Emotiva XMC­‐1 Generation 2 7.2 A/V Preamplifier Processor

Emotiva XMC­‐1 Generation 2 7.2 A/V Preamplifier Processor

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Emotiva XMC­‐1 Generation 2 7.2 A/V Preamplifier Processor

Emotiva XMC­‐1 Generation 2 7.2 A/V Preamplifier Processor
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Emotiva started with a simple question: "Why can't we have amazing audio and video—at prices that don't threaten our mortgage?"

And it was a good question. As high-end audio chased an ever-shrinking market with ever-more-costly gear, the price of sonic nirvana shot out of reach. New audiophiles shook their heads and said, "You know, a soundbar and a receiver may not be that bad. At least I won't be filing for divorce."

At the same time high-end audio prices were climbing, Dan Laufman and his team were helping some of the best names in audio manufacture their gear. Dan saw the inefficiencies in the system, and the ever-climbing prices, and decided to do something about it. His goal was lofty: to deliver stunning performance at sane cost…in products so amazing that they really were the only choice at their price.

The result is Emotiva.

Emotiva is named for Dan's—and his teams'—passion. Their emotional involvement with great music and film, their thrill at bringing top-level performance to more people than ever before, the fun of changing the game of high-end audio. While the team has grown over the years, everyone at Emotiva still hews to the same basic values, and takes pride in creating products that redefine what you see and hear—as well as what you pay.

• Life Style Store is an Authorised Dealer for Emotiva Products.

• Life Style Store have fully trained Sales & Installation staff who can support you with the set-up and/or installation of your new Emotiva purchase.

• At Life Style Store we do not sell grey or parallel imported products.

• This product meets Australian Manufacturer’s Warranty requirements.

• Life Style Store pride ourselves on providing you with the right product to suit your needs and with the after-sales service to support it. 

Beyond All Expectations

The XMC-1 redefines everything you know about affordable home theatre. With a true balanced audiophile signal path, high-performance HDMI video switching that supports up to 4k/60Hz, and Dirac Live for Emotiva™ room correction, this made-in-the-USA masterpiece offers audio performance and sound quality that competes with the best analog preamps, combined with video performance and features that rival home theater preamp/processors costing up to ten times as much.

The World’s Most Advanced Automatic Room Correction System

Every XMC-1 we sell comes complete with Dirac Live for Emotiva™, which is our own custom version of Dirac Live, the most advanced room correction system available today. Dirac Live has capabilities far beyond those of ordinary consumer-grade room correction, and operates in both the time and frequency domains to take you dramatically closer to the action in today’s blockbuster HD movies, and lift the veil between high-resolution music files and the music itself.

The powerful Dirac Live engine is built into the XMC-1 itself, and every XMC-1 we sell includes its own calibrated measurement microphone, and a license for the Dirac Live LE for Emotiva software. Advanced users can purchase a copy of Dirac Live Full for Emotiva, which works with the same Dirac engine in the XMC-1, and offers several ways to customise the room correction experience – including the ability to create custom room response Target Curves, and the option of using third-party calibrated microphones.

XMC-1 Now With Available Dirac Full
Yes! Go beyond the capabilities of the included Dirac LE with Dirac Full. Create custom target curves, adjust frequency ranges for correction, create and rearrange speaker groups—you have ultimate room-correction power with Dirac Full. Please note that both Dirac LE and Dirac Full licenses are not transferrable, and that Dirac Full sales are final.

Precise Powerful Manual Control 

The XMC-1 is all about power and control, and it gives you unprecedented flexibility to configure your system to sound just the way you want it to. Advanced bass management capabilities support stereo subwoofers, and let you set independent crossover points for each set of speakers. Two separate sets of 11 band parametric EQs let you create any response curve imaginable, or import settings directly from Room EQ Wizard (REW). Those settings can also be saved as files and reused later, or modified directly using a simple XML or text editor. Precision bass and treble controls with selectable turnover points make simple response adjustments easy, and true Fletcher-Munson loudness compensation keeps your music sounding good, even at very low listening levels.

Ready for Ultra High Definition Audio—and Video

3600 MIPS of processing power and audiophile-grade DACs mean the XMC-1 is ready to decode every high-res surround sound format with full resolution and quality. With eight  3GHz HDMI inputs and dual HDMI outputs, the XMC-1 supports video modes up to 4k/60, so it’s ready for Ultra HD 4K video resolution and 3-D sources.

