Originally Posted by Ash Sharma
Visited Theta's booth.... this is what I learnt...
Was told new CB3 will internally process all new formats.
Hardware is ready , software is being readied by a company called 'Momentum' which is a high end provider to the industry (supposedly they have a booth in CEDIA).
The HDMI card will cost 3500 Dollars and it has its own processor and will 'Not' use the processor which is currently in the unit and will be used to process the new formats.
The old processor will stay in the unit and will be used to process to current formats such as 5.1.
The upgrade will be offered to current users as soon as it comes out (no wait and is removed new CB3's will be sold first before upgrades are taken).
HDMI will come out by x mas.
Sorry, Jeff, but Theta wasn't gonna tell you anything. Not given your history. But you will get your chance to buy a CB3 HDMI 1.3 and forget the past!!!
Ash is a long time Theta supporter and owner and Theta knows him well. Of course Theta would spill all the beans to him at CEDIA! Or to me if I was there.
But Mike Pontelle of ATI spilled all the beans to me, truthfully and on schedule as he could. He told me last November that HDMI would be a priority for the CB3, and that they would use Momentum. He told me a few months ago that the CB3 1.3 which will process the new high resolution audio formats would be at CEDIA. What he didn't tell me, cause he didn't know yet, was that the new CB3 would be available around X-Mas this year with upgrades available thereafter or the cost of the upgrades.
ATI manufacturers audio components for many, many companies. Their reputation is a 10 on a 10 scale. ATI's purchaseo of Theta was the very best thing that possibly could have happened. And thanks to Neil Sinclair, former Theta owner, for making this possible, as he had lets just say offshore offers which certainly wouldn't have resulted in such a positive scenario for us Theta owners!!!! $3500 for HDMI 1.3 processing upgrade is outstanding!!!
This is exciting!!!! Craig Shumer of Theatermax, one of if not the top Theta dealer in the U.S., must be going nutso!!!!
No doubt my Integra 9.8 preamp/processor, which has performed outstanding via my Theta Six Shooter multi-channel preamp/processor, will be going for sale once my CB3 is upgraded. And I will no doubt have even better EXtreme DAC sonics that what I have now! Amazing.
Of course, the only thing more amazing would be if Doug Winsor bought one. The odds of that are like MoveOn.Org folks voting for McCain/Palin.