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    The JPS Labs: Abyss AB-1266 Impressions Thread

    I can make the case for both speakers and HP. I don't listen enough to a system I have more than $150k into because I don't want to disturb the family (I listen LOUD). That's why I am looking at phones (again). Would prefer not to have top spend more than $5k all-in because I have spent a lot...
  2. IHMEYERS

    The JPS Labs: Abyss AB-1266 Impressions Thread

    The room does matter. Mine is not so great but I have learned things about acoustics and have invested $$$ in room correction products that make even a meh room sound pretty good. My system is very high end. Would it sound even better in a good room, absolutely but it still kicks ass.
  3. IHMEYERS

    The JPS Labs: Abyss AB-1266 Impressions Thread

    Thanks for the response. How the hell do you accomplish that? No dealers locally (S. Florida). I'd hate to invest $5k in a phone and then find out it doesn't work with a pair of $12k amps and then have to buy another amp. Now I remember why I got out of high end HP about 5 years ago and just...
  4. IHMEYERS

    The JPS Labs: Abyss AB-1266 Impressions Thread

    Any opinions on pairing a 35W SET amp (6C33) with either the Abyss or the Susvara phones? I have a pair of Wall M50s just sitting around gathering dust that I used in a set-up with single driver speakers. The Walls sounded great driving Tonian speakers and I thought might be good driving...
  5. IHMEYERS

    SPL Phonitor X / Phonitor E impressions and Discussion thread

    I have a V280 which is basically a V281 without the flexibility.  I only needed a headphone amp as I have a high-end preamp in the system.   After living with the V280 for 3 months I love it's punch and raw power.  It's a little cooler than I am used to with my LCD-X at least compared to the...
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    Violectric HPA V280 - balanced headphone amp - impressions and discussion thread

    ***UPDATE ***   I bought and received a Cable Cooker this week to burn in all my cables.  I started with the XLRs that run into the V280.  Burning them in made a HUGE difference.  The upper midrange glare is totally gone and the bass is even tighter than it was before.  Tonally it sounds very...
  7. IHMEYERS

    South Florida Head-fiers?

    I am in Palm Beach County, Lake Worth to be precise.  I have a pair of LCD-X and I just bought a Violectric V280 amp for them.  I trade in and out of equipment pretty frequently.  I may or may not be able to make it Saturday on short notice but Pompano in general is OK for me.   I don't have...
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    How Many Times Have Your LCD3 Headphones Been Returned to Audeze for Servicing (RMA)?

        Agree 100%.  They make REALLY good phones.  Hopefully they will figure out what's going on with the drivers.    If they DO know something it would be nice if they could post a range of serial #s that are/may be impacted.  It's good for both them and us.  Until I know that I have to...
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    How Many Times Have Your LCD3 Headphones Been Returned to Audeze for Servicing (RMA)?

    I am probably a little older than some on the board (54) and have been into high end audio since I was able to afford it (late 20's).  I can rattle off a laundry list of amazing audio products I have owned built by very small manufacturers that have broken down.  Some I was able to get repaired...
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    Audeze LCD-2 with Speaker Amp Question

    I own a Red Wine Audio LFP-V Edition Audeze headphone amp I use to drive my LCD2's.  It sounds really good but I am somewhat hard of hearing (so I am told, years of listening at high volume) and I sometimes struggle with getting enough gain from the amp.  I have an opportunity to buy a Red Wine...
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    Audible Differences in Copper vs. Silver Cables?

