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UPMIX is sketchy in my experience so far.

For lossy Dolby source, if you want to upmix (IMHO you **do** if you have 7.1, to get sound in the 180 degree rear field, irrespective of top channels), best to have fresh turn-on on correct input. ie If you need to switch input after signal has locked in, upmix won't be active even if the display says so. If there's any doubt, the one sure thing to do is to get to the correct input, switch Theta off and then on.

WOW, VERY VERY interesting....always learning..
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To keep things in perspective, I should list the many significant improvements of CB IVa. The new CB makes the convoluted menu of CB III HD appear almost barbaric :-). For a difficult customer who likes to complain like me, it's absolutely uncanny what the people of Theta have done with respect to my P&M list for CB III HD.

It's as if some engineer has printed my dirty laundry list and put it under his pillow for nighttime reading! I am moved to tears.


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CBIII HD Wish List:
1. Upmixed mode needs to be displayed: Right now Dolby TrueHD 5.1 upmixed to 7.1 is simply displayed as "Dolby TrueHD". It needs to be "Dolby TrueHD + PL2MV". CHECKED!
2. Default Mode needs to have a mode called "Native" Currently the choices are "PL2MV," "Neo6C", but why are native modes, or at least "Native" not available?! ....IOW since the display (#1 ) is not giving you information about upmixing, the lack of "native" mode (#2 ) leaves user in the dark as to what exactly is playing . This is why I think this is priority one to be fixed in next gen Casablanca.... CHECKED!
3. Upmix PCM 3 and 5.1 & Merge the different "brains" in Casablanca: Casablanca acts like it has 3 separate brains: one for old/lossy AC-3 Dolby Digital and one for new/lossless Dolby TrueHD, then a third brain for LPCM 3.0 and 5.1 (from SACD), which doesn't upmix at all. My wish is for the Mode setting to become more logical, and more "integrated." CHECKED!
4. Dirac filter: more than 1. Ummmm - pls explore. For example, option of paying extra for a second filter. Important for choosing among A/B choices of target curves, etc.
5. Display of resolution, 96/24 etc. of at least main LR channels. We are flying blind right now and we shouldn't be. Top line of display has room to show this. Not that important, but still, Not yet accurate
6. Auro an option to save owners $. This codec is unlikely to survive - $ 1k is too much, let alone 2k. CHECKED!

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Encoded Dolby Digital 2 Channel Stereo (from Cable Box, DVD, etc.) is processed automatically to 5.1 even when mode is set to Stereo . I think I understand why Theta did it, but this is an extremely confusing bug and should be eliminated ASAP. BTW, the "bandaid" fix: to hear Stereo, set Dolby Digital 2 Channel mode to Matrix instead. This is the one and only time that I think Matrix mode should be used. CHECKED!

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No one is using other than 48 kHz for movies.

ETA: Maybe I need to be specific: Hollywood movies. There's always an exception out there somewhere: Link. But even this is not using 192 kHz.
Yea!!! I've have a few blu ray movies which are higher than 48k, but its rare.

Last night on "Concussion", the "status" showed 192k, and although sounded marvelous, I guarentee it ain't higher than 48k per channel. The blu ray before that also showed 192k. The "status" display also has been showing 192k for two channel 44-14 source over digital balanced as well.

Keep in mind that apparently before there were two sample rate converters in the CBIV, now there is only one - I assume in the new DSP chip - for the CBIV-A. My educated guess is that the DSP chip and/or CBIV-A software/firmware regarding "status" got more messed up with this change. I say more because with the CBIV, on occasion I noted errors with "status" as well.

To my mind not a biggie since the sound is what counts!

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Late last night watched the blu ray of "Concussion".

Actually, I had the movie on HBO and had started watching it on my basement tv while on the treadmill. On my old 5.1 in wall system with a 65" plasma. Liked it, and decided to get it to watch in my theatre, particularly as it has a Dolby Atmos soundtrack!

Glad I did. HBO misses half of the picture almost in changing aspect ration from 2:35 to 16:9 to fit the screen. And the Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Phenomenal. Best soundtrack of the Dolby Atmos or DTS-X movies I've watched so far. And a really excellent movie, too with a phenomenal portrayal by Will Smith! If you want to really hear what your new CBIV-A can sound like, get this movie! Makes me really glad I did t his upgrade to CBIV-A!

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Yea!!! I've have a few blu ray movies which are higher than 48k, but its rare.

Last night on "Concussion", the "status" showed 192k, and although sounded marvelous, I guarantee it ain't higher than 48k per channel. The blu ray before that also showed 192k. The "status" display also has been showing 192k for two channel 44-14 source over digital balanced as well.
If you happen to use an Oppo player, the Info button will display the audio format and sample rate. Others might do the same.

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If you happen to use an Oppo player, the Info button will display the audio format and sample rate. Others might do the same.
Thanks for the reminder, as I am now using an Oppo UDP-205!

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No one is using other than 48 kHz for movies.



ETA: Maybe I need to be specific: Hollywood movies. There's always an exception out there somewhere: Link. But even this is not using 192 kHz.


I have some music blu-rays that use 96 kHz.


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I have some music blu-rays that use 96 kHz.
Yes, me too. I was referring to typical movies not being made in other than 48 kHz.

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