Decware Zen Taboo mk4 Technical Measurements

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    Decware Zen Taboo mk4 technical measurements

    Standard Prologue
    If you are unfamiliar with audio measurements please use a search engine with the query:
    "audio measurements" or "audio measurement handbook"
    Look for publications by Richard C. Cabot and also by Bob Metzler, both from Audio Precision. There are other useful publications as well. These will provide basic knowledge.
    Interpretation of the following measurements is beyond the scope of technical measurements posts.

    The data presented were collected as follows:
    1. PrismSound dScope III, picoscope 5243B, Keysight 34465A, Cal Test CT2593-2 balanced probe
    2. Balanced XLR cables Belden 1800F with Neutrik 110R AES connectors (if used)
    3. Single Ended cables Audioblast HQ-1 3 ft with Rean RCA connectors
    4. 32 and 300 ohm loads used for measurements
    5. dScope analyzer sample rate 48 KHz unless otherwise noted
    6. 0dBu level used for testing unless otherwise noted
    7. Amplifier input to output gain set for 0 dB unless otherwise noted
    8. Audioquest Forest and Schiit Pyst USB cables used with measurement equipment
    9. Vaunix Lab Brick USB hub
    10. Shielded 14AWG and 16AWG power cables
    11. ESD, EMI/RFI controlled lab bench and workspace
    12. Tung-Sol (TS) EL84 tubes

    Measurements are made in accordance with AES17:2015

    Sensitivity data for two headphones to keep in mind while viewing these measurements:
    HD 650 impedance 300R, sensitivity 98 dB/mW
    HE-500 impedance 38R, sensitivity 89 dB/mW

    SPL levels for above headphones for reference:
    0 dBu 300R 2.00 mW - 101 dBSPL @ 98dB/mW
    0 dBu 30R 20.00 mW - 102 dBSPL @ 89dB/mW

    All testing performed at 0 dBu unless otherwise noted.
    This level is consistent with listening to headphones (referenced above) at 90 dBSPL average with peaks to 100 dBSPL, if the music has 10 dB Peak to Avg ratio. That is LOUD for long listening sessions.

    Zen Taboo mk4
    Measurements commenced after 1 hour of warmup.
    Measurements were performed over a period of several months.

    Index
    Post 1 – Measurement setup description, highlights
    Post 2 – Bal input 300 ohm load, High gain setting
    Post 3 – Bal input 32 ohm load, High gain setting
    Post 4 – SE input 300 ohm load, High gain setting
    Post 5 – SE input 32 ohm load, High gain setting
    Post 6 – Bal input 300 ohm load, Low gain setting
    Post 6 – Bal input 32 ohm load, Low gain setting
    Post 7 – Square wave response
    Post 8 – Frequency Response
    Post 9 – reserved for corrections and / or additional data

    Measurement setup picture:
    01 DSC_0946_small.jpg
    Standard setup with Decware load for 300R and 32R loads

    Listening evaluation picture:
    02 DSC_0961_small.jpg
    Zen Taboo mk4 inputs switched between Holo Spring 2 KTE Bal & SE outputs. Most listening evaluation with gain set to High, crossfeed bypassed, amp volume set for 0 dB gain with Goldpoint SA2X and SA2 external stepped attenuators employed to set level. There are plenty of impressions threads on the forum where more detailed and nuanced thoughts about the various components are discussed. For my preferences, either I like how a system renders music or I don’t.

    Notable highlights:
    Due to some interesting attributes of this amp I will provide additional commentary and interpretation from which I would normally refrain.

    Decware Zen Taboo tonality has always impressed me during listening sessions at various meets. Typically with HD800 headphones and yggdrasil DAC. Meet conditions are often burdened with higher ambient room noise than my dedicated lab listening environment. With the opportunity to hear this wonderful amp in my own setting, the tonality continued to impress.

    I acquired HE-500 planars when they were introduced over a decade ago. They have never provided sufficient auditory satisfaction to justify the head and neck load from their extra weight. Even after replacing the stock stiff silver wire with a high quality supple woven cable from Forza Audio Works. Taboo mk4 must have been designed with planars in mind. HE-500 spent more time on my head over several weeks than all the past listening session attempts over a decade combined. Many hours at a time. Previously I would only listen for ten minutes before returning to dynamic headphones.