    I have been an audio fanatic since the age of 15 (35 years now).  I can almost always hear the differences between cables, connectors, vibration materials, etc. To my ears it has never been a matter of silver vs. copper vs silver-coated copper, etc.  All wires sound different and the same brand...
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    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

    Quote: I had some humming as well, especially when paired with the CSP2+.  This has been mitigated to a large degree when replacing the stock tubes in the CSP2+ (the stock tubes in the Taboo had previously been replaced).  There is a very low level of hum now, but only with the volume...
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    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

    I ended up buying the Exact Power. At some point I might just get the P300 fixed, I just thought it made more sense to get something else. The other thing about the P300 is it runs REALLY hot, I mean like touching a rectifier tube hot. I'll bet it cost me like $30-$50 @ month to run it. My...
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    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

    Quote: Yeah, and the power in Florida is garbage.  Measured the power this morning at 125.7v.  Last night it was 115v.    I think a power regeneration unit is mandatory here.  Wish they weren't so damn expensive.  I found an ExactPower EP 115 for about $1k.    Reviews are sparse but...
  15. IHMEYERS

    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

    Unfortunately for me the PS Audio unit is dead.  Replaced the fuse (twice) this afternoon and it blew both times as soon as I turned it on.   The good news is that there is no damage to the CSP2+ or the Taboo.  Once I replaced the fuses in both it turned right on.    I think what happened...
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    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

    I haven't yet but I think I'll be OK.  The Taboo 3 manual says...   "the input stage is compatible with 6922,7308 and some 6DJ8 or 6N1P-EV."   Right now I have a Brimar ECC88 and it works fine.    I guess I should let the new rectifier burn in on the amp before I swap out the input...
  17. IHMEYERS

    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

    Quote:   Thanks Mike.  I will keep them.  I don't even remember for sure why I bought them.  I think it was for my Sonic Frontiers Line Stage but I never used them.  Maybe I'll try one in the Taboo too.  The need to break-in some but they are very detailed and musical, maybe a tough...
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    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

    CSP2+ Tube Rolling.   Just found about 6 CV2493's in my NOS tube box.  I had forgotten about them and actually had to look them.  They are Mullard gold pins Milspec tubes.  I guess I bought them about 12 years ago, I think from Upscale Audio and they sound pretty good in the CSP2+.  ...
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    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

    Quote: Having experimented with almost everything (Active Preamps=Conrad Johnson, Audio Research, CAT, Jadis, Sonic Frontiers,  VTL, Passive Preamps = Mod Squad, Goldpoint, DIY and no preamp at all) over the years in a speaker based system, IMHO it is always a tradeoff of purity vs...
  20. IHMEYERS

    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

    Quote: Using the Stereophile test CD I have been employing for 15+ years the amp outputs just less than 1V using the test tone track.  That's without headphones attached and the voltmeter leads attached to the speaker terminals.    Seeing as how I got the amp directly from Decware (it...
  21. IHMEYERS

    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

    Quote: She must have given birth about 2 weeks ago.  When I was on the phone with DeVon then she commented that Sarah had gone into labor.  Great news for the family.   I wouldn't be surprised given everything going on and the mid-week holiday that they won't be back until Monday.
  22. IHMEYERS

    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

    Quote: That would be great if he would ship but it appears he won't.  I am in S. Florida so it would be kind of a hike to PA to pick up a gain stage.   I'd buy one of those from Decware if it didn't take sooooo long to get them built.  I guess that's the price they pay for success, LOL.
  23. IHMEYERS

    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

    Question for those on the board much more knowledgeable than I re the Taboo 3...   I got mine last week and love it but on many recordings I am not quite getting enough gain driving a pair of LCD 2s straight from a W4S DAC.  I am thinking I need to add a pre-amp but   1) I love the purse...
  24. IHMEYERS

    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

    Quote:   I have been out of high-end audio (but I am getting back into it with my purchase of a Taboo 3) so I went to dig out my tube box.  I had forgotten that about ten years I went on a NOS binge and found a bunch of Brimar SLN CV5358s, about a dozen RAM Sovtek's, a couple of Amperex...
  25. IHMEYERS

    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

    Quote: Happy to have bought it, especially from such a first rate seller.   Can't wait to get it.  Just bought a pair of LCD 2's to use with it.  Hopefully it will sound as good as the reviews...   Instant system if you will, just add $$$. 
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