• WANTED: Happy members who like to discuss audio and other topics related to our interest. Desire to learn and share knowledge of science required as is 20 years of participation in forums (not all true). Come here to have fun, be ready to be teased and not take online life too seriously. We now measure and review equipment for free! Click here for details.

Emotiva xmc-2 or denon 3700h

Joined
Apr 12, 2021
Messages
6
Likes
1
#1
I can get the emotiva processor for $2300. The denon 3700 for $999. I am running a 5.2.4 setup and won't be adding additional speakers due to space limitations. Which would you go for???? Is the sound from emotiva that much better than denon ????? Movies and gaming only
 
Last edited:
OP
J
Joined
Apr 12, 2021
Messages
6
Likes
1
Thread Starter #3
I’ve owned both. Denon tested well on this website as did the emotiva. So for $1300 what else would you buy if you got the Denon?
Is the emotiva that much better ??? I wouldn't do anything else with the 1300 anytime soon.
 

DonH56

Major Contributor
Technical Expert
Forum Donor
Joined
Mar 15, 2016
Messages
5,485
Likes
9,601
Location
Monument, CO
#4
Denon. The XMC-2 is overkill, and note you'll have to get amplifiers if you do not already have them. I've had enough fun and games dealing with Emotiva's processor bugs, though by now the XMC-2 should be in reasonable shape. Check out the threads on Emotiva's forum before purchase. I do like Dirac Live better than Audyssey, however.
 
OP
J
Joined
Apr 12, 2021
Messages
6
Likes
1
Thread Starter #5
Denon. The XMC-2 is overkill, and note you'll have to get amplifiers if you do not already have them. I've had enough fun and games dealing with Emotiva's processor bugs, though by now the XMC-2 should be in reasonable shape. Check out the threads on Emotiva's forum before purchase. I do like Dirac Live better than Audyssey, however.
Thanks! I have a monolith amp 5 channel and emotiva amp for atmos speakers. I'm leaning more towards denon tryin to justify the price difference is hard lol. Coming from a onkyo rz 830
 
Joined
Apr 22, 2021
Messages
52
Likes
38
Location
The Netherlands
#11
I have both, and prefer the XMC-2 as Dirac gives much better flexibility in room correction for my environment and speakers.
Have you tried the app and what's the upper frequency that you correct for? Dirac seems to mostly be better at the higher frequencies, but most people only correct for the lower ones. Audyssey seems to do pretty well for that.
 

Jbrunwa

Active Member
Forum Donor
Joined
Mar 13, 2021
Messages
161
Likes
140
Location
Seattle
#12
Have you tried the app and what's the upper frequency that you correct for? Dirac seems to mostly be better at the higher frequencies, but most people only correct for the lower ones. Audyssey seems to do pretty well for that.
I tried the app but need a wide correction window currently. It may be my particular situation and speakers, as they have some HF roll of that benefit from a boost. I have new speakers on order so when I receive them I plan to try again And probably will be able to reduce the correction window to below 400 Hz or so.
 

Jbrunwa

Active Member
Forum Donor
Joined
Mar 13, 2021
Messages
161
Likes
140
Location
Seattle
#13
Curious, how does Dirac do with multiple subs for you?
The XMC-2 does support multiple subs, but I only have one. so I don’t know the level of Dirac support there. I believe that Emotiva does not yet support the Dirac Live Bass Control option, but you would have to check with Emotiva to see how multiple subs are supported in theit Dirac Live implementation.
 

Senior NEET Engineer

Addicted to Fun and Learning
Joined
Jan 6, 2020
Messages
505
Likes
535
Location
San Diego
#15
My experience with Emotiva XMC-1 Refurbished

First unit makes my drivers hit xmax (loud pop) while uploading Dirac filters. Issue is intermittent. I sent in for warranty and asked for replacement.

Second unit has same issue and 6 dB variation between left and right XLR output.

Never had any issues with NAD, Denon, or miniDSP.
 

Jbrunwa

Active Member
Forum Donor
Joined
Mar 13, 2021
Messages
161
Likes
140
Location
Seattle
#16
sorry you had problems with refurbished. XMC-1 came with a special Dirac limited edition implementation while XMC-2 and RMC have different hardware and code base with standard Dirac Live
 
Joined
May 1, 2021
Messages
71
Likes
41
#17
Have to say the Monolith 11 channel amp is $2500, the Emotiva is $2000, that's not a huge difference, also the Monolith Processors are comparable price wise, so if they are that much better I think I would find the money, if it were me. Just an observation.

Just noticed that the processor didn't fair so well with Amir.
 
Last edited:
Top Bottom