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post #121 of 137
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I just added the SOtM mBPS-d2s Intelligent Battery Power Supply to power the SOtM tX-USBexp card of my custom Media Server.

I know that some will say this is redundant, that I don't need the SOtM tX-USBexp or the SOtM mBPS-d2s Intelligent Battery Power Supply because I am using the Berkeley Audio Alpha USB converter.

The Berkeley has its own independent power supply for its reclocking and depends on the incoming USB cable for its power, from the USB card of the Media Server.

The SOtM USBexp card in the Media Server is powered by the same power that goes into the Media Server, except if you connect the SOtM battery power supply,
then the SOtM USBexp card automatically switches to the battery power.

Over at the Computer Audiophile forum, some audiophiles have "observed" better sonics using the Red Wine battery power supply, and the SOtM battery power supply at only $420 is about 1/3 the cost of the Red Wine so I figured, heck, why not?

The SOtM battery power supply has a front switch to turn it on and off - must be in on position for it work. If its in off position, then the USBexp card works off the same power that
goes into the Media Server.
post #122 of 137
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By next weekend, my five new Aerial Acoustics 7t speakers, and two new JL Audio Fantom f212-gloss subwoofers should arrive!
(I am selling my four Aerial Acoustixs 9 speakers, one Aerial Acoustics CC5 center speaker, and three Aerial Acoustics SW12 subwoofers.

Speakers are in nero black metallic like Ferrari cars!!@@

Exciting!
post #123 of 137
Those 7t's are pretty damn special. I can't wipe the smile off my face since I installed mine. Please pm me if you plan on selling the Aerial subs.
post #124 of 137
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Now that my five Aerial Acoustics 7ts and two JL Audio Fathom f212-GLOSSY subwoofers are burnt in - I just added three of the brand new that just started shipping Theta Prometheus monoblocks, with a pair of Cardas Clear Light speaker cable for each monoblock-7t pair. The monoblocks and cables are still burnin' in - but they sound so good already I just ordered two more. So my system is now
five Theta Prometheus monoblocks, five Aerial Acoustics 7t speakers with five pairs Cardas Clear Light speaker cable. And Craig Shumer/VGI indicates that my CB3 HD SSP upgrade to CB4 hopefully is just around the corner.

Theta Digital just started shipping the Prometheus this week. Some are on way to Europe. I am first customer to have them! they are remarkable sounding. Transparent, fast, micro and macrodynamic. The easily beat the three Theta Digital Enterprises I had used for center and surrounds. And they are every bit as good as the Theta Digital Citadel 1.5s I've been using for front left and right, and the new monoblocks are still burning in! Compared to the Citadels, you can hear the even better dynamics of the Prometheus, which has a sound noise ratio of 124 dB (Citadel sound noise ratio of 103 dB).
The Citadels are somewhat more airy sounding with more "space" between instruments, whereas the Prometheus is I think more like a real acoustic venue where instead of as much separation (as with the Citadels) you get more focus and clarity and dynamics. Both are great amps and I luv both. But my system for surround sound, music, movies, tv now will be fully "balanced" with the same monoblock at each vector. My favorite demo/test disk is Telarc-Heads Up "Jazzin' Surround" SACD Sampler, which I have on my Media Server hard drive as a ripped SACD ISO file. WOW, it has never ever sounded this good!
post #125 of 137
Sounds awesome Steve. I have always had a "thang" for Theta products but just aren't in the cards for me at this point. Sure you are loving all the new upgrades.
post #126 of 137
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Photos of my new theater "front end", Aerial Acoustics 7ts, JL Audio Fathom f212-GLOSSY subwoofers, Theta Digital Prometheus monoblocks (first ones outside ATI-Theta in the entire world), Cardas Clear Light speaker cabling:








I luv the Prometheus so much that I have ordered two more so all five main channels are Prometheus!!!@@@
post #127 of 137
Replaced the Citadels? So the Prometheus amps are THAT good?
post #128 of 137

Even not being fully broken in yet my impression is that the Prometheus is overall the equal and possibly better to the Citadel 1.5. though this may vary based on personal preference and system and room. Also, it gets hot here in Az - Citadel 1.5 runs at Class A all the way - whereas Prometheus Class D doesn't even get a warm tinkle! Hey, I luv the Citadel 1.5s and I equally luv the Prometheus from a performance standpoint. The Prometheus has practical advantage, size, weight, lack of warmth in temperature, which appeal to me in addition to its outstanding sonics!

post #129 of 137
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Even not being fully broken in yet my impression is that the Prometheus is overall the equal and possibly better to the Citadel 1.5. though this may vary based on personal preference and system and room. Also, it gets hot here in Az - Citadel 1.5 runs at Class A all the way - whereas Prometheus Class D doesn't even get a warm tinkle! Hey, I luv the Citadel 1.5s and I equally luv the Prometheus from a performance standpoint. The Prometheus has practical advantage, size, weight, lack of warmth in temperature, which appeal to me in addition to its outstanding sonics!

***fighting the urge to call VGI and order***
post #130 of 137
How are you liking the 7t's so far?
post #131 of 137
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How are you liking the 7t's so far?

