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I haven't spoken to Steve in awhile. I really want to stop by and listen to his system. He was the inspiration for me ending up with the Prometheus monoblocks. If you are ever in Southern California you are certainly welcome to listen to Prometheus amps with an Audio Research tube front end. It should give you a different presentation for sure.
Me too. Next time I'm in S Calif you are #1 on my list!!@@@
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You are too nice!!! It was great getting to spend some time with you again after all these years!

I've tweaked my two channel a bit more since you were here - sounds even better now!!@@@
See ya next year! I asked another long time Casablanca owner if he would do things differently in his life as he had done so much traveling. Once he told me he was glad to just be home after traveling over the world and to all 50 United States. As "night approaches," I consoled him and reminded him of all that he had done. He response was to my surprise, "I wish, I had, done more." That revelation shared among my old "road" buddies, sparked the mountain bike trip to AZ. Nice trail, "War Paint." Next year,I'll stay longer and we'll have to tour the local hifi shops and catch some concerts. That trip "was seizing the moment," and brief as a result.

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See ya next year! I asked another long time Casablanca owner if he would do things differently in his life as he had done so much traveling. Once he told me he was glad to just be home after traveling over the world and to all 50 United States. As "night approaches," I consoled him and reminded him of all that he had done. He response was to my surprise, "I wish, I had, done more." That revelation shared among my old "road" buddies, sparked the mountain bike trip to AZ. Nice trail, "War Paint." Next year,I'll stay longer and we'll have to tour the local hifi shops and catch some concerts. That trip "was seizing the moment," and brief as a result.
Yea - I had tickets while you were here and saw Colvin and Earle at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. I reserved the ticket for you but unfortunately time didn't permit! It was a fantastic concert!

You mentioned that listening to my system sounds sort of like live music. That exactly how I would put it. I go to a number of local concerts with good to outstanding acoustics as I'm 63 now!

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WRT OSD. If I remember correctly the CB III outputs a display if you have a composite, S-video card but not on the component card. I don't remember what all is displayed as I used a separate switch. If you still have the requisite card you might try it to a separate display.

The reason given was video quality for not having OSD with component video cards.


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Theta Prometheus amps run much cooler when pushing the amps really hard! Bass response is A+ for both amplifiers. The D'Agostino mono blocks run like tube amps. They also sound like one
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Yes please just call me.. I always answer my calls and try and return then within an hour most of the time.

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Just at a great concert, and the guy sitting near us has been a top salesmen for various audio companies, including Momentum Data Systems, which does the programming and HDMI cards for Theta Digital, among many. He started in the biz out of the USAF in the early 80s (I was a USAF attorney back then, too) so he's been around and knows Mike Moffet and Neil Sinclair, who started Theta Digital, and everyone else from back in the early digital days. Interesting!

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Hey awesome. I was in the USAF also. In for 8.5 years. Got out and took the cash buyout from the Graham Rudman act.

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I'm now a member of this club. My CB3 HD arrived at my door step one week ago today. Just want to share my brief experience with this graceful beast so far......
I think I finally have the CB3 HD dialed in...for now anyway . This is one bad boy! Let me tell you man, to own this monster processor for the very first time one has to lose conventional wisdom, that was kicking my arse early on! This bad boy is unlike anything on the market and it's unique in its setup. My thinking at first was to set it up like other processors I've owned and it frustrated me to no end. In the end I figured it out and am in sonic nirvana ! This monster is like 12 processors in one, since each input has it’s own set up menu. Makes all the processors I've owned in the past seem silly now! I gotta tell you man, if this was the last incarnation of the Theta Casablanca I wouldn't complain... The CB3 HD with extreme D2 dacs, 12 channels man, is that good. The phase perfect xover set at 50 hz with a 12db slope did it for me man! I love it and don't know how I managed without one for so long! Just wanted to share this here...I want to thank Craig Shumer of Theatermax and John Baloff of Theta for their guidance and patience.

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Yes I wish I could afford a CB. Maybe in a couple years.

