Alan

Theta DAC for sale - DS Pro Progeny, with freebies!

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[SIZE=2][FONT=Verdana]I need to recoup some funds toward my new DAC (another Theta)…I present to you my all American Battleship! This thing sounds awesome, a really weighty presentation with fluidity in the bass I haven’t heard before from CD. This is Theta’s lowest range DAC to feature their signature DSP chipset & programming, which set them apart in the nineties. (I am converted....:doh:) Their range-topper was over £6k! :shock:[/FONT][/SIZE]


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This DAC was built in 1994, it is almost identical to the Theta DS Pro Prime II; it uses the same (18 bit) [/FONT][FONT=Verdana]Burr-Brown PCM 67 DAC chip, and a Motorola 56001 DSP microprocessor; that makes this DAC more of a computer… It also features a comprehensive power supply with two high quality transformers – one for the digital board & one for the analogue section. The main difference between this & the more expensive Pro Prime II is the Progeny is single ended, ie: not a balanced design. That said, there is reportedly hardly any difference in performance between the two models, which made the Prime II unpopular. [/FONT][/SIZE]

[SIZE=2][FONT=Verdana]This DAC was released at the same time as the Theta DS Pro Generation V as its budget sibling. [/FONT][/SIZE]

[SIZE=2][FONT=Verdana]This Theta DS Pro Progeny is in excellent condition, I reckon nine out of ten cosmetically. It is [/FONT][FONT=Verdana]UK[/FONT][FONT=Verdana] 240v and functions perfectly in every way. It has a single Co-ax input & an Optical input, and a switch to invert phase. It accepts 31 kHz, 44.1 kHz & 48 kHz, so it reads CDs and also Digital TV/DVD output.[/FONT][/SIZE]

[SIZE=2][FONT=Verdana]Included in this sale is an IEC power cord, original manual but no original box. I am including also a spare set of ‘Stands Unique’ Carbon fibre isolation stands as pictured, they work by sinking vibration out of the casing to ground, so improving the firmness of the bass. I will also include my favorite digital interconnect, a 50cm NVA Digital SoundPipe (I have another). This is a rigid digital cable that must be pre-bent by hand before plugging in. It is inconvenient to install, but I find these cables release so much mid-range texture that they are worth it. If you want something more flexible I have a very good Beresford cable (nearer 1m) I can give you instead if you want.[/FONT][/SIZE]

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[*][SIZE=2][FONT=Verdana]Original cost Theta DS Pro Progeny: £1,400[/FONT][/SIZE]
[*][SIZE=2][FONT=Verdana]NVA Digital SoundPipe: £35.00[/FONT][/SIZE]
[*][SIZE=2][FONT=Verdana]Stands Unique Isolation Stands: £40.00 (approx)[/FONT][/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2][FONT=Verdana]Total of £1,475 new, [B]I would like £325[/B] (to offset against my new DAC) for which I will include [/FONT][FONT=Verdana]UK[/FONT][FONT=Verdana] mainland shipping with UPS & insurance at my expense. :)

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[CENTER][COLOR=Red][B][U]Sold, Subject to payment.[/U][/B][/COLOR]

[LEFT][COLOR=Black]Well done David for getting in quickly, If the sale falls through I'll be in contact with the next fastest Wammer.:)[/COLOR]
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I'm sooooooo poor. sniff.... :dunno:

My Dac hates co-ax too. double sniff...
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You can save for my even more outstanding DS Pro Basic III if you like :P ; it will probably have to go this Autumn when I move to computer audio & higher rez music files. I have my beady eyes on a few DACs, which I'll try to Dem over the suimmer. Having said that, the Theta might prevail... The Basic III is even more of a good thing than the Progeny. :)
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in that case Alan - give me first dibs!!!! Pretty please? :)
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:shock:Seriously? That was a throw away comment you know! I will of course contact you first in a few months, though I don't have a clue how to value it yet as I bought it in from the States. It runs off a hefty Tacima 500va step down transformer (that should do it:cool:) and an American IEC lead. And it loves Co-ax. And Toslink, and AES/EBU whatever-it-is. It is a very lovely machine indeed.
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oooooh TOSlink too - oh goody! Now wheres my brother, time for a Reservoir Dogs style chat about that money he owes me...
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