Originally Posted by thebland
You must've been reading my Theta 'truths' (re: the long HDMI wait, etc). Fact is, I'd bet they haven't sold a single new CB IV in many months and after the upcoming CEDIA, when they announce (deflect) that there will never be an Atmos release, no Auro, and that DIRAC will never work as well as in the RS-20i, it will be pronounced dead (or rise again as a new model). There was so much anticipation of DIRAC in the CB before it was released but since then, few members have upgraded and those that did are conspicuously quiet.
Maybe related to that is that the high end audio business in general and $20,000 SSP's is not a huge opportunity. The advantage that Datasat has over Theta is that if they never sell many RS20's they will still probably do fine as they are a major player in the commercial theater business.
My guess is that Theta has nowhere near the deep(er) pockets that Datasat has and nowhere near the man-power that Datasat has assigned to this product. Architecture and sound quality aside, I think the CB-IV or whatever comes next is DOA. Go read the Theta thread compared to the RS20 thread.
I'm sure the Theta fan boys will say otherwise but just look at how long Theta has taken to first get the CB IV out the door and now to still be trying to get Dirac to function correctly and consistently.
I'm not in the market for any $20,000 SSP's but if I were, Theta would not make the short list while Datasat would be on the top.
It really is sad since Theta made some great products in the "old days". Oh well!!!