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Message started by Rivieraranch on 06/19/12 at 03:03:50

Title: DECWARE ZENFEST/DECFEST 2012
Post by Rivieraranch on 06/19/12 at 03:03:50

I am curious about DECFEST 2012 - the dates, what to expect, etc.

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Steve Deckert on 06/21/12 at 03:59:06




The first Friday, Saturday, Sunday in October.  That would be the 5th, 6th and 7th this year.

General Info can be found here: (I know it's last years page but it's been updated)

http://www.decware.com/newsite/zenfest2011.html

Steve

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Rivieraranch on 06/21/12 at 11:48:38

I was thinking it would be October 5-7?

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by dminches on 06/22/12 at 19:22:22

And where is it held?

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by opnly_bafld on 06/23/12 at 01:17:39

DECWARE / High Fidelity Engineering Co.
   75 S. Riverview Drive, East Peoria IL 61611

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Nature Boy on 06/26/12 at 14:11:48

I am confused - first weekend in October or second weekend in October?

NB

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Rivieraranch on 06/26/12 at 18:19:36

Steve just wrote it would be Oct. 12-14.

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by DeVon on 06/26/12 at 23:36:11

October 5-7th.  What Steve was thinking and what his fingers typed were obviously two different things. lol.  Hope to see you all here!

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Steve Deckert on 07/03/12 at 16:48:01

Sorry, in my original post I wrote 12th ~ 14th - obviously a brain dead moment.  I fixed the post.
Thanks,
Steve

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by deucekazoo on 07/09/12 at 15:44:01

Steve,
Will I be able to audition the CSP2+ and Taboo with my headphones at the fest? I know you have gear all over the place but wondering if you can make a corner for headphone users. I have the zenhead now but would really like to hear my headphones with tube gear. Maybe even put the zenhead next to them so one can audition all three with their headphones. Just an idea. My headphones are 50ohm so trying to figure out which tube amp would be better.
Thanks,
John

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Rivieraranch on 07/09/12 at 22:27:34

Put aside some ZEN monoblocks and a SELECT for me to listen to.

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by ZYGI on 07/10/12 at 00:22:54

RR, as if you don't have enough Decware amps.....


John, If you want to audition a particular set up, we will make every effort to make that happen. There are other rooms within the building we can set you up in for your audition. Last year a couple of guys used Steve's shipping room and set up a whole system. Room acoustics not being good for that, but for a headphone audition, the room is perfect.

See you all at the fest....

ZYGI

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by deucekazoo on 07/10/12 at 13:47:30

Thanks ZYGI, I can't wait to try this. Right now I am playing all my files through an Ipod at work, WAV files. I will bring that, the head phones, and my cables to listen to them. It will be interesting to see how the sound compares to each other with the different amps.

John

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Donnie on 07/11/12 at 00:07:16

deucekazoo,
If you really want your Ipod to pop, you need a dock that bypasses the internal DAC. Then play it through a good DAC. Then into the CSP2+ and Taboo. You will be suprised! The $2 DAC in the Ipod can be vastly improved.

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by deucekazoo on 07/11/12 at 18:41:30

Donnie,
Thanks for the recommendation but you do realize the components you just listed would come with a nice 3K+ price tag.  :D
Right now I am trying to keep it simple. I am getting great sound with the Zenhead connected directly but just want to try the tubes to see the difference. I was hoping that I would like the CSP2 or the Taboo alone more than the Zenhead and not together. I could see it now, falling in love with the combo. It sucks being broke.  :'(
Maybe you can bring your dock to the fest if you are comming. I have a cheaper DAC i can bring to try things out. It should be fun.

John

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Lon on 07/11/12 at 20:19:12

John, that's the irony of the Decware amps and speakers: they're fantastic audio at great prices. . . and they deserve and thrive on the very best sources, which aren't always such a great price!

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Donnie on 07/12/12 at 00:59:01

John,
Can do. I will bring my Wadia and maybe my Wyred4Sound DAC.
I live less than 100 miles away from E. Peoria, easy drive for me.

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by deucekazoo on 07/12/12 at 13:39:02

Lon,
I know what you mean!

Donnie,
That would be great. I would love to hear the Wyred4Sound DAC.

John

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by maddog07 on 08/02/12 at 17:00:09

can anybody who has been to the Decware Zenfest in the past - recommend a hotel close to Decware HQ for the 2012 event?

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Rivieraranch on 08/02/12 at 22:27:34

Fairfield Inn & Suites, East Peoria. 1-309-699-4100

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by dank on 08/03/12 at 02:39:57

Try the Baymount on War Memorial if you don't mind a little farther drive (and getting lost the first time you go there).  We keep going back there (good free breakfast) and this years room rates were really good when I booked my room.

Dan

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by maddog07 on 08/06/12 at 15:34:19

thanks all - I'll check these places out.