Ultimate Flexibility and Convenience

Forget planned obsolescence. The XMC-1 is completely modular and upgradable to meet future standards. All main system components can be upgraded as needed, while our custom Linux software assures expandability for years to come.

Made in the USA

The XMC-1 is the first product made in Emotiva's all-new Nashville, Tennessee Production Centre, which allows them to achieve exceptional control over every facet of the design and production process for ultimate quality.


Audio Capabilities

  • Exclusive Dirac Live™ 7.2 automatic room correction system with PC/MAC GUI for complete system control and adjustment, "on-the-fly,” including the creation of your own customized response curve for precise alignment with your individual preferences.
  • Twin Texas Instruments DA710 32-bit floating-point, dual-core, 300 MHz DSP engines capable of 1800 MIPS each, handle all audio decoding and post processing.
  • Hardware based asynchronous sample rate converters between DSP1 and DSP2 for extremely high jitter immunity.
  • True 7.2 audio channel paths with stereo bass management and post processing for the ultimate cinema and stereo listening experience.
  • Fully independent crossover settings for fronts, center, surrounds, backs, & subs.
  • Independent crossover frequencies and slope rates by channel groupings.
  • Stereo subwoofer support with independent level, distance and parametric EQ.
  • Selectable dynamic range control.
  • Selectable Fletcher-Munson loudness compensation.
  • Selectable independent or global 11 band parametric EQ.
  • Support for multichannel DSD.
  • Global bass and treble controls with user selectable turnover points.
  • High performance AM/FM tuner with RDS text information, including artist, category, and title. Also features a signal strength meter.


Video Capabilities

  • 3GHz HDMI V1.4b - 8 inputs, 2 outputs. 4k Ultra HD, 3D, ARC, CEC support.
  • ARC and CEC on main output.
  • Color OSD overlays and setup menus with no interruption or degradation of the native video, variable transparency, including 4K and 3D sources.
  • Dual Analog Devices ADV7625 video mux’s for "Bit-Perfect" HDMI switching.


DACs and Volume Controls

  • Burr-Brown PCM4202 ADC for precision 24-bit analogue to digital conversion.
  • Burr-Brown 24/192 DSD1796 main zone DACs.
  • Dual CS3318 lossless resistor ladder volume controls for main zone. 0.5dB resolution.
  • NJW 1298 lossless resistor ladder volume controls for secondary zones and mix out. 0.5dB resolution.


Record Out (analogue & S/PDIF)

  • Two-channel down-mix of analogue or digital source playing in main zone.
  • True tape monitor loop.


Mix Out

  • Two-channel down-mix of analogue or digital source playing in main zone - volume tracks main zone.


Second Audio Zone

  • Independent audio selection from:
    • Balanced Analogue In.
    • Unbalanced Analogue In 1-4.
    • 7.1 analog in down-mix.
    • AM/FM tuner (shared with main zone).
    • USB Audio (2-channel only).
    • Zone 1 sync, including multichannel sources.
  • Analogue selections can be used with main zone off.
  • Independent volume control 0.5dB resolution


Computer I/O

  • 1 Ethernet port for control (RJ-45) for:
    • Firmware updates.
    • Compatible with Control4, RTI, URC, Crestron, etc.
    • Setup and control via PC/ Mac.
    • Dirac Live® GUI interface control via PC/Mac.
    • Firmware update via USB-A.


Main System Micro processor

  • Texas Instruments AM-1808 Sitara Arm9 32 bit 375MHz processor



  • Custom designed full graphical 256x64 OLED blue display 5.5" display width.
  • Fully dimmable.



