You guys are BANANAS! OK, we're all bananas for even being here, but you guys are a special breed of banana.
Sorry, but do you all use your ears or sheets of paper to enjoy your A/V? This arguement has gone overboard...like so many others. Who cares about the actual spec, or the heat generated, or the efficiency of the design? Really, are these items going to tip you one way or the other in your decision process. How can you possibly judge the merit of a product you have never actually experienced? If you do this, then you're truly just taking an naive guess.
I've been in this hobby since CDs were introduced. There are a lot of things I don't get in A/V - frankly I've moved on as to why. Many of you are making statements of fact and authority when you are not qualified and many of the so-called facts are less than accurate. This misleads those who can't talk the talk. So please post responsibly and try
to in a positive light.
1) Specs are generally only worth the paper they're written on, and less than that if found on the internet (until they are printed out as a hard copy - and then their value increases only to the value of the paper they are printed on.
2) Life will become rather disappointing if you believe everything you read, and especially if you base all your purchases on published specifications. (Wine is a good example - I still can't find a good bottle of cheap Pinot Noir)(cars too, another good example...drive before purchasing).
3) Are you all arguing about if the power supply has been changed (see photos), or the merit of changing it. A significant number of modders change the PS, some even make it outboard, and on more than just CDPs. My guess is most agree here, but this discussion makes it hard to tell sometimes.
4) Could 80 Watts simply be a marketing typo? Maybe it should read 80VA - see my photos. This transformer is for a project I never got to, but back then I noted that several components run on 15v AC from the PS, and some even used a variation of this very torroid. Perhaps this is the case here since it's about the same size. If so, then the only thing that's disappointing is that they didn't catch it, or correct it.(the typo).
Nevertheless, it should be clear the PS is unique to the Theta...can we move on and hopefully hear from some folks who have experienced the darned thing? Preferably someone who doesn't own one, but in a reasonably good set-up. Owners are always thought to be biased, and for good reason.