Originally Posted by gbabu7
Thanks much Steve! I am lagging, as this is my entry to the bold new and great world of Theta! Compared to my Krell Foundation, there is a day/night difference in clarity of sound, sound stage is significantly better. Have plan to move to CB IV at some point by possibly end of this year. Meanwhile will try to leverage the best of whatever CB III has to offer
Will check older posting to find helps ... I am guessing there might be fragmented discussion points touch one or the other aspect of set up rather than a one long Setup related post. Hope to find these, read and use the exiting knowledge to fast track my understanding.
I too went from Krell SSP to Theta SSP. The difference is indeed night and day (and I'm a dedicated Krell fan, still use Krell amps to power my speakers).
I spent many hours to test all the modes of CBIII HD and detect all the idiosyncrasies. Think of the CBIII HD as an upgrade to an old architecture, the old lossy CBIII. As such CBIII HD has different "brains/architectures," old AND new, and they coexist such that behavior is odd sometimes. I summarize my findings in this thread and IMHO it's very important to read this post first:
Read this first: IMHO spending a few minutes to read the next few posts here would save you hours and hours :-) of frustration later. The Casablanca could be quite confusing until you figure out its behavior. For me the key to know is this: there are 3 brains in the Casablanca :-), each brain has its own setting and specific behavior and may be quite different from the other brains in how it handles a signal (why it could be so confusing).
Brain 1 (Modern): For CD/SACD Stereo, and Bluray Disc with **lossless** Dolby TrueHD and DTS MA.
Brain 2 (Classic): For Old DVD and Cable Box with **lossy** Dolby Digital and DTS 2.0 and 5.1.
Brain 3 (Dummy): For SACD 3 and 5.1, aka Multi-Channel LPCM. Dummy because it does no processing - native mode only.
I know it seems confusing at first but I would recommend to read and ponder the above paragraphs for a few minutes before moving on to the setting up part below. IMHO it is THE absolute key to a happy owner experience. Anyway, here is how to access each of the 3 brains and what they do:
Brain 1: Will play native or upmix to 5.1 or 7.1, Settting is accessed by: "Setup", Button "1" (Input), then "5", then arrow buttons to toggle.
Brain 2: Will play native or upmix to 5.1 or 7.1, Settting is accessed by: "Setup", Button "1" (Input), "A-D" (To get to page 2), "2" to access the menu of Dolby Digital, then set the modes (see pic below in post #3
Brain 3: Do not upmix anything. Always native.