Originally Posted by djnickuk
Just had a brainwave. I could mod my oppo 93 with a vanity board. Feed the Datasat aes/ebu and bypass the downsampling issue.
Yes, that would work. I wish Theta had a method to legally get greater than 48/16 out of the Digi out card. Without the proprietary Mega-link that Theta once had in development, this is unlikely to ever happen. However, with your processor it is possible.
I decided that that I am happy using the Gen VIII just for two channel and passing the Casablanca channels with unity gain. Theta may be squandering this piece. It should have been thoroughly reviewed and be selling a lot better than it is. Take a look at the specs for it. If you were shopping just for an analog preamp, a lot of the most expensive ones don't' have these kind of specs. SNR for the Analog outs balanced is greater than 120db. Cross-talk 140db.Less than 0.0007% for THD+Noise This the analog section!
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Take a look around at some of the other gear. You may have to ask for the specs for some, and they aren't this good.
There are so many lifeless and sterile audiophile products. This one surprised me more than any other product I have owned. I expected it to be good but didn't expect it to be as good as it it. What impresses me most is that I am still as happy with it as when I first purchased it. I have compared to the Oppo 95 which is a fraction of the price but give great sound. It's immediate and apparent, that the Gen VIII is several levels above the Oppo even with just Red book. 24/192 tracks are truly stunning.
You have to consider that you are getting a very good analog preamplifier section as well as a dac which is why I mention the analog section. Many, miss this crucial point. Using the analog outs of most dacs is no where near what this product can do.