I would try your Marantz 5005 with the Emotiva amp and compare that to the UMC 200. I wonder if you will find a big improvement going to a complete Emotiva setup. Your Marantz is a really good receiver. I believe it has pre-outs.
If you really want to do your L-shaped room some justice, the UMC-200 has a very powerful manual feature in P-EQ. It just so happens that HomeTheaterShack has REW, so if you didn't already know, their is a section of this forum that can get you started and with the microphone of your choice you can do wonders. To me REW and a P-EQ will take you past the "set it and forget it" room correction softwares.I went to the Emotiva summer show in Boston June 22 and got a UMC-200 & UPA-700. It was to replace a Denon AVR-2309. The Denon worked but did not like the Magnepan MMG W speakers 5 ohm impedance. It got quite hot. The Emotiva gear sounds better with more detail. What I like most about the UMC-200 is the speaker trims on the remote. On the Denon you had to stop the movie and go deep into the menus to adjust the speakers. With the Emotiva just hit the buttons on the remote to trim the surrounds, sub or center speakers. This is important as cable is different on every channel. The only thing that did not work was EMO-Q. This is due to the Magnepan's and the L shaped room. The picture on my Samsung has better blacks and maybe a bit sharper with the UMC-200. The UPA-700 is just warm to the touch and more dynamic than the Denon. Emotiva has a 30 day trial so you can try it in your system.
The UMC-200 has a hardware video switcher, and it does nothing to any video signal but pass whats sent through. If all it does is pass the video signal through, what exactly would be keeping the Oppo from its full potential? This shouldn't be, and isn't an issue.Hey everyone,
So I am thinking of purchasing the umc-200 and the xpa amp as part of my living room setup. I always wanted the "separates" look to my system and read some really good things about Emotiva (too bad that you cant demo them at any locations) Again, nothing but good feedback about the amps, but getting mixed reviews about the processor. Some say the biggest downfall is that the firmware updates take forever or that picture quality running lets say an oppo through it, doesn't do the oppo it's potential. I understand that the UMC 200 doesn't have any video processing, so would you recommend using the processor for audio only and bring the sources directly to the display??
I understand that it's entry level av equipment and that there are plenty more options out there, but anyone who has had experience with this setup, feedback would be greatly appreciated!!!!
in addition, does anyone know when the new 7.1 balanced pre/pro is coming out (kinda really want that lol)