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I have to say that new Taboo is unbelievably cool looking.  I love the black plate (never did really like the white top of Decware amps) and the meters are super cool too.

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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post

I have to say that new Taboo is unbelievably cool looking.  I love the black plate (never did really like the white top of Decware amps) and the meters are super cool too.

Hi Skylab,

 

I do hope that Steve would let you review the latest Taboo amp with your Audeze LCD 3.

 

Would love to hear how it compares against your existing  Leben and Red Wine Audio amps.

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^ now that's a review I would be interested in too.

Dear Lord, I'm with longbow and skylab. I had decided against the new taboo, but seeing these new pictures it's unbelievably good looking!

And Steve has been very specific about the changes in circuit and sound. This is certainly a 'must hear' and maybe a 'must buy'

I'm sure once I explain all this to my daughter she'll be willing to postpone her wedding to next year!!
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Originally Posted by AiDee View Post

^ now that's a review I would be interested in too.

Dear Lord, I'm with longbow and skylab. I had decided against the new taboo, but seeing these new pictures it's unbelievably good looking!

And Steve has been very specific about the changes in circuit and sound. This is certainly a 'must hear' and maybe a 'must buy'

I'm sure once I explain all this to my daughter she'll be willing to postpone her wedding to next year!!

Ordered....(sigh).....

 

Maple base, Gold knob and 4 pin XLR's......Let the wait begin!

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What is the difference between the 3 pin and 4 pin XLRs?

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Congrats longbow. Seriously considering an order. The $200 discount is a real incentive. I see Pale Rider and others in the Decware forum have ordered as well.

dminches, the 4-pin XLR socket provides a complete balanced connection for a 4-pin, balanced cabled hp. If you get two 4-pins on the new Taboo, you could power two phones.

As I understand it, the 3-pin sockets are one per channel; only one balanced hp can be connected, which must of course be cabled with a pair of 3-pin connectors.
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What is the difference between the 3 pin and 4 pin XLRs?

One use a double  plufg the 3pin and the 4 pin is a single plug.  he has the 3 pin XLR as standard. You ordering one Dave.

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Looks like a dozen or so in the current queue ahead of me. Interesting that 3 of them are from Wisconsin too...We could have a Taboo Mini meet!

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Not sure. I really don't need one now since I have the prior version as well as 2 other HP amps.
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Hello everybody!  I want to think you all for this 58 pages of information that convinced me to finally make the purchase.  After reading Steve gush over his new baby, I had to jump in and make the purchase of the new Taboo MKIII.  When I talked to Steve today on the phone, I was amazed at how cool and deliberate he was.  It is not easy to be calmer than a Texan.  Admittedly, I was pretty fired up about this amp though.

 

The funny thing is, this for me is a total blind buy, but I feel very confident in it due in no small part to all the praise in this thread.  

I went with the Mahogany base, Bees Wax, 4 Pin and Gold knob.  After spending the last two days with a constant stare on those pictures, I knew I was sunk.  It is an object of beauty!

 

Ahh yes, Sorry for my wallet!

 

Now, I need to start saving for my LCD2.2  I have about 8-10 weeks based on Steve's 3-month estimated wait and Audeze's backlog. 

 

Again, thank you all.  I feel like I made a great choice and it is 100% due to the Head-fi community.  I wish I could have attended a meet or something to try all this out, but I have instead spent countless hours of research.  It came down to the Leben, Woo7, Taboo, and Passport.  I stretched for the taboo a bit over the Passport and Woo7 due to the fact that it can also power some high efficiency speakers down the road.  It was still significantly below the Leben, and I doubt I will ever be depressed about saving the $1,000.

 

I have to be honest and say that I am no true Head-fier, but I did want to say thank you for allowing me to troll your forum and make an informed decision.  I had never even heard of Decware prior to finding this band of hi-fi gurus.

 

Thanks again,

 

Matt

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Congrats Matt. Glad we could help. I doubt you will be disappointed. Your only 'problem' will be to uncover the combination of tubes that suits your particular music and brain.

Btw, as Steve mentions in the Taboo page, it will work with "virtually any small monitors" for desktop use. I can confirm that my pair of inefficient KEF UNI-Q speakers work very well this way.

Talking of speakers, I notice the 8-ohm power is reduced very slightly - 2 x 4.6W (previously 2 x 6W). As Steve also notes 8-ohm speakers will be slightly louder than 4-ohm, it seems he has raised the output impedance of the amp to better suit planar-magnetic phones.

If true, Taboo III will deliver more to LCDs than the 2W-plus previously estimated by Chris J, one of the resident EEs. Of course, this also means more power to Grados, Hifiman and so on.
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I will be reviewing the new Taboo. Steve started the build today and I have also asked DMinches to come over when I have the amp for review so we can compare the old Taboo with the new model and susing the LCD2.2.,HD800<AT3000ANV and Dminches LCD3. Unfortunately the he500 has to be returned.  In about a month or so I will have a full blown review up  and have impressions. I am really looking forward to the review and the process.

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First review by Frank...Things as they should be!

 

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Not sure. I really don't need one now since I have the prior version as well as 2 other HP amps.

 

??? and your point is ????evil_smiley.gif

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My point is that I am trying to convince myself not to buy it. We all know that wont last for long...
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