Originally Posted by thebland Theoretically
it is seriously flawed. In reality, the flaws are below any subjective threshold with multichannel movie sound. you can have a great sound but with big peaks and valleys and phase issues left uncorrected, what do you really have?? Not even speaking to the ability to remap the speakers and create an ideal acoustical environment from an imperfect one.
And let's talk today... not vapor ware with an all in one piece. None are available.. (You Theta guys should know best about long term implementation of significant features). The Lex will likely be first as Amir reminded us.
I think the vast majority here would agree that a TEQ or DATASAT plus
a competent SSP in a dedicated room will beat any SSP STANDALONE that doesn't include PEQ.
I have been branded the second coming of the Bland on the Theta thread for being overly critical of Theta, so being labeled a "Theta Guy" by the man himself is kind of ironic!!
I'm not disagreeing with you (besides I have no basis to agree or disagree; I have never heared a fully EQ'ed multi channel system). All I am saying is that having two boxes with a bunch of extra cables and an additional A/D/A conversion is an inherently extremely flawed architecture. Leaving aside impact on sound quality, you have a redundant chassis, powersupply and set of DACs. All adding cost, for no apparent engineering benefit.
However, if this represents the current SOTA in multi channel audio so be it. If I was an avid movie guy, felt I needed EQ for my Theater and could afford it, I would go the same route rather than waiting for Theta to deliver their single box solution. As it is, I am not a critical listener to movie soundtracks and multi channel music is all but dead, so I settled for "good enough" multi-channel and focus on upgrading my two channel system instead.
Of course, I could not resist getting a new center channel, a Bel Canto Ref 1000Mk II mono for center amp, new B&W's surrounds, a second JL 113 sub and some transparent audio cabling to get the most out of my modest MCH SACD collection but that is a different story.