    Taboo + HE-500 renders music with some seriously good synergy.

    However, AC mains noise was on the threshold of perception with the various HD800 family and other dynamic headphones in my lab. It must have been just below my threshold of perception with the HE-500. Keep in mind my listening lab is typically 10 to 20 dB lower than most home listening spaces. When I moved the Taboo to our family room, residual ambient noise masked my perception of Taboo AC mains noise with HD800.

    Making the assumption that Balanced input would be the best way to experience this amplifier I spent the first few weeks with that configuration. Imagine my surprise when I switched to SE, RCA inputs and found I preferred the music rendering of SE input over Balanced. Transient sounds were a touch more natural for example. Take note of SE measurements in both the Square Wave response and Frequency Response sections.

    I did try the crossfeed feature for a short evaluation. It does provide some spatial presentation but I still prefer Waves NX or Redline Monitor VST processing.

    Let's get this out of the way.
    Generator level set to 0 dBu, Amp set for 0 dB gain with 300R load, High gain selected, Balanced input, Tung-Sol EL84 tubes:

    THD+N: 0.03166% Left channel (SINAD 70.0 dB)
    THD+N: 0.03619% Right channel (SINAD 68.8 dB)

    Those who worship THD+N / SINAD should stop at this point and dismiss this amp. The remainder will be a waste of time. However if you consider there is more to an amp than SINAD / THD+N please continue. This special sounding amp offers another opportunity to demonstrate how chasing low distortion numbers out of context is the very definition of foolishness.

    Decware Zen Taboo mk4 TS EL84 Distortion 1KHz 0dBu 300R Hi gain
    03 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 A04 Distortion 300R 0dBu - hi gain annotated.png
    The greatest components contributing to Taboo’s THD+N are AC mains noise. 60 Hz and 180 Hz AC mains noise components are at the threshold of perception for many common headphones. For Sennheiser and other headphones with similar sensitivities that threshold is approximately -75 dBu. Most environments have sufficient ambient noise to mask the hum for most headphones. IEM users may want to seriously consider their personal sensitivity to AC mains noise.

    Observe 60 Hz hum at -71 dBu and 180 Hz 3rd harmonic at -80 dBu. The following two charts aid in calculating headphone SPL at these levels, ignoring headphone frequency response.

    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 60 Hz headphone SPL estimate:
    04 20221230 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 60 Hz headphone SPL calc.png

    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 180 Hz headphone SPL estimate:
    05 20221230 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 180 Hz headphone SPL calc.png

    Using data from the above estimates levels for several common headphones and IEMs are plotted on the iso226-2003 Equal Loudness Contours chart:
    06a iso226-2003 Equal Loudness Contours - annotated decware.png
    From the chart above note that most headphones won’t produce sufficient SPL to allow audible detection of Taboo AC mains noise for typical listening environments. If a particular space approaches the level of quietness found in my lab, the hum might be perceptible. Insanely sensitive Shure SE215 and Westone UM2 (and IEMs with similar sensitivities) are likely to reveal the Taboo’s AC mains noise in quiet ambient conditions.

    Note about threshold of AC Mains noise perception
    In my acoustic lab when listening between 65 and 75 dB SPL on headphones with sensitivity of 95 to 100 dB/mw, mains noise of -75 dBu is at the threshold of perception. At this level I perceive the blackground compromised and a certain sourness to the listening experience that would mostly disappear when listening level was increased to 75 to 85 dB SPL. Mains hum between tracks is still evident. In normal home environments ambient noise masking is likely sufficient to hide this issue if AC mains noise is at or below -75 dBu. If AC mains noise is at or below -85 dBu then I no longer perceive it with the headphones of the sensitivity mentioned in my very quiet acoustic lab. Most listeners will be undisturbed by this issue to which I am so sensitive.


