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Emotiva UMC-1 7.1 Channel Pre-Processor Video Review

Can you get a $2000 processor for just $700? Emotiva is betting you can. It’s new UMC-1 7.1 processor combines some of the more advanced A/V processing you’ll find into a package that is hard to beat. Let’s start with the hardware. The UMC-1 utilizes Emotiva’s signature aluminum faceplate design and LED backlit controls that give it a warm, minimalistic look. They’re going to audiophile appeal and I think they nailed it. The UMC-1 looks like the love child offspring of a McIntosh and Anthem processor. I’m just saying…

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Key Features:


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  • Twin Cirrus 32 bit dual core DSP’s
  • Decoding support for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital True HD, Dolby PLIIx, DTS, DTSES, DTS HD, DTS Master Audio, DTS Neo 6, S/PDIF, PCM 8 channel (note: some audio formats are only supported via HDMI)
  • Multi-channel Dolby Volume
  • Genesis/ST Torino high performance scaling engine – featuring a full implementation of the Faroudja DCDi image processing suite
  • Intuitive, full color graphical OSD with adjustable transparency presented over live video, including HDMI
  • Emo-Q automatic multi-channel room correction and loudspeaker setup. Calibrated measurement microphone included.
  • Quadruple bass manager with independently selectable high and low pass frequencies from 40Hz – 250Hz, in 5 or 10Hz increments (depending on frequency)
  • Selectable 12db or 24db per octave high pass and low pass filters by channel groupings
  • Independent 11-band graphic EQ with global bass and treble controls by channel groupings
  • Balanced subwoofer output
  • All legacy video inputs can be scaled and output over HDMI at up to 1080p
  • 1080p/24 fps video support
  • Video pass-through mode with 12 bit compatibility
  • HDMI sources can be format converted to component video up to 1080i (subject to Macrovision guidelines)
  • HDMI 1.3a Deep Color compliant (not 3D-ready)
  • All inputs are assignable and feature input labeling, selectable decode modes, selectable triggers, etc.
  • 0.5dB level trims on all channels
  • High voltage, low impedance main analog outputs for uncompromised dynamic headroom
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  • Gary says:

    Terrible company. Just bought the UMC-1 based on their claims that the software was fixed. Not at all true. They stated the new deliveries had the updates, not so, 6 hours to install and it failed the verification phase. A call to service and they said oh well just leave it, great technical advice. Bought a ERC-2 they claimed was in stock, of course they don’t have it and will not for months, but they do have my money I mean what else does the US arm of a Chinese manufacturer have to do other than practice good inventory management, and they can’t do that. I knew I was buying cheap knockoff goods, but figured the price was right. You get what you pay for. But not with Emotiva, what you get either doesn’t work or you don’t get what you paid for at all. Caveat emptor, or more simply run like hell away from Emotiva.

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