The Theta Data Basic's reputation as a classic amongst high-end transports has stood the test of time.
This Data Basic is functionally perfect and its cosmetic condition is just about mint except for a minor scratch on the top cover (see photo below).
This is a rare Data Basic that--in addition to the standard digital coaxial output--also features Theta's proprietary and expensive "Single Mode" optical interface, which was an $800 Theta-installed option. (Which explains the $2450 original price above.) It mates via a special optical cable with Theta DACs that are equipped with the same Single Mode option installed.
1) The laser eventually failed and was replaced by Theta when they were still doing repairs on Data Basics. 2) The drawer gear failed as it did on every Data Basic over time. The problem was that the plastic used for the original gear deteriorated from contact with the plastic gear grease.The gear was replaced with a new one made from a revised plastic, and it has been fine every since.
1) The scratch shown in the top cover photo is very light, only at the surface layer of paint--you can't even feel it and it has not penetrated to the metal.
2-Theta advised that it was best to remove the rear rubber feet from the Data Basic and replace them with a special metal spike that they provided which screws into a custom-drilled hole at the center/rear of the unit. This created a triangle of support between the two rubber feet in the front corners and the spike centered at the rear.
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