Originally Posted by rhale64L7
He sold three items. I am assuming the dacs. He bought one that is heavier. And he has an extra rack space now.
We need more clues. And not like the Christmas tree one. Unless you are planting a blue spruce on your rack that doesn't help
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If you read the thread that is in my AVS Signature, you would get the answer in the first and last posts in that thread. HA!
Your assumption however is correct. I sold my three Generation VIII Series 3 DACs, and I now have two Xtreme D3 DAC cards internal to my CB4. The 2nd D3 card is awaiting the Theta CB4a with Dolby Atmos/DTS-X and perhaps Auro 3D?
I've taken my time burning in and demoing the D3 DACs over the past month. They are every bit as good, perhaps even a bit quieter and better in the bass (hard to say for sure since I am not directly ABing them, but going by my foot tapping, emotional memory on USB 2 channel, HDMI multi-channel including music/tv/etc).
Now keep in mind that although the CB4 is capable of processing 192-24, my understanding is that its software processes everything to 96-24, so that Dirac and bass management, etc is done at 96-24. This is how I have my system setup. Once I got the CB4 (upgraded from the CB3HD), I stopped using the Gen VIII by itself for stereo. However, if one wanted to use the PC Dirac stereo 192-24 program, and use an external crossover for subwoofer(s) (JL Audio has a phenomenal one), then one could get bass management and Dirac at 192-24. But I do not do that now, preferring simplicity to avoid getting PC Dirac stereo 192-24 and an external crossover which would cut the CB4 out of 2 channel music use. Note my 2 channel music is via Small Green Computer Transporter i5/Sonore Microrendu/Berkeley Audio USB to digital converter as this sounds far better than two channel or even multi-channel over HDMI.
E.G., when I play the new 256DSD download from Derek Jones (Blue Coast Records) (with Jenna Mammina singing on 4 tracks - she is phenomenal), I can actually feel/hear her lips closing as she sings as though I was right in front of her in an acoustically excellent listening hall! Back in the CBIIIHD days (pre-Dirac, with only 48k CB processing), I used the Gen VIII alone (without any Dirac or bass management, front left and right Aerial 7ts full range) because that sounded the best, and I could hear a sonic improvement on some two channel music at 192-24 vs 96-24/176-24 v 88-24. But the CB4, even without engaging Dirac, sounds appreciably better than the CBIIIHD in my experience, and the simplicity and benefits of Dirac and bass management, and not having to disconnect/reconnect a cable from the CB/Gen VIII to me clearly outweight using only the Gen VIII for 2 channel at 192/176-24! (I pray someday the CB will at least do 192-24 for stereo with Dirac!).
RHale wins the prize - a long demo in my audio/theater room whenever he comes by the Phoenix area (woops - all Theta luvers are welcome for this anyway - Thezaks will demo again this Friday)!