Go to the Emotiva lounge. There you'll find a lot of feedback and discussion on the XMC-1. Good luck. From what I've read, I'd go for the Emotiva XMC-1.
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The 105 does not have room correction. My emotiva has it but I've been totally unsuccessful in getting any meaningful results out of it.
James-what are your other sources? You might be able to use the 105 as a pre. The digital volume is pretty nice. I will say that the emotiva 200 pre will pass through 2 channel signals without adding/detracting anything. The only reason to go with the xmc is if you want the DAC in it. It is quite nice but not cheap.
I strongly believe you'll get much better overall dynamics and slam going through the outboard processor for DD and DTS master movie sources, such as through the Anthem! (vs dirrect analog out of the Oppo). Yes, also, convenience of source switching, plus ROOM CORRECTION!(and absolute must have!!! - small rooms are bass sound wave roller coasters!)
.Anthem will sound great, no matter how you process through/with it, and it simplifies things.
Find a deal on one, and forget about all the audiophile tricks and short cuts, too! Help a wife out...