Originally Posted by edorr
This can still be rationalized as a reasonably affordable "interim" player (which can of course still be used as a transport with the CBIII/HDMI). However, getting a ud9004 now would amount to full blown defection from the Theta brand.
How do you defect from a brand that currently doesn't offer the latest blu ray audio codecs in its "current" SSP the CB3?
How do you say thanks to Neil Sinclair's "old" Theta for providing a Six Shooter that makes the "obsolete" CB3 into a wonderful multi-channel preamp?
As Norm and I have discussed, without an "audio rate control" for the CB3 HD's HDMI 1.4, to effectively dejitter the HDMI audio from the player to the SSP, odds are that HDMI audio at the SSP will not be as good as it can be. But we don't have that issue using the UD9004 as a transport and its sound is superb on all fronts!
Once Norm found a great price on the UD9004 he jumped and hooped to get one quickly.
The UD9004 gives me all I need - including 5.1 speaker distances and levels (though I do the levels in my Theta CB3 menu) and its bass management, though not near as flexible as the CB3's, seems to work sonically superb (except on SACD I use the "Source Direct" mode so that SACD is not converted to PCM for better sonics). Most folks and most theaters likely need more flexibility in the SSP and therefore the UD9004 won't necessarily work for them. I'm sure that Norm, Mark, Allen, Craig and all those hundreds of other Theta dealers (or once upon a time Theta dealers) lurking here at AVS will be glad to sell the CB3 HD or the upgrade should it come to pass!