Analogue Performance


Balanced Input to Balanced Output (Reference Stereo Mode)

THD: <0.0005% @ 1 kHz
THD: < 0.002% (20 Hz­­ to 20 kHz)
IMD: < 0.004% @ 1 kHz
S/N ratio: > 123 dB (A weighted)
Frequency Response: 5 Hz to 80 kHz (+0 / -0.1 dB)
Crosstalk: <100 dB

Unbalanced Input to Unbalanced Output (Reference Stereo Mode)

THD: <0.0007% @ 1 kHz
THD: < 0.003% (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
IMD: < 0.005% @ 1 kHz
S/N ratio: > 114 dB (A weighted)
Frequency Response: 5 Hz to 80 kHz (+0 / -0.1 dB)
Crosstalk: <100 dB

Digital Input to Balanced Analogue Output (HDMI PCM)

THD: < 0.00025% @ 1 kHz
THD: < 0.002% (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
S/N ratio (all main channels): > 110 dB (A weighted)
S/N ratio (subwoofer channels) > 100 dB (A weighted)

Analogue-to-Digital Converters

(Analogue Input to Analogue Output via digital signal path)
THD: <0.0007% @ 1 kHz
THD: < 0.0007% (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
IMD: < 0.005% @ 1 kHz
S/N ratio: > 106 dB (A weighted)

Input Impedance (Analogue)
Balanced Inputs: 47 kOhms
Unbalanced Inputs: 100 kOhms

Output Impedance (Analogue)
Balanced Outputs: 100 Ohms
Unbalanced Outputs: 100 Ohms 

Maximum Output Level (Analogue)
Balanced Outputs: 11 VRMS
Unbalanced Outputs: 5.5 VRMS

Decoding and Processing Modes


Digital Decoding Modes
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital 5.1
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 5.1
DTS ES Discrete 6.1
PCM-Multi 5.1
PCM-Multi 7.1

Digital Post Processing Modes
Dolby Prologic IIx (PLIIx)
DTS ES Matrix

Audio Operating Modes
Reference Stereo (purist stereo mode)
Direct Mode (minimal processing; with bass management)
Stereo Mode
All Stereo Mode

Display and OSD
OLED (blue; high resolution 256 x 60 pixel graphical; variable brightness)

Color OSD displayed over live video, including 4k and 3D sources
(variable transparency; multiple operating modes provide different levels of information)

Inputs / Outputs


Analogue Inputs

1 pair (stereo) – Reference quality analogue audio (balanced XLR)
1 pair (stereo) – Reference quality analogue audio (unbalanced; machined gold-plated RCA connectors)
3 pairs (stereo) – Analogue audio (unbalanced)
1 set (7.1 channels) – Analogue audio (unbalanced)

Digital Inputs

8 – HDMI 1.4b
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
2 – USB Type A digital data (for firmware updates and future enhancements)
1 – USB Type B digital audio (“USB DAC” input; up to 24/192, UAC2, using CM6631A)
1 – Ethernet port (RJ-45) (network connection for Dirac and remote control applications)

Other Inputs

Internal high-performance AM/FM tuner (antenna connections: FM “F” connector; AM push terminals)

Analogue Outputs

1 set (7.2 channels) – Reference quality main analogue audio (balanced XLR)
1 set (7.2 channels) – Main analogue audio (unbalanced; machined gold-plated RCA connectors)
1 pair (stereo) – analogue line level record output (unbalanced)
1 pair (stereo) – analogue line level main zone mix output (unbalanced)
1 pair (stereo) – analogue line level Zone 2 output (unbalanced)
1 – high quality headphone output (using TPA-6130)

Digital Outputs

2 – HDMI 1.4b (one with CEC and ARC)
1 – Toslink optical S/PDIF digital audio
1 – Coax (RCA) electrical S/PDIF digital audio

Power / Environmental


Power Consumption

Operation: 35 Watts (42 VA)
Standby: 0.5 Watts (2.4 VA)


Unboxed: 17” Wide x 15.5” Deep x 5.25” High (not counting feet)
Unboxed: 17” Wide x 15.5” Deep x 5.75” High (with feet)
Boxed: 22" Wide x 19" Deep x 10" High
Boxed Weight: 30lbs

More Information
Short DescriptionEmotiva XMC­‐1 Generation 2 7.2 A/V Preamplifier Processor
Product NameEmotiva XMC­‐1 Generation 2 7.2 A/V Preamplifier Processor
ModelEmotiva XMC­‐1
TypeA/V Processor
Audio Outputs7.1 Analogue
4K Video ScalingNo
1080P Video ScalingYes
Multi-RoomPre-Out Zone 2
USB InputYes
AM/FM TunerYes
3D CompatibilityYes
Turntable InputNo
HDMI Inputs8
HDMI Outputs2
Auto Set-upYes
Room CalibrationDirac Live™
Height (mm)136
Width (mm)430
Depth (mm)394
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