you went there...
you went there...
Still haven't heard a CSP+. Maybe someday.
I haven't heard the Taboo MKIII, but I didn't like the Taboo MKII with HD800 at all... so I can't comment. I'm not optimistic but time will tell. The Taboo was designed for lower-impedance cans.
Decware recommendation is using the CSP+ OTL/preamp with the HD800. Beautiful match, especially for the price.
I think the opa627 bias mod is defo an upgrade from stock. But don't expect a different sounding amp. My recommendation is for the LM4562 and I think sounds a little (and I mean little) more defined and clearer. Knowing what "class A" does to this amp probably doesn't affect the sound quality imo. If it was dual mono then you would get better results from a great opamp such as the opa627. But most quality opamps only give very subtle changes when swapping, so a pinch of salt is required with my opinion.
CSP2+! I must get my naming conventions right... CSP2+ it is.
I much prefer the CSP2+ flying solo. Not a fan of coupling it to the Taboo and running the HD800 from there. Transparency suffers for it, IMHO.
It certainly did. It's also not a great match solo. That being said, we didn't really spend any time rolling tubes or messing with the trim pots on the CSP2+.
Speakers actually and released nearly a decade ago. Then someone ordered one custom with a 1/4" jack and voila an ortho amp is born /facepalm
That someone is Frank I, and why the facepalm?
Nick I spoke with Steve about the design in several conversations and actually he used both low impedance and and 250 ohm Beyers in voicing the taboo. it is designed to work with headphones from 8-600 ohms and I though enough of the new Taboo Mk111 using the hD800 to sell my CSP2. I am very satisfied with the performance of the taboo with the Mk 111. Steve listens to both low and high impedance cans with the Taboo.
Pardon... "appears" to favor lower impedance cans based upon the testing I have performed with Grados, Senns, HiFiMans, and LCD-2/3 in which the quality of the lower-impedance headphones performed better than expected but did not scale in similar fashion with higher impedance headphones. It may be that other, previously untested high-impedance models may behave differently. Such as the aforementioned Beyers. As always, YMMV.
Reserving final judgment until the next meet. Good chance of seeing a MKIII here.
Pretty sure it was Skylab but would have to go back some years to verify. Frank has the MkIII.
To confirm, it was Frank. Rob had the Mini Tori.
The Taboo holds up well with the DNA Stratus when the stratus has stock tubes. With the EML 2A3 the Stratus really steppe up a notch. I brought Donalds amp there as i had it for a week. I bought one and am waiting fro Donald to built it. with are excellent amps but with the upgraded tubes you talking 3400,00 for the Stratus but its the only amp you will ever need except if your nuts like me. I have three amps with that and now considering a 4th amp also.