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by maddog07 on 08/06/12 at 15:50:26

On the subject of the Wyred4Sound DAC... I have been a Theta Digital fan since the late 80's.  Theta was way ahead of most digital products for over a decade.  I just received a Wyred DAC-2 last week, and it is the first DAC I've ever heard that is a worthy challenger to my Theta gear... I've only got a few hours on it, but initial impressions and comparisons... it's a keeper and best my 1999 vintage Theta in most areas of sonic performance - albeit very slightly and only easily detectable in direct, level matched AB and ABX testing.  
However, where the Wyred wins hands down, no comparison, is in its connection options, flexibility, and of course can accept high bit rate, high sample rate streams and USB, and serve as a digital preamp.  It looks like the Wyred4Sound DAC is going to turn out to be a very high-value piece of kit from both a sonic & functionality perspective.  You should check one out, I think you'll be glad you did.

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Lon on 08/06/12 at 16:21:54

I've heard great things about that DAC, and favorable comparisons to my PWD II. And like that DAC, it can take I2S over HDMI from a tansport (at the moment the only one I know of is the PWT). I tell you, I2S over HDMI from my PWT into my PWD II is the best sounding connection yet.

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by maddog07 on 08/06/12 at 16:59:43

I'm a fan of PSA products - have my whole system configured with PS power cords and I have a Power Plant Premierm, which I now consider a "must have" component in the chain every since hearing the improvment it wrought the first time I ever heard one.  I have not had a chance to audition the PW DAC or Transport, but they are definitely components that have piqued my interest.
I'm just a couple of weeks away from hearing/owning my first Decware product, a Rachael :P, and completing my first full range, high efficiency, crossoverless, single driver speaker project.  So this, along with the new Wyred DAC is about all the "change" my system can stand for a bit - I'll be on auditory overload for awhile getting a handle on all this "newness"... :o

- you wouldn't be bringing your PW DAC & Transport to this year's Zenfest would ya?

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Lon on 08/06/12 at 17:15:35

You're going to really enjoy Rachael with thw W4S. As you say, your whole system is going to change!

I won't be able to make Decfest, and if I did I'd be traveling on two motorized wheels and not bringing any components along with me. . . .

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by ZYGI on 08/06/12 at 20:27:58

Lon, When I saw you name at the bottom of this thread, I thought you were going to say you were coming this year......:-(

Come on Lon, ride the bike up to East Peoria!!!!

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Lon on 08/06/12 at 20:39:32

Not gong to happen I'm afraid. I have one trip this year yet, to Ohio, and it has an important event attached to it and it's not in October I'm afraid.

Title: DECFEST 2012 - NEW MONOS?
Post by Steve Deckert on 08/16/12 at 06:34:24

This year will be the debut of the Zen TORII Monoblocks...  After a year of enjoying the prototypes these are going into production.  A partial build shown below:



Be the first to hear what would happen if Decware were to build a higher power amplifier... could be scary!

(Don't ask the price, we don't know yet.  When you see it on the web site, we'll know the price.)

Also by this years fest you'll all be treated to the Super Zen - best SE84C amp yet.  It's impressive... and when we release the details everyone with any year SE84B or SE84C series can turn their amps into a Super Zen too, by implementing the Christmas Keeps Coming Mod that we plan to introduce at the fest.

So we're looking forward to lots of fun this year!

Steve




Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by deucekazoo on 08/16/12 at 13:32:17

Saaaaaaaaaaaweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeettttttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!

Can't wait.

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Lon on 08/16/12 at 13:48:51

Fascinating. I'll look forward to more information.

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by tgarden on 08/16/12 at 17:32:07

Torii Monoblocks sound like a great idea!

 I was just wondering what the next version of the Torii might be.  Now I'm real curious to find out what tubes it uses. Guessing the tube configuration will be similar to the Torii III.

After owning the Torii I, the II, and now the Torii III; it looks like I will have to start saving for the Torii Monoblocks.

Might have to sell my Zen Signature Monoblocks.

Mike in Seattle area

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Rivieraranch on 08/17/12 at 13:31:37

So there are more reasons than ever to visit DECFEST!

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Auguie on 08/23/12 at 00:32:33

OK...I'm gonna be there.  First time for me, and I've just aquired Decware equipment in the last year or so.  

So...from you seasoned attendees, what can I expect, besides great sound?  I'll be there no matter what you post, just looking forward to meeting fellow music lovers.

Dan

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Donnie on 08/23/12 at 00:55:40

Debauchery, Moral Turpitude, good food, Pagan Rituals, great sound. A good time had by all and fun!

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Auguie on 09/05/12 at 23:47:45

OK all...I'm on the way!!!  Plan to spend most of Sat enjoying the sounds and meeting all of you.  Even at my age, this is EXCITING!!!  Looking forward to meeting Zigi too...the speakers he just made for me are sounding better and better every day.  

Zigi...I'll be the one with the white hair and drinking a beer (go figure).  Oh, and I'll be driving the "Toxic Orange" Challenger.  (Ask Steve and DeVon...they will remember)


See you all soon...

Dan    

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by ZYGI on 09/07/12 at 19:30:14

Dan,

Looking forward to meeting you as well. I can't wait, its just one month away!!!

Zygi

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Donnie on 09/08/12 at 01:15:42

Is this a clothing optional event? I always ask because once I didn't. It was quite a suprise!

Title: Re: DECFEST 2012
Post by Lord Soth on 09/08/12 at 11:34:23

Hi Donnie,

Will you turn up "clothed" like your forum avatar?

;D

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