RPA man. You going to give the Pioneer the same treatment as the Carver? You did an impressive job on the that.
I have no plans to do so at this time. I don't have all the necessary equipment to do tuner alignments. I'm sure it would be needed if I gave it the full treatment. I could probably get away with replacing the electrolytics with fresh ones but that's about as far as I would go.
I think that standalone tuners are better performing that ones built into a pre/pro or Receiver. I am hoping that Emo would forego a tuner in the XMC-1 and build the best possible standalone HD tuner. Since my equipment are hidden behind smoked glass, the fancy exterior would be of no value to me and might even save on cost.
Nevertheless, you've got a great piece there. Congrats!
Emotiva: UMC-1 (7.04.00.19) Emotiva: U-12 Sub x 2 Emotiva: UPA-7 Emotiva: UPA-2 Emotiva: X-Series I/C Impact Acoustic 12/2 S/Cable Def Tech: ProCinema 1000 x 6 Def Tech: ProCenter 2000 Sony: BDP-S550 Sony: CDP-CX355 Technics: SL-QD33 T/T Samsung: LN46A850 LCD APC: AV H15 Pwr Conditioner DSPeaker: AntiMode 8033S Acer: Aspire 5551-4200 Next: Emo: X/REF-15 Sub x 2 Emo: XMC-1
The tuner in the UMC-1 is quite good. Good enough that I don't feel the need to dig my JVC tuner out of my storage locker. I listen to the local classical station, KSJN, and it is noise free and relatively distortion free. I believe the transmitter is about twenty miles away. It is probably just a part of a chip used for other purposes and it would be there whether it was utilized or not.