Originally Posted by LJG
I would like to share my findings with the CB3HD, Trinnov MC16, and Vanity Lite Oppo 103 in my system configuration for the past 3 weeks. I ran several different configurations which included the following:
1)Theta CB3HD analog 7.1 out to Trinnov analog input 7.1
2)Theta CB3HD Digital Output card fixed at 96K, 7.1 to Trinnov digital input 7.1
3)Oppo 103 with Vanity Lite Board digital SPDIF 7.1 to Trinnov AES Digital Input 7.1.
4)HDMI sources to Oppo 103 HDMI Input, Output SPDIF to Trinnov AES Digital Input.
For 2 channel CD, 2 Channel Flac, 7.1 Channel DTS Master HD, 7.1 Channel Dolby Digital True HD, Sacd and DVD-A the Oppo Vanity lite 103 directly to the Trinnov produced the best sonic results.The native sampling rate from 44.1,48, 96, 176, 192 from all source's avoided any rate sampling conversions.
For Dolbly Digital 5.1 sources, Dolby Digital 5.1 Plus, DTS Master 5.1, Dolby Digital True HD 5.1, I preferred theCB3HD's expansion capablilities of DPL2X to expand 5.1 to 7.1. This produced a fuller sound field in my current setup. All sources were fed Bitsream to CB3HD in this configuration. So the CB3HD is also a keeper and will be utilized in my setup. I preferred the digi out from the Cb3HD over the analog out by a slight margin.
The Oppo HDMI input will not decode anything greater than Dolby Digital 5.1, all other codecs must be decoded within the source player via LPCM. This produced issues at least with the Dune HD player as it could not decode 7.1 HD codecs properly to 7.1.
The analog output from the CB3HD into the Trinnov analog input was not too far behind the Digital Output of the CB3HD. This might be relevant for future Codecs like Auro which require greater than 7.1 inputs into the Trinnov. The Trinnov can presently handle up to 16 analog inputs. Digital Input is currently limited to 8 on the MC16 which may or may not be upgradeable.
Adding the Trinnov MC16 has been the single most improvement to the Sonics of my current system.
Curt Hoyt, from Trinnov has really worked magic with my current system. The initial setup was done remotely by Curt in California. Curt made himself available before the AES show in NY to further evaluate my system and tweak the settings in my home. He really does work magic, and to boot is a super nice guy with tons of patience. After less than 1 hour Curt had further tweaked the Trinnov and presto all my speakers disappeared, the sound came from an area not a speaker, all my speakers were in perfect balance and Timber matched. Next we found the best location for my 2 subs and the Bass response was the best I have had in my room.
Because of my current speaker configuration we needed to turn off 3D mapping as I have ceiling mounted sides and rear surrounds. I will be adding 5 more speakers to my configuration. 1 above the screen to match the one below, 4 additional ear level speakers for sides and surrounds. Upon completion my setup will be 13.2 and I expect 3 D mapping will be phenomenal.
At present 2d mapping from 2 channel music sounds extradonary, the soudstage is widened significantly. 5.1 surround music is at another level.
As for movies the sound images appear well beyond the physical boundries of my room. Images appear in locations throughout a 360 degree circle not at my speaker locations.
The Trinnov was purchased