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WHY THE SET & EFFICIENT SPEAKER APPROACH WORKS!
An article that explains where we're coming from.
See a 12 part video of a Zen amp being made!
REVIEWS of these
the unique things about Decware amplifiers is the simple fact
that they are all hand made here at Decware by highly skilled and
well paid artisans where the assembly space is as well engineered as
the amplifiers themselves! One day Mr. Deckert decided to look at
the assembly space and benches as though they were one of his
amplifiers and designed new ones using the exact same principles and
processes. Less than 6 month later, the "Machine" that built the
machine was born to optimize every aspect of the build and the four
magic men who build them. Make no mistake about it, this is not a
manufacturing plant, this is an art studio with very limited
production. It is very unlikely Mr. Deckert will ever grow Decware
any larger than what can come out of this room, because as he says,
there is a tipping point where art becomes product and passion becomes
business and everything becomes all about money. We're just not
going to go there. Nobody makes a better amplifier for the
dollar than Decware and this is the reason why.
Like a good amplifier must be placed in a good room to sound good, so must a good room be provided to build a good amplifier. The room and bench must be designed as though it were a singularity. So in the Spring of 2011 concrete was poured and the work began. An entire winter doing 3D CAD design on the computer for the actual bench design is what determined the shape and size of the room you see here.
all, It's just like a giant amp chassis right? And after 1780
pounds of extruded aluminum and steel were fashioned into the worlds
slickest powder coated laboratory grade assembly bench we had no where
put the over 911 pieces so it was assembled here in the space and can
never be removed due to it's size. You don't even want to ask how much
this bench cost but as Steve said, it has to be trickier than the amps
make on it which is what forced it to be what you see here.
ceiling was done in solid cedar to absorb solder smoke that the carbon
filters don't pick up. It also helps the room stay dry should the
power go out and we loose the air conditioning in the summer time for a
|The room has nowhere to set anything (like amps) so if they're not in the bench, they're in the rolling bin carts. This makes it impossible to mess up the room and if any of you are amplifier techs you will understand how difficult it is to keep an assembly space clean. Some carts are for finished amplifiers and some are for "parts pulled" amplifiers ready to be built. Through the doorway is the quality control area and reference listening room where everything is tested and evaluated after it is made and listened to in here.|
keep a high level of karma various speakers are provided and a fire exit
ensuring peace of mind. These speakers are of course wired into
the bench so that the amps under test can be used all throughout the day
for music playback.
is a view of the completed bench during the testing phase. Build
samples of each amplifier will be stored on the far wall. You can
see three in this photo. There are places for twenty.
|The benches were designed with an adjustable rail system to hold the amp plates at the perfect angle and by the edges making it highly ergonomic to work on and nearly impossible to scratch.|
makes it possible to put a build sample of a given amp in the same rail
where it can
then be duplicated by hand. Once the unit is built, it can then be
tubed up and tested upside down without removing it from the
rails. This includes being able to listen to it as each bench has
it's own set of stereo speakers designed
specifically for the bench as well as source jacks. All source
jacks in the room have the same signal going to them so that if more
than one amp gets tested at the same time it will be playing the same
music. This eliminates constantly moving the
amps around during the initial testing phase.|
The end of the bench, shown below, is the second stage of testing where the amps are listened to and analyzed on the scope into 6 different dynamic and static loads. The distortion, power output, balance, noise and tubes can be tested automatically as the amp plays both test tones and music.
See the rest of the pictures in this high resolution slide show - click here.