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12-18-2012, 05:23 PM #1
Emotiva UMC-200 AV Preamp THE OFFICIAL THREAD
So Emotiva's new $599 AV preamp, the UMC-200, arrived today. This is my first foray into reviewing an Emotiva product -hell it's the first time I've ever touched an Emotiva product. I must say, the UMC-200 looks far more substantial and well-built than what comes across in pictures. The faceplate alone, which is little more than a quarter inch thick slab of aluminum, is a thing of beauty. I had an initial issue -or what I thought was an issue -regarding the unit's HDMI performance, turns out the error was on the source side not the UMC-200. I can already comment on Emotiva's customer service as they were more than helpful in diagnosing the issue, though I eventually stumbled across the fix myself while they (Emotiva) did some trouble shooting on their own. We both came to the same conclusion(s), I just entered the fix before they could call me back.
Setup is easy, and I especially like the menus which overlay the image in real time. The menus are not particularly flashy, which I like, but the fact that they're so responsive is what I love most. I just finished reviewing a Sony receiver who's menus were anything but responsive. No comments on sound or the autoEQ system yet but believe me I'm workin' on it.
Here's a few crap cellphone pics of the UMC-200 from earlier today.
12-18-2012, 11:33 PM #2
- Join Date
- Jun 2012
- Montreal Quebec. Canada
Parasound Andrew????...What happened to the Crowns????.
12-19-2012, 07:54 AM #3
12-19-2012, 08:22 AM #4
Looks very diminutive in that rack when compared to the Parasound amps. Is it about the same height as the new Outlaw preamp?
Can't wait to hear your thoughts on how it performs.
12-19-2012, 10:58 AM #5
Have always found Emotiva products to look "toy-ish". But the value seems to be there. Curious as well how it performs, in particular the EMO-Q.
12-20-2012, 05:18 PM #6
12-20-2012, 08:20 PM #7
Glad you got it Andrew. Mine is on order from Emotiva. I look forward to your feedback on this.
12-21-2012, 05:28 AM #8
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- Fairfax, VA
Looking forward to it too as in the new year I'm looking to get a processor and its going to be either this one or the new Outlaw.
- Pioneer 643 RPTV(Calibrated by Chuck Williams)
Sunfire Cinema Grand amp
Outlaw 2200 amp
Golden Theater GTX-1
NHT 1.4 series speakers (LRS)
Rocket RSC200 "BigFoot" (C)
SVS PC+20 w/12.3 driver
Behringer Feedback Destroyer Pro
SA 8300HD DVR/Cable Box
12-21-2012, 07:22 AM #9
Shep, saw you have an SA8300, did you get the new software downloaded into it from Comcrap? I did, and now the guide is the wrong size, frame advance is missing, etc. How about you?
12-23-2012, 10:14 PM #10