umc1 vs Integra DHC 9.9 Jan 20, 2010 14:03:35 GMT -5
Post by mariof16 on Jan 20, 2010 14:03:35 GMT -5
Well the OP asked what our opinions are for the two pre/pros and gave an outstanding price for the integra, so in my opinion, I think he should jump all over a great deal on a great pre/pro. I never said in my post that I think the UMC-1 is an inferior product, I just think it is funny to give the OP advice saying that it is almost certain that the UMC-1 will sound better than the Onkyo/Integra and any other "Mainstream" pre/pro. I just don't agree with that advice. Also, in my opinion, the wait list has more to do with dollar/performance than overall performance. If money was no object for everyone on the wait list, I am pretty certain it would be much shorter. In the brand new Pre/Pro market, the UMC-1 has zero competition, but for a few hundred dollars more, like in the OPs situation, I think the Onkyo/Integra is a worthy opponent with tons of features that in some cases, outclass the UMC-1.
I don't have any beef with your opinion and was talking more about some of the other posts. The Integra at 1k is a good deal.
I base my audio comparison observation on the fact I used to work for a mass market audio company and understand the feature/price/quality balance that Japanese engineers employ. The balance will almost always go to features because that feeds the machine and drives sales year to year. This has created a niche for smaller companies to fill in terms of audio quality. So based on Emotiva's past performance and using mass market products as targets, I don't see a problem with the generalization.
I never said for sure that it does sound better, I haven't heard it yet and disclosed that in my post. I simply said that I and most others waiting would be shocked if it didn't. If it doesn't, then I won't keep it.
I don't think you are completely right on the price comparison either. Myself and many others could easily afford more expensive units. Many have "downgraded" from products that are supposed to be better, but are really just more expensive. For me, I get a thrill in buying something that outperforms products costing 2-3 times more. Maybe I'm in the minority there.
Fair enough, you can't always agree with everyone. ;D I just think in the OPs situation, it seems like he wants a Pre/Pro sooner rather than later and he has a great deal in front of him with the Integra. It may or may not sound better, but either way it is a matter of opinion anyways.