Don't know the UMC but I can say that the DiracLive function is stable and works.
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The XMC has virtually every part upgraded when compared to the UMC. The DAC is way better, same with video processing.
The question is: What is your source? I went with the UMC because my Oppo 105 does all the audio and video processing with the UMC just handling volume and sometimes source switching. The 105 plus a UMC is still much cheaper than the XMC.
Keep in mind that the remote controls are in my opinion the weakest link with Emotiva. You will need something else.
@Elevick, I had the 105 too and sold it B4 the 30 days. I think it sounds too extended to the point of loss of midrange body and low end. Midrange is really thin and bass is lacking. I traded it for the 103 just for video/USB/HDMI. I presently want to go with the top marantz ud7007 with burr brown 1795. The UMC-200's dac smoked the 105 but I wanted the emotion that none of these processors posess. Now I have an Audiozen Noah, Lustro tube pre, & Aedo tube dac all with seperate power supplies. Now I have the emotion but I know replacing the oppo 103 with the marantz it will only get better. I just don't know if the XMC-1 or a multichannel pre-amp will ever better these seperates.
I have Emotiva UMC-200 right now-Before that I had a Emotiva UMC-1(bottom of the line)-I just got a Anthem D-2+ARC-BUT have not hooked up the Anthem yet-I AM WONDERING THE SAME ABOUT THE EMOTIVA 200 VS EMOTIVA XMC-1-The Emotiva 200 sounds a lot better THAN UMC-1 but that's not saying much-The 200 high end IS NOT ROLLED & SOUNDS REAL GOOD- IF I HAD HEARD 200 BEFORE I BOUGHT THE ANTHEM I WOULD NOT HAVE NOT BOUGHT IT-(HAVE NOT HOOKED UP THE ANTHEM YET)-SO WHAT DOES THE XMC-1 REALLY SOUND LIKE?I AM USING A HALO 5 CHANNEL AMP WHICH IS THE BEST AMP I HAVE HEARD SO FAR!cruzinthrutheyears-THX!