Well here we are in a new decade and I still haven't upgraded my processor yet.
I was gong to buy the Emotiva XMC-2 but just couldn't do it.
I think I am going to re-think this and might just order the 976 and call it good.
I will probably never upgrade my theater to more than 7.2 so the 976 is a good fit I think.
My suggestion is buy the 976. It handles all the current audio and video and if you don't think you'll need more than 7.2 then it fits. What it lacks is room correction but you can have that with a mic, REW and a bit of a learning curve.
I was going to buy the 976 when it first came out but not being able to re-name the inputs was a turn off for me especially when it was learned that Outlaw was not going to write a firmware patch to give us that ability.
Now I feel stupid for not taking advantage of the discount to previous Outlaw customers.
Epson 3500 3D projector
115" Carl's Place Flexiwhite DIY screen
Outlaw 990 Pre/Pro
Outlaw 7500 for center & surround duty
2- Emotiva XPA-1Ls for L/R
1- Emotiva Mini X-A100 for deck
2- Outlaw LFM-1 EX subs
Oppo BDP-105 Blu-ray/DVD/SACD player
Emotiva ERM-6.3 for center channel duty
Tekton Enzo XLs L/R
4- Emotiva ERD-1s surround speakers
Emotiva UOM-6.2 for the deck
Technics SL-1100A w/ Ortofon Super OM10 cart
Monster HTS3600MKII power center