Originally Posted by badbenzz
I currently have a CBIII with extreme dacs and am considering going with a Halcro ss100. Has anyone here compared the two side by side and know what the sonic differences are if any?HDMI is not a real issue for me right now as my display does not have it. Yes I have been happy with the CBIII, but I seem to think the Halcro in the long run would be better based on the more rapid upgrades and such. Further, it bothers me a little that I have to pay an additional $2000 for a six shooter just to do DVD Audio or SACD. Considering what to do, any input from you guys would be helpful.
Count me as another in the same boat as you, bb.
One of the reasons I ended up with the CBIII instead of the Halcro was that the SSP-100's were being delivered DOA when they were new. After experiencing an expensive, excellent sounding DVD player that remains trouble-prone, (PMDT), I was hesitant to choose the SSP-100.
In the meantime I have continued to maintain a separate video processor. I could upgrade that to handle HDMI but I will, of course, lose the audio benefits until Theta provides the HDMI upgrade.
But I have no complaints about the audio on the CBIII. What I find interesting is that nobody has compared the 2 units side-by-side. Most reviews I read on the SSP-100 include the Halcro amps. I am interested in knowing how the Halcro will sound with the amps I have now vs. how the CBIII sounds with the amps I have now. No way to know that for sure short of getting one into my system to try out...
I agree that Halcro will beat Theta to market with HDMI and LPCM, etc. but if Theta is getting their offering out before the middle of next year I will most likely wait since I really have few other complaints about the unit.
Your other aspect is the $. Yes, the SS will cost $2k at list. But the results are something competitive with quality stand-alone 2 channel preamps. For that money how could you do better?
I guess the question I have relates to the innards of the Halcro and for this I need the input of the experts here at AVS. I have heard that the DaVinci boards and same DAC's that are found in perhaps a 1/2 dozen quality, but cheaper, prepros. Can Halcro do so much around those boards/chips to make their unit sound better than, say, Anthem, Parasound and , ahem, NHT ($2,500)? I know that can be done on the DVD player side by such names as Camelot and Esoteric but is it the same with processors?
The final issue related to $ is the loss you will inevitably take on trading in or selling your CBIII. Even if you got a good buy on it (and I know you did) you still stand to lose 25% or so of your investment less than a year ago.