To control this advanced hardware, Emotiva developed an all-new proprietary operating system, which they carefully engineered to be both simple to use and incredibly flexible. Creating the entire system in-house gave them precise control over the design and construction process and continues to enable them to carefully fine-tune the features and capabilities of each of their AV Processors. Many of these innovations were first showcased in the critically acclaimed XMC-1 AV Processor.
The RMC-1L takes this technological innovation to the next level. The RMC-1L incorporates the latest 4k video switching capabilities and most advanced surround sound decoding and processing. It also has sixteen channels of the latest audio digital to analog conversion hardware to take full advantage of object-oriented surround sound formats – Dolby Atmos and DTS-X. 18 Gbps, bit-perfect video switching in the RMC-1L ensure that you will get the best possible image quality from the latest HDR and DolbyVision 4K UHD content. The advanced audio decoding engine, audio processing hardware and room correction options guarantee true audiophile sound quality and system performance in any room. The RMC-1L is not only a superb Home Cinema Processor, but is also a true audiophile stereo and multi-channel audio component. It’s what makes the RMC-1L stand out from other processors on the market.
The RMC-1L fulfills Emotiva’s vision of what a ‘high-end’ Surround sound Processor should be.
The RMC-1L 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 DolbyVision 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-1L 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 soundtracks. With the RMC-1L you really can have it all….. with no compromises.
When used as a fully featured Home Cinema Processor, the RMC-1L starts by decoding the audio from your movie soundtracks and Surround Sound sources with the best possible sound quality. Sophisticated bass management directs the low-frequency components of the audio spectrum to your Sub Woofer. This finely tuned digital audio is then converted into high-quality analog audio by precision DAC’s and sent to your Amplifiers – via a high-quality analog resistor ladder volume controls 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-1L offers several purist audiophile modes. High-quality digital sources, both PCM and DSD, can be converted directly to analog by the precision high-performance DAC’s, bypassing all additional processing. 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, completely bypassing all digital processing.
Digital video is continually evolving to deliver a sharper picture, more colors, and more advanced features – making it difficult to keep track of what you actually need to take advantage of the latest video content and this year’s HD 4K displays. The RMC-1L has eight HDMI video inputs and two HDMI video outputs, all of which support HDMI 2.0b and HDCP 2.2. The RMC-1L supports the full HDMI 2.0b 18 Gbps video data rate, so it supports full 4K UHD video, at frame rates up to 4k/60, with full 12-bit color and 4.4.4 chroma subsampling. It also supports static and dynamic HDR, including DolbyVision, for a brilliant picture with pure, intense colors and remarkable contrast. The RMC-1L provides everything you need to get the most from the latest 4k streaming content and UHD Blu-Ray discs.
The RMC-1L supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the latest object-oriented Surround Sound formats, and Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio, the current high-quality standard surround sound formats. Of course, the RMC-1L also provides full support for all of the usual analog and digital audio formats, including PCM and DSD digital audio, via both HDMI and USB.
Regardless of how you configure it, Emotiva has designed the RMC-1L first and foremost, to deliver true audiophile sound quality without compromise. As an audio component, whether playing stereo or multi-channel Surround Sound, the RMC-1L delivers performance and sound quality equal to what you would expect from the highest performance analog Pre-amp. As a Home Cinema Processor, the RMC-1L supports both Surround Sound formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio and immersive formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X – extracting the best possible quality from all formats.
The RMC-1L combines superb quality analog circuitry, which enables all of your high-quality music to sound it’s best, with high power, precision digital signal 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-1L, you really can have a superb stereo music system, and a genuinely awesome Home Cinema / AV System, in a single convenient, practica and easy to use component.
Modern Home Cinema systems can be very complex. To make the RMC-1L powerful and flexible, yet simple to configure and operate, Emotiva developed their 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-1L can be controlled from the unique multi-axis front panel encoder, from its iconic solid metal remote control, or using the handy remote-control app, which is available for Apple and Windows computers and Android and Apple phones. The RMC-1L can also integrate into most universal remote and whole-home control systems.
Because the RMC-1L is all about power and control, it gives you unprecedented flexibility to configure your system to sound just the way you want it. Advanced bass management supports upto three Sub Woofers and lets you set independent crossover points for each set of Speakers. Two entirely separate sets of 11 band, fully parametric equalizers, with individual memory, let you create custom response curves. The RMC-1L can also accept measurements imported from the popular Room EQ Wizard (REW) program. 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 listening adjustments easy and true Fletcher-Munson loudness compensation keeps your music sounding great, even at very low listening levels.
One of the upcoming features of the RMC-1L 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-1L itself, while the calibration software is installed and run on your computer when it’s time to calibrate your system. Each RMC-1L includes it’s own calibrated measurement microphone and a license for the Dirac Live software.
Home Cinema technology has made rapid strides since Emotiva first introduced our XMC-1 and continues to advance at a fast pace. They have anticipated this with a fully modular architecture. The RMC-1L can be upgraded as enhancements to the current video and audio standards become available. There is no need to replace the heart of your AV system every time there is an incremental improvement in technology. Emotiva will keep your RMC-1L on the cutting edge for many, many years to come with simple and affordable modular upgrades.
The RMC-1L offer 16 discrete channels with all of the advanced features and processing capabilities most Home Cinema aficionados will ever need. However, if plan to eventually go beyond 16 channels or want even more sophisticated hardware expansion capabilities, you may wish to consider the RMC-1. The RMC-1 includes all of the features and capabilities of the RMC-1L, but adds three expansion slots, each of which can accommodate a variety of hardware expansion modules with additional power provisions. Modules, which will be available soon, include additional output channels, line-level analog, and digital inputs expansion, a precision Phono Pre-Amp and a Music Streamer.