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Rocktober. Congrats here also. As you've found the CB has a different logic but I find it works well. After having a CB I it was why doesn't everybody do it this way. Not being stuck with the same settings going from TV to Blueray etc is great. Then there's the sound...


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Thanks everyone! Anyone know if the new extreme D3 dac will work with the CB3 HD or to use the dac will require the update to the IV?
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I think it was mentioned a while back that the D3 is a CB IV only thing but I'd ask Craig or John Baloff to be sure.


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I think Les is right - web site seems to indicate CB IV only.

BTW for anyone interested, for good sound - not Blu-ray quality but at least DD Plus, if you haven't seen it I would highly recommend Netflix Narcos. Gripping & fantastic series on Pablo Escobar. Game of Thrones took all the awards but I think this one is "better" (not really liking the last 2 seasons of GOT). Good TV series nowadays are really amazing.

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Thanks everyone! Anyone know if the new extreme D3 dac will work with the CB3 HD or to use the dac will require the update to the IV?
Rock at this point its CB4 only and of course CB4a will be supported when released. They considered doing the software for 3HD but its more resources and they want to focus on 4a for now. If you have a 3HD its an easy upgrade to Cb4 so you can use the new cards and of course the new internal bus speeds that 4 offers and the Dirac room correction etc..

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Thanks Les, Can and Craig, I can't wait to try the D3 dac, the D2 is pretty amazing but I've heard and read the D3 is an improvement! Probably will wait like others here to upgrade when DTS X is finalized.... maybe

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Has anybody given any thought as to how to best implement Atmos when the software comes out? I finally got my rear speakers up and running in a 7.1 config with all the subs on one output( thanks Mark Seaton).
So, I have 4 channels available. I've been researching different ceiling speaker alignments, but I'd appreciate any insights that you may have.

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Has anybody given any thought as to how to best implement Atmos when the software comes out? I finally got my rear speakers up and running in a 7.1 config with all the subs on one output( thanks Mark Seaton).
So, I have 4 channels available. I've been researching different ceiling speaker alignments, but I'd appreciate any insights that you may have.

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For the 4 ceiling speakers of a 7.1.4 setup, with consideration of both DTS and Atmos recommendations, basic underlying principles, and "other things," for a not-too-large hometheater room IMHO the best setup is to have the 4 speakers forming a square of 7 feet on each side, with the primary listener in the middle of this square. These 4 speakers form the ceiling dome, or the height, sound field.

In other words, the right front ceiling speaker is 3.5 feet in front, and 3.5 feet to the right, the left rear ceiling speaker is 3.5 to the left and 3.5 behind you, and so on. I have some diagrams that I'll post later of why it comes out that way.

3D audio uses stereo panning so ability to form phantom imaging should be considered. The ceiling speakers preferably should be on an angled baffle. All 4 speakers should aim towards the MLP, either at MLP or slightly off of him. ie right front ceiling points either at MLP (more precise imaging) or the seat to the right of him ("larger," more diffuse surround sound). All IMHO.

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Atmos has 10 possible overhead speaker locations. DTS:X has 13 possible overhead speaker locations.
Thankfully, they have 4 locations close enough to each other that a common speaker layout can satisfy both formats with minimum compromise.



The 4 speaker locations circled in green above are at roughly 45 degrees elevation forward and rearward of the listener.

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Has anybody given any thought as to how to best implement Atmos when the software comes out? I finally got my rear speakers up and running in a 7.1 config with all the subs on one output( thanks Mark Seaton).
So, I have 4 channels available. I've been researching different ceiling speaker alignments, but I'd appreciate any insights that you may have.

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Hey David

Looks like the forum is doing its thing and the great people here answered quickly

If I can suggest the success we have had with KEF for in ceilings.

We have used the CI200RR with amazing results. We believe a lot of this is because unlike other speakers this uses their UniQ technology which is a concentric driver config. The tweeter lives in the center of the Mid/Bass driver. Great time alignment, dispersion and incredible sound. Same Tech on their Blade and reference stuff..

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