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It includes 16 fully balanced channels, an all-analogue Pre Amplifier section, precision 32-bit AD/DA conversion and an advanced 4K UHD video management system. Eight HDMI inputs and dual HDMI outputs support 2.0b and HDCP 2.2, ensuring cinema-like video quality from all 4K UHD HDR10 sources and equipment. The RMC-1 supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the latest object oriented surround sound formats and Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio, the current high-quality regular surround sound formats. Of course, the RMC-1 also provides full support for all the usual analog and digital audio formats, including PCM and DSD digital audio via both HDMI and USB.
The RMC-1 delivers the level of audio performance and features you would expect from separate high-end audiophile components, combined with precise bit-perfect video switching of the latest HDR and Dolby Vision 4K UHD video content and plenty of channels to support the latest object-oriented Home Cinema surround sound formats (including Dolby Atmos upto 9.1.6 and DTS:X upto 7.1.4). The RMC-1 offers the full range of audio options, from native playback of DSD audio, to pure analog playback in the audiophile Reference Stereo mode, to full decoding of the latest object oriented sound tracks. With the RMC-1 you really can have it all….. without compromise.
When used as a fully featured Home Cinema Processor, the RMC-1 starts by decoding the audio from your movie soundtracks and surround sound discs with the best possible sound quality. Sophisticated bass management directs the low-frequency components of the audio spectrum to your Sub Woofer, and the advanced Dirac Live automatic room correction system carefully optimises the sound from each channel for your speakers and your listening room. This finely tuned digital audio is then converted into high-quality analog audio by precision DACs and sent to your amplifiers – via a high-quality analog ladder network volume control and audiophile grade analog circuitry.
If you listen to high-resolution audio downloads or other high-quality music sources which don’t require all of that advanced processing, the RMC-1 offers several purist audiophile modes. High-quality digital sources, both PCM and DSD, can be converted directly to analog by the precision high-performance DACs, bypassing all of the more advanced processing. And, if you have analog sources which don’t require any processing at all, they can be routed directly to the superb quality fully balanced analog signal path, bypassing all digital processing.
Home Cinema video is continually evolving to deliver a sharper picture, more colors and more advanced features, which can make it difficult to keep track of what you actually need to take advantage of the latest video content and this year’s 4K displays. The RMC-1 has eight HDMI video inputs and two HDMI video outputs, all of which support HDMI 2.0b and HDCP 2.2. The RMC-1 supports the full HDMI 2.0b 18 gBps video data rate, so it supports full 4K UHD video, at frame rates upto 4K/60, with full 12-bit color, and 4.4.4 chroma sub-sampling. It also supports static and dynamic HDR, including Dolby Vision, for a brilliant picture, with pure, intense colors and remarkable contrast. The RMC-1 provides everything you need to get the most from the latest streaming content and 4K UHD Blu-Ray discs.
Regardless of how you configure it, Emotiva have designed the RMC-1 first and foremost to deliver true audiophile sound quality, so it always sounds great. As an audio component, whether playing stereo music or multi-channel surround sound, the RMC-1 delivers performance and sound quality equal to those you would expect from the best high-end analog preamp. As a Home Cinema Processor, the RMC-1 supports both surround sound formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio and the latest cutting edge immersive formats – Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, and gives you the best possible sound quality with each.
The RMC-1 combines superb quality analog circuitry, which enables all of your high quality music to sound it’s best, with precision digital processing, and plenty of channels and decoding options to ensure you the ultimate listening experience with the latest blockbuster movies and concert videos. With the RMC-1, you really can have a superb stereo music system and a truly awesome Home Cinema Audio system, in a single convenient, practical, and easy to master audio component.
Modern Home Cinema systems can be very complex. To make the RMC-1 powerful and flexible, yet simple to configure and operate, Emotiva developed our own custom menu and control system. Frequently used options are easy to find and access, more in-depth options are arranged logically and the current status is always clearly displayed on the dual informative front panel OLED displays and the highly configurable on-screen display. The RMC-1 can be controlled from the unique multi-axis front panel encoder, from it’s iconic solid metal remote control or using the handy remote control app, which is available for Apple and Windows computers and Android phones. The RMC-1 can also be integrated into most universal remote and whole-home control systems.
Because the RMC-1 is all about power and control, it gives you unprecedented flexibility to configure your system to sound just the way you want it to. Advanced bass management supports up to three Sub Woofers and lets you set independent crossover points for each set of speakers. Two entirely separate sets of manual parametric equalizers let you create custom response curves and can import settings directly from the popular Room EQ Wizard (REW). Settings can be saved as files, exported to a computer and saved settings can be modified using a simple XML or text editor. Precision bass and treble controls, separate from the more advanced EQ settings, make simple response adjustments easy and true Fletcher-Munson loudness compensation keeps your music sounding good, even at very low listening levels.
One of the main features of the RMC-1 is the advanced Dirac Live automatic room correction system, which operates across both the time and frequency domains, taking you dramatically closer to the action in today’s blockbuster movies and lifting the veil between you and your high-resolution music files. Dirac Live is widely considered to be the most advanced room correction system available today. The powerful Dirac Live engine is built into the RMC-1 itself, while the calibration software is installed and run on your computer when it’s time to calibrate your system. Each RMC-1 includes it’s own calibrated measurement microphone and a license for the Dirac Live for Emotiva software.
Home Cinema technology has made rapid strides since,Emotiva first introduced the XMC-1 and continues to advance at a rapid pace. Because of this, Emotiva designed the RMC-1 with three hardware accessory bays for future expansion. Emotiva plan to make a variety of expansion options and modules available (more details about these will follow later in 2019). The main circuitry in the RMC-1 is also fully modular and so can be upgraded to keep up with the latest and greatest options as they become available.