umc1 vs Integra DHC 9.9 Jan 21, 2010 16:36:14 GMT -5
Post by billmac on Jan 21, 2010 16:36:14 GMT -5
I'm sorry to say that I can't tell you the exact models of processors I am referring to, as it is our policy to never publicly critique another brand. What customers have to say among themselves is different, but it won't come from us here at Emotiva.
Thanks for your response and I understand why you do not want mention the units the UMC-1 was compared to.
Having said that, you can surely guess who we consider to be our competitors in the market place and we pay close attention to their products.
I have an idea which ones those are of course it would include the Onkyo/Integras (just a wild guess ;D).
We have a very "brand specific" approach to design and we spend a lot of time on the layout and the choice of parts and topologies. We also spend quite a bit of time listening. Open up one of our units and then open up a unit from one of the mainstream brands and it does not take an engineer to understand that we take a different approach to design, layout, and fabrication.
I have seen pictures of the inside of the USP-1 and the Parasound 2100. The USP-1 appears to be a much better layout and also beefier components. I demoed both and found both to sound excellent. I went with the 2100 due to a few functions that the USP-1 does not have. I also preferred the SQ of the 2100 but of course that is totally subjective .
Again, I am not saying that anyones product is "bad", I'm just saying that I can hear significant differences in the SQ of these different models, both in the digital and the analog paths.
I never thought you came across that way at all. I just think I will have to hear the UMC-1 for myself in my system to determine if the SQ is significantly better than the 886 .
By the way, some of products we have auditioned are excellent. They also cost 4-5 times the price of a UMC-1.
This does not surprise me as most prepros if not all available now are priced much higher than the UMC-1 .
I should probably just keep quiet and leave it to you our customers to decide these things for yourselves. We'll stick to our knitting and try to bring you the best products we know how to build and let all of you decide for yourselves.
I think it is good to express your opinion and the design process for the UMC-1. The opinions of SQ from UMC-1 owners have been extremely positive and I hope Emotiva can get the bugs worked out with the next FW update. Your team must be very busy knitting UMC-1 sweaters ;D.
Take care, Bill