Theta Casablanca III vs Tubes
I sent my Calypso off around 5 weeks ago, to get it upgraded to a Signature. Around 15 years ago, i purchased a Casablanca series III and it can do everything but talk to me. I bought it, to be incorporated in my surround sound, as well as 2 channel. Years have passed and I no longer use my listening room as a TV room. I have found that cheap solid state receivers, give me all the sound I need, for a TV in a different room. Anyway, I've been forced to listen to my Theta and I can't believe the warmth and depth I'm missing. I have been listening to CD's and they all seem so hollow, with no guts. I have an EQ I use when needed, but no matter how I set it (I'm exaggerating), I can't get anywhere close to the sound I have with my Calypso. It's unbelievable how a tube line stage preamp, will make such a huge difference. I have an Aesthetix Rhea I use for albums and that, coupled with the Calypso, gives me such an inviting and warm sound. I'm due to get my Calypso back in 5 days, then I have 350-400 hours of burn in time. I'm going into withdrawals. Pass me the tequila and tranqs.