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I hate to buy into the hype [..........] 

This is Head-Fi, right? darthsmile.gif
 

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I hate to buy into the hype but I have to admit I somehow feel quite attracted to that Taboo amp as I am starting to appreciate the sound of tube amp more since I got a modded Darkvoice 336SE. How does it stack up against the Apex Peak, another well received amp here,  but an hybrid one. 



never heard the Apex but the Taboo is less expensive.

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I love the Sylvania blackplates.  Super nice tubes.  Getting harder to find, unfortunately (like most nice NOS tubes...)

Skylab, this one?
 


Those are grey-plate, not blank - still nice tubes, but I like the black-plate better.

 

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I hate to buy into the hype but I have to admit I somehow feel quite attracted to that Taboo amp as I am starting to appreciate the sound of tube amp more since I got a modded Darkvoice 336SE. How does it stack up against the Apex Peak, another well received amp here,  but an hybrid one. 


Just to be aware, the Taboo is not ideal for all headphones.  Great with the Orthos, but like the Mini-Torii I use, the Taboo is not going to be ideal for high-sensitivity headphones, IMO.

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I love the Sylvania blackplates.  Super nice tubes.  Getting harder to find, unfortunately (like most nice NOS tubes...)

Skylab, this one?
 


Those are grey-plate, not blank - still nice tubes, but I like the black-plate better.

 

Thanks much Skylab!
 

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I love the Sylvania blackplates.  Super nice tubes.  Getting harder to find, unfortunately (like most nice NOS tubes...)

Skylab, this one?
 


Those are grey-plate, not blank - still nice tubes, but I like the black-plate better.

 

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Originally Posted by zenpunk View Post

I hate to buy into the hype but I have to admit I somehow feel quite attracted to that Taboo amp as I am starting to appreciate the sound of tube amp more since I got a modded Darkvoice 336SE. How does it stack up against the Apex Peak, another well received amp here,  but an hybrid one. 


Just to be aware, the Taboo is not ideal for all headphones.  Great with the Orthos, but like the Mini-Torii I use, the Taboo is not going to be ideal for high-sensitivity headphones, IMO.



Just to clarify I do use a preamp to drive my Taboo ad yest the Taboo drives the HD800 and when the T1 was here it drove them  as well. I prefer to use the CSP-2 headamp with the HD800 and the when I owned the T1 also. Fang listened and preferred the T1 with the Taboo. Made no noise but its way much power for them and I find OTL better suited for high impedance cans/. Even thougg I can use the Taboo stand alone I much prefer this with the CSP-2 and Decware designed the two in mind.

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Thanks for the clarification Frank. The Apex Peak look more like an all-rounder and should work well with different headphones. Plus it only has one tube so less risk to fall down the tube rolling mallarky:D . I like to keep things as simple as possible
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The Apex Peak is a very nice amp, but as pointed out, it is much more expensive...

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Pleased to report that I located some NOS Sylvania EL84 blackplates. Looking forward to trying them out.
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Pleased to report that I located some NOS Sylvania EL84 blackplates. Looking forward to trying them out.


Good for you. My favorite EL84 so far. The stock tubes are good also very nicely balanced. I sold the Genelex ones I bought because for me they were more extended on the top and had less bass thus making it a little bright for me. Maybe i did not give them a chance but the Sylvanis has great bass excellent highs and midrange with that lusg tube sound I love. Mullard 12AT7 is also special and the Genelex reissue 12AX7 and other driver tubes are all good. I paid less for the Mullard than they were. Kevin Deal has some nice Mullard for 30.00

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It will be interesting to compare the Sylvania tubes to the stock 6P15P-EV tubes that Decware ships with the amp. As I understand the Hazen Grid feature of the amp, the stock will activate the grid, while the Sylvanias will not.
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It will be interesting to compare the Sylvania tubes to the stock 6P15P-EV tubes that Decware ships with the amp. As I understand the Hazen Grid feature of the amp, the stock will activate the grid, while the Sylvanias will not.


I have done that. I like the stock tubes but do prefer the Sylvania for the bass extension and lusher sound burt the stock are no slouch tubes for sure. Different day different flavor

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Will have a chance to find out soon enough. My Taboo and Z-Stage arrive Monday, the 4th! 

 

Did I actually say "soon enough"? Sheesh, I have been gnawing my legs off waiting for the Taboo. My LCD-2s arrived last week, and as much as I like them with the Apache, I have a feeling I am in for a whole new treat.

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Will have a chance to find out soon enough. My Taboo and Z-Stage arrive Monday, the 4th! 

 

Did I actually say "soon enough"? Sheesh, I have been gnawing my legs off waiting for the Taboo. My LCD-2s arrived last week, and as much as I like them with the Apache, I have a feeling I am in for a whole new treat.


Great. I am now using Mullard old stock 7189 and 2492 with the 12AT7 very musical and Sylvania also very very nice so i am tubed out for a few years. I use mine with the CSP-2 but did try it without and it worked fine but you will need the 12AX7 without a preamp which you will get a JJ stock but I would upgrade that,. Let us know what you think. I have 3set of Sylvania and many other EL84 plus the stock SV83 so I have enough to change the sound for a long long time.

 

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My Taboo arrived today, and while it is obviously not broken in, I was surprised by one very interesting outcome: although I and others thought for sure I would need the 12AX7 output tube, that has turned out not to be the case. Even without the Z-Stage, which has not yet shipped, the Taboo is blowing the doors off the LCD-2s. It is truly amazing.  Right now, the Genalex Gold Lion 12AX7 is actually more than I need. When I turn off the amp for the next off part of the break-in cycle, I am going to insert the Genalex 12AU7, and see how that sounds.

 

Even not broken in, this amp does wonders for the LCD-2s.

post #60 of 404
How is the build quality, fit and finish? Any noise? Buzz, hum or hiss?
Edited by DjAmTraX - 4/4/11 at 8:44pm
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