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Every surround processor thread at this forum eventually gets closed by the Moderator, because too many of us yell and scream at each other in gobblygook
but the essence is "mine is better than yours", "yours sucks", "you're stupid to have that surround processor", "why don't you get a good surround processor like mine", "you're surround processor company is slow and will never upgrade to the latest standards like mine". Get it???
The problem with this line of reasoning is surround processors are like cars, like wines, etc. Somewhat different features, audio quality and price points. And each of us subjectively determines what works best for each of us.
For example, yes, I luv my Theta CB3 and Six Shooter robot multi-channel analog preamp. I built a special dedicated room with top acoustical dimensions, adjustable acoustic treatments (Michael Green Pressure Zone Controllers),
and this makes everything sound that much better. And it makes it so you can much more easily hear the differences between different speakers and components, and yes, even some tweaky stuff.
Someone else might have their gear in their multi-purpose family room, not near the acoustics of mine.
Just cause I "hear" that my Theta CB3 and SS are worthwhile, for the extra $$, my setup doesn't mean that its subjectively worthwhile in someone else's multi-purpose family room setup.
I pretty much have equal speakers all around, in a circle at 2, 4, 8 and 10 o'clock,
And I've adjusted my acoustic treatments so that I get a fantastic phantom center image from the front left and right speakers, and an outstanding ambient surround image from the rear left and right speakers. And I get outstanding side and diagonal imaging between speakers as well. I've placed my three Aerial subs along the front screen wall, where they are pretty flat. Theta's Six Shooter really adds to my enjoyment, as I listen to a lot of multi-channel high resolution music, and use my HD DVD player's multi-channel analog outputs for Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby True HD HD DVDs. I use just one sub output from the CB3-Six Shooter, as my three subs are chained. So the Six Shooter works fantastic for me. Still I use a lot my CB3's Extreme DACs for redbook CD, DirecTV and DVD.
I get my money's worth out of my Theta gear.
But someone else might not care about multi-channel high resolution music.
And even redbook CD might not be all that important. Movies and tv may be the priority. And the room may have some substantial room node problems and need for bass taming where built-in digital EQ like in the Lexicon MC-12 is really helpful.
My Theta CB3 and Six Shooter may well not fit that person's subjective needs at all. And the fact that this person can use his Lex HDMI for multi-channel audio really works for him.
On the other hand, with my setup, I'm not super concerned with multi-channel audio over HDMI. But I already have top notch multi-channel audio quality. And as a long time Theta owner, yes, I have a lot of patience, years of patience, knowing that when Theta comes out with their HDMI multi-channel audio, they'll do it right. Of course I'd luv to have it sooner than later but it doesn't make or break my luv for the product right now. That's something that the above Lex owner just doesn't understand.