could be theta is following the henry ford system. recall that the model t preceeded the model a. -cfb
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Who knows when it comes to Theta. I sold my Gen Va months ago. I gave up on waiting for the Gen VI. Every time I emailed them about it I was told that the Gen VI was going to be out in the next 6 months. They announced the thing in January 1998! I doubt very much that a Gen VI or VIII will appear by January 2002. They make quality digital products but when they started making surround processors (two versions of the Casablanca already!)and multi-channel amplifiers instead of upgrading their two channel products I new it was time for me to move on.
I didn’t write the name down, but I believe he identified himself by what I assume is his first name, Adam, when he answered the phone. I could be mistaken. I got to him by telling the “operator” that I had a question about an upgrade.
I trust my original post was clear in stipulating that I inferred something based on a statement he made. Even his statement, the only hard bit of “evidence,” couldn’t reasonably be misconstrued as declaratory in nature. It left plenty of room for alternative outcomes, and his choice of the word "think" indicates uncertainty. Never the less the statement may have been telling.
Today, I received an e-mail response from Ed Deitemeier at Theta Digital. I e-mailed him after reading this thread on Saturday. Here is his reply to my question:
"Our intention is to introduce the Gen VI in January at CES. The "Gen VIII" designation was just a joke at the factory. You will most emphatically be able to update your Gen Va to Gen VI (or whatever it ends up being Called)."
I hope this clarifies the issue unambiguously!!!
OK, well that's good to know. I hoped that a path still existed, and what I was told seemed inconsistent with an unblemished history of product support & upgradability. I also hope that they'll continue to innovate in the two-channel market as well as what is most certainly a more profitable multi-channel market.
P.S. Have you ever managed to "squeeze" a Gen VI price or upgrade price out Theta?
I have never asked about price. I have just assumed all along that they wouldn't talk price until final product is out. I am hoping that they will have several upgrade options such as: DVD-A, Regular CD, etc
As far as 2-channel, I believe they will continue to promote it. They were just bogged down developing the new Casablanca and the amps. Apparantly, they have been quite busy with upgrades for the Casablanca.