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Taboo Mk IV with Anniversary Mods
02/02/19 at 20:13:32
 
Yesterday my Taboo Mk IV arrived back from Decware with the 25th Anniversary Mods installed.

Wow. The Mods have moved the amp right up into the territory of my 25th Anniversary Modded SE84UFO3 Monoblocks, which is to say into the realm of audio playback that is hard to be beat at less than stratospheric price points. (My guess, I haven't heard everything but I've heard enough to know I don't need to seek elsewhere!)

I've about eleven hours of use in now. Same set up as was used with the Monoblocks. There's a bit more center-fill with the Taboo, which is expected, it's a single chassis, and that's not a bad thing for my room and lots of the material I listen to. It's a bit more "rough and ready" than the Monoblocks, but just a slight bit in comparison. It's also a bit more powerful, which doesn't hurt with the HR-1s.

Bottom line: these mods are really worth it. I know the amp will sound better day by day for the next months. I know this amp will be a great heartbeat for one of my systems. These "Anniversary Mods" are level-lifting for the components. I'm so happy I sent the Taboo in for the mods.
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HR-1,ZTPRE,ZBIT,ZROCK2,SE84UFO3-25th, CSP3-25th.Taboo Mk IV+MK III;Rega P3 w/modPS Audio:DMP+DSD,P10,NPC,PowerBases,AC-12 pcs; Mapleshade:SamsonV2+V3,double helix Plus spark cbl;Oppo UDP205;VooDoo:Cremona+Amati,Iso-Pods;MD90-T SE tuner; headphones: PM1,HD800S,LCD-
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Re: Taboo Mk IV with Anniversary Mods
Reply #1 - 03/25/19 at 08:23:28
 
Lon,

Do you know what is being upgraded on Taboo for anniversary mod? It is like the SE84** models where it gets Type II Beeswax caps and voltage regulator tubes?

I have a Taboo III and I wonder if it can be upgraded to Anniversary mod, or only Taboo IV can be upgraded? I am not sure how different the internals are between the III and IV to make the upgrade not too expensive for my III?
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Re: Taboo Mk IV with Anniversary Mods
Reply #2 - 03/25/19 at 08:32:04
 
The Taboo Mk III is on the price list for the mods, so I would say yes, it can be upgraded. The mod is listed as a Beeswax capacitor bypass upgrade for 400 dollars. There's no voltage tube regulation to either of these Taboo mods to my knowledge.
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HR-1,ZTPRE,ZBIT,ZROCK2,SE84UFO3-25th, CSP3-25th.Taboo Mk IV+MK III;Rega P3 w/modPS Audio:DMP+DSD,P10,NPC,PowerBases,AC-12 pcs; Mapleshade:SamsonV2+V3,double helix Plus spark cbl;Oppo UDP205;VooDoo:Cremona+Amati,Iso-Pods;MD90-T SE tuner; headphones: PM1,HD800S,LCD-
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Re: Taboo Mk IV with Anniversary Mods
Reply #3 - 09/26/19 at 22:43:18
 
I've been using my Taboo Mk IV with the Anniversary mods with my CSP3 with the Anniversary mods and with a ZBIT and a ZROCK2 in my audio/visual system. Fantastic sound!

Recently I removed the CSP3 from the chain and have my Oppo UDP-205 to ZBIT to ZROCK2 to Taboo Mk IV chain in use now. Wow. This is a very fast and dynamic and clear presentation. I had one less stellar interconnect in the previous chain (between CSP3 and Taboo Mk IV) and part of the great sound is removing that weaker link. I'm leaving this as the configuration for a while, and move the CSP3 to take the place of the CSP2+ with the Anniversary modish my headphones only system. Both the CSP3 and the CSP2+ with the mods are fantastic headphone amplifiers. The CSP2+ may be redundant soon and I may sell it as well as the Taboo Mk III which is not in use at the moment.

I now have three systems that I never believed I would own, that are dishing out sound that seems almost too amazing to believe. Decware is really something.
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HR-1,ZTPRE,ZBIT,ZROCK2,SE84UFO3-25th, CSP3-25th.Taboo Mk IV+MK III;Rega P3 w/modPS Audio:DMP+DSD,P10,NPC,PowerBases,AC-12 pcs; Mapleshade:SamsonV2+V3,double helix Plus spark cbl;Oppo UDP205;VooDoo:Cremona+Amati,Iso-Pods;MD90-T SE tuner; headphones: PM1,HD800S,LCD-
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