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post #1306 of 1864

Taboo goes big.  Never really knew the efficiency of my vintage Pioneer CS-99 because the SX-1010 powered them with ease.  Turns out they are around 98 dB/watt.  Pretty efficient.  Hooked up the Taboo and viola.  Taboo drives them well and not much to complain about.  Plenty of detail and transparency coming through.  Excellent for low level listening as well.  Definitely not high end speakers but not low end either tongue.gif.  Good color match too.

 

 

post #1307 of 1864
^ Yes good color and style match. It all looks sort of understated vintage - until you get to the Ciunas DAC! wink.gif
post #1308 of 1864

Nice system WNBC!

post #1309 of 1864

Thanks,  always fun when you can use existing equipment for new purposes.  Maybe I'll find a wood enclosure for the Ciunas to make it look more retro wink.gif.

CS-99 will do until I can manage to get another pair of Blumenstein's but this time in maple.  

 

Curious to see what their ultra-fi lineup will be....

http://blumenstein-ultra-fi.com

 

 

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^ Yes good color and style match. It all looks sort of understated vintage - until you get to the Ciunas DAC! wink.gif

 

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Nice system WNBC!

post #1310 of 1864

I would love to hear the Blumenstein's. I am curious to hear what those small drivers can do.

post #1311 of 1864

If you ever make a trip out to the Pacific NW they're open to having you hear their speakers with no pressure to buy.  They are built out of a shop in West Seattle.  I was hooked when I heard them in person and bought a pair on the spot.  Wish I had kept my pair but I went the full portable route for a period of time.  They were in natural bamboo.  I would want maple now anyway wink.gif.    

 

I was happy without a sub but some might want a little more punch at the low end.  No problems for my main listening genre of jazz.  They make a sub as well.  Blumensteins have wonderful timbre and imaging.  Their natural tone floored the buyer of my Blumensteins.  Guy was in awe and he had some electrostatic speakers.  They will reveal as much detail your amp can put out.  It's basically a headphone experience without headphones.  Really intimate.  Easy to get lost with those speakers.  

 

End of the line for me:  CSP3 + Alpha Dogs + Blumenstein speakers.  Occasional tube stocking stuffer too. 

 

 

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I would love to hear the Blumenstein's. I am curious to hear what those small drivers can do.

post #1312 of 1864

You're going to have a nice end game system there. I don't know when I would be in Seattle, but it would be a fun trip to visit their store/factory. I'd probably drop by Bottlehead as well just for fun.

post #1313 of 1864
Speaking of speakers, I tried Parker Audio again and this time got an immediate reply (David Dutill) and a fast series of follow-ups to my questions. I'm not looking to replace my main speaker system, just to find a capable home office partner for the taboo. Their baby speakers the 92dB Trolls fit the bill for desktop and/or small room use.

I've definitely decided to try these but meantime got interested in the BMC PureDAC. Has to be one or the other this year! If I opt for the speakers I'll certainly post a mini-review when the time comes.
post #1314 of 1864
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Speaking of speakers, I tried Parker Audio again and this time got an immediate reply (David Dutill) and a fast series of follow-ups to my questions. I'm not looking to replace my main speaker system, just to find a capable home office partner for the taboo. Their baby speakers the 92dB Trolls fit the bill for desktop and/or small room use.

I've definitely decided to try these but meantime got interested in the BMC PureDAC. Has to be one or the other this year! If I opt for the speakers I'll certainly post a mini-review when the time comes.

Andre, the DM945's are terrific with the Taboo. They are beautiful too. Great fit and finish as you would expect from Decware.

post #1315 of 1864
Eric, I forgot about those! More to think about... biggrin.gif
post #1316 of 1864

They do sound sweet. I have them here hooked up the the Taboo....

post #1317 of 1864

I've been doing a little tube rolling. I'm now running with a Telefunken E88CC/6922 up front. Overall I think it favours the HD800's a little more giving the system a bit more clarity and depth.

Yet to try are one of several pairs of matched EL84's that I've had for years. They were from Chelmer Valve here in the UK and that's all I know about them.

post #1318 of 1864

Hi guys,

 

My taboo is coming tmr.  Quick question for current taboo MKIII owners.  Will there be any difference if I hook up my HE500 to the speaker outputs vs. the 4pin XLR, in term of power, noise, and sound quality ?  Headphone outs on the taboo should come from the same source as speaker outs with probably resistors in line or something??? Thx.

post #1319 of 1864

Sctoll down to the schematic. That should answer your question.

 

http://www.decware.com/newsite/TABOO.htm

post #1320 of 1864
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Sctoll down to the schematic. That should answer your question.

 

http://www.decware.com/newsite/TABOO.htm

got it.  Thx. That answered my question.

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