Review: Theta Digital Data Basic II Transport
I have found this transport to be an absolutely wonderful piece, especially at used prices, ($350-600 depending on the features). I origainally had a Data II Universal and loved it. The EAD DSP7000III is a great match for either unit (The EAD or the Theta's), but that is another review!
The Theta Data is a simple unit, and has the basic features, and I think a good working and easy to use remote. It is well built and I like the looks of this transport (Mine is black). The readout has large numbers and is easy on the eyes. I like the fact that it has a detatchable power cord, because I can tweak away with that. I am currently using a Synergistic A/C Master Reference.
Sound wise, I was moving up from an old Denon when I bought the Data Universal and was very suprised how good a seperate transport sounded. I tried the EAD T1000 and I knew I had made a mistake getting rid of the Data Universal. I recently sold the EAD and purchased the Theta Data II and am back in listening Heaven.
The EAD T1000 had a good soundstage, but was weak in the bass and lacked depth (Compared to the Data II). It had a tiny little power cord that I replaced, and that helped, but still no match for the Data II
The Data II has an excellent soundstage, feel of space and depth and has great bass. For my sytem, it all works well and is built like a battleship. I highly recommend this transport for anyone looking for a good, low cost front end. I will definately keep this Data, until I can really move up the Theta line!
EAD DSP7000III DAC
Audio Research LS7
Marchand XM9 Active Crossover
Threshold S150 II, S300II
Celestion A1's, (Tweaked)
Theta Data II Universal