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post #916 of 1186
Steve mentioned a Dac on the phone with me that he said was very good and only $150. That one might be a good option, but I still don't understand if I need a balanced DAC. I hate being a Noob.
post #917 of 1186
^ Nothing in the changes described for the new Taboo model suggests a balanced DAC is needed or indeed can be used with it. What has changed is the Taboo III has balanced as well as single-ended headphone outs. There's quite a variety of DACs in use with Decware amps, at just about every price-point! One school of thought - which I agree with - is you should get a neutral, detailed and transparent DAC. This makes your life easier, with just the amp to tailor to your preferred sound. Which you can do *a lot* with these amps - they respond very well to different tubes.
post #918 of 1186
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Originally Posted by Landmantx View Post

Steve mentioned a Dac on the phone with me that he said was very good and only $150. That one might be a good option, but I still don't understand if I need a balanced DAC. I hate being a Noob.


Was it the Odac? I'm thinking of using one of those with the Taboo this year and going for a better DAC next year.

post #919 of 1186
No, I am looking at the ODAC, but Steve mentioned something by Tascam. I will have to research it as I was in my car and didn't write down the model. I trust Steve's opinion though.
post #920 of 1186

Balanced vs unbalanced.  The only reason for balanced inputs or outputs is when long distances have to be covered by cable.  I await the review of the Decware amp, I am anxious.  I have the Taboo and CSP2+.  I look forward to hearing about all the speakers at Decware too.  There is currently a lot to look forward to in this thread. Please, include lots of pics.  

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I have an empty 8 gb SD card ready to go for Wednesday....smily_headphones1.gif
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I have an empty 8 gb SD card ready to go for Wednesday....smily_headphones1.gif

 

I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on the new HR-1 that's replaced my ERR's as Steve's current radial (well hybrid radial at least) design.  They're significantly more "spendy" than my ERR's, but I love that he continues to use radials in some shape or form.  

post #923 of 1186
I watched a couple of hours of Zenfest while they were listening to the HR-1's. I am not sure I should listen to them...smily_headphones1.gif lucky I drive a Prius and I can't fit them in the car! Seriously, it would be neat to hear them on the new monos. Yikes!
post #924 of 1186
They would have a hard time pulling me out of that listening room come closing time. I wish they still offered the ERR speaker. It sounds like a good fit for me, but I am leaning towards the MG944. Still, I am concerned about a lack of power out of the Taboo and would hate to have to use my Onkyo to drive my new speakers.

First, I have to decide on a DAC and whether I should spend money on a balanced cable from Audeze or Toxic. I still have a couple months, but I am pretty indecisive. I still haven't given up the possibility of the LCD3.
post #925 of 1186
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They would have a hard time pulling me out of that listening room come closing time. I wish they still offered the ERR speaker. It sounds like a good fit for me, but I am leaning towards the MG944. Still, I am concerned about a lack of power out of the Taboo and would hate to have to use my Onkyo to drive my new speakers.

First, I have to decide on a DAC and whether I should spend money on a balanced cable from Audeze or Toxic. I still have a couple months, but I am pretty indecisive. I still haven't given up the possibility of the LCD3.

 

We'll have to find some time soon when you can listen to my Taboo + LCD-3 (at least before I sell the LCD-3).  Maybe we can organize a very small meet.  I know I'll need to get back together with Nick Dangerous soon as he and I swapped rectifiers at the Austin meet.  I'll touch base with Nick and see if we can't set something up.

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First, I have to decide on a DAC and whether I should spend money on a balanced cable from Audeze or Toxic.

 

Using a balanced cable with the Taboo Mkiii just allows bypass of the Lucid mode.

The power will be the same for both 1/4 inch and balanced XLR.

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For me, it is the Lucid mode which makes the Taboo sound as good as it does.  I don't think Lucid mode is for everyone since it completely changes the sound stage.

post #928 of 1186
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Originally Posted by jazzerdave View Post

We'll have to find some time soon when you can listen to my Taboo + LCD-3 (at least before I sell the LCD-3).  Maybe we can organize a very small meet.  I know I'll need to get back together with Nick Dangerous soon as he and I swapped rectifiers at the Austin meet.  I'll touch base with Nick and see if we can't set something up.

Monday the 11th or Thursday the 14th works for me. C'mon by & I have an ample-sized community room here (where I host the Dallas Head-Fi meets). I'll also provide a demo of the Concero DAC. It isn't balanced, but if you need that the X-Sabre will do & has a similar sonic signature.
post #929 of 1186

According to UPS the amp is out for delivery so I will have it today. I am looking forward to the process and in a couple weeks DMinches will be here so we can compare the two Taboo amps and also use the csp2 with the mpa with and without. My review should take a good 4-5 weeks to complete.  The headphones I will use will be the LCDw2,LCD3,HD800,AT3000,Beyer 770 80 ohms so I have a pretty good variety of different cans to work with. 

post #930 of 1186

Good thing it is in your area today, Frank. We're getting a ton of snow today. 10=12 inches between Madison and Chicago.

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