With AiDee's help (on a different thread) and endorsement of the Taboo, I will eventually be a part of the "appreciation" thread
I just have a couple of questions about the Taboo upgrades and believe starting here is a wise decision.
From Decware website:
Since the chassis was designed to accommodate additional jacks and even another tube if needed, the following options are available:
- Choose between the black figured base or the contemporary walnut - FREE
- Choose from a variety of alternate hardwoods - add $50
- Stepped attenuator - add $250
- V-Caps - add $200
- Headphone jack for Planar Magnetic Ear Phones - add $100
- For those who have the V-Cap upgrade, how many caps in total and what are their values?
- Why does the output jack cost $100 for Ortho users?
So I'm gonna pull the trigger soon. Any advice on what other options to get or not to get?
Will be using vinyl as the only source so no DAC is needed in this setup. Cans are LCD-2
Don't have vcaps. There is no headphone jack unless you pay for the mod. It's not a special headphone jack specifically for planars if that's what you are thinking. The low output impedence makes it most suitable for planar magnetics, combined with the fact htat if you used high sensitivity headphones who knows what might happen. I'm sure it's fine but you probably can't turn the volume up very much. With my HE-500, I generally listen with the volume at around 8 or 9oclock, and the max I go is 12oclock.
Anyway, it costs 100$ because it takes extra labor. If you're going to be using speakers as well, make sure to email them and ask for a switch between speakers and headphones. Apparently they don't default to this. Some seem to have the switch and some don't. Mine does not have the switch and while it's not that bad to unplug and plug in my speakers when needed, a switch would make my life a lot easier.