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DECWARE Zen Fest 2014 ~ Oct 3rd, 4th, 5th (Read 7699 times)
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DECWARE Zen Fest 2014 ~ Oct 3rd, 4th, 5th
07/24/14 at 23:37:40
 
Hi Everyone,

I plan on attending this year's fest. I will be coming from OC, ca., and will be flying in. I believe the fastest most direct route will be to O'Hare, then drive a rental car to East Peoria. I was thinking of traveling Thursday, and leaving on Sunday. I have looked into staying at the Super 8 Washington on Washington Rd. I just would like something close, clean, and reasonably priced. Please advise if this sounds good, or if I should consider something else.

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Pat
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Reply #1 - 07/25/14 at 01:40:11
 

Peoria does have it's own airport, but I bet it's expensive to fly in there.

Not sure about hotels, as I only stay at the Marriott downtown. I'd see about getting us better rates, but it's under new management so I no longer have the pull I might have previously.

Still, if someone reminds of the dates Decfest falls on this year, I can ask and see if I can get any discounts. There is both a Marriott and Courtyard downtown Peoria, which is about 17 minutes from Steve's house.
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Reply #2 - 07/25/14 at 03:43:40
 
The Fest is Friday Oct. 3rd through Sunday the 5th. I'll be staying Thursday-Saturday nights
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Reply #3 - 07/27/14 at 18:18:48
 
I've stayed at the Hampton Inn near the casino a couple of times for DeckFest, and been quite pleased. The staff is very nice, the rooms are clean, and the location is about 5 minutes from Steve's place. I plan to stay there again this year as well. Hope to see you there!!!

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Reply #4 - 07/27/14 at 21:59:51
 
Thanks Augie!
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Re: DECWARE Zen Fest 2014 ~ Oct 3rd, 4th, 5th
Reply #5 - 08/26/14 at 02:47:49
 
Here's a link to the info and live broadcast page:

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

And here's a link to this years thread on DECFEST 2014

http://www.decware.com/cgi-bin/yabb22/YaBB.pl?num=1406241460

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
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Re: DECWARE Zen Fest 2014 ~ Oct 3rd, 4th, 5th
Reply #6 - 08/26/14 at 05:04:35
 


Some have asked me what's on this years docket.... you know, what's the new stuff?  

To answer that question, as always there will be some little surprises, but unlike last year when we had a new amplifier and speaker, this year it's not meant to be. That means, if it isn't broke, don't fix it! We're still floating pretty high on all the new stuff from last year.  Remember, it's taken 17 years to create and evolve this product line, and now it's time to enjoy it. 

Actually I am working on a new preamp and a new single ended triode amplifier, but neither will be done by the fest... You can look forward to those in 2015 if I like the way they turn out. Meanwhile, I've decided this year to take advantage of a unique opportunity.

As fun as this annual fest is, during the rest of the year when I listen in the evenings, I feel frustrated that no one ever gets to here this! The reason is because during the fest, nothing is precisely setup and tweaked. Nothing has been hooked up long enough to settle in and many of the recordings are average.

Well for the first time since starting the company, I have left a system set up for an entire year (as pictured) and have listened to it almost every night. After all these years, I desperately needed to do that. The Zen Mystery Amp and last years new speakers (Monoliths) have been set up since, well, last year!

It's been tweaked, and sends me out there every time.  This year I'm going to share that with anyone willing to be here after dark!  Friday night or Saturday night and even Sunday night I will flip the room and play master tapes and broadcast reels on my machines as soon as the sun sets for several hours.  

So if anyone has ever wondered what Steve hears in his own listening room during the year... this will be it.  If you're thinking you can't stay that late, consider a hotel and live a little.  If you've been here during the day and heard it... you haven't heard it.

So we look forward to seeing everyone and meeting new faces!

Steve


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Reply #7 - 08/26/14 at 05:12:15
 

I'm looking forward to it, Steve! It will also be nice to not have to wrestle people for 15 minutes of listening time, only to have someone else come in and change it on you.  :)  I think this is a great idea. Get it all tweaked out and we'll be there!
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Reply #8 - 08/26/14 at 22:43:45
 
OK...I was hemming and hawing on weather I was gonna make the trip.  Now I have to consider if I'm coming up on Sat OR Fri.  

Either way...I'LL BE THERE!!!

Dan
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Reply #9 - 08/31/14 at 03:13:19
 
Dan, that's great news!
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Reply #10 - 08/31/14 at 03:21:21
 
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I'm looking forward to it, Steve! It will also be nice to not have to wrestle people for 15 minutes of listening time, only to have someone else come in and change it on you.  :)  I think this is a great idea. Get it all tweaked out and we'll be there!


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Reply #11 - 09/03/14 at 18:53:45
 
I just e-mailed this year's annual Decfest invite to everyone on our customer appreciation list.  If anyone here didn't get it, let me know and we'll get you on the list, and I'll post it here.

Thanks,

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Reply #12 - 09/03/14 at 20:37:22
 

I got the E-mail! - it's odd that I get these messages, but never any of your responses to my E-mails. We need to figure that out.

Brianne and I are seeing if we can get that Friday off. She really wants to check out the Peoria zoo, then pop over to your place in the evening. I warned her it would probably be some late night listening.

Saturday is still up in the air. I'm also trying to convince some friends to come down with me, as they've only heard my system.

I hope to meet more of the Decware family this year!

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Reply #13 - 09/03/14 at 21:51:27
 
i will be there Friday, Satuday, and Sunday.
I will try to bring some LP's. Steve maybe you can record them to you RTR
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Reply #14 - 09/09/14 at 17:55:10
 
I like the name badges from last year's fest.  It helps to connect your internet name to a face and start conversations.

One other idea would be to have a blank sticker that you could list equipment or topics you are well versed in.  Mine would say Rachael, Mac Mini, room treatment and Chord QuetHD Dac.  Maybe PS Audio power products.

I'd love to talk to people with the same or different interests.  For example, I am interested in the Zen amp now that I've heard one in my setup.  If I spot someone with Zen amp on their sticker, I could approach them and talk about tubes for the Zen or comparing various Zen releases.

Just an idea.
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