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UMC 200 Feedback

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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)
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Overall I've had pretty good luck with the UMC 200, though I did have Emotiva upgrade the firmware.

I had a chance to compare it head to head with the outlaw 975 offering.

The emotiva is more detailed and has more separation between instruments etc. On the flip side the Outlaw is more reserved and smoother if you will. I wouldn't call the emotiva bright, I'd call it neutral and for theater it's very nice. The outlaw has more of that classic audiophile sound, but I actually thought it was a bit dark.

Both nice units for the money, I think there is more bang for the buck with the emotiva.
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