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SHIPS NEW CASABLANCA IVA IMMERSIVE 7.1.4 CHANNEL PREAMP/PROCESSOR
ADDS DOLBY ATMOS AND DTS:X DECODING TO VENERABLE PLATFORM
REVAMPED SIGNAL PATH OFFERS IMPROVED PERFORMANCE FOR ALL DIGITAL SOURCES
RETAINS ALL-ANALOG SIGNAL PATH FOR LEGACY SOURCES
MAINTAINS UPGRADE POLICY FOR EARLIER GENERATION CASABLANCA PROCESSORS
Montebello, CA, June 29, 2017 – The most widely acclaimed manufacturer of high-end audio components, Theta Digital, today began shipping the updated Casablanca IVa Immersive Sound Preamp/Processor.
Built on the same basic platform as previous Casablanca preamp/processors, the Casablanca IVa continues the aspirational good looks of its predecessors while making significant changes and improvements to the underlying circuitry.
First and foremost is the use of two new TI DSP processor chips to add 7.1.4 channel output capability and decoding for both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the immersive sound formats found in many of Hollywood’s blockbuster movies.
Both formats, of course, include upmixing of stereo and surround material to the 3-D audio experience. Dolby Surround is included to extend Dolby encoded material. DTS Neural:X does the same for anything encoded in DTS. For PCM material, albeit stereo or multi-channel, the user can freely choose either upmixing technology.
The revised digital topology also removes the Sample Rate Converter (SRC) used at the input to the DSP board in the earlier Casablanca III HD and IV resulting in improved sound in the Casablanca IVa.
The Casablanca IVa also adds a new Digital Direct mode that passes on any signals arriving in the digital domain in their native format and channel count and continues Theta’s traditional Analog Direct mode that passes analog signals unmolested.
Dirac Live® Digital Room Correction and Optimization continues with the ability to measure and correct all 12 output channels. Theta’s proprietary Jitter Jail II™ is also included to reduce distortion based on timing errors in the input signal.
The Casablanca IVa has 4 HDMI inputs and one HDMI output. All HDMI inputs support HDMI 2.2 and HDR.
Theta is also pleased to continue its long-standing policy of allowing owners of previous Casablanca preamplifier/processors to upgrade to the Casablanca IVa. The cost of the upgrade depends on the actual model submitted. Please contact Theta for pricing information.
According to Dave Reich, Theta Digital’s Chief Engineer, “We are thrilled with the performance of the new CB IVa. It offers outstanding sound virtually without compromise for any digital or analog signal.”
About Theta Digital
Theta Digital designs and manufactures state-of-the-art audio components in its facility in Montebello, CA. With impeccable style, world-class cosmetic design and leading-edge audio circuitry, Theta Digital components are a fitting accompaniment for the finest possible audio and video systems.
components in its facility in Montebello, CA. With impeccable style, world-class cosmetic design and leading-edge audio circuitry, Theta Digital components are a fitting accompaniment for the finest possible audio and video systems.