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  1. this is kinda a 2ch problem with 5.1 gear, never mix the 2 they say.... After having 5+ sets of speaker, 5+ Amps , lots of subs, cables and sources, REW and an UMIK-1 in my living room over the last 18 months one thing is clear, My room sucks. I have massive hump between 1 to 5Khz that just makes 2Ch listening unbearable, Yamaha YPAO does settle it down but sucks all the life out of the music. The room needs lots of treatment, that's not going to happen, maybe a little but not to the extent that it needs. I have been playing around DSP/EQ with JRiver on a PC using REW with aUMIK-1 over the last week via a Music Fidelity M5si amp and actually got a reasonable result, it can be better, and has proved to me that DSP room correction does work. the equipment chain is as follows, Sources, HTPC, BluRay, CD, HDD Music, Spotify/Tidal (on the Yamaha) into a Yamaha RV-X 1081 used as Preamp only, > Emotiva XPA-5 > either Ambience Superslims 1400 or Quad S5 for the mains, 2 x REL R3 Subs running from the Yamaha in mono via a DSPeaker Anti-Mode 8033 Cinema and stereo line-level in from the Mains (Ambience don't need the subs). Centre is an old Quadal that I still love, the rears are Mirage Omi 350. for those that aren't Familiar with the REL subs, they have a .1 RCA input with volume only that you run from the AVR and a Line-Level input with Volume and Freq that you run from the speakers, you can run them both at once and tune them in. Best of both worlds the Quad S5 with the REL T3 running in stereo via line-level in are my pick ATM, that combo just suits rock a little more the Ambiences are very picky with the room, so I need to run them both via Dirac to see which ones I keep. Jury is still out on that one, but one set has to go. the MF M5si is now gone, fantastic amp but it didn't fix the hump (silly of me thinking it might) and had to go to finance the next step I am not massively into movies much these days, but still enjoy Concerts on Bluray and multi-channel music a bit, the 5.1 system gets used more for Netflix and Tv more than anything and I'm really heavily getting back in to 2Ch, hence the change. music is mainly Prog rock to Jazz, I don't consider myself a Audiophile, but what to get the best out of my gear. Budget, about $2.5k tops. scenario #1 Nad C658 between the Yamaha RV-X 1081 and the XPA-5 on the main chs only, the analogue in on the C658 can be set up as a HT Bypass, so the 5.1 will be basically untouched but 2 ch Spotify/Tidal and HHD music will all be running via the C658. Dirac will be limited to the mains speakers and line level in of the subs only. but this is probably the best 2ch solution. cost ~$2300 to $2500 with Dirac full scenario #2 Nad T758 v3 get rid of the Yamaha RV-X 1081 and replace with the T758 as a pre amp only (maybe use the amp stage for Atmos, but Atmos is not really on the radar ATM) this will give me a better 5.1 system, allow me to get rid RV-X 1081 and the DSPeaker Anti-Mode. Hearing rather good reports on the T758 with Dirac as a music pre, but it can't be as good as the C658 you would think (or could it?) but their feature set is basically the same on both with Bluesound built in for all streaming/HDD duties. because will sell the RV-X 1081 and the DSPeaker Anti-Mode this could be less that $1500 with full Dirac scenario #3 Emotiva XMC-1 Emotiva are selling refurb XMC-1 pre's with 4k video and full Dirac for $1100USD, I can go via a friend in the states if they don't deliver to Aust (no Aust distributor listed on their website no more), problem they are out of stock, they were not yesterday, they are today....bummer replace the Yamaha with the XMC-1 and have a killer 5.1 and 2 ch system but will have to buy something like a Bluesound Node 2i to do the Streaming duties as the XMC-1 does not do that. selling the Yamaha and DSPeaker Anti-mode might pay for the Bluesound Node 2i, so with delivery it will still cost around $2k both the Nads are thin on the ground ATM, cant find a C658 to demo but have found a hi-fi store that has the T758 and a C388, they are willing to set both up as 2ch preamps via separate Power amps to see if the T758 holds up as a 2ch pre. I really like how Spotify runs via the Yamaha, for backgroud music. I can use the Spotify app on my phone and its turns on the Yamaha automatically and plays, this is a big plus to the wife as she hates having to touch any of the remotes or gear, so in a way I want to T758 to sound great because it should operate similar. I really have to make it simple. the XMC-1 will require turning things on manually via remote methinks.... but there is a Sonus One lying around somewhere if it gets too hard 😉 so, any other options or directions? which would be your choice? ta Marty
