Originally Posted by Harrypt
They sound totally different. Theta has a very neutral, delineated presentation with impactful dynamics. Meridian adds just a touch of warmth and a bit of air making for a slightly softer presentation but with a larger soundstage and more sense of the backgrounds, air etc. in the original recording. I'm not going to argue which is right, comes down to what you like.
I've heard the CB with Aerial Acoustics and I felt there was air in a very exciting and exhilarating way. Theta CB works exceptionally well with Aerial IMO. I think it's a no brainer combining the two. In my humble opinion it does leave a lasting impression if set-up well.
Meridian too, is excellent. The added benefit of Meridian is that right now it is a more organized company with a larger set-up and more stable than Theta that is in the middle of a transition phase.
Not revamping their website [Theta] even in this day and age really is disappointing IMO. It should have been down by now for sure. Theta's website is arguably the worst one out of all manufacturers. A website IMO shows how much passion and attention to detail a company has. It's not the end all and be all but things like this matter a lot. I look at the minute details and companies like Wilson Audio, Revel, Anthem and Paradigm etc. have got really nice websites that send a very strong message across to the reader.
Saying that, Theta has an incredible SSP. The remote control definitely could and should be improved. If Meridian can do it then there is no excuse for Lexicon and Theta to come up with a better remote for something that costs over 10K even if the general assumption is that Crestron or AMX will be controlling it.