Originally Posted by gbabu5Y
Thank you much! However, my concern is regarding the level of difficulty to setup CB III properly without help of DIRAC. Folks are raving about DIRAC and commenting it makes a huge difference when using vs NOT using it. Of course I am aware that there are some people who prefer not to use any room correction software. Some others use it only for correcting lower frequencies.
Will I be able to have the true Theta SQ and benefit even without a DIRAC? Is there any workaround if I don't have it?
Yes, yes, and yes.
Theta for many years was only a 2 channel ultra high-end company. It made its reputation on one of the first stand alone DA converters ever designed, the landmark Theta Pro
. (Theta Pro was in fact part of the start of the high-end digital "revolution." At that point the all-digitals-sound-the-same concept was the order of the day and Sony CD player was supposedly all you need.)
The "house sound" of Theta is based on multiple factors (the 3 main sections of a DAC):
hefty power supply design (the power supply design of Casablanca puts competitors to shame),
top DAC chip/digital stage design,
last, and perhaps, MOST important, the AUDIOPHILE :-) analog stage design.
The Theta "sound" is an accumulation of 1-3 above, not because of Dirac. You will hear the qualities (layered soundstage, clean/punchy/powerful bass, separation of instruments, "black" background - LOL, no flame guys
) without Dirac. As a long time Krell man, I am confident to say, preamp design is never Krell's strong point, Dan D'Agostino or not, and you WILL be pleased how much better Casablanca is. Casablanca III HD was, and still is, a "killer."
Give the III HD a try, if you like it, upgrade to IV. As mentioned, IV is highly recommended because of not just Dirac, but Atmos, and 4k video pass through as well.