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TABOO MK III vs. SUPERZEN with speakers (Read 1405 times)
Rivieraranch
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TABOO MK III vs. SUPERZEN with speakers
04/30/13 at 01:41:07
 
The predecessor TABOO (Mk II) was designed for the EL84 tube while the SUPERZEN was designed for the 6P15P-EV.

Play 6P15P-EV tubes in a TABOO MKII and you get less power and "spank" I believe Steve said.

Play EL84 tubes in a SUPERZEN and it is laid back to the point that you don't want to listen to it.

The new TABOO is marketed primarily for headphone use. I cannot get over how versatile this thing is, with dual headphone jacks, meters,  input controls, new lucid mode and all that. It is virtually incredible how Steve thunk up all of this.

My question is what does the TABOO MK III sound like with speakers? A sub issue is whether the amp will have optimal sound characteristics using the 6P15P-EV; I suspect so because it is marketed with this tube.

How would the TABOO MK III sound with TRAPEZIUM speakers near field?

If the unit boasts 4.3 watts into 8 ohms, would it give 2.3 watts into 4 ohms? That is the same power as the SUPERZEN.

Does the MK III have any additional power using an EL84 tube?
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Re: TABOO MK III vs. SUPERZEN with speakers
Reply #1 - 04/30/13 at 17:12:01
 
I too would like to know what the Taboo III sounds like with speakers.  My priority are speakers first, headphones second.  With the $200 discount available for a short time, it would be nice to read a review of the III based on speakers only.  I have Omega Super 3 XRS 8ohm speakers.
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Re: TABOO MK III vs. SUPERZEN with speakers
Reply #2 - 04/30/13 at 22:19:01
 
IMO, the Taboo III sounds great with speakers, in particular Omega Super 3E speakers (8ohm/94.5db). I did not purchase the Taboo III as a headphone amp ( I already had my Woo WA-2 and vintage Fisher X202B for headphone duty). I purchased the Taboo III primarily for my new Omega speakers and it has done an exemplary job of powering the Omega's. I do listen desktop/nearfield with a powered sub. IMO, the Taboo III sounds virtually every bit as good as the SE34I.3. I originally ordered the SE34I.3 and had it for two weeks but could not keep it due to an intransigent hum issue neither Steve nor I could satisfactorily resolve. With the Taboo III you get a great headphone amp AND a wonderful speaker amp. You can't ask for too much more than that at such a reasonable price with a lifetime warranty.
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« Last Edit: 05/01/13 at 00:08:09 by Rizlaw »  

System 1: Computer/Linux OS > Audiophileo 2 > W4S DAC-2 > Woo WA-2 / CSP3 > Taboo III > Omega 3E / LCD-2.1/ Beyer DT-990/DT-1350
System 2: Yamaha PX-2 (Shure Ultra) / Oppo DV983H > Classe CAP2100 > Thiel 7.2
System 3: Fisher:R200/X202B > Magnapan MMG
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Re: TABOO MK III vs. SUPERZEN with speakers
Reply #3 - 05/10/13 at 11:25:34
 
Rivieraranch,

I should be able to also answer some of your questions soon since I have a new Taboo on the way. I have the Trapeziums, and I'll be able to compare the two in a desktop system where I also use my LCD 2 headphones....good times Smiley
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