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post #991 of 15307
OK, I bit too. Reading about the Taboo got me excited. Read more and more and then it hit me ... I can use all the 6922 tubes, the price is much lower considering the retubing involved with a Luxman. So tonight I'm $1,500 poorer but I have a huge Cheshire grin on my face.

Now I just have to wait and its already driving me nuts.
post #992 of 15307

^^^ ditto the F5 key is gonna need back up on this one.

post #993 of 15307
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Originally Posted by bearFNF View Post

This may be a stupid question but, 4 pin XLR is still balanced right?  As apposed to the two 3 pin XLR set up...right?
In a 2x3pin setup only 4 of 6 wires are actually connected, hence the 4 pin XLR becoming the (proper) standard.

edit: Beaten to the punch on the next page.
post #994 of 15307
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post


In a 2x3pin setup only 4 of 6 wires are actually connected, hence the 4 pin XLR becoming the (proper) standard.

edit: Beaten to the punch on the next page.

It's the thought that counts, thanks.  Now I just have to pick a cable for the phones...

post #995 of 15307

It's probably not noted often enough around here that the headphones themselves are not balanced nor is a 4-pin or dual 3-pin cable.  It's really the amp that is balanced or not.  

post #996 of 15307
Just semantics really, what is meant is connections capable of conveying the benefits of balanced amp topology. You are probably right to remind people though, always new people coming into the hobby that need to know that.
post #997 of 15307

Pretty sure the Taboo is only balanced after the transformer from taps and otherwise single ended.  Like a backwards WA22 which is a balanced amp that is single ended after the transformer.

post #998 of 15307
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Originally Posted by toschek View Post

Hate to ask again, but has anyone tried HD800s with a Luxman SQ-N10 or SQ-N100?   Is it a good pairing?  

 

I've seen exactly two reviews of the earlier iteration of this amp (the N100), both praising the headphone output (it is coupled to the tube output stage and I believe bypasses the output transformers, but I could be wrong about that).   The reviews were on 6moons and some UK site I'd never seen before.   6moons rates it better than Trafomatic's Experience Head One, Red Wine Audio's HPA and on par with a Leben CS-300XS.

Sorry, I don't know the paring, but I wouldn't trust 6moons' reviews too much. 6moons site = business&marketing for me, most of the time. And the vague language they use in their reviews doesn't win my trust either. 

post #999 of 15307
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Originally Posted by korzena View Post

Sorry, I don't know the paring, but I wouldn't trust 6moons' reviews too much. 6moons site = business&marketing for me, most of the time. And the vague language they use in their reviews doesn't win my trust either. 

 +1 .

post #1000 of 15307
Thanks, I had always wondered how skeptical about their reviews I should be. I am just going on light info, perhaps light for a good reason.
post #1001 of 15307

Personally I like 6moons for reviews.  Though I will agree that you need an audiophile dictionary to decode what is said most of the time.  It's almost too descriptive.  But they always show internal shots so anyone hiding behind a pretty face is going to look the fool pretty quickly.

 

Case in point, 6moons ripped EddieCurrent a new one on their BA review and in turn EC made changes to correct the problems.  For those who never read it, they loved the sound but found documentation and assembly lacking.

post #1002 of 15307

Very early impressions on my new B22 are that it looks fantastic but may not be as well suited to the HD800 as the Soloist.  Very early though and certainly not done the A/B yet.  In fact my Soloist is off the rack while I get a feel for the B22... again ;)

post #1003 of 15307
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

Very early impressions on my new B22 are that it looks fantastic but may not be as well suited to the HD800 as the Soloist.  Very early though and certainly not done the A/B yet.  In fact my Soloist is off the rack while I get a feel for the B22... again ;)

really?! Good to know. I thought Beta with hd800 would have been hard to beat. keep us updated. 

post #1004 of 15307

Mosfets and high impedance generally don't get along too well.  Which is not to say I doesn't sound good, just that it's not optimal.

post #1005 of 15307

So my Wife is running the soundboard for the High School play (She is really good at it too!) She walks into the man cave and asks to borrow my HP's for the weekend on the board. She points to the HD800's  eek.gif

 

I quickly grab the HD25-1 ii's and send her on her way.....Whew!  ph34r.gif

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