Thanks for the review. Just curious, did you have to float the ground or are you using a 3 prong power cord? Did you upgrade the power cord and have you tried any tube rolling?
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just received and installed my TAD-i50 into my system and it is really great
I have a full MAC system (2205 amp C39 preamp XR 1052 4 way speakers) and recently purchased a VPI turntable for LPs and really got hooked on vinyl.
after lots of research ran into paul and his background convinced me he had a "no hype" tube preamp for a great price---well its soo good I just ordered the yet to be released 60 watt tube amp
vinyl has NEVER sounded this great
I now plan to run 2 systems--TAD for vinyl and MAC for everything else
thanks paul for all your help
The Build quality of the TAD 150 is top notch & I like the fact that both tubes glow behind their prospective windows, a very nice touch! I don't think any stone was left unturned in its design, a beautifully constructed preamp! But in this case, beauty is not only skin deep. The TAD 150 offers a spacious soundstage that is both equally as wide as it is deep! I'm an audiophile that is very difficult to please but the TAD 150 has exceeded my expectations! The fact that even the stock tubes sounded good but the Tung Sol tubes (12AX7s) bring it to a level that in my opinion places it in the company of preamps over twice its price! Ambience recovery-transparency, & sparkling transients, are remarkable, you will want to listen to your entire CD collection, even places an excellent perspective on older recordings. I am hearing details in the music that some other preamps have masked over. The remote is the icing on the cake. Finally, replace the stock power cord with a good aftermarket power cord, this will really extend the highs & be sure to allow the preamp & tubes ample time to break in before reaching any final conclusions as you will know where I have been. A very unique product, I give the TAD 150 my highest recommendation!
The praise for the TAD 150 is well-deserved. The sense of air and space is the biggest improvement I noticed over my previous preamp, the Adcom GFP-565. Delicate background instruments are revealed in full clarity, not lost in the mix. The depth, width, and height of recordings are reproduced with realism I had never experienced in any of my previous systems. SACD's (the good ones, like "Monk's Music") are an absolute delight. CD's that I had previously regarded as inferior recordings (e.g. Lucinda Williams "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road") became listenable or even pleasant to listen to. Paul is very customer-oriented. He modified mine to change one set of line outs to record outs at a very reasonable price. The TAD 150 even has a very good phono section. Never having owned a tube preamp before I was concerned that it might be noisy or bloated sounding. Not to worry - it does everything right. Very highly recommended!
A follow up to all the glowing reviews the last of which was thanksgiving 2005(7 years ago). I bought a TAD 150 signature recently and was able to do a side by side shoot out with two other budget priced tube amps, one Lamm designed ec88 preamp and one Audioromy FU29 integrated amp. All of these amps sounded great thru my vincent/bozak/ microseiki/music hall sacd player system. Alone they all made me smile especially the AudioRomy which I was still burning in. When the TAD 150 appeared I was at first disappointed as it did not have the tube quality I was used to which can be described as musical/embroidered, magical/enhanced sound.
The TAD was very accurate with no expansion of any component of the sound. It sounded sweet but almost nonexistent like it was just passing along the music without tailoring it in any way. It sounded right with an amazing soundstage, great and very accurate bass, and smooth treble. I rolled a couple of sets of tubes and found the rca black plates to be all that they are said to be. All in all a great amp that soon will be driven by a macintosh 2155 SS amp. I will report back the combination.