 

 

I luv the 7ts.

 

I had the Aerial 10Ts 1997 - 2008.

 

Then Aerial 9s 2008 - 2014.

 

Now, Feb 2014, the Aerial 7ts.

 

 

The 10Ts were Stereophile speaker of the year 1996!

The 9s were even better than the 10Ts, better bass and midrange primarily.

 

But the 7ts have a new tweeter that is clearly better than the 9s, better midrange than the 9s,

and much better bass in that you can now feel the bass and hear the bass vibrations without using a subwoofer!

Even though the 7t is rated only 2 Hz lower than the 9 for bass at -2dB, you can hear and feel the bass so much better than

with the 9. The 7t images better than the 9, too. For example, I have two rows of leather recliners in my theater, 3 in front and 2 in back, with one of the recliners in back directly in back of the front center recliner. For some time I have preferred the front row center for tv and movies (being in the "sweet spot" of all my full range speakers, but the back row center for music (being not as near field to the front left and right speakers). But the 7ts image so well that now the front center is equally as pleasing - Dave/Thezak last Friday said that the front center was so good that he actually preferred it to the second row center for music.  Now part of that is thanks to the 7ts, and part of that is thanks to the new Prometheus monoblocks (which have a soundstage not as airy with instruments not as separated as the Citadel 1.5s).

 

Don't get me wrong. The 9 is a great speaker. Especially at used prices and for those who can't afford 7ts. But the 7ts wonderful!

In particular as I am now using a 7t for the front center speaker as well!

post #132 of 137
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***fighting the urge to call VGI and order***

 

Looks like you are fighting the urge to order several JL Audio f212 subwoofers AND Prometheus monoblocks!!@@@@@@

Mebbe you should block yourself on AVS from reading my posts?

 

What speakers do you have for front left and right, center, and surround?

 

Keep in mind that amplifiers can be funny in that good amps may sound not so good with certain speakers and fantastic with certain speakers. Seems that Theta amplfiers have always sounded great with Aerial speakers, and the Theta Digital Prometheus with Aerial 7s certainly sound great together!

post #133 of 137
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Originally Posted by SBruzonsky View Post
 

 

Looks like you are fighting the urge to order several JL Audio f212 subwoofers AND Prometheus monoblocks!!@@@@@@

Mebbe you should block yourself on AVS from reading my posts?

 

What speakers do you have for front left and right, center, and surround?

 

Keep in mind that amplifiers can be funny in that good amps may sound not so good with certain speakers and fantastic with certain speakers. Seems that Theta amplfiers have always sounded great with Aerial speakers, and the Theta Digital Prometheus with Aerial 7s certainly sound great together!

 Oh nah, just the Prometheus amps man.  I've heard the F212's and prefer my current Seaton Submersive HP+ subwoofers, but those amps of your our outstanding.  My speakers are Triad Platinum LCR's for the front soundstage and Triad Gold LCR's for surround and rear channels.  I'm building a music room where I will be (likely) reinserting Legacy Audio Focus SE's and I'm thinking of using the Prometheus Amps for that room. 

post #134 of 137
Hello, Mr. Steve. It has been a long time, brother. Any new upgrades? 4K PJ? Miss you man. Oh, BTW, I have been in Steve home theater several times. A job well done for the best theater I have been in and listened to. "Two thumbs up".smile.gif
post #135 of 137
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Hello, Mr. Steve. It has been a long time, brother. Any new upgrades? 4K PJ? Miss you man. Oh, BTW, I have been in Steve home theater several times. A job well done for the best theater I have been in and listened to. "Two thumbs up".smile.gif

 

Give me a call or AVS PM and come back over, Read above - all new speakers and monoblocks. The sound - today listened to two channel only and - its amazing how much my new setup sonically is better even though the "old" one sounded so darn good at the time. See my thread at the $20k forum on upgrades.

post #136 of 137
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Originally Posted by SBruzonsky View Post

Give me a call or AVS PM and come back over, Read above - all new speakers and monoblocks. The sound - today listened to two channel only and - its amazing how much my new setup sonically is better even though the "old" one sounded so darn good at the time. See my thread at the $20k forum on upgrades.

Thanks, brother, I will. One thing I remember was when you turned your three Aerial Acoustics subs OFF, but the theater still had kick ass, in your chest pounding bass. Then, you fire up the three subs and it was even more righteous. Good seeing you again, brother.
post #137 of 137

DXD-12012_QUATTRO_QUATTRO_600.jpg 167k .jpg file Very nice, you are using JL subs now. I was wondering what you thought about JL and if you would go with them sometime. Have you seen Ken Kreisels new generation of subs? http://www.kreiselsound.com/

Aspirin not included. DXD-12012 QUATTRO-QUATTRO $47995

32, twelve inch drivers.
12000+ Continuous RMS watts
True Peak Power** 24,000-35,200 watts
QUATTRO Four stacks of the
QUATTRO
WEIGHT 1289.6 lbs/585 kg
Edited by hometheaterguy - 3/29/14 at 6:37pm
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