Emotiva Black XMC-2 16 Channel Atmos & DTS:X AV Processor


Sale price£3,599.00
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XMC-2 features an almost identical performance to the flagship RMC-1 but without some of the more advanced features along with a significant cost saving.

The XMC-2 is a state-of-the-art surround sound processor - designed from the ground up to serve as the nerve centre of a modern home theatre or surround sound music system. The bit-perfect video switches in the XMC-2 ensure that you’ll get the best possible image quality from the latest HDR and Dolby Vision 4k UHD discs, and the advanced audio decoding engine, audio processing hardware, and room correction options guarantee you true audiophile sound quality and performance. Unlike other surround sound processors, the XMC-2 is not only a superb home theatre processor, but also a true audiophile stereo component. When we set out to design the XMC-2 we had some relatively lofty goals. We wanted to design a processor that would support the latest Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object oriented surround sound formats, with plenty of channels to fulfill the needs of our most demanding customers, and sound quality and performance equal to or better than the best stereo equipment currently on the market. And, along with that, it had to deliver superb bit-perfect picture quality, and support the latest HDR and Dolby Vision 4k UHD video content. And, finally, it had to be relatively simple to configure and operate, so that our customers would actually be able to take full advantage of its advanced performance and capabilities.

Designing a surround sound processor that includes all of the features you need in a modern home theatre system, while still delivering superb sound quality, is a truly formidable undertaking. Most AV receivers and pre/pros offer plenty of features, but include serious compromises in sound quality. And most audio gear that offers true audiophile sound quality is limited to stereo, and offers very few features. Our plans called for a platform that could deliver both.

To make all this possible, we started by developing a whole new hardware platform, which combines powerful new cutting-edge processor technology with painstaking analogue circuit design to deliver the best possible audio performance. Running on this hardware platform, our proprietary operating system powers the menu system and all of the advanced control logic. This new platform was first introduced to the public in our highly successful XMC-1. The XMC-2 takes this technological innovation to the next level, with the latest 4k HDR and Dolby Vision UHD video switching capabilities, improved audio decoding and processing, the latest digital to analogue conversion hardware, more channels to fully support the latest object oriented surround sound formats, and even more room for future expansion and upgrades. The XMC-2, the ultimate expression of our new design philosophy, is finally ready to be unveiled.

The XMC-1 eliminated many of the compromises and expanded the boundaries around what was possible for home theatre and surround sound. The XMC-2 takes it to the next level… and is the perfect way to start building a truly state of the art home theatre, surround sound, and audiophile stereo music system.

Audiophile Grade

XMC-2 brings revolutionary audio and video performance to a broader segment of hifi music and home cinema enthusiasts. Like RMC-1, XMC-2 is a cutting edge AV processor designed to serve as the control hub of a modern home theater or surround sound system. The 18 Gbps bit-perfect video switches grant top image quality from latest HDR and Dolby Vision 4k UHD discs while advanced audio decoding engine and hardware ensure audiophile-grade sound performance.

Sound Performance

RMC-1 fuses latest Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround formats with a sound quality rivaling authentic audiophile stereo components and an choice of advanced features for home theater and high-quality sound systems. XMC-2 caters to music enthusiasts who do not need all of the advanced features and performance of the RMC-1 but at a drastically lower price point which makes it much more accessible.

Advanced Hardware

Based on the same complex hardware platform developed for XMC-1 and RMC-1, it partners dynamic new processor technology with meticulous analogue circuit design for best possible audio reproduction. Emotiva's patented OS drives the menu system and sophisticated control logic. XMC-2 shares the 4k HDR and Dolby Vision UHD video switching capabilities of the RMC-1 along with full sixteen-channel decoding and processing of superb Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio.

AKM DAC chips

XMC-2 uses AKM AK4490 DAC chips providing sixteen channels of fully balanced audio output. This fully differential stereo DAC chip delivers an ultra high-quality mono mode for the front three channel DACs while the remaining channels operate in the normal stereo differential mode.

OLED Displays

XMC-2 uses a high quality graphical OLED display and is operated by conventional control buttons. It does not have the three rear panel expansion slots offered by the RMC-1 and uses standard RCA jacks in place of the audiophile grade panel-mounted RCA connectors. If you want cutting edge AV performance in a surround sound processor that performs equally well in an audiophile quality sound system, all on a limited budget, then the XMC-2 is perfect for you.

Flexible Options

XMC-2 supports an extensive variety of audio sources including HDMI audio, analog audio, AM and FM radio, digital S/PDIF and USB PCM audio, as well as single and double-rate DSD digital audio. Autonomous audio input selection is available for each video input as well as a second audio zone with separate DACs and source selection. This can track Main Zone or be set to use separate digital or analogue audio input. It supports up to three individual subwoofers with independent level, distance, room correction, and EQ settings for each.

Versatile Control

Control is possible via a full-sized machined aluminum infrared remote control with discrete buttons for HDMI input selection, trim adjustments and other key functions. Remote control apps are available for Apple and Windows computers and Android phones. Four flexible Trigger Outputs can be independently configured to activate amplifiers or other trigger-enabled equipment.

Key Features

- True Audiophile Sound Quality
- Designed to deliver superb sound quality
- Fully balanced Reference Stereo signal path
- Audio decoding for latest Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
- Decodes Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
- Supports stereo and surround sound PCM digital audio
- Native support for DSD digital audio via HDMI
- Supports single/double rate stereo DSD via USB
- Audiophile grade AKM4490 Verita DACs
- Fully balanced Mono mode for three front main channels
- AKM5572 Verita ADCs on analog inputs.
- Hardware based ASRCs between DSP for high jitter
- Digitally controlled precision ALN volume controls
- High performance digital AM/FM tuner

Processing Formats

  • Dolby Atmos (up to 9.1.6)
  • Dolby TrueHD (up to 7.2)
  • Dolby Digital Plus
  • Dolby Digital
  • DTS:X (up to 7.1.4)
  • DTS-HD Master Audio
  • DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
  • DTS 5.1
  • Multi-Channel PCM

Inputs and Outputs

Analogue Audio Inputs 1 pair stereo: Reference quality analogue audio (balanced XLR)
3 pairs stereo: Reference quality analogue audio (unbalanced)
Analogue Audio Outputs 1 set 16 channels: Main analog audio outputs (balanced XLR)
1 pair stereo: analogue line level Zone 2 output (unbalanced)
1 high quality 1/8” stereo headphone output
Digital Video Inputs and Outputs 8 HDMI digital video inputs: HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 (all inputs support HDMI 2.0b and HDR, including dynamic HDR and Dolby Vision)
2 HDMI digital video outputs: HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 (one with CEC and ARC). (both outputs support HDMI 2.0b and HDR - including dynamic HDR and Dolby Vision)
Digital Audio Inputs Internal high-performance AM/FM tuner
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
1 USB Type B digital audio (UAC2 USB audio up to 24/192k)
Digital PCM and DSD audio supported on all HDMI inputs and USB input
Digital Audio Outputs 1 Toslink optical S/PDIF digital audio
1 Coax (RCA) electrical S/PDIF digital audio
Other Inputs 2 USB Type A digital data inputs (for firmware updates and future enhancements)
1 Ethernet port (RJ-45)


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