Originally Posted by dweltman
Have you heard the P3 card or know how it compares to the D3? I am deciding between an Xtreme D3, a P3, or 2 Xtreme D2's.
I have all 3 cards in my Casablanca. Have triple blind compared
Xtreme D2 vs Premium P3 and the answer is: NOT even close between Xtreme and Premium. Xtreme D2 has 3 dimensional soundfield, pinpoint focused voice in black background, tighter bass. Difference between a good DAC and an average DAC. I would rank the cards thus, IMHO:
: The very best using same Burr Brown/TI DAC chip as Theta Gen 8 stand-alone DAC, and as of now, the only card that could do height channels
(@ Steve Bruzonsky or anyone pls correct me as needed).
: Next best. Outstanding for most important channels LCR and subwoof. But... only has 4 channels so if you want to do Atmos/DTS:X 9.1.6 in the future (I don't), don't get this.
: Preferably for height and surround only. I don't think this card could do height yet, but it should hopefully in the future.
In summary and IMHO, for the important LCRS channels, go for Xtreme D3 and D2
. For the less important surround and height channels, Premium should be Ok, and use Xtreme if you have $ to spare. I would recommend NOT to use Premium particularly for Left and Right channel. In my own Casablanca IVa with 7.1.4 configuration:
Xtreme D3: 4 height channels (I know, too much $ for height - would have preferred Premium)
Xtreme D2: LCRS (original card from my first CB IIIHD)
Premium: 4 surrounds (card from my CB IIIHD)