You figure that every 3-4 years a new version of a component will come out! That's technological progress and capitalism at work!!! HA! Since the Dreadnaught has been out several years I would bet that the II version will be out within the next 2 years.
The Dreadnaught II is in production and is shipping NOW (3wk back order). It has a new transformer which allows the new amp modules to hit 225w/ch in 5 ch mode or 250w/ch in 2 ch mode. Price for 5ch is $6,500.
You recent Dreadnaught owners should be sitting down and away from sharp instruments. To upgrade to the new transformer is $1,450. Trade-in your old 200w module for 225w is $765/ch. New 225w module is $850. 100wx2 is still $1,000. Remember, the new 225w module in an existing DI will only hit 200w, you need the new transformer to get 225w.
The reality is the Dreadnaught is a great amp and you should be happy . If you have to have the latest and greatest, well .....
No sharp objects needed. I think it is awesome that Theta built the new modules to work in the D1. This gives you any sonic improvements of the new electronics only sparing 25 watts. It doesn't get much better than that.
Also, I think D2 has two transformers, not just a new style. (???) Of course, this could also add some sonic benefit depending on your configuration.
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