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post #511 of 654
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Originally Posted by thegrobe View Post


Thanks for posting that- this following quote from Steve on that thread leads me to believe that there is something to knocking the Taboo volume down a bit, and raising the CSP master a bit. I have been trying this a bit as I described a few posts back, and liking the sound, it's good to know that it's not entirely "incorrect". smily_headphones1.gif

"If the amp you are using has a gain control we assume it's all the way up. That said, if you want a particular recording to have more punch, less thinness, you can simply turn the gain on the amp down a couple notches and run the preamp master volume a bit higher"

I also have a low gain (1.25v) and high gain (2.5v) output on my DAC so there is that in play as well. I tend to get slightly different signatures from the two gain settings, I wonder which is more "direct" or "pure"...ie less circuit in the path?

 

Do you think it will depend on your dac's power supply? I know alot of power supplies are overbuilt, like the Taboo, so they are never really stressed which keeps good sound quality.

If your dac's psu struggles more to output the 2.5v maybe 1.25v will sound better? 

 

This is all guess work on my part of course. If you are using Audio-gd as your source it's probably fine. Those things are built like tanks and have great psu's. 

I love my NFB-7.1 even if it is the size of a kitchen table :wink_face:

post #512 of 654
Speaking of setting up CSP2/3 and your power amp, @Will over on the Decware forums uses 'riding the gain'. I think he means altering the relative levels between preamp and power amp to tailor the sound. I guess this works because each amp has different characteristics.

For example, increase the level of the CSP (and reduce the level of your Taboo or whatever to keep the final level the same) you get more of the CSP's sound. Or vice versa.

Haven't tried this (yet) and it's not something I've ever seen Steve mention in so many words but it sounds good in theory!
post #513 of 654

Combine that with tube rolling to alter the sound even further and you have a ton of possibilities.

 

My CSP3 can not come fast enough!

post #514 of 654

Then you add 2 lucid modes....

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Anyone have a csp2+ for sale? thanks

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madell here's one in the Decware classifieds: http://www.decware.com/cgi-bin/yabb22/YaBB.pl?num=1379100541

It's with a Taboo 2 and unfortunately they want to sell as a pair...
post #517 of 654
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Anyone have a csp2+ for sale? thanks

Suggest you post a "wanted" ad on the Decware audio forum.

With many CSP2+ owners jumping onto the new CSP3 bandwagon, you're likely to receive an offer over there from someone who wants to make the upgrade.
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What is the current wait time on the CSP 3? I think that is the direction I will go. 

thanks

post #519 of 654
I ordered mine august 24th and it's on the bench right now. I should get it next week most likely. So probably around 6 to 8 weeks
post #520 of 654
check the website, there is a link to inform all the customers the updated order status
post #521 of 654

That gets addicting checking it daily.....

post #522 of 654

Well I made it easy on myself, I purchased a used csp 2+. Looking forward to

it. Thanks to all

post #523 of 654

Wondering if the beeswax caps and stepped attenuator are 705.00 worth of improvement?

That does include recertifying the warranty which is nice.

thanks

post #524 of 654
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Wondering if the beeswax caps and stepped attenuator are 705.00 worth of improvement?

That does include recertifying the warranty which is nice.

thanks

I did enjoy the Beeswax caps in the Taboo MK III. I am personally a fan of the smooth attenuator. I would not spend $700 for those upgrades though. Tube choices will do more for you than the caps will.

post #525 of 654
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Originally Posted by rnadell View Post
 

Wondering if the beeswax caps and stepped attenuator are 705.00 worth of improvement?

That does include recertifying the warranty which is nice.

thanks

 

Generally cap & attenuator upgrades don't scale nearly as high as the rest of the circuit. It will be better, but not proportionally.

 

Personally I wouldn't do it unless you've already rolled some nice toobage. The mesh 5U4G from Emission Labs is awfully nice.

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