Dirac in my room since it made such a large improvement as compared to no room correction or XT32.
 
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