Thanks all for your insightful input, very much appreciated.
I went down the path of buying a factory refurbished XMC-1. The hiccups I've experienced were present since day 1, and just didn't consider that it might be the culprit being that it was factory refurbished.I own a XMC-2 and fortunately have not had any of those odd glitches many speak about. Have owned it for a little over a year. I had a Marantz and then a pioneer elite which then came the XMC-2. I do love it and strongly considered the Anthem AVM70 however the biggest reason I went with the XMC-2 is I wanted DIRAC as I am a huge fan of it over ARC. My subs and speaker do have ARC built in too so I do run that on top of DIRAC. I will say regardless its a tough call.