The last couple nights I have been realizing just how special this amplifier is. In addition to my usual DAC feeding the Taboo, I tried feeding the other input with my iPod touch 5G, lossless files, with just a cheapie Radio Shack grade mini to RCA connector, right out of the headphone jack. (it has the lightning connector, so there is no true line out, however the 5G touch has a very clean headphone out, it actually works very well this way)
I was REALLY surprised to find the Taboo/LCD-3 sounded so good just being fed off the iPod. I have tried this before with my other amps and it has always been a little "blah". But the Taboo just adds some magic and spaciousness and you would think you were listening to a much higher grade source. Of course, if you A/B with my desktop DAC and DH Labs cables, there is a bit of a difference. The last 5% diminishing returns kind. I'm not going to go getting rid of my DAC or anything, but I was really satisfied with the sound.
I can't wait to hear the CSP3 in the chain. If the only drawback is a slight loss of transparency, that's okay. I find a lot of my recordings are showing their true nature with the Taboo. If it's a great recording, it sounds awesome. But if it's poorly produced, etc., it is shown as such due to the high level of transparency. A little loss of that to make the entire music collection a bit more even is okay with me.
On another note- the DC blocking power conditioner I tried did not reduce the background hum I'm hearing. I'm not going to continue stinking up this thread with this stuff. If I find a verifiable problem and there's something to report I'll post it. The folks at Decware are helpful so that's what matters. Not a deal-breaker. I wouldn't be going forward with adding more Decware gear to my setup if it was.
Oh, and if anyone has a lead on where to get one of the 596 rectifiers...
Edited by thegrobe - 8/27/13 at 9:56am