The Zen Taboo employees a unique circuit design that is unlike any other tube amplifier in the world.

The Taboo uses a specially designed output stage using our world class output transformers to effect imaging so benchmark some are saying it may even surpass our single ended triode amps!

It has a switch that allows you to change the signature of the amp on the fly while you listen.

The amp was sent without this switch to a large group of SET owners around the country who confirmed the amps outstanding performance. They all heard it in its "Standard Mode".   None of them were told about "lucid mode".

This was done to ensure the amp in it's normal configuration was on par with our other fine amplifiers first, and it certainly was that!

Lucid mode is activated with a switch (A) to transform the output stages and corresponding feedback networks into an interactive synergy that divorces the music from your speakers and the boundaries of your room.

The best example of what happens when you flip this switch is to describe the experience one would have when they A/B a $700 pair of speakers with a $17,000 pair of speakers and notice a dramatic improvement in imaging and sound stage.  But even that doesn't completely capture it.

When you have your Taboo in Lucid mode you will have a hauntingly present image that ignores boundaries and floats through your room as though it had a mind of it's own.  So coherent and relaxed that your ears and mind simply let go and succumb to the music.  It's as though the music became alive.   It's an experience that will make you late for work the next day. And frankly just a lot of fun to be able to go back and forth between the two modes.  We always said the only thing better then one amp is two.  That way when you get tired of one you can listen to the other and visa versa.

You can find out more about it in my Design Notes on the Taboo.

-Steve Deckert / Decware



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