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Which headphones are you using?

 

Other owners with the CSP2 + Taboo + HE-500 find that the CSP2 pre-amp delivers more punch to the HE-500 than just the Taboo alone?  I can drive the HE-500 fairly loud but for some recordings the levels are lower and the Taboo would benefit from a pre-amp.

 

Does anyone use a non-Decware pre-amp with the Taboo?  Blasphemy I'm sure.

 

 

 

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I have the CSP2+ TABOO combination.  Totally black background.  My Taboo has the vcaps and sometimes after warming up really well, I get a glimpse of what they can do.  I have about 50 hours on em now.  I just changed the rectifier tubes to the something something GT's which the amps were designed for, and they opened up the detail.  I like the visual effect with the smaller GT tube too.  I would highly recommend the CSP2+ for anyone with a Taboo.  The volume control is smooth, and I like the input and output gain controls. 5y3GT rectifiers, Sylvania USA, $30 each.  

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My CSP2+ arrived yesterday.  I didn't get to do enough listening to give a full impression, but I enjoyed it.  I'm ready to get my HD650's in and then start my usual tube-rolling voyage.  I'll also eventually get around to posting a picture or two.

Congratulations Jazzerdave!! Mine is right behind you.

 

BTW, Pictures, or it didn't happen  biggrin.gif

post #513 of 1186

Great to hear these new reports guys.

 

A CSP2+/Taboo update from yesterday: inserted an RCA 6DJ8 into the driver position of the CSP2. Other tubes on the C remain stock.

 

Unfortunately the Beyer T1 reverted back toward boring; balanced but much less dynamic. With the stock 6N1P or either of two 6922s I tried so far the T1 is anything but boring.

 

OTOH, this is the best combination with Taboo (Tung Sol rectifier, stock power tubes, Brimar 12AT7 driver)/LCD2 so far. Seem to be almost back to the transparency and immediacy recently achieved with Taboo alone (with the tubes above), with added punch and possibly even speed from the CSP2.

 

WNBC - did you audition those Orcas as you mentioned you might?

post #514 of 1186

Just for you longbowbbs -

 

The CSP2+ with my AKG Q701's:

 

 

 

The new rig next to my heavily modified ST-70:

 

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Top of my list of things to do early October.  Been out of state for all of September and they had limited hours for auditioning at the end of August.  They said I can bring the Taboo to their site so I can hear if their speakers are exactly what I want.  

 

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WNBC - did you audition those Orcas as you mentioned you might?

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Just for you longbowbbs -

 

 

You Sir are too kind!  Very nice....Now I am really fired up for delivery!

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Thanks WNBC. Look forward to your findings...

 

I took a punt on the Joey Roth Ceramics for my office/study (which is where the headphone rig lives) because I thought their conical shape and unusual material might reduce coloration. And indeed, they probably do - they have clear, detailed upper mids. Unfortunately the rest of the midrange is lean.

 

Works well with some material but with other material can be eek.gif

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Originally Posted by WNBC View Post

 

 

Does anyone use a non-Decware pre-amp with the Taboo?  Blasphemy I'm sure.

 

 

 

 

I use a Decware CSP2+ pre-amp with a non Decware power amp.

 

Does that count for Blasphemy too?  biggrin.gif

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I use a Decware CSP2+ pre-amp with a non Decware power amp.

 

Does that count for Blasphemy too?  biggrin.gif

That would be showing the love to the little people!  biggrin.gif

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Nah, one Decware pre-amp or amp is a blessing, having both is gluttony  evil_smiley.gif

 

I'm curious as to what other people are using as a preamp though to their Taboo.  Any issues with having too powerful of a preamp?  Or some finding good preamp options in the vintage realm?  SS vs tube pre-amp?  

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Lord Soth View Post

 

I use a Decware CSP2+ pre-amp with a non Decware power amp.

 

Does that count for Blasphemy too?  biggrin.gif

post #521 of 1186

Well, I mentioned once before I tried my HFA 'Silver' tube preamp with Taboo. Maximum output "30 Volts RMS at clipping" is comparable to the CSP2's 36V (RMS or peak?), which seems like a healthy output power to me!

 

The combination did not sound good - very flabby and unfocused.

 

This was early days though. I briefly tried again a month or two ago. I guess the Taboo - its VCAPs burnt in - was much more 'ready': it did a much better job driving my (5 driver, 4-way) speakers this time. The bass was round (not nearly as tight as with the Plinius) and there was noticeable warmth, but altogether it was engagingly musical.

 

Although I think more efficient, single-driver speakers are probably the Taboo's forté, I could definitely live with this for quiet evening listening sessions.

 

I don't think I tried the LCD2s or - if I did - there was no 'magic'.

 

Now I have the CSP2 I will try swapping them round sometime in October and report back.


HFA (Hi Fidelity Audio) was a New Zealand company with a small client base. It specialized in 'high-end' tube gear. I bought my preamp in 1992, and still use it in front of a big Plinius power amp. It is highly neutral, fast, detailed and resolving.

 

Peter Thomson, the designer, used to drive up and down New Zealand installing (free) upgrades for all his owners every time he thought of a better design. Needless to say this business model was not successful, although keeping in contact with clients and getting constant feedback must have been great informal R & D.

 

In many ways Steve Deckert reminds me of Peter, except Steve obviously has a successful business model.

 

 

I was lucky that I bought mine when it was a mature, evolved product.

post #522 of 1186

MY CSP2+ is awaiting the Wooden base for completion!

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^ Great longbow - not long now tongue_smile.gif

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MY CSP2+ is awaiting the Wooden base for completion!

 

At the rate I'm going, you'll probably get to 5 hours of listening time on your CSP2+/HD650 combo quicker than I will.

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At the rate I'm going, you'll probably get to 5 hours of listening time on your CSP2+/HD650 combo quicker than I will.

I do have to get it here first!.... I ordered it in July!

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