The Emotiva RMC-1 flagship preamp/processor was announced at CEDIA 2017. Now, its availability is finally revealed, and eager enthusiasts can’t wait!
At CEDIA 2017, Emotiva unveiled its flagship preamp/processor, the RMC-1. It garnered lots of accolades, including an AVS Forum Best of CEDIA award. Now, a year later, the company has finally announced that the Emotiva RMC-1 will ship to dealers and end users starting November 15, 2018.
The RMC-1 provides 16 fully balanced channels, including an all-analog preamplifier section, 32-bit AD/DA conversion, and an advanced 4K UHD video-management system. Eight HDMI 2.0b inputs and dual HDMI 2.0b outputs with HDCP 2.2 operate at 18 Gbps and support all current video standards, including HDR10 and Dolby Vision.
Sonically, the RMC-1 features 16 channels of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive sound (9.1.6 channels). A decoded audio signal for each channel is processed by a separate high-performance AKM Verita 32-bit DAC, operated in Differential Reference balanced-mono mode. Also, the unit can natively decode single- and double-rate DSD digital audio from HDMI or USB sources.
The analog signal path features audiophile-quality components at all critical locations. Also, the RMC-1’s Reference Stereo mode provides a stellar 2-channel listening experience.
Dirac Live automatic room correction is applied to all 16 channels at 96 kHz. For those who prefer a more interactive setup experience, the RMC-1 includes comprehensive 11-band parametric equalization on every channel, and it’s compatible with the popular Room EQ Wizard room-correction and analysis software.
The RMC-1 can be controlled with a powerful yet simple-to-use menu system that is accessed from the front-panel controls, the included infrared remote control, or various network remote-control options. System status is displayed on dual 64×256 front-panel OLED displays and the color on-screen display. Fully modular construction ensures easy updates and service.
According to Dan Laufman, President and Founder of Emotiva Audio Corp., “Since we first announced the RMC-1, it has been one of the most requested of our upcoming models, especially by custom professionals who understand the amount of performance and value packed in its chassis. We achieved our goal of designing and building the best AV processor in our company’s history. Of course, we’re talking about Emotiva, so the price is drastically lower than what you would expect for such an extraordinary product.”
Emotiva is well-known for offering high-quality products at down-to-earth prices, and the RMC-1 is no exception. Granted, $4999 is a lot of money, but it’s far less than other comparable products, which can easily reach five figures. I know a lot of enthusiasts have been chomping at the bit for this one, and their wait will soon be over. The Emotiva RMC-1 should be another disruptive product from a company that specializes in making waves.
If you’re going to CEDIA this year, be sure to stop by the Emotiva booth (1841) to see and hear the RMC-1.