Emotiva XMC-2 AV Processor

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Emotiva XMC-2 AV Processor

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Our XMC-2 is a state-of-the-art surround sound processor - designed from the ground up to serve as the nerve center of a modern home theater and surround sound music system. Bit-perfect video switching ensure that you’ll get the best possible image quality from the latest HDR and Dolby Vision 4k UHD sources. Our advanced audio decoding engine and proprietary audio processing hardware guarantees you true audiophile sound quality and performance. The XMC-2 combines support for the latest Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object oriented surround sound formats, with sound quality that rivals that of true audiophile stereo components. An assortment of truly advanced features, enable it to be equally at home in both home theater and audiophile quality sound systems.

The XMC-2 is based on the same advanced hardware platform we developed for our reference processor, the RMC-1, which combines powerful new cutting-edge DSP technology with painstaking analog circuit design to deliver the best possible audio performance. Running on this hardware platform, our proprietary OS controls the menu system and all of the advanced control logic. The XMC-2 features the same advanced 4k HDR and Dolby Vision UHD video switching capabilities as the RMC-1, the same support for decoding and processing a full sixteen channels of superb quality Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound audio, and the same powerful yet simple to use menu system.

The XMC-2 uses the same audiophile quality AKM AK4490 32-Bit DACs as our flagship RMC-1, and provides the same sixteen channels of fully balanced audio output. The AK4490, which is already a superb fully differential stereo DACs, also offers a super-high-quality mode called mono mode. On the RMC-1, each of the sixteen output channels uses the DAC chip in this special mode, for the absolute ultimate in sound quality; on the XMC-2, the front three channels and main LFE outputs are operated in this mode, while the remaining channels use the AK4490 in its normal – and excellent sounding – stereo differential mode. The XMC-2 uses a single high quality graphical OLED display, and is operated by more traditional navigation interface.

If you’re looking for true cutting edge audio and video performance, in a surround sound processor that is equally at home in an audiophile quality sound system, then you really need to check out the XMC-2.


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Audio Operating Modes (modes determine how the audio signal is processed by the XMC-2):

  • Reference Stereo Mode: Purist stereo mode with no bass management; analog signals remain pure analog.
  • Direct Mode: Minimal processing with bass management.
  • Surround Mode: Full surround sound processing, with bass management and room correction.
  • Stereo Mode: Full bass management and room correction for stereo input signals.
  • All Stereo Mode

Decoding and Processing

Surround Sound Processing Support:

  • Dolby Atmos (up to 9.1.6).
  • Dolby TrueHD (up to 7.2).
  • Dolby Digital Plus.
  • Dolby Digital.
  • DTS:X (up to 7.1.4)
  • DTS-HD Master Audio.
  • DTS-HD High Resolution Audio.
  • DTS 5.1.
  • Multi-Channel PCM.

Digital Post Processing Support:

  • Dolby Surround Upmixer.
  • DTS Neural:X.

Displays and Controls

Front Panel Display:

  • Graphical, 64 x 256 resolution, blue OLED display.

On-Screen Display (OSD):

  • Configurable full color OSD displayed over live video, including 4k and 3D sources.

Controls and Remote Control Options:

  • Full sized machined aluminum infrared remote control with discrete buttons for HDMI input selection, trim adjustments, and other major functions.
  • Remote control apps - available for Apple and Windows computers and Android phones.
  • Integration with universal infrared remote controls and popular infrared and network operated whole-home control systems.
  • Four flexible Trigger Outputs can be independently configured to activate amplifiers or other trigger-enabled equipment.

Inputs / Outputs

Analog Audio Inputs:

  • (1) pair; stereo: Reference quality analog audio (balanced XLR).
  • (3) pairs; stereo: Reference quality analog audio (unbalanced).

Analog Audio Outputs:

  • (1) set; 16 channels: Main analog audio outputs (balanced XLR).
  • (1) pair; stereo: analog line level Zone 2 output (unbalanced).
  • (1) high quality 1/8” stereo headphone output.

Digital Video Inputs and Outputs:

  • (8): HDMI digital video inputs: HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 (all inputs support HDMI 2.0b and HDR, including dynamic HDR and Dolby Vision).
  • (2): HDMI digital video outputs: HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 (one with CEC and ARC). (both outputs support HDMI 2.0b and HDR - including dynamic HDR and Dolby Vision).

Digital Audio Inputs:

  • Internal high-performance AM/FM tuner.
  • (3): Toslink optical S/PDIF digital audio (up to 24/192).
  • (3): Coax (RCA) electrical S/PDIF digital audio (up to 24/192).
  • (1): AES/EBU (XLR) digital audio.
  • (1): USB Type B digital audio (UAC2 USB audio up to 24/192k)
  • Digital PCM and DSD audio supported on all HDMI inputs and USB input

Digital Audio Outputs:

  • (1): Toslink optical S/PDIF digital audio.
  • (1): Coax (RCA) electrical S/PDIF digital audio.

Other Inputs:

  • (2): USB Type A digital data inputs (for firmware updates and future enhancements).
  • (1): Ethernet port (RJ-45).

Cutting Edge Operating System and Processors

Main System Processor:

  • The XMC-2 is controlled by our own proprietary Linux-based operating system, and by several powerful DSP engines, each running custom software code.
  • The main control functions on the XMC-2 are handled by a Texas Instruments AM-1808 Sitara Arm9 32 bit 375MHz processor.

Video Processing:

  • The XMC_2 is a pure video switch; video inputs are switched directly to the appropriate output without any unnecessary processing. Video switching on theXMC-2 is handled by three Panasonic MN864788 High Speed LSI 4k UHD Video Switches.

Audio Processing:

  • All audio decoding and post processing is handled by twin Analog Devices, dual-core, 450 MHz DSP engines.
  • Audio digital-to-analog conversion is performed by AKM AK4490 Verita DACs (operating in fully balanced Mono mode on the front three channels; fully balanced stereo mode for the remaining channels).
Additional Information

Additional Information

Manufacturer Emotiva
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