    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 Distortion vs Amplitude 300R load - hi gain
    07 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 Distortion vs Amplitude 300R - hi gain annotated.png
    Trace ID:
    Yel: THD+N
    Grn: 2nd harmonic distortion (D2)
    Blu: 3rd harmonic distortion (D3)
    Red: 4+HD+N (crap factor including noise above 400Hz, AC mains noise removed)

    As previously shown AC mains noise dominates THD+N measurement below approximately +6 dBu. Above D2 dominates THD+N. With AC mains noise removed from 4+HD+N Taboo demonstrates a much lower distortion profile than the THD+N sweep would indicate. This probably hints at why the Taboo has such great tonality achieving this distortion profile with low Negative FeedBack (NFB.)

    Again, THD+N obscures a clear picture of the distortion profile for a given component. Think of THD+N as a lossy data compression technique. The danger with such data reduction is some distortions are of more concern than others. Distortion at some frequencies are more audible than others thanks to the non-linear behavior of the Human Auditory System as demonstrated with ISO Contours of Equal Loudness (Fletcher-Munson curves.)


    Zen Taboo mk4 gain linearity 300R Hi Gain L ch
    08 G2_L1T3_1_A.png
    Consider what happens when a pair of headphones produces 100 dB SPL at 0 dBu output from Taboo. This implies 20 dB SPL when Taboo output is -80 dBu. Over that range Taboo has excellent gain linearity. This measurement was made with the Continuous Time Detector with bandwidth from 20 Hz to 20 KHz. AC mains noise is contributing to the measurement deviation below -80 dBu. A narrowband FFT centered around 1 KHz would have eliminated the measurement deviation.


    Zen Taboo mk4 Output Impedance
    09 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 output impedance.png
    High gain output impedance is low at 1.2 Ω
    Changing to low gain increases the OI to approximately 50 Ω. While this was purportedly to reduce AC mains noise perception, I did not care for the change in tonality it produced in the amp with any headphone I tried. Minimal time was spent with listening with low gain. Likewise I made only a few measurements with low gain.


    Zen Taboo mk4 Output Level change vs gain switch position
    10 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 output levels.png
    It should also be noted output levels change considerably with low impedance headphones when the amp is switched to low gain.
     
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    Section 2

    Bal input 300 ohm load, High gain setting

    Zen Taboo mk4 Distortion FFT 300 ohm load, High gain
    01 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 A04 Distortion 300R 0dBu - hi gain.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Distortion vs Amplitude 300 ohm load, High gain
    02 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 Distortion vs Amplitude 300R - hi gain.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 50 + 7000 Hz 300 ohm load, High gain - Left Channel
    03 FFT_2_L1T13_1_A.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Gain Linearity 300 ohm load, High gain - Left Channel
    04 G2_L1T3_1_A.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 THD+N vs Frequency 300 ohm load, High gain - Left Channel
    05 G2_L1T5_1_A.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Residual Noise 300 ohm load, High gain - Left Channel
    06 FFT_2_L1T16_1_A.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Multitone 300R Hi gain 0 dBu, High gain – Left Channel
    07 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 Multitone 300R 0dBu - hi gain.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Multitone 300R Hi gain -20 dBu, High gain – Left Channel
    08 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 Multitone 300R -20dBu - hi gain.png
    When measuring at a level consistent with approximately 80 dB SPL for many popular headphones observe the significant drop in distortion spikes between the source tones.

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    Section 3

    Bal input 32 ohm load, High gain setting

    Zen Taboo mk4 Distortion FFT 32 ohm load, High gain
    01 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 A04 Distortion 32R 0dBu - hi gain.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Distortion vs Amplitude 32 ohm load, High gain
    02 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 Distortion vs Amplitude 32R - hi gain.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 50 + 7000 Hz 32 ohm load, High gain - Left Channel
    03 FFT_2_L1T13_1_A.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Gain Linearity 32 ohm load, High gain - Left Channel
    04 G2_L1T3_1_A.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 THD+N vs Frequency 32 ohm load, High gain - Left Channel
    05 G2_L1T5_1_A.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Residual Noise 32 ohm load, High gain - Left Channel
    06 FFT_2_L1T16_1_A.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Multitone 32R Hi gain 0 dBu, High gain – Left Channel
    07 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 Multitone 32R 0dBu - hi gain.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Multitone 32R Hi gain -20 dBu, High gain – Left Channel
    08 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 Multitone 32R -20dBu - hi gain.png
    When measuring at a level consistent with approximately 80 dB SPL for many popular headphones observe the significant drop in distortion spikes between the source tones.