  2. Item: Emotiva XMC-1 Gen2 7.2 channel AV preamp/processor Location: Newport, VIC Price: $1,800 Item Condition: Excellent (no scratches or marks whatsoever) Reason for selling: Need funds to upgrade my stereo system Payment Method: Cash at pickup Extra Info: Considering the sale of my XMC-1. Unit was purchased from the US about a year ago. Comes with original accessories (remote control, user manual, calibrated microphone for Dirac Live, power cable, textile cover, double box, free mobile app, etc.). Key features (according to audioholics.com): Outstanding Reference Stereo mode Excellent sonic performance with low noise floor Dirac Live Full for Emotiva with custom curves and additional mic support Incredibly versatile Parametric Equalization with REW filter import 2 standard + 1 Dirac independent speaker settings Separate Stereo (2-Channel) and multi-channel surround modes A very good USB DAC Superb HDMI performance with support for DSD streaming Selectable 24 dB per octave or 12 dB per octave crossover slope Remote and remote app allow for temporary adjustment of trims Full-featured menu system and mobile app This unit does not include Emotiva’s recent HDMI board upgrade. The upgrade board (as a self-install kit) can be purchased from Emotiva’s website: https://emotiva.com/products/hdmi-2-0b-video-upgrade-board-for-the-xmc-1 The next major upgrade Emotiva have scheduled will add support for Dolby Atmos and DTS-X. The Dirac Live Full for Emotiva package can be purchased from Emotiva’s website: https://emotiva.com/products/dirac-live-full-for-emotiva Processing: DACs: Texas Instruments (Burr-Brown) DSD1796 24-Bit/192kHz ADC: Texas Instruments (Burr-Brown) PCM4202 DSP: Two Texas Instruments DA710 32-bit, 300 MHz processors 2-Zone Operation Dolby® and DTS® Surround Sound Processing Connections: HDMI 1.4b Audio/Video Switching: 8 In (includes 1 front-panel input), 2 Out Digital Audio Inputs: 3 Optical, 3 Coaxial, and 1 AES/EBU (XLR) Analog Audio Inputs: 3 Stereo RCA, 1 Stereo XLR, 1 Stereo 3.5 mm (front), 7.1 Multi-channel (1 set) 7.2 Channel Pre-outs (RCA and XLR) Rear-panel USB Type B Port for Audio Playback Ethernet Port for Wired Network Connection Remote IR (1 in, 1 out), and 12 Volt-triggers (4 out) 3.5 mm (1/8″) Headphone Output Reviews: https://hometheaterhifi.com/reviews/receiver-processor/processors/emotiva-xmc-1-processor-review/ https://www.soundandvision.com/content/emotiva-xmc-1-surround-processor-review https://www.audioholics.com/av-preamp-processor-reviews/xmc-1-7.2-av-processor Emotiva XMC-1 Dirac Live tutorial: Happy to provide additional photos upon request. Audition can be organised in Newport, VIC, 3015.
  3. I need a favor from my fellow XMC-1 owners in Melbourne. Is there anyone near Mount Waverley/Glen Waverley (or in Melbourne) who has the XMC-1? I would like to borrow the XLR to USB cable that is used for DIRAC just for one night. I just bought a unit from a friend and I got everything in the package except that cable. I got my DIRAC activated with a my own license but I can't connect the mic to my laptop. I've ordered one from Emotiva but would like to tune my system in the meantime. Could anyone loan it to me for an evening or a weekend? PM me if you are able to help and I can organize a time to come borrow it. I can even give you some money as a retainer until I return it you'd like. Thanks in advance. Cheers guys.
  4. Item: Emotiva XMC-1 Gen 2 Home Theatre AV PREAMP/PROCESSOR (HT receiver but with no amps) Location: Glen Waverley, Victoria Item condition description: BRAND NEW SEALED BOX Price and price conditions: $2995 Usual Price: $3999 http://www.lifestylestore.com.au/emotiva-xmc-1-generation-2-7-2-a-v-preamplifier-processor.html Reason for selling: In between jobs. Need money for house repayments. Payment Methods: Paypal (add 3%), Cash - Pickup, Bank Transfer. Extra info: I have not opened it since I bought this direct from Emotiva. Between the time I bought it up to the time it arrived, I had an enforced change in jobs and I am tight on funds. Make no mistake, this is my dream AV PREAMP/PROCESSOR with an unequaled dirac le auto tune optimizer for it's price range and I will buy this again once I am not so tight financially. Keep in mind this unit is without any amplification (which will usually aid in sound quality) and will require you to have a power amp to pair it with. If you want I can also upload a picture of the shipping box. It's still sealed inside.
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