Originally Posted by bobbyZ06360
I currently own a Meridian 861 V6 w/ HD621 and looking to get into another processor that has an analogue bypass for optimal 2 channel sound. It is apparent from reading these forums that the Theta CB3 and the ADA Mach 1V are rated among the best. Can anyone offer some advice as to which unit is better ? I heard the new CB3 HDMI that is coming out is suppose to have even better dacs than the Extreme D2's....How is the preamp in the Theta CB3 ?
I own 861v6 and agree with Kal's review in stereophile- it is best processor I have heard till date and sonically I prefer it to CB3HD as of now. This is a preference issue- and I believe it is more lateral than a significant step-up. However my system is in flux and I plan to add additional components (like Gen8DAC, CB3 upgrades)-and this may change my impressions later. There are other folks who have preferred ADA Suite to 861 in their systems
But I am more curious about your need for analog bypass- if your room+speaker interaction is good enough without need for bass management/EQ
then fantastic- a dedicated 2 channel preamp will suffice...but I have found that once you take measurements you can see the gaps/deficiencies which need to be addressed and possibly
without need of a dedicated preamp.
There are many ways to go about it- ultimately it is your ear and your system/room-interaction and synergy which counts.