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    Emotiva Releases Details About Upcoming XMC-1 AV Preamp

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    Noticed today that a few days ago Emotiva, makers of super affordable, Internet direct electronics, released some details about their upcoming AV preamp, the XMC-1. For a kick off the XMC-1 will retail for $1,499 and be available in June/July -of course sold direct through Emotiva.com. Some notable features include:

    • 7 HDMI inputs all 3D and 4K compatable
    • USB inputs (Supports Audio Files FLAC/AAC/WAV/MP3)
    • USB-type B input for lossless streaming audio (24/192K)
    • 7.1 Analog inputs
    • 7.2 analog outputs (unbalanced and balanced)
    • Ethernet connectivity
    • Setup and control via PC/Mac
    • TACT GUI interface
    • Asynchronous sample rate conversion
    • Stereo subwoofer support with independent level, distance and EQ settings
    • Selectable independent multi-band parametric EQ
    • TACT TCS 3e Dynamic Room Correction with GUI for both PC/Mac


    Say what you will about Emotiva following the quirkiness that was reported surrounding their last AV preamp, the UMC-1, but the XMC-1, on paper, looks rather bad ass. While I still don't care for Emotiva's industrial design, its reported feature set it's definitely worth a good, long look.

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    Haven't heard of this before ... "TACT TCS 3e Dynamic Room Correction"?

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    It's, supposedly, completely proprietary to the XMC-1 and was developed as part of a joint venture between Emotiva and TACT. TACT knows a thing or two about room correction so this could be a big deal if it works, but for me I like the independent subwoofer controls/EQ and user accessible parametric EQ just incase.

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    While the TACT software in the XMC-1 may be unique to the AV preamp, the concept of TACT's dynamic room correction is not unique to Emotiva. You can read about it here.

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    This thing looks great, spec-wise and the price is right. Funny how they basically doubled the price of the UMC-1. It just goes to show you that features = cost, no matter who's name is on the faceplate. At $1499 it's priced in the same league as the Marantz and Integra.

    I like the way it's looking so far but the proof is getting it into the hands of impartial reviewers. If they can pull those features off with a stable software, its going to be a nice piece.

    Come on Emotiva, I double-dog-dare you to send Andrew one. That should get the ball rolling.

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    I noticed that it will ONLY be reviewed by web publications that also SELL the unit....

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    If they were just a bit closer, I would drive up and lay hands on one. Six hours round trip, is a bit more than a casual afternoon day trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Del Colliano View Post
    I noticed that it will ONLY be reviewed by web publications that also SELL the unit....
    What web publication sells Emotiva? As far as I know, they only sell direct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bthorton View Post
    What web publication sells Emotiva? As far as I know, they only sell direct.
    I believe Jerry is referring to Audioholics and their "buy now" button that seems to accompany virtually every review they do, including those for Emotiva, which you can see here.

    Now, Emotiva has been reviewed by other publications outside of Audioholics and most link back to the manufacturer, so technically everyone sells Emotiva (if you want to split hairs). Does Audioholics get a percentage based on how many clicks turn into legit sales? I have no idea and I'm sure there's no way any of us would ever find out if they did. Audioholics has been granted more reviews than any other publication that I am aware of which I'm sure is also a contributing factor to Jerry's theory and/or argument that Emotiva only allows reviews of their products by those who are in a favorable position -i.e. receive some sort of percentage of kick back. I dunno and personally I don't care for there's a lot of shady sh!t that goes on in sales whether it be home theater or bedroom furniture sets.

    The bottom line is this; Emotiva makes products that people actually buy and because of that fact they must be included in the conversation, even if they (Emotiva) would prefer to control the conversation to a certain extent. Regardless, I'm actually looking forward to finding out more and hopefully reviewing the XMC-1 even if I have to buy it myself.

    Hope this helps clear things up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Robinson View Post
    I believe Jerry is referring to Audioholics and their "buy now" button that seems to accompany virtually every review they do, including those for Emotiva, which you can see here.

    Now, Emotiva has been reviewed by other publications outside of Audioholics and most link back to the manufacturer, so technically everyone sells Emotiva (if you want to split hairs). Does Audioholics get a percentage based on how many clicks turn into legit sales? I have no idea and I'm not sure there's no way any of us would ever find out if they did. Audioholics has been granted more reviews than any other publication that I am aware of which I'm sure is also a contributing factor to Jerry's theory and/or argument that Emotiva only allows reviews of their products by those who are in a favorable position -i.e. receive some sort of percentage of kick back. I dunno and personally I don't care for there's a lot of shady sh!t that goes on in sales whether it be home theater or bedroom furniture sets.

    The bottom line is this; Emotiva makes products that people actually buy and because of that fact they must be included in the conversation, even if they (Emotiva) would prefer to control the conversation to a certain extent. Regardless, I'm actually looking forward to finding out more and hopefully reviewing the XMC-1 even if I have to buy it myself.

    Hope this helps clear things up.
    Thanks Andrew. I think its unclassy to infer Emotiva is being sold by A/V publications when its not. Also, I have seen many favorable reviews of Emotiva on Sterophile, Sound&Vision, Secrets and Audioholics. Seems like the site ADMIN has an axe to grind with them. I remember not to long ago when Emotiva ads were all over the hometheaterreview site. Now that they aren't the tone here towards Emotiva seems to have changed drastically. you however seem much more level headed.

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