Do I dare buy a MC 700? Mar 22, 2019 11:46:46 GMT -5
Post by Percussionista on Mar 22, 2019 11:46:46 GMT -5
Hmm... I don't know how many 700's have been sold or how many actually have problems, but one tends to see those problems voiced in this forum. I have one of the original 700's, I believe there was even an early purchase discount. I haven't attempted to update the firmware. I've used it in two different setups with no problems that I can remember (though I don't have a perfect memory either ;-))
When I first had it, the only 4K TV I had was a 43" 2015 model Sony I used for a PC monitor so it went into that PC system for "early testing". After we moved and started to set up a "real" theater room, it's now in with (Oppo 203 or DirectTV) -> Emo MC700 -> Sony 900F series TV. It works just fine. DirectTV, which has one free 4K channel, sometimes has issues recognizing downstream 4K capability, but it's always DirectTV which needs rebooting. If there is sometimes an issue getting pass-through I can also switch the 700's selected HDMI input and then back again and that can be enough to wake up the HDMI/HDCP handshakes. HDMI/HDCP, everyone's favorite transport protocol, NOT!
I haven't had the overheating issue, which Emotiva can fix with stick on heat-sinks (assuming I am remembering correctly); I worry I should probably do this "just in case" but haven't. I have occasionally heard some audio clicks when switching between a 4K channel and regular HD channel.
The MC-700 has a headphone out in case I ever move it for desktop use, and has mix-out in case I ever need to use it as a "preamp" to output into a recorder (most likely a PC to record something).
I also still have the UMC-1 and 200 and will use one in the "game room" once it's more fully set up - most likely the 200 since it has headphone out.
I can't promise a purchase of a 700 will work for any of you, but it has for me! Are there any major faults I should try and duplicate?