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Emotiva Black XMC-2 16 Channel Atmos & DTS:X AV Processor


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The XMC-2 is a state-of-the-art surround sound processor - designed from the ground up to serve as the nerve centre of a modern home theatre or surround sound music system. The bit-perfect video switches in the XMC-2 ensure that you’ll get the best possible image quality from the latest HDR and Dolby Vision 4k UHD discs, and the advanced audio decoding engine, audio processing hardware, and room correction options guarantee you true audiophile sound quality and performance. Unlike other surround sound processors, the XMC-2 is not only a superb home theatre processor, but also a true audiophile stereo component. When we set out to design the XMC-2 we had some relatively lofty goals. We wanted to design a processor that would support the latest Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object oriented surround sound formats, with plenty of channels to fulfill the needs of our most demanding customers, and sound quality and performance equal to or better than the best stereo equipment currently on the market. And, along with that, it had to deliver superb bit-perfect picture quality, and support the latest HDR and Dolby Vision 4k UHD video content. And, finally, it had to be relatively simple to configure and operate, so that our customers would actually be able to take full advantage of its advanced performance and capabilities.

Designing a surround sound processor that includes all of the features you need in a modern home theatre system, while still delivering superb sound quality, is a truly formidable undertaking. Most AV receivers and pre/pros offer plenty of features, but include serious compromises in sound quality. And most audio gear that offers true audiophile sound quality is limited to stereo, and offers very few features. Our plans called for a platform that could deliver both.

To make all this possible, we started by developing a whole new hardware platform, which combines powerful new cutting-edge processor technology with painstaking analogue circuit design to deliver the best possible audio performance. Running on this hardware platform, our proprietary operating system powers the menu system and all of the advanced control logic. This new platform was first introduced to the public in our highly successful XMC-1. The XMC-2 takes this technological innovation to the next level, with the latest 4k HDR and Dolby Vision UHD video switching capabilities, improved audio decoding and processing, the latest digital to analogue conversion hardware, more channels to fully support the latest object oriented surround sound formats, and even more room for future expansion and upgrades. The XMC-2, the ultimate expression of our new design philosophy, is finally ready to be unveiled.

The XMC-1 eliminated many of the compromises and expanded the boundaries around what was possible for home theatre and surround sound. The XMC-2 takes it to the next level… and is the perfect way to start building a truly state of the art home theatre, surround sound, and audiophile stereo music system.

Perfect for BOTH Home Theatre Fans And Audiophiles

Perfect for BOTH Home Theatre Fans And Audiophiles

The XMC-2 delivers the level of audio performance and features you would expect from separate high-end audiophile components, combined with precise bit-perfect video switching of the latest HDR and Dolby Vision 4k UHD video content, and plenty of channels to support the latest object-oriented home theatre surround sound formats (including Dolby Atmos up to 9.1.6 and DTS:X up to 7.1.4). The XMC-2 offers the full range of audio options, from native playback of DSD audio, to pure analogue playback in our audiophile Reference Stereo mode, to full decoding of the latest object oriented sound tracks. With the XMC-2 you really can have it all….. without compromise.

True Audiophile Sound Quality

True Audiophile Sound Quality

Regardless of how you configure it, we designed the XMC-2 first and foremost to deliver true audiophile sound quality, so it always sounds great. As an audio component, whether playing stereo music or multi-channel surround sound, the XMC-2 delivers performance and sound quality equal to those you would expect from the best high-end analog preamp. As a home theater processor, the XMC-2 supports both surround sound formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and the latest cutting edge immersive formats – Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, and gives you the best possible sound quality with each. The XMC-2 combines superb quality analog circuitry, which enables all of your high quality music to sound its best, with precision digital processing, and plenty of channels and decoding options to ensure you the ultimate listening experience with the latest blockbuster movies and concert videos. With the XMC-2, you really can have a superb stereo music system, and a truly awesome home theater audio system, in a single convenient, practical, and easy to master audio component.

