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Theta Casa Nova II? Anyone know anything concrete?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by NicolasB, May 13, 2003.

  1. NicolasB

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    I reckon this question deserves a thread of its own.

    There have been a few rumours lately that Theta might be about to release an updated version of the Casa Nova processor. I have little doubt that there will eventually be a Casa Nova II, and I wouldn't be surprised to hear that work had started on it; but that's not at all the same thing as saying that an actual released product is imminent.

    So can everyone note here what they know and how they know it, citing sources where possible? Cheers.
     
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    Copied from your previous thread...

    Apparently Theta were waiting for the format for DVD-A etc to be sorted out. I was told (by my hifi dealer) that last month there was some type of agreement. Now that they know what is happening, Theta will be working on the Casanova II. It is meant to be around the same as the Casanova in cost.

    As far as I know they will definitely be releasing the II - they have already done so with the Casablanca. Let me know if you manage to find any more info out....

    Sorry to put a potential spanner in the works!!

    I am intersted to find out more info too....
     
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    Nicolas,

    Have you demoed the existing Casa Nova? If so what are your impressions?
     
  4. NicolasB

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    No, I haven't, I'm afraid. I'm not sure I can be bothered to travel all the way to Watford to do so. I'm also a little put off by the low feature count, I must confess. 5.1 outputs and lack of EX and ES modes is not necessarily that much of a problem, but lack of Dolby PLII (or anything resembling it) is a significant issue for me.
     
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    You mention Watford - seems as though we use the same dealer! That is who mentioned to me about the CasaNova II. Maybe give them a call direct and ask them - they will know what specs it is meant to have.

    I still think it is worthing demoing the Krell Showcase. These are the two that I am going to be looking at next year - so a comparison would be very helpful.
     
  6. NicolasB

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    Watford is absolutely miles away from where I am, but as far as I know that's the only dealer in the London area that actually sells Theta kit!
     
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    Still worth a call to find out the details though...
     
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    Or even better go straight to the horse's mouth:

    email John (tech@thetadigital.com) and find out whether they are working on it.
     
  9. NicolasB

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    I've emailed the "info" address at Theta - if I don't get a response in a day or two I'll mail the "tech" address as well.

    Marck: if I did ring Acoustic Arts in Watford, who ought I ask to speak to?
     
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    Ask for either Fraser or Kingsley - they are both extremely knowledgable guys....
     
  11. Nic Rhodes

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    All I know is it will be expensive ;) but I would be inclined to wait a little until more info come through, these guys know what they are doing.
     
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    Did you find out any more info?
     
  13. NicolasB

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    Who, me? No. :) If and when I hear anything remotely relevant I'll post it here.
     
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    I was emailed the following by John Baloff of Theta (I've corrected a couple of typos, but otherwise this is verbatim).

     
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    Looks like nothing in the short term then....
     
  16. NicolasB

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    The word from Acoustic Arts in Watford:

    The same guy reckons that the Krell Showcase processor is "simply fantastic", incidentally.
     
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    I cant wait to audition the Krell....Hopefully by that time the Theta will be around too...
     
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    I think Nic was questioning that man's judgement actually Marck...
     
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    One of the Krell AV Preamps is very good, and one is truly appalling. I can't remember which is which, but a combination of the Krell Pre and Theta Dreadnaught was SMRs nightmare system from hell. Whereas the other way round was his cup of tea.:devil:

    Yeah, the Showcase was the good one for what it's worth.
     
  20. NicolasB

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    Guilty as charged. :)

    Mind you, I've no direct experience of the Krell processor, but I recall some rather negative comments about it from other forum members. See here for example.
     
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    Yeah, that was me. I got confused between the Home Theater (Sub)Standard and the Showcase.
    The Showcase is quite good.:blush: But probably not worth it's price tag.
     
  22. NicolasB

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    You weren't the only person being rude about Krell on that thread, Mudge. :)
     
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    ok - so has anyone actually audtioned the Showcase? Or is it just 'what other people have said/heard'?
     

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