Originally Posted by Jim HTPC
Good luck playing War of the Worlds. Higher resolution shows off subtleties. Explosions are dynamic but you won't hear fine details. While there is some validity in testing in same environment, one should really invest in proper room treatments. They are not that expensive and can blend in. They don't have to look hideous.
My old home had acoustic treatments. My temp condo does not. My next home will again have proper treatments. If you were in a temp situation then I understand, but in your home you are settled into there is no excuse. Every sound control room or studio has them when using pro speakers. Why would you deviate?
I'm familiar with the Porsche analogies (i own a new Turbo S). But the Nissan GTR by many professional reviewers deem it better than my Turbo S on the track and nearly so in acceleration... At almost $80,000 less! Price is not always commensurate with performance. That's AVS 101. There are world beaters out there. No regrets on owning the more expensive car just like regardless of what I find here, the Theta in your own rig will still sound the same whether I find it better, worse, or the equal to the ADA.
My room is acoustically treated. The HT designer contracted out an acoustical company who spent 8 days fully treating my 'built from the ground up' room. This isn't a basement theater like the majority here. It's on the main from built as an extension to the main house. Its as balanced I room as I have ever seen.
Craig calls the Theta a great'multi use' processor. And I agree. But I am home theater only. If music was my thing I'd have your run of the mil $20K - $30K LCRs and I'd have ditch my Microperf and baffle wall (no way)!!!!!
But in working with Mark Seaton and having a goal to build the best home theater movie playback system I could, horns had to implemented. Tweeters no matter what the design (dispersion and dynamics) can't compete with compression drivers in my opinion. And yes, we had to do some EQing to tame the LCRs with DSPs but the results are amazing... Even with LCR monitors that retail at just under $10K for three of them. I have been doing room correction well before it was popular as I understand you just can't let the movie play and hope for the best even with pain stakingly placed acoustical treatments.
I don't know how the Theta will fare but I've never put a lot of Credit in the fact that the SSP is the most important factor in sound. I rank the room, acoustical treatments, DSPs and speakers far ahead a box with a power supply, DACs, and a few chips. Testing the Theta will prove or disprove my theory - that's my main reason for doing it.
Instead of attacking me for taking the time to do this, I'd hope the Theta guys would help with set up or make recommendations on setting slopes, etc or other buried settings.
I'm getting my cabling on Monday but with the holidays coming won't be around much over the next 2 weeks. I'm going to cable it and set up one of my blu Ray players on it.
I guess what many Theta guys don't understand is the choices I made in my theater were my own based on my own decisions, professionals, and my own research. I chose to use pro audio equipment in meting out the sound I wanted. If I wanted to spend more on a Theta, boutique amps and speakers, don't you think I would've. Heck, I spent $8000 on a piece of glass (ISCO). It wasn't a budget issue (my weekend car cost far more than Bulldogger and Bruzonky's equipment combined). These were my choices based on achieving a desired outcome. How can you bash someone for that? It'd be like me bashing someone's wife because she wasn't my type! Ive been critical to Theta Inc. for a long time but never personally to any Theta guy. So, let's cut the personal crap and try and be more constructive and grown up. A lot of arguing and I haven't even powered up the CBIII yet!
Let's get back to fun and civility. I'll do my best to set it up fairly and will have others from AVS to listen, too. All this bashing against someone taking the time to do a test that is long over due...