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pursuitofnow
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ZP3 Anniversary Mods
11/19/18 at 14:54:58
 
I know it might be to early, but wondering if anyone has experienced the ZP3 with anniversary mods and what your thoughts are compared to non-mod.
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Re: ZP3 Anniversary Mods
Reply #1 - 11/27/18 at 23:07:04
 
I just shipped off my ZP3 and ZROCK2 for the full service anniversary overhaul!  I'll be limping along with my NAD PP2 stage (talk about the weakest link!) and no ZR2.  Honestly, I think I'll miss my ZR2 the most.
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Reply #2 - 11/28/18 at 02:10:14
 
Awesome Archie! I hope you are not without those two components too long!
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Reply #3 - 11/28/18 at 16:20:37
 
I'm really looking forward to having a full stable of Anniversary upgraded amps!
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Reply #4 - 11/28/18 at 16:29:36
 
Me too, waiting on the Anniversary mods of the ZROCK2 to cement that. This is going to be a hard wait. . . I want the upgraded ZROCK2 and I want the ZLC. Will be great to have both and enjoy the sound.
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Reply #5 - 11/28/18 at 16:38:56
 
I won't swear to it but I think the upgrades are in a separate pile from the new orders so they come out faster.  I don't expect to see my ZLC for several months but hopefully the upgrades will me much sooner.
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Technics 1200G TT w/ Ortofon Jubilee MC cart
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ZP3
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CSP3 (25th A mods)
ZMA (25th A mods)
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Re: ZP3 Anniversary Mods
Reply #6 - 11/28/18 at 16:49:17
 
I agree, you'll see your ZROCK2 first. I will bear the wait. . . I couldn't bear taking my ZROCK2 out of the system to send in for the upgrade, so I ordered a new one.

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Re: ZP3 Anniversary Mods
Reply #7 - 11/28/18 at 17:29:04
 
At Decfest Steve told me 25th Anniversary mods are usually turned around in 2-3 weeks. This may be longer now with so many Black Friday new equipment orders. Smiley

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Reply #8 - 11/29/18 at 02:41:38
 
I can't wait to hear the mods. I will be sending in my ZP3 and zstage when my anniversary mono blocks go to bench status. I have real walnut bases being made and have one being made for the ZP3 as well. Like Lon, I couldn't imagine parting with the ZR2, so I ordered a new one and will put the current one in the office setup. Exciting times!
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Reply #9 - 11/30/18 at 18:12:52
 
My ZP3 and ZR2 have reached the Mother Ship!  Now for the hard part -- the anticipation wait.   Tongue
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Reply #10 - 12/05/18 at 16:04:37
 
I've been hesitant to post this since I'm afraid it will just show what a dead eared guy I am but I haven't been missing my ZP3 and ZR2 like I thought I would.  I am using my old NAD PP2 phono stage along with my anniversary modified CSP3 and ZMA and things are sounding great.   Shocked    The only possible loss might be soundstage depth, but that's not a big deal for me.  I'm wondering if the PP2 doesn't "get in the way" like Steve suggested a standard ZP3 or ZR2 would when in front of the Anniversary amps?  This does make me wonder what I'm in for once I have the full complement of anniversary modifications.  (I'm assuming the ZMC1 wouldn't be eligible.)   Cool  
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Technics 1200G TT w/ Ortofon Jubilee MC cart
ZMC1
ZP3
ZR2
CSP3 (25th A mods)
ZMA (25th A mods)
HR1s
Silver Cabling
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Re: ZP3 Anniversary Mods
Reply #11 - 12/05/18 at 16:09:48
 
Glad you can enjoy the sound in the interim; hope you get your items back soon.

I always find a way to enjoy the sound when my Decware components aren't in, but in the long haul I'm less satisfied and I bet you will be very happy when yours come back home.

On the Decware Fans Facebook page there's a report of a ZROCK2 with the Anniversary mods that has hit a new owner, who is very happy with the resulting sounds! He didn't have a ZROCK2 before though so there's no telling from his descriptions how the mods have transformed the sound. We'll be waiting on your reports Archie. . . . .
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Reply #12 - 12/05/18 at 16:23:59
 
I guess I am looking at it with the mindset of improving the weakest links one at a time. I’m focused on the power aspect now with better power cables (AC12)and the ZLC feeding my PS5, ZMA and ZTPRE. My DAC has already been upgraded, so that leaves the ZP3 upgrade for next year.

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Reply #13 - 12/05/18 at 17:15:13
 
NormD,

I'd ask Steve his opinion on upgrade order but I would think you might want to start with the ZMA.  When I entered the Decware odyssey 4 or 5 years ago, I intended on starting with a ZP3 but Steve told me that my weak link was my amp.  Since I am currently getting great sound with an inferior phono stage (PP2) but a superior amp (A mod ZMA) I think starting with the amp still makes sense.  My first component to get upgraded was my CSP3.  While I noticed some incremental improvement, my ZMA mods really shined, even with stock ZP3 and ZR2.  Once my ZP3 and ZR2 are back I'll need to evaluate my speakers.

And then it will start all over when Steve releases his 35 Year Anniversary upgrades!   Grin
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Technics 1200G TT w/ Ortofon Jubilee MC cart
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ZP3
ZR2
CSP3 (25th A mods)
ZMA (25th A mods)
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Reply #14 - 12/05/18 at 18:39:16
 
Archie :

I received my 25th Anniversary upgraded ZMA just before Decfest. Love it. Now I’m working the other weak links.
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SoundSmith The Voice cartridge
JRMedia Center running on a MacMini
Oppo 103D for video
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ZTPre & ZMA for Stereo
Rotel RMB-1585 amp
Focal Electra 1038Be speakers (93 db)
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Reply #15 - 12/05/18 at 19:55:48
 
Oh, I didn't realize.  I'm preaching to the choir!   Grin
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Technics 1200G TT w/ Ortofon Jubilee MC cart
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ZP3
ZR2
CSP3 (25th A mods)
ZMA (25th A mods)
HR1s
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