Originally Posted by sdurani
When the CB3 got the HDMI upgrade, I figured that CB3HD owners would no longer have any reason to bypass Theta DACs when listening to high resolution sources. Apparently not.
Ash, do SACDs sound that much better with the Oppo 95 handling D/A conversion? Does removing Theta's unique bass management from the signal chain make for a noticeable improvement? Did the low frequencies sound better when you didn't use the subs that your calibrator had so carefully equalized?
I think the analog connection was made from the Oppo just because he could.
I did the same thing.because I could.
I'd make even more connections but Theta cut my options down from 6 to 3 and I don't feel like setting up additional inputs to replicate more then 3 sources to the same inputs I already have now.
I also hooked my Esoteric back up, multiple digital connections, analog and all.
But actually, since I have my CB-IIIHD, I have turned my non-HDMI Esoteric SACD player on maybe twice for a couple of hours at a time to listen to the pure DSD over analog in an attempt to make some comparisons.
Personally, I don't think I actually need the Esoteric anymore, nor the analog cables.
The whole set-up really seems to be rather redundant.
I have no problem listening to SACD converted to PCM and played over HDMI but I do it kicking and screaming all the way.
My head keeps telling me, this just ain't right, but my ears don't really care.
Hardly anyone will continue down this analog path once we get used to the idea but as they say, old habits die hard.
And since it is so new to us, everybody has to make the same comparisons before we will all believe it's either just as good or good enough!