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Just Added CSP2+ to Zen Select...Holy Crap! (Read 2126 times)
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Re: Just Added CSP2+ to Zen Select...Holy Crap!
Reply #15 - 03/13/14 at 03:00:25
 
Enjoy the CSP3 when it comes, Stone. I'm seriously considering driving down to East Peoria for the next Zen Fest to hear the ZMA. I want to know what all the fuss is about!
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Re: Just Added CSP2+ to Zen Select...Holy Crap!
Reply #16 - 03/14/14 at 17:53:58
 
You should Alex. Go for the whole Experience.  I have been twice and enjoyed it very much.
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Reply #17 - 04/04/14 at 23:34:25
 
I have my Super Zen connected directly to my Oppo BDP-83SE for a couple years now. I do have a CSP2 that I used with my old Zen Select. I tried this several times with the Super Zen but each time the CSP2 appeared to cast a thin vail over the music resulting in a tad less focus and transparency. So like AlexR my CSP2 was sitting in the closet.

So I read the rave review here by AlexR and think I must be missing something??? So I dust off my old CSP2 and about half way through a 2 hour listening session I insert it into my system. Hum, not impressed, same result as the last time I tried it. Now AlexR and everyone else can't be wrong.

Now I'm not one to have ever claimed to hear a big difference between quality interconnects. I was using a first generation Decware DSR 1/2  meter interconnect between the Oppo and CSP2 and Homegrown Audio pure silver lace 1 meter interconnect between the CSP2 and Super Zen. I purchased the Homegrown interconnects years ago when silver was a lot less expensive.

In any event I went and dug out a second 1 meter pair of Homegrown Audio pure silver interconnects. I installed these between the Oppo and CSP2 (replacing the DSR). Well, I could not believe the difference. I've been listening a lot over the past 2 weeks to this combination. Being skeptical that an interconnect could make the difference I swapped the DSR back in 3 times over the 2 week period and the difference is there.

With the correct interconnects the CSP2 has improved the overall Focus of the presentation. Individual instruments and voices are more distinct and occupy distinctly separate space within the soundstage. The output quality of my Mid Bass Module has improved a couple of notches also. Kick drum is the most realistic I've been able to achieve and Bass notes are so detailed.

I have many recordings where you can hear the space (studio) in which the material was recorded. Now with the CSP2 some of these recordings actually create the illusion that you are not just hearing the space but are actually in that space.

Biggest surprise was that my source and speakers are actually capable of this type of resolution.

Thanks AlexR
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Re: Just Added CSP2+ to Zen Select...Holy Crap!
Reply #18 - 04/05/14 at 00:07:46
 
Interconnects can be very important for getting the best out of your components. I used the Decware for a long time and then started on a journey of "improvement" yielding benefits just as you describe.

I love my CSP2+ preamps. . . everytime I think "I really don't need this, my PWD Mk II has a volume control and so does my Torii Mk III" and try to do without it, I always miss it, and it always brings a better sonic landscape to the listening experience. This is even more expecially so now that the one I use for my most often used sources has the Jupiter caps installed. Wow, with those caps in amp and preamp my sound just keeps astonishing me. (My new HR-1s also have come into their own and given me great imaging and frequency balance).

These preamps just don't get talked up enough!
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Reply #19 - 04/05/14 at 10:44:17
 
My newly jupitered ZP3 & CSP2+ preamps will be delivered any day now, home from the mothership..  This will be my first upgrade from an already burgeoning experience. I have a small stash of i/c`s but all copper, not a patch on the DSR`s. You guys make it easier to push the boundaries further with your experimenting/suggestions. Getting your head round audiophile as a hobby isn`t obvious at first.
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Re: Just Added CSP2+ to Zen Select...Holy Crap!
Reply #20 - 05/12/14 at 17:50:01
 
stone_of_tone said:
"As great as the ZMA is.....the mighty Zen Select will always see time in the Listening Room."

Polk Audio's web site says:
The LS90 features two sets of binding posts, so bi-amping and bi-wiring options are available for even higher performance levels.  

Have you considered a Bi-Amp arrangement with your Mystery amp together with your Select?
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