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    Section 4

    SE input 300 ohm load, High gain setting

    Zen Taboo mk4 Distortion FFT 300 ohm load, High gain
    01 20221104 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 A04 Distortion 300R 0dBu - hi gain.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Distortion vs Amplitude 300 ohm load, High gain
    02 20221104 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 Distortion vs Amplitude 300R - hi gain.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 50 + 7000 Hz 300 ohm load, High gain - Left Channel
    03 FFT_2_L1T13_1_A.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Gain Linearity 300 ohm load, High gain - Left Channel
    04 G2_L1T3_1_A.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 THD+N vs Frequency 300 ohm load, High gain - Left Channel
    05 G2_L1T5_1_A.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Residual Noise 300 ohm load, High gain - Left Channel
    06 FFT_2_L1T16_1_A.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Multitone 300R Hi gain 0 dBu, High gain – Left Channel
    07 20221104 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 Multitone 300R 0dBu - hi gain.png


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    Section 5

    SE input 32 ohm load, High gain setting

    Zen Taboo mk4 Distortion FFT 32 ohm load, High gain
    01 20221104 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 A04 Distortion 32R 0dBu - hi gain.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Distortion vs Amplitude 32 ohm load, High gain
    02 20221104 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 Distortion vs Amplitude 32R - hi gain.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 50 + 7000 Hz 32 ohm load, High gain - Left Channel
    03 FFT_2_L1T13_1_A.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Gain Linearity 32 ohm load, High gain - Left Channel
    04 G2_L1T3_1_A.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 THD+N vs Frequency 32 ohm load, High gain - Left Channel
    05 G2_L1T5_1_A.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Residual Noise 32 ohm load, High gain - Left Channel
    06 FFT_2_L1T16_1_A.png

    Zen Taboo mk4 Multitone 32R Hi gain 0 dBu, High gain – Left Channel
    07 20221104 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 Multitone 32R 0dBu - hi gain.png


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    Section 6

    A few select Bal input Low gain measurements

    Bal input 300 ohm load, Low gain setting

    Zen Taboo mk4 TS EL84 Distortion FFT 300 ohm load, Low gain
    01 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 A04 Distortion 300R 0dBu - lo gain.png


    Bal input 32 ohm load, Low gain setting

    Zen Taboo mk4 TS EL84 Distortion FFT 32 ohm load, Low gain
    02 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 A04 Distortion 32R 0dBu - lo gain.png
     
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    Section 7

    Square wave response

    Bandwidth Estimation formula:
    BW (MHz) = 0.35 / RT (mS)
    Where RT = 10 to 90% Rise Time

    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sin 2Vpp 1mS div 5MHz fltr 300R Bal Hi gain - amp cal
    01 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sin 2Vpp 1mS div 5MHz fltr 300R Bal Hi gain - amp cal.png
    Before making square wave measurements the amplifier is adjusted to produce 0 dB gain with a 200 Hz sine wave. This example is the calibration for 300 ohm loads. The calibration is performed again for 32 ohm loads. Normally measurements are made with at 20 or 40 Hz. It was necessary to use 200 Hz to avoid the 15 Hz bass bump of the Taboo.

    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sqr 2Vpp 10uS div 5MHz fltr 300R Bal Hi gain
    02 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sqr 2Vpp 10uS div 5MHz fltr 300R Bal Hi gain - BW calc.png
    0.35 / 13.39 uS = 26.1 KHz

    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sqr 2Vpp 10uS div 5MHz fltr 300R SE Hi gain
    03 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sqr 2Vpp 10uS div 5MHz fltr 300R SE Hi gain - BW calc.png
    0.35 / 12.94 uS = 27.0 KHz
    SE input Hi gain produces the cleanest step response with no overshoot or ringing.