Advanced Menu System And Configuration Options

Advanced Menu System And Configuration Options

Modern home theater systems can be very complex. To make the XMC-2 powerful and flexible, yet simple to configure and operate, we developed our own custom menu and control system. Frequently used options are easy to find and access, more in-depth options are arranged logically, and the current status is always clearly displayed on the dual informative front panel OLED displays and the highly configurable on-screen display. The XMC-2 can be controlled from the unique multi-axis front panel encoder, from its iconic solid metal remote control, or using the handy remote control app, which is available for Apple and Windows computers, and Android phones. The XMC-2 can also be integrated into most universal remote and whole-home control systems. Because the XMC-2 is all about power and control, it gives you unprecedented flexibility to configure your system to sound just the way you want it to. Advanced bass management supports up to three subwoofers, and lets you set independent crossover points for each set of speakers. Two entirely separate sets of manual parametric equalisers let you create custom response curves, and can import settings directly from the popular Room EQ Wizard (REW). Settings can be saved as files, exported to a computer, and saved settings can be modified using a simple XML or text editor. Precision bass and treble controls, separate from the more advanced EQ settings, make simple response adjustments easy, and true Fletcher-Munson loudness compensation keeps your music sounding good, even at very low listening levels.

The World's Most Advanced Automatic Room Correction System (Coming Soon)

The World's Most Advanced Automatic Room Correction System (Coming Soon)

One of the main upcoming features of the XMC-2 is the advanced Dirac Live automatic room correction system, which operates across both the time and frequency domains, taking you dramatically closer to the action in today's blockbuster movies, and lifting the veil between you and your high-resolution music files. Dirac Live is widely considered to be the most advanced room correction system available today. The powerful Dirac Live engine is built into the XMC-2 itself, while the calibration software is installed and run on your computer when it's time to calibrate your system. Each XMC-2 includes its own calibrated measurement microphone and a license for the Dirac Live for Emotiva™ software.

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While we do our best to keep this information up to date, please be aware that all specifications are subject to change by the manufacturer at any time.

Audio Operating Modes (modes determine how the audio signal is processed by the XMC-2
Reference Stereo Mode
Purist stereo mode with no bass management; analogue signals remain pure analogue
Direct Mode Minimal processing with bass management
Surround Mode Full surround sound processing, with bass management and room correction
Stereo Mode Full bass management and room correction for stereo input signals
Surround Sound Processing Support Dolby Atmos (up to 9.1.6)
Dolby TrueHD (up to 7.2)
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital
DTS:X (up to 7.1.4)
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 5.1
Multi-Channel PCM
Digital Post Processing Support
Analogue Audio Inputs (1) pair; stereo: Reference quality analogue audio (balanced XLR)
(3) pairs; stereo: Reference quality analogue audio (unbalanced)
Analogue Audio Outputs (1) set; 16 channels: Main analog audio outputs (balanced XLR)
(1) pair; stereo: analogue line level Zone 2 output (unbalanced)
(1) high quality 1/8” stereo headphone output
Digital Video Inputs and Outputs (8): HDMI digital video inputs: HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 (all inputs support HDMI 2.0b and HDR, including dynamic HDR and Dolby Vision)
(2): HDMI digital video outputs: HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 (one with CEC and ARC). (both outputs support HDMI 2.0b and HDR - including dynamic HDR and Dolby Vision)
Digital Audio Inputs Internal high-performance AM/FM tuner
(3): Toslink optical S/PDIF digital audio (up to 24/192)
(3): Coax (RCA) electrical S/PDIF digital audio (up to 24/192)
(1): AES/EBU (XLR) digital audio
(1): USB Type B digital audio (UAC2 USB audio up to 24/192k)
Digital PCM and DSD audio supported on all HDMI inputs and USB input
Digital Audio Outputs (1): Toslink optical S/PDIF digital audio
(1): Coax (RCA) electrical S/PDIF digital audio
Other Inputs (2): USB Type A digital data inputs (for firmware updates and future enhancements)
(1): Ethernet port (RJ-45)

While we do our best to keep this information up to date, please be aware that all specifications are subject to change by the manufacturer at any time.

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