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Differences between the new & old Taboo's
03/21/13 at 04:03:46
 

The main difference between the two is that the old one was designed for speakers and often optioned out with a headphone jack which became popular with planar headphone enthusiasts.  The new one was optimized as a planar headphone amplifier that will also work on efficient loudspeakers.  

The older (white) taboo that this model replaced was priced at      $1395.00
With optional cap upgrade      $200.00
Stepped attenuator      $250.00
Planar Headphone mod / 1/4 inch jack
$100.00
Total Cost for fully tweaked Headphone Use      $1945.00

The new Taboo Mk III costs $250.00 less at:


$1695.00
And comes with everything listed above.

In addition the following items are also included free:

Fully Balanced dual XLR jacks for balanced headphone cables.
2 pairs of inputs and a silver input selector switch.
Variable input level controls for all 4 channels.
Dual 1/4 TRS headphone jacks, one on each side.
The new lucid mode  - sound stage expander.
High Mass Steel upgrade for lower micro-phonics.
Conversion to the better sounding 6922/6N1P/6DJ8 front end.
Higher input sensitivity for better performance without a preamp.
Ultra cool bias meters, one for each output tube
Upgraded Coupling Caps (Cryo Beeswax HT Silver Lead)


NOTE:  4 Pin XLR option adds (dual 3 pin is standard)
$50.00

The Taboo MK III comes standard with Cryo Treated HT Beeswax signal caps with silver leads made by Jupiter Condensers.  We find them to have similar resolution and a more organic sound when compared to VCAPS.  However, due to years of popularity in the Taboo we felt it wise to continue to offer VCAPS as an alternate cap upgrade in the Mk III .

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Reply #1 - 03/21/13 at 13:25:44
 
Good summary Steve. I don't see how anyone would not see the new Taboo as an excellent deal for a killer planar headphone amp.
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Reply #2 - 03/21/13 at 13:37:02
 
I did not realize how different they look with a side by side comparison.
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Reply #3 - 03/21/13 at 21:15:18
 
Just got notification that mine is on the QC bench. Guess I had better get my LCD-2 4-pin cable.
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Reply #4 - 03/22/13 at 23:16:05
 
How does the Taboo MK III perform with non-planar headphones?
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Re: Differences between the new & old Taboo's
Reply #5 - 03/23/13 at 16:30:09
 
How many of you bought the stock Taboo MKII for $1395? I got mine for $995.
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Reply #6 - 03/23/13 at 23:06:11
 
My Taboo is also in the Testing QC stage so I should get it soon. As this is my first Decware amp, the question I have is the Tube dampers that are shown in the pictures, are they included with the amp or should I try to buy some. I'm not sure if this is the correct name or where I could find them for sale.

Thanks for any feedback, Tony
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Reply #7 - 03/24/13 at 02:50:43
 

So far there is every indication that this amp will be popular with non-planar as well.

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Reply #8 - 03/24/13 at 03:03:26
 
Tony asked:
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My Taboo is also in the Testing QC stage so I should get it soon. As this is my first Decware amp, the question I have is the Tube dampers that are shown in the pictures, are they included with the amp or should I try to buy some. I'm not sure if this is the correct name or where I could find them for sale.

Tony, someone else may recognize those dampeners; I don't. I am a big fan of Herbie's, especially the UltraSonic Rx, and use them on all my Decware.
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Reply #9 - 03/24/13 at 03:06:38
 
clowkoy asked:
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How many of you bought the stock Taboo MKII for $1395? I got mine for $995.

Well, I paid more than that for my MkII, in part because I got the V-Caps, stepped attenuator, headphone, etc. Sounds like you got a great deal! What I like about the III is it comes in with all the bells & whistles at a very good price.
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Re: Differences between the new & old Taboo's
Reply #10 - 03/24/13 at 03:47:36
 
I have seen similar tube dampers on eBay.
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Reply #11 - 03/24/13 at 21:16:55
 
Thank you for the info about Herbie's and ebay.

Do you think the Taboo III would also work for my HD600's with 300 Ohms impedance?

I was planning on just using my LCD2's.

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Reply #12 - 03/25/13 at 03:03:31
 
It seems that the amp has been optimized for the 6P15P-EV instead of the EL84. As a speaker amp it puts put 2 more watts than the ZEN. I look forward to comments how the unit works as a speaker amp.
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Reply #13 - 05/29/13 at 15:53:04
 
Can anyone tell me ,what tubes can be used ,with the old TabooII?
Or,direct me to a link?

Thanks
Mike
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Reply #14 - 05/29/13 at 16:44:01
 
Any EL84 6BQ5 type including the Russian 6P14P-EV; also the 6P15P-EV a la SV83.

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