Decware CSP3 (sold) + Decware Taboo MKIII (still available)
Will Ship To: US
With the arrival of twins I am changing things up a bit to go the portable route for work and much, much less listening at home. I have no doubt that I'll make a return to the Decware lineup of amps. I will hate to see them go but I also hate to see them go unused. I am the 2nd owner of each amp. For the CSP3 OTL amp the original owner never used it so I received it new in August 2013. The Taboo MKIII was purchased from original owner in June 2013. Both amps have been to Decware at some point for a check-up so they are performing at manufacturer's specs. However, you will not have a warranty. With that said, Decware is well known for taking care of any issues directly related to the manufacturing process.
These amps excel with less efficient headphones like Audeze/HifiMan planars (HE-4, HE-500, LCD-2, etc.). The Taboo is great for less efficient planars and the CSP3 great for high impedance headphones like the HD-800. Together the CSP + Taboo are a killer combo for the HD800 and planars. I never liked the Taboo with anything efficient like Grado 225i, Fostex TH-600/TH-900, T1, etc.
Taboo: 2 X 4-pin XLR headphone outputs, 2 X single-ended headphone outputs, 2 RCA analog inputs
CSP: 2 X single-ended headphone outputs, 2 RCA analog inputs, 1 RCA analog output
Tubes: I will throw in whatever I have, but I don't have anything too exotic. Enjoy tube rolling.
CSP3 - none
Taboo - reversed input selectors. Pick input 2 if you want to hear input 1 and vice versa. Not a big deal.
With more efficient headphones the background is not black. With the HE-500 or LCD-2 or HD-800 the background is close to black. Old lucid mode has much less background noise/hum than new lucid mode. Balanced headphone output doesn't rely on any of these modes. In my opinion, this is a premier headphone rig for planars and not so much for dynamics other than the HD-800 or a handful of others. Not to say those other headphones will not sound good, but rather the noise floor could drive some people insane. This amp is within Decware specs, it's just not dead quiet with all headphones. The price reflects that I want the person living with the quirks to get a great deal. And I'm not in a position to be dealing with individuals that are super fussy about pitch black space vacuum type of backgrounds. Normally yes, but just not enough time these days. So as they, priced to sell.
Taboo was originally designed as a speaker amp. The CSP + Taboo are an amazing tube amp set up for efficient speakers like the Blumensteins. Really, this is where Decware sets themselves apart from the rest. Anyone looking for both a speaker rig and headphone rig all in one unit the Taboo should not be overlooked. I enjoyed many hours with the Taboo and Blumenstein speaker combo.
Both amps have walnut base. Since both units were acquired at different times there will not be an exact match of the colors but it is fairly close. You can buy the base wood of your choice from Decware.
I have some pics posted in these threads but more will eventually be uploaded to this ad:
Configured for 110/120 voltage
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Edited by WNBC - 2/18/14 at 10:38pm