Alternatives to Emotiva UMC-1/audio vs HDMI

Looking to move up from my Emotiva LMC-1 for better sound processing, not for HDMI handling. My surround speaker set-up is offset, so individual setting would be great. Also, would like to improve on cable, USB processing. Is there anything to compare with the UMC-1 in these areas? All comments appreciated.
Thanks, Jon
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I would loook inot a used Anthem, you dont need HDMI so Anthem will offer the better quality preamp section, individual settings and you can skip the HDMI premium.
Rotel RSP 1068 can be had VERY cheap and will do everything you want aswell, Lexicon MC8 will do the trick too.
If you are talking more tone or EQ controls for individual speakers Rotel offers that, if your talking standard distance and level settings all the above will do that aswell.
But if your loooking at Emo for the money its packed full of features you may indeed want in time so think carefully about what you want and MAY want in time. Hopefully if you do go Emotiva you wont get a bug plauged unit and will recieve a proper working trouble free piece of gear.
If I was going to upgrade from a UMC-1, I would spend the $1600-$1800 and get a used Anthem 50. I know you say you don't need HDMI, but you will before to long. Everything is HDMI, and you would be missing a lot of HD audio formats to start with.
I have a UMC-1 and am quite satisfied with its capability. This is my second unit, the first was bug-ridden and I could never get it working right. However, Emo was very cool and just shipped me a new unit to replace the old one. The new one works perfectly and sounds great.

If you're lookin for someting better than a UMC-1, why not wait for Emo to release the XMC-1?

For the record, I have owned the Anthem 30, Bryston sp-1.7, rotel 1068, and several other prepro's. I feel the UMC 1 is just as good(better then some of those) at both 2 channel and home theater processing. The Anthem may have been slightly better, not sure. The UMC has a manual EQ setup that takes even two channel beyond the Anthem IMO.
I wonder why Queefee will suggest...

Don't forget James_Lipinski. Him and QeeFee go hand in hand sometimes with their thoughts on the UMC-1. I can't wait to hear what either has to say.

To Jgb1166

How about the older Onkyo processors like the PR SC885 or PR SC886?
Thanks to all for the thoughtful input; have decided to go with an Integra 9.8, primarily for the Audyssey set-up, but also because it appears to be more machine for the dollar. I'll let you know how it turns out.
Jon Barnes
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