Emotiva RMC-1 high end home theater processor test

We recently tested the AV home theater processor from US-based Emotiva. The 16-channel RMC-1 is designed for state-of-the-art formats. It has many functions and can be further expanded thanks to the 3 expansion cards. Let’s look at the most important features:

-HDR, Dolby Vision, 4K UHD

-HDMI 2.0b, Dolby Atmos, with DTS: X support

-8 HDMI inputs, 2 outputs

-USB, IR input, 4 trigger outputs

-PCM, can also decode DSD signals

-32-bit A / D and D / A converters

-AM / FM receiver

-HDCP 2.2, ARC and CEC support

-Ethernet connection

Room EQ

The bass settings can be extended to up to 3 subwoofers, the crossover point can be adjusted, and the dynamic range can also be controlled. The Room EQ Wizard feature allows you to optimize the sound to suit your room. Dirac Live software automatically performs measurements and corrects timing and frequency errors. Analog audio signals go through a premium quality circuit.

Emotiva RMC 1 review

Weighing 10 kg, it is quite solid in size, its display is blue with LED / OLED light. The processor, made in the U.S. state of Tennesse, is designed to be the perfect solution for both movie fans and music lovers.

Emotiva processor testing

We tested the Emotiva RMC-1 in a cinema room of about 20 square meters. Never forget that if you want the perfect sound, be it film or music, the first and most important step should always be to improve the acoustics of your room or studio! If you neglect acoustic treatment, even if you buy premium audio devices, you can’t achieve flawless sound. At the Emotiva test site, diffuser front panels on the walls of the room and bass traps in the corners provided the ideal surround sound. Acoustic problems due to glass surfaces were solved with soundproof curtains in front of the windows. Not only that, with these special fabric home textiles, the complete darkening expected in cinemas can also be achieved!

Emotiva remote control

The RMC-1 has an aesthetic look, but its remote control is too large for a bulky look. Backlighting has also been omitted, which is essential in a dark movie theater when using the remote control. On the other hand, it is extremely simple to handle, very transparent and practical.

X-Men -Days of Future Past movie poster

We started watching movies with the adventures of mutants. The 2014 X-Men – Days of the Future Past fantasy movie is really full of excitement and adventure. The Emotiva produced a natural, spacious sound, although the mid-range was a little too unstressed in some places. The dialogues definitely stood out, as did the various effects and the soundtrack. We then sat down in front of Resident Evil  3. Extinction- sci-fi horror. We experienced precise, clear sounds and excellent dynamics. Seeing and hearing the people who turned into zombies and the ominously roaring crows, our heart rate accelerated and we were certainly shaken with fright. After the comic book story and horror genres, we relaxed to a film musical. Hugh Jackman, escaping the wolfskin, excelled in the role of Jean Valjean in the musical Les Miserables. RMC also provided beautiful and flawless sound for the music film.

Because Emotiva recommends this processor not only for home theater systems, it has also kept the maximum music listening experience in mind when designing. That’s why Adele’s highly successful hit Rolling In the Deep sounded. Each range sounded with the right intensity and quality, and the vocals and musical accompaniment were clearly recognizable and separable.

Our opinion

The Emotiva RMC-1 processor is characterized by clear, natural and dynamic sound. Its exterior, sleek and attractive, only the oversized, ugly remote didn’t win our liking. Another advantage is the expandability and the fact that it is an excellent choice for both listening to music and watching movies. Unfortunately, we found quite a few negatives. In fact, it has been developed for the most modern formats, but it does not detect older types well, there are problems with the HDMI connection, it does not sound nice on some tracks, it loses its performance, so it has to be restarted frequently, which is quite slow, plenty of setting options conceals and communication between the remote control and the device is very cumbersome and slow.


Alton J Auwen · 2022.01.09. at 19:21

It would be helpful to know the date of the review..!?

    Polgár Róbert · 2022.01.10. at 07:09

    The date of the review: 24 of Oct 2020.

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