I also knew somebody who had a Emotiva processor (I can't remember if it was a UMC-1 or UMC-200). They had problems with it also, and switched over to a Marantz receiver instead. They loved the Marantz. I have listened to the Emotiva receiver (basically a UMC-200 with a 7 channel amp). It is on the cold side. The Marantz will be warmer and probably a lot more musical.
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