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New Decware Direct Stream Digital
01/25/15 at 01:19:58
 
Decware Direct Stream Digital DAC / Recorder




Weíre pleased to bring you a practical solution to hi-resolution digital by taking a professional grade DSD recorder from Tascam and designing a unique transformer coupled output stage for it! Weíre excited to say that the combination of these two things greatly exceed the sum of their parts. The model number is ZDSD (Zen Direct Stream Digital).

While you can use this as you would any DAC, itís design makes it possible to eliminate all the variables that cloud digitalís performance. For example, the plastic disc and transport can be eliminated. Or the computer and all of itís required software can be eliminated, so you wonít have to worry about what audiophile grade USB cable to buy.

This is possible because the ZDSD uses memory cards or USB sticks that simply plug into the front. This makes digital playback possible without a transport or a computer and offers a 100% hardware solution that always works. It always works because itís not a programmable gate array and has no firmware to update. It plays standard and hi-res formatted files including DSD64 and DSD128.

The Decware output stage in this device is a real ass kicker with adjustable output levels and no tubes, just high bandwidth transformers that allow the full voltage of balanced outputs to become available on the custom installed floating silver RCA output jacks.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention it records in all formats too! †That means you can make DSD128 recordings of your albums without having to purchase a single piece of software and without worries about running inferior hardware. The Burr Brown A to D in this machine uses a temperature controlled 1 PPM clock which is as good as it gets and your recordings will sound analog.

You can find out more about the ZDSD here:

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

- Steve

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Re: New Decware Direct Stream Digital
Reply #1 - 08/17/16 at 03:39:26
 
After almost 2 years the ZDSD is still selling well, sound great, and has not required a single modification or update.
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Reply #2 - 08/19/16 at 15:43:20
 
and my should be coming to me very, very soon....last update: "On The Bench"  :) Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley
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Re: New Decware Direct Stream Digital
Reply #3 - 05/04/19 at 02:00:19
 
I have now after several years transferred all my cd's and lp's for DSD files.

One question I have is, can I use the Direct Steam Digital as a source and connect it directly to mu TORII monos?

If so, how?

Cheers from the "Land down Under"
gd Smiley Smiley
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Reply #4 - 05/04/19 at 22:54:27
 
The correct question I should have asked is:-
If I connect the streamer to the amps via the new rca outs, what do I use as a volume control?

Cheers,

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Reply #5 - 05/06/19 at 00:14:31
 
Hi,
Its a pleasure to read questions about Torii Monos on this forum as they are few and far between.

Just a little background:
I do not own a ZDSD, so I have never connected one to the amps, but I do own a pair of The Torii Monos...just incredible machines without parallel.

I do have two turntables, one reel to reel tape deck and a Music Vault Music Server that I run into my upgraded Ultra Preamp which is used only for two channel listening, then I run The Ultra into The Monos.

Every once in a great while I will disconnect one of my sources from The Ultra and run it direct into The Monos. †What a distinct difference in sound that setup presents, not better or worse, just different... for me anyway.
When I have a single source running into The Monos, I use the volume knobs on The Monos to control the volume.

The Master has written many articles about how to use, in conjunction, volume adjustment on his amps with volume adjustment on sources.
Also, in the owner's manual for the ZDSD, there is a paragraph that talks about "adjusting output level".

I hope that this helps.
Mark (on the other side of the world, Naples, Florida)
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Reply #6 - 05/06/19 at 00:39:37
 
Mark,

Hi. Thanks for the feed back;
i'll give them both a try and get back in a couple of weeks.

The monos just keep on giving.

Cheers
gd Smiley
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Reply #7 - 05/06/19 at 01:24:50
 
Is Steve doing an Anniversary mod for the Monos?  We never hear much about these.
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Reply #8 - 05/07/19 at 02:23:20
 
1. Archie, I do not know if Steve is offering any 25th. mods for The Monos.
2. gd, you might find the following interesting.
 I have owned The Monos for about 5 1/2 years.  During most of that time I have rolled various KT-88 tubes through the amps.  The sound was always exceptional, clear and totally un-adorned...there is not a speck of coloration with these two amps... the music recorded is the music that is heard.

 The different KT-88's basically sounded the same, except for one quad.
After a good amount of time searching on the internet, I took a chance and ordered a quad from Russia.  The tubes themselves are marked TESLOVAK, but their white boxes are marked, Czechoslovakia.  Czech. of course has not existed since 1993 and the boxes do not look antique enough to be 26 years old.  I still do not know if these are some type of knockoff but...to my ears they sounded the best out of all of the other KT-88's that I have rolled.

 Finally, 4 months ago, I decided to try a quad of Tung Sol KT-120 tubes.  I will not bore you with the usual, audio-reviewer superlatives, so let me just say that the soundstage and bass increased noticeably  over all of the KT-88's that I had rolled previously.  Two more improvements in amplifiers that I did not think could be improved upon!  They have taken a while to season and seem to season in stages...you know, those nights when all of a sudden there is something more, there, those magical, sonic moments.
 Even though Steve denotes an entire paragraph (in the owner's manual) to the use of Tung Sol KT-120 tubes in these amps, I was surprised at the increased, operating temperature of the KT-120's.  I called him and he told me that the hotter, running temperature would not be a problem.  Just in case, I purchased a quad of Duende Criatura tube dampers that fit over just the top of the tube.  Although I do not think that they have changed the sonic signature of the KT-120 tubes, I believe  that the operating temperature of the tubes has decreased slightly. I think that they might be acting as heat sinks.

So, do you have any "Mono" experiences that you would like to share?
Mark
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Reply #9 - 05/08/19 at 08:41:15
 
Hi,

Looks like I will need interconnects with xlr at the amp end and rca at the streamer end.

I have enquired if steve could make me a pair,

I switched to TungSol KT120s a couple of years ago over ElectroHarmonix KT88s.

I think the TungSols have a bit more grunge; and being a headbanger, that's a good thing.

I was at Munich High End Audio show last year.

Should be on every HiFi persons bucket list.

Actually a bit overwhelming; will have to go again

cheersw
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Re: New Decware Direct Stream Digital
Reply #10 - 05/11/19 at 23:52:16
 
So,  I've connected the streamer to the amps; I've wound down the amps output to as low as I can go, and I've reduced the streamers output to -20db.
Hit play and wow! way too loud.

Any suggestions.

cheers Smiley
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Reply #11 - 05/12/19 at 00:33:46
 
Hello CoffsKid,
1. Interesting take on the grunge with the KT-120"s... and I hear more refinement with mine.  I wish that we could listen to each other's systems and compare.
2.  Agreed with your comments about The Munich Show.
3.  Sorry that I cannot help you with your volume problem with The Streamer, as I do not know what is happening.  You might just have to send a few emails to The Master.
Mark
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Reply #12 - 05/12/19 at 01:49:38
 
I think I have sorted the volume control issue.

The streamer needs to be routed via a pre-amp.

No dramas, just can't sell the pre-amp.

Grunge might be cables, power, speaker cable or speakers or my ears.

Cheers
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