Originally Posted by gbabu5Y
I am contemplating buying a CB3 HD with 4k, and 2 premium DACs. But it doesn't have DIRAC like in CB4.
Currently have a Krell Foundation that can be set up using ARES. So, I am hesitant to buy something without room correction software.
Being a new potential user of Theta, I am looking for some input from veteran Theta CB users.
Will I be able to set up CB3 manually that will sound as good or at least close to as good that is set up using DIRAC? Or is it going to be quite a big difference in SQ due to not using DIRAC? I will use 5.2 set up with two Rythmik Subs and Revel Speakers.
Will appreciate any help!
Hi two parts to my answer, first Theta vs Krell without correction, then the correction itself. I am a hard core Krell guy who has owned multiple Krell amps, preamps, and the HTS processor.
Without correction, in my experience with the Krell HTS, Krell is thin, bright, Theta is full, "meaty" in the midrange, tighter and punchier bass, detailed without the harshness of Krell preamps. I think you will wonder why you have not made the switch sooner. The Theta sound, influenced by its digital and analog circuit design, is what makes it unique and un-matched with respect to sound quality. The best I have ever heard, hands down.
With correction, totally subjective as to what's best and the question I have for you is: do you use and prefer ARES to non correction in the Krell? If you do, then although CB III is the first step, eventually you would like to upgrade to CB IV to have Dirac. You might want to check with
(Craig, Theta dealer Extraordinaire) regarding pricing before pulling the trigger on that CB III HD. Which cards it has influence the price, etc. (FWIW, I don't think Dirac is critical to good sound in my room, but that's just me and my system. Nearly every other CB IV owners, if not all, prefers Dirac.)
Having said all that, eventually you still want CB IV, not necessarily just for Dirac, but for Atmos/DTS:X
and the need to pass 4K HDR video. CB III HD is essentially obsolete because it doesn't have those 3D decoders.
Bottom line: do it!
But be prepared for upgrading to CB IVa not just because of Dirac, but equally if not more importantly, Atmos and DTS:X. The price Theta charges for the upgrade, is almost criminally
(speaking with ultra high-end's distorted view of pricing LOL).