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post #1786 of 1851

The best part is having choices so you can try new things with the music you love/ Always good to have more things to try.

post #1787 of 1851
Absolutely beerchug.gif

And I'm starting to like the change already wink.gif
post #1788 of 1851

Thanks AiDee, much appreciated!
(wrong thread indeed! sorry for the slight derail guys;¬)

 

I personally use a 5751 tube in the input stage (supposed to be low gain-ish) and a couple of 7320s (E84L) in the output stage. I just don’t want to rip appart my q-audio cable to verify if I prefer the sound straight from the speaker taps or not (and I can’t seem to relocate my stock cable from my LCD-2s)...

post #1789 of 1851

Been quiet in this thread lately :)

 

CSP3 is back from Steve and now I can roll both 6N-1P and 6922s.  It's drop dead quite now as well.  You guys are right about the Phillips 5R4GYS.  I like it.  

 

The CSP + Taboo -->  HD-800 is a special combo.  I'm really enjoying it.  The HD-800 is often called dry and technical.  With the Decware amps driving the HD-800 it is engaging while retaining its technical merits.  I like the CSP + Taboo a lot more than Taboo alone with the HD-800.  However, CSP + HD-800 is close to as good as it can get.  

 

Balanced Q-Audio cable coming this weekend too.  Should be fun to hear the HD-800 in Taboo balanced mode.  Also, getting a loaner T1 from a friend and I will try that with the Decware amps.  

Listening to Toumani Diabate "New Ancient Strings".  I probably like the planars for guitar because of the midrange body but it's not too shabby on the HD-800 :beerchug:.  

 

   

post #1790 of 1851
It has been quiet...

Question, folks, regarding the bias meters. Just today, I received a matched pair of Tungsram EL84 from upscale audio. Popped them into the Taboo and switched it on and let it warm up for about 5 minutes.

I plugged the phones in, and no sound in the right channel. The right meter was reading crazy high, about 85. So I switched tubes side to side, now left channel dead and high meter reading.

So my question- obviously one tube is bad, but could leaving it running in the amp several minutes before I noticed have damaged anything? Never seen the meter go that nuts before.
post #1791 of 1851
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Originally Posted by thegrobe View Post

It has been quiet...

Question, folks, regarding the bias meters. Just today, I received a matched pair of Tungsram EL84 from upscale audio. Popped them into the Taboo and switched it on and let it warm up for about 5 minutes.

I plugged the phones in, and no sound in the right channel. The right meter was reading crazy high, about 85. So I switched tubes side to side, now left channel dead and high meter reading.

So my question- obviously one tube is bad, but could leaving it running in the amp several minutes before I noticed have damaged anything? Never seen the meter go that nuts before.

Doubtful if switching had the other side working. Put in another pair and you should be fine.

post #1792 of 1851
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Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post

Doubtful if switching had the other side working. Put in another pair and you should be fine.

Thanks! I had a couple hours listening session last night and everything seemed fine. Just paranoid!
post #1793 of 1851
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Originally Posted by WNBC View Post
 

Been quiet in this thread lately :)

 

CSP3 is back from Steve and now I can roll both 6N-1P and 6922s.  It's drop dead quite now as well.  You guys are right about the Phillips 5R4GYS.  I like it.  

 

The CSP + Taboo -->  HD-800 is a special combo.  I'm really enjoying it.  The HD-800 is often called dry and technical.  With the Decware amps driving the HD-800 it is engaging while retaining its technical merits.  I like the CSP + Taboo a lot more than Taboo alone with the HD-800.  However, CSP + HD-800 is close to as good as it can get.  

 

Balanced Q-Audio cable coming this weekend too.  Should be fun to hear the HD-800 in Taboo balanced mode.  Also, getting a loaner T1 from a friend and I will try that with the Decware amps.  

Listening to Toumani Diabate "New Ancient Strings".  I probably like the planars for guitar because of the midrange body but it's not too shabby on the HD-800 :beerchug:.  

 

   

 

 

Q-cable is very nice, I use mine with lucid mode 1 on most of the time...congrats and good listening...:L3000:

post #1794 of 1851

Hey guys. I've posted my review on Taboo MK3

post #1795 of 1851

Nice review!  :L3000:

 

I never wrote a detailed review myself, but I agree with most of what you write.  Mine is a hummer as well but I've totally made peace with it.  Never even really think about it any more, even though I still suspect there's unit to unit variance as some seem to have dead silent backgrounds, I have hum on both channels, and you have hum on one.  Oh well.  The only other downside I'd mention is that it's a real pain to get dust off it.  Mine's looking kind of filthy.  :ph34r: 

 

I have zero regrets - the Taboo is one of the coolest things I've ever owned.  

post #1796 of 1851
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Originally Posted by Kendoji View Post
 

Nice review!  :L3000:

 

I never wrote a detailed review myself, but I agree with most of what you write.  Mine is a hummer as well but I've totally made peace with it.  Never even really think about it any more, even though I still suspect there's unit to unit variance as some seem to have dead silent backgrounds, I have hum on both channels, and you have hum on one.  Oh well.  The only other downside I'd mention is that it's a real pain to get dust off it.  Mine's looking kind of filthy.  :ph34r: 

 

I have zero regrets - the Taboo is one of the coolest things I've ever owned.  

Thanks Kendoji.

 

I was just thinking about the dust, myself :)) 

 

It is a great amp indeed. The hum is a little annoying, sometimes, especially when advertised as silent.

post #1797 of 1851

Actually does anyone have any good tips on cleaning and keeping the Taboo dust-free?  I do have the rubber things to plug up all the unused headphone inputs, we've talked about those before and they're essential for this amp, I think.  I'm still looking for the perfect dusting tool.  :)

post #1798 of 1851

Thank you for the review.  Enjoyed reading it and I like the photography style you chose.  

 

I definitely agree with you about the transparency and clarity of this amp.    

 

Plans to try a pair of efficient speakers with Taboo?

 

Which amp do you prefer with the HD-800, the Conductor or Taboo? 

 

FYI, the woody Taboo is the best looking Taboo ;).  I would have also been happy with the base style you got as well but the ability to change up the wood base is clutch.  

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by dan.gheorghe View Post
 

Hey guys. I've posted my review on Taboo MK3

post #1799 of 1851

I haven't thought about cleaning mine yet.  However, with tubes removed and power off, is there a reason we can't clean it with a slightly moist (water or 70% EtOH) dust-free cloth rag?  I'll have to check the Decware forums.  I'm sure somebody has brought this up with Steve.  

 

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Originally Posted by Kendoji View Post
 

Actually does anyone have any good tips on cleaning and keeping the Taboo dust-free?  I do have the rubber things to plug up all the unused headphone inputs, we've talked about those before and they're essential for this amp, I think.  I'm still looking for the perfect dusting tool.  :)

post #1800 of 1851

I use a 1" paintbrush to clean my equipment. Works great for getting into the small crevices.

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