RMC-1 Coming In 2019? (It has arrived!) Aug 9, 2018 11:42:33 GMT -5
Post by AudioHTIT on Aug 9, 2018 11:42:33 GMT -5
What do you mean why bother? To add more functionality that's why. They absolutely most certainly do NOT "have to be" user installable. Even if you have to send the unit back, that's better than not being able add the boards at all. If you want that, then just get an XMC-3.
With the XMC-1 we can already send the unit back to get upgrades—HDMI, (hopefully) Atmos—presumably they could even do other upgrades back at the mothership (processor, DAC, whatever). What makes slots attractive is that they (should be) DIY—like your PC. Of course we’re both just speculating, but if the unit would have to go back to TN to add a module, why bother with the expense and complications of externally accessible slots? That’s a user convenience and safety feature? Doesn’t make sense to me to design a feature like this and not put it to full use (but of course plans often change from pencil to metal).
I’d further like to see the slots follow a standard so that a little company like ... oh, “Bonzo’s Gonzo Gadgets” 😉 could make a niche product Emotiva might not see value in, or which might not be profitable for them. But Bonzo wants an S-Video Input for his VCR which includes upscaling to 4K (sorry couldn’t resist), he has leaned that there is a huge pent up market demand for this product, and he’s going to make a bundle 😀. Really (though unlikely), it would be cool to have an open standard slot for devices like this, maybe even one other vendors migh adopt as an industry standard (highly unlikely due to circuit and bus designs). A fun thought anyway.