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|AMPLIFIER BUYING GUIDE
ALL DECWARE Amplifiers are equal in quality. While many companies develop products for specific price points - with only their most expensive being any good... the main distinguishing difference between our amplifiers is power, not quality.
We make amplifiers with power ratings between 2 and 60 watts. If you're new to lower power, ultra high fidelity amplification you might want to read the following article:
The biggest factor in choosing the best Decware amplifier is your speakers! If your speakers are less than 94dB, then refer to the chart below:
How loud is loud?
A nice pairing is a speaker/amp combination that will play at level red or higher.
Remember, when trying to decide between the three lower power amplifiers, it may help you to know that they all have similar fidelity... make your choice on looks, features and size.
All the amplifiers shown have volume (gain) controls and accommodate two sources. They can be run with or without a preamp.
Preamps are a much easier choice. First off, every amp above will work perfectly well WITHOUT a preamp. They also work perfectly well WITH a preamp. A good preamp can make digital sound a bit more analog and increase the weight and dynamics of your source. For example, the sound quality of a $250 computer USB DAC is likely to get much better with our preamp whereas a sound quality of a $4500 DAC would remain unchanged but get a touch warmer.
So if you decide to have a preamp, we only really have two...
This Preamp works with ALL amplifiers, