Originally Posted by edorr
This is unfortunate, because a CBIII HD / Dirac with new DAC card, digi out card and an outboard DAC would be the most elegant, integrated 2 channel / multi channel with DRC solution available. To get best in class DRC, audiophile 2 channel, and very good all digital (i.e. no A/D conversions) multi channel, I ended up with an insanely complex collection of boxes and wiring instead. Some of the leading edge DACs (EMM Labs, MSB) have RS232 and can be easily integrated with a CBIII / Digit out using iRule, so if you really want to push the 2 channel envelope you can even go beyond a GenVIII.
I don't doubt that this product has the ability to be an outstanding solution – maybe the best available. However, they were very late in finally delivering an HDMI solution and are no better with room correction. I will wait until the product is final, into the hands of a number of users (and hopefully reviewers) and then make my decision.
Excluding their amps, DACs (and maybe DVD/Bluray players) they lack demonstrated credibility in their ability to deliver a fully fleshed out SSP (including room correction). And while I would certainly hope they are working diligently on getting the product complete, tested, manufactured, delivered and supported, I will go by an adage an old boss once told me: "NEVER confuse activity with accomplishment".
I do have a couple of questions that depending on the answers might allow me to purchase a CBIII prior to the availability of room correction (once I am positive they would actually deliver room correction). There are stand-alone room correction products that do an OUTSTANDING job (including with digital input and output) and are quite cost effective. I would use such for the bass only.
(1) Does the digital out capability for both music and movies (my interest for the short term is in the bass) provide full bandwidth digital or is it down-sampled? Or will it output full bandwidth but only into a Theta DAC?
(2) Does the Theta CB CURRENTLY determine distances automatically or is the user required to input the distances. The issue is that with, for example, the DSP in my subs, the time delay of the DSP processing is not taken into account if I have to provide the distance manually. What about trim levels?
(3) In the past, I have read about continued reliability issues with the CBIII. I don’t have a lot of interest in having to reboot on any kind of regular interval. My current SSP has NEVER required such and I would find that kind of reliability expected for an SSP as this price point.
I will check back as I am interested.