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For whatever reason, this processor has been perpetually delayed. I know many people are really excited about it and I can only hope it soon sees the light of day.

Thankfully, Onkyo's PR-SC886/9.9 are available B-Stock for similar prices and offer THX Ultra2 Certification and XLR's.
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I have no doubt that when it is available it will be a great buy for those in the market but, there are plenty of other options that are just as good if not possibly better, in my opinion, than the UMC-1. I think it is sort of a "too-little too-late" type situation.
 

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i absolutely hear what your saying about the situation, I've been waiting since June :(

Jack, where are you seeing the onkyo's at a similar $ in B stock? I'm not seeing that but would like to :)

also, on the XLR topic, is that a big deal? My understanding is that XLR is a big deal in the case of longer runs or high interference applications. With the devices phyically near to each other and only 1.5ft of rca does it matter?

any input welcomed,
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Hello,
For whatever reason, this processor has been perpetually delayed. I know many people are really excited about it and I can only hope it soon sees the light of day.

Thankfully, Onkyo's PR-SC886/9.9 are available B-Stock for similar prices and offer THX Ultra2 Certification and XLR's.
Cheers,
JJ
I just received an e-mail from Outlaw and they're having a sale on the 886 (new).

http://www.outlawaudio.com/promo_pages/cybercirc.html

Bob
 

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Accessories4less had the PR-SC885 for 799. I believe they might have sold out of the 885. However, the 886 should still be available there. Also, check out Onkyo's website: Shoponkyo.com. There they often offer 10% off their prices on refurbished units for being a Member. Signing up just entails giving your email pretty much.

After looking, it seems both are sold out. However, continue to check out those sites as they have traditionally been available there and should pop up again soon. Furthermore, Accessories4less is an authorized Onkyo Dealer and offers a warranty and needless to say buying direct from Onkyo would offer the same.

Here is a link for an amazing deal on the TX-NR905:http://www.accessories4less.com/mak...ltra2-140w-X-7ch-Hdmi-Receiver-Silver-/1.html
While actually a receiver, for 850 Dollars it is a stupendous deal on Onkyo's flagship. Offers everything but XLR Connections and you could actually keep it a few years and probably get your money back selling it on Audiogon later.
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Bob, good find. That is a great price on the 886 from an authorized dealer. Furthermore, it is an A-Stock unlike the units at Accessories4less and Shoponkyo.
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i absolutely hear what your saying about the situation, I've been waiting since June :(

Jack, where are you seeing the onkyo's at a similar $ in B stock? I'm not seeing that but would like to :)

also, on the XLR topic, is that a big deal? My understanding is that XLR is a big deal in the case of longer runs or high interference applications. With the devices phyically near to each other and only 1.5ft of rca does it matter?

any input welcomed,
thanks,
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Some people prefer using balanced connections. Not many amplifiers offer them. However, many people use Professional/Studio amplifiers which only offer XLR's and not RCA's. While they make XLR-RCA connectors, it is not an ideal solution.

Pro amps are often much cheaper than Hifi amplifiers and offer a good deal of power. Unfortunately, many use fans which can be audible and distracting.

There is also the case with High End Amplifiers which offer completely balanced circuitry and do sound their best when using XLR's. Not a common case, but there are instances.
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thanks for the info,
i get the technical difference between rca and xlr, we also have a krell 250 which supports both, in a blind test we haven't been been able to tell the difference between rca and xlr however

I don't think I'm going to hold out xlr as a deal breaker, but it would be nice to have
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That's good to hear! Hopefully it will be as good as it looks like it's supposed to be!
 

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This is truly great news as so many have been waiting on this SSP to see the light of day.
I still wonder if it can truly compete with Onkyo's SSP's. They honestly seem to offer everything a modern SSP needs.
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The only negative point I can make for this processor is the 1 HDMI output which may be enough for most but when you have a PJ as well it is slightly annoying as you will need to revert to a 1 into 2 HDMI switcher :(
 

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The UMC-1 is now in the hands of some folks on the pre-order list. Just waiting for general availablity and I will most likely buy one.
 

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I'm curious to see the reviews an impressions of this long-awaited component!
 

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This is becoming a very sort after processor and I wonder if it really is going to be so good, will have to wait for some reviews of this kit and they are already working on an upgraded model so soon, which offers the 2 HDMI outs...I know of a few people in the UK with pre orders and are waiting.
 
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