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Theta Digital Jade
5 Reviews
rating  4.6 of 5
MSRP  2495.00
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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by meri5862 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This one of the best transports available, particularly for the price. Now discontinued, but can be found used. More refined sounding than previous Theta units thanks to the jitter reduction circuitry. The Jade simply does a great job presenting a "proper" digital signal. Great results when used with a high-calibre Theta or other DAC.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stefan a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Excellent machine, great build quality. The sound is awesome, it represents such good value that transports costing twice as much will have difficulty keeping up. Partner it with a good dac and you have a great cd system. Although getting older now it still is a serious contender.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Audio Imports



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: December 9, 1999

Bottom Line:   
The jade is a very good transport. In this day of no priced object components,the jade stands out as a very good value. It does so many things well.To me it is no doubt the best transport in its price range and then some. Very musical, very recommended

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by M W a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: November 10, 1999

Bottom Line:   
In a 300B-based mainly-tube system, the Jade's BIG dynamics and crystal-clear top end (without hardness) make it a perfect match. Not to mention outstanding bass...I mean REAL BASS! If anyone thinks a transport can't make a difference in a system, listen to the Jade! Concert hall perspective: front row center....this transport doesn't hold much back. On the downside, the Jade may render some heretofore playable CDs to the bedroom or car system. Clean your CDs carefully.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:3
Submitted by John Lum a an Audiophile

Date Reviewed: September 20, 1999

Bottom Line:   
Negatives:1.) Has one of the worst remotes I've ever seen
2.) Extraordinarily long burn-in required
3.) Looks terrible in black
4.) The Pioneer Stable Platter requires that you turn CDs label-side down

Positives:
1.) Looks good in Platinum finish
2.) Comes standard with coax and AES/EBU outputs

Associated Equipment:
Transports: Theta Data basic II; CAL Delta
DACs: Theta DS Pro Basic IIIA, DS Pro Prime IIA, Cobalt 307
Digital links: HAVE Digiflex Gold; AudioQuest Digital Pro; MIT T3 and Digital Reference; Illuminations D-60; Kimber KS-2020; Tara Labs Air Digital 75 and The One Digital

If you buy this transport, it sounds ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE, right out of the box. It is cloudy, slow, lacking in detail, and muddy. It doesn't start to open up, until and month has passed. I'd estimate that full burn-in is two months. Unless you hear a fully burned-in unit, you will be mega-disappointed.

Regardless of how I tweak the Jade, it has a readily identifiable sonic signature. All CDs will sound warm, and a little lacking in high-frequency extension. I really miss Theta's old Data Basic II. The DB2 sounded snappier, more transparent, and leaner than the Jade.

To get the most out of the Jade, put it on Black Diamond Racing's The Source, and put Bright Star's Little Rock 2 on top. Be very careful in choosing a digital cable. You will want to avoid warm-sounding cables. If you have no money left over, the HAVE/Canare Digiflex Gold is a good match. If you have a little more money, then the Illuminations D-60 and Tara Air 75 are toss-ups. Best of all, however, is Tara's The One Digital, whose neutral characteristic suits all transports and DACs well.

If your CD-playback system is hashy, over-the-top, and bright, then you might like the Jade. Indeed, the Jade does not add distortions on top of the music. But those of us who have neutral or bass-heavy systems will want to look elsewhere.

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