Originally Posted by gbabu7
Good idea, will do that ...
Since you bought a used CBIIIHD SSP, just a warning to folks about watching how much they pay if they want to buy one.
There are two upgrades/models since the CBIIIHD SSP, the CBIV SSP, and the CBIVA SSP. Both the IV and IVA have the first version of Dirac Live room correction DSP, the IIIHD does not have Dirac Live. I think back when I did the upgrades, the IIIHD to IV msrp was $4,000 (2014); and the IV to IVA msrp was $3,000 (2017).
When I changed SSP companies, this very year I sold my CBIVA SSP with 2 Extreme D3 6 channel DAC cards, for $11,000 with 1 Extreme D3 6 channel card, and I sold the other D3 6 channel DAC card for $2,500. So I netted $13,500 total. If you apportion $2,500 to each D-3 DAC card, that leaves $8,500 for the CBIVA SSP without any DAC cards! (and thats my generours used sales price, D-3 6 channel cards retail for $4,995.) Then if you deduct the msrp for the upgrades from IIIHD to IV and to IVA, that leaves like $1,500. Of course if one pays something less than msrp, that leaves some more margin, though I understand dealer margin on upgrades is not what it is on selling new product.
I saw an ad on US Audio Mart, expired/sold, asking $5,800 for a CBIIIHD with 2 Premium DAC cards. Seems like an awful high price considering.
Even worse deal if its the "oldest" Premium card rather than a newer model!
I should add that during my many years of owning the CB SSP and every itineration of it, I felt that the sonic quality even without Dirac improved reasonably from IIIHD to IV and to IVA.
Here's the Theta Digital price list from 2015, still on the website, which may have increased some since: https://thetadigital.com/downloads/T...ice%20book.pdf
MSRPs are D-3 6 channel DAC $4,995; Premium 4 channel DAC $1,875; D2 4 channel DAC $4,995; Superior II 2 channel DAC $3,125.