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COMING SOON
09/10/12 at 04:50:44
 


The New Super Zen is the result of another great Decware Mod to the famous model SE84C+ Zen Amp.  The SE84C+ as you'll remember came to pass as the result of the Hazen Grid Mod aka "Christmas Comes Early" Mod a few years back.  

Recently we've come up with a mod that when combined with the prior CCE mod is just icing on the cake!  We affectionately call this mod; "Christmas Keeps Coming" Mod.

This mod involves some very high grade 2 watt carbon composition resistors on both plates of the input stage and some special copper foil and beeswax caps that we found superior to VCAPS in this amplifier.  The transformation is astounding.  It frankly makes this little amplifier a real force to reckon with so to celebrate we have upgraded the chassis one last time to an extreme level of quality and are featuring a black textured powder coat finish that is beautiful, easy to clean, shows no finger prints, or scratches.  A finish that will look new 50 years from now when the amp is still kicking everything's ass.

(Whoops, started to get a little passionate about it there at the end... what can I say, it's my first born!)

BTW, Anyone ordering SE84C+ amplifiers or anyone with SE84C+ amplifiers already on order will be shipped the new Super Zens model SE84CKC

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Reply #1 - 09/10/12 at 11:17:38
 
So Steve i'l be one of the first kids on the block to own a "super Zen " since JamesK pa. is me . Im flattered. And excited. Thanks , this would only come about at Decware. Thanks again
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Reply #2 - 09/11/12 at 14:28:12
 
Wow Steve, the new Mono's and the SUPERZEN~!!

My calendar has been cleared. Zenfest 2005, 2008 and now 2012 is happening!  I look forward to hearing the new Mono's and I am sure you have an incredible demo planned. I plan on ordering the SUPERZEN at the Fest and/or inquire if these mods are even necessary to apply to a new Select (ZS) purchase from you?

Cheers, Stone of Tone (11+ years and counting of SE84CS joy with the SV83 Tubes)
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Reply #3 - 09/11/12 at 18:54:07
 
I should say: I bet the mods would apply to the ZS too....besting the current caps and beating VCAPS = cool.

I want the C+, now Super Zen in one room and my SE84CS in the other.    -Stone
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Reply #4 - 09/12/12 at 15:57:43
 
Well, to heck with waiting to order the Super Zen @ Decfest. I ordered it today with 5ft Zen Styx speaker cable/Silver Banana's.

It will be fun comparing it to my SE84CS stock (no EX or CCE mods). I have a nice bevy of the original SV83 (6n15nM) that I enjoy most. In addition, I have another Audio Alchemy front end (Pro32 & 3.0 Dac) to run into the new SuperZen to my 2nd favorite pair of speakers that I love with these pentodes run in triode. I have not found better fidelity than Steve's SE84CS. I have spent the last 10 years periodically searching.......Steve's the King. Other designer's just need to deal with it.

Furthermore, putting the Zen Styx up against my reference Kimber Select 1030 & Select 3033 will be fun this fall and winter as the new SuperZen burns in with the Styx! (I should get Steve's Interconnect too).

Cheers, Stone of Tone
PS! I'm sure Jameskk agree's.....I look forward to Steve's posting of the SuperZen.......new chassis and all..... .
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Reply #5 - 09/12/12 at 17:21:17
 
http://www.decware.com/cgi-bin/yabb22/YaBB.pl?num=1346788782

Found the thread: man, I need to catch up! Anyway, Jupiter Caps being used. After some months of comparing to my stock Select....the CS might be going in for CKC mod.......... .     -Stone
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Reply #6 - 09/12/12 at 17:32:34
 
Stone, congrats! Let the waiting begin!
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Reply #7 - 09/12/12 at 17:45:21
 
Thanks Lon! Before Thanksgiving-wishful thinking?
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Reply #8 - 09/12/12 at 17:53:59
 
Here's hoping! You'll probably get a good idea from Steve at Decfest. (And maybe he'll surprise you!)
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Reply #9 - 09/13/12 at 12:14:59
 
Hey Stone and Lon , yes this is very exciting about the superzen . patience  is the virtue right now , . I have the white select right now in my system #018, that I had to Steve over a year ago . extremely nice .. I looked up the capacitors, Steve is introducing  into the superzen ,and they ain't cheap. dont be suprised if there"s a justifiable price increase to the zen . I believe theres a pic of one in the torii mono blog.Technology is constantly changing!!!!!!!
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Reply #10 - 09/13/12 at 13:49:59
 
jameskk, yes I researched those Jupiter caps = very nice. Most important is Steve's integration of them and voicing of the Amp that creates the total magic/alchemy that he creates (ie-right down to the soldering choices we read).

Lon, you need to come to the FEST this year. I'm sure you saw this thread: http://www.decware.com/cgi-bin/yabb22/YaBB.pl?num=1346474546

.....I am excited about getting down there again. It has been four years to long. I'm glad I can go in the year of the new Zen Mono's and the SuperZen! Steve's planned 8 pm demo's at dark of the new Mono's can't come soon enough.  Three weeks to go! Yes, I'll see in person where I am in the build que.    -Stone

Per Steve, if the world does end Dec 21st......I'm partying like a rock star the next 14 weeks!   Cool.....no drinking and driving though....it is 10.9 miles to my Super 8 motel. I need to car pool!  ::)
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Reply #11 - 09/13/12 at 14:42:30
 
Stone, sorry won't be able to be at the Fest.

Partly because that's not my sort of thing, and mainly because it's just not possible for me to travel there at that time.

Have fun!

PS: The Torii Monos. . . exciting in a way. But. . . I'm a little sad to see Decware go in the direction of high power AND high price. There, I said it.
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Reply #12 - 09/13/12 at 15:00:45
 
With great Power...comes Great Responsibility.....

and *cough* Great Price...... *cough*

That is one BIG 1st WATT!  ;)
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Reply #13 - 09/13/12 at 16:06:38
 
"PS: The Torii Monos. . . exciting in a way. But. . . I'm a little sad to see Decware go in the direction of high power AND high price. There, I said it. "

Lon,
I know what you are saying but don't be sad. Its just a way to get their product to the people that think money is everything or the ones that need the power. I would be sad if that is all they did and said here you go for the 10% of you that can afford it. They did not, they are still working and improving on the original amps. I can't wait to see what the change will be using the new Jupiter caps. I am very happy with my little 2 watt CSs, but still exited to see and hear the beasts.
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Reply #14 - 09/13/12 at 16:11:41
 
John,

I understand your points.

I'm still sad.

When I have my second Zen Stand in (soon) and my ZP3 (in a few months or so) I'll have the system I dreamed of. And I may even spend more time listening and less visiting here. Smiley That "completion," and the beginning of this new phase for Decware, feels a bit like the end of an era, and that's always a little sad.
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