Theta Dreadnaught II Seven-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

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Theta_Dreadnaught_II.gifLoosely named after a powerful battleship, this powerhouse seven-channel 225-watts-per-channel modular amp is a surprisingly good multi-channel amplifier for both music and movies. Theta is known and respected for their source components and electronics, such as their modular Casablanca III AV preamp, more than for making audiophile amplifiers. Recently, when Theta was sold, the suitor was in fact the OEM company ATI, which makes Theta's amps for them. Insiders know that Morris Kessler at ATI makes one hell of a solid amp and the Theta Dreadnaught II is no exception.

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The Theta Dreadnaught II is a modular amplifier that can have either mono or stereo modules added to provide between two and 10 channels, as your audio system demands. The basic chassis, which is gorgeous, by the way, with its curved silver face and sexy industrial design, is $2,250. Each 225-watt channel module is $850 per board, with the 100-watts-per-channel stereo module costing $1,000 each. A stylish aluminum top is an additional $250. A loaded Dreadnaught II weights 98 pounds and is 17.5 inches wide by 8.5 inches tall and 23.5 inches deep.

The sound of the Theta Dreadnaught II is reminiscent of ATI amps, but with a little more refinement. This is no all-sizzle digital amp that delivers only on the spec sheet. The Theta Dreadnaught II is a manly amp, with class AB operation, giving your surround sound system low-end weight, along with openness on the high end that is voiced to match Theta Digital's very resolute front-end electronics.

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HTR Product Rating for Theta Dreadnaught II Seven-Channel Amplifier

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4

Value

3.5

Overall

4

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