    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sqr 630mVpp 5uS div 5MHz fltr 300R Bal Lo gain
    04 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sqr 630mVpp 5uS div 5MHz fltr 300R Bal Lo gain - BW calc.png
    0.35 / 2.178 uS = 161 KHz
    Please note the y-axis change.
    Strictly following the estimation procedure it would appear that Lo gain provides a faster response. However the step response has considerable overshoot and ringing along with the lower output of 630mV vs 2Vpp of Hi gain shown above.

    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sqr 630mVpp 5uS div 5MHz fltr 300R SE Lo gain
    05 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sqr 630mVpp 5uS div 5MHz fltr 300R SE Lo gain - BW calc.png
    0.35 / 1.505 uS = 233 KHz
    Please note the y-axis change.

    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sqr 2Vpp 10uS div 5MHz fltr 32R Bal Hi gain
    06 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sqr 2Vpp 10uS div 5MHz fltr 32R Bal Hi gain - BW calc.png
    0.35 / 12.81 uS = 27.3 KHz

    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sqr 2Vpp 10uS div 5MHz fltr 32R SE Hi gain
    07 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sqr 2Vpp 10uS div 5MHz fltr 32R SE Hi gain - BW calc.png
    0.35 / 12.11 uS = 28.9 KHz

    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sqr 550mVpp 5uS div 5MHz fltr 32R Bal Lo gain
    08 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sqr 550mVpp 5uS div 5MHz fltr 32R Bal Lo gain - BW calc.png
    0.35 / 2.114 uS = 166 KHz
    Please note the y-axis change.

    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sqr 560mVpp 5uS div 5MHz fltr 32R SE Lo gain
    09 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 SG 200Hz sqr 560mVpp 5uS div 5MHz fltr 32R SE Lo gain - BW calc.png
    0.35 / 1.538 uS = 228 KHz
    Please note the y-axis change.
     
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    Section 8

    Frequency Response

    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 frequency response 5Hz - 96KHz 300R 0dBu - Hi gain Bal input
    01 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 frequency response 5Hz - 96KHz 300R 0dBu - Hi gain Bal.png
    Using balanced input with any load or gain configuration Taboo exhibits a 1.5 to 2 dB bass bump at 15 Hz. It also has a high frequency boost beginning above 10 KHz rising to +7 dB at 80 KHz where the analyzer Low Pass filter BW limits the measurement The next three FR measurements are substantially similar to this one.

    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 frequency response 5Hz - 96KHz 300R 0dBu - Lo gain Bal input
    02 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 frequency response 5Hz - 96KHz 300R 0dBu - Lo gain Bal.png

    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 frequency response 5Hz - 96KHz 32R 0dBu - Hi gain Bal input
    03 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 frequency response 5Hz - 96KHz 32R 0dBu - Hi gain Bal.png

    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 frequency response 5Hz - 96KHz 32R 0dBu - Lo gain Bal input
    04 20221103 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 frequency response 5Hz - 96KHz 32R 0dBu - Lo gain Bal.png

    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 frequency response 5Hz - 96KHz 300R 0dBu - Hi gain SE input
    05 20221104 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 frequency response 5Hz - 96KHz 300R 0dBu - Hi gain SE.png
    Using SE input with any load or gain configuration Taboo continues to exhibit a 1.5 to 2 dB bass bump at 15 Hz. However the high frequency rise disappears with Taboo maintaining a flat response to the analyzer 80 KHz LP filter limit. The following FR measurement is substantially similar to this one.

    Taboo mk4 TS EL84 frequency response 5Hz - 96KHz 32R 0dBu - Hi gain SE input
    06 20221104 Taboo mk4 TS EL84 frequency response 5Hz - 96KHz 32R 0dBu - Hi gain SE.png
     
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    Steve mentioned the balanced tends to add sparkle and i think you found why. I do wonder if i would have liked the amp more if i had a balanced dac feeding it.
     
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    Amazingly in-depth as usual! Somewhat random question... what headphone cable is featured in your second photo? It's gorgeous and I need to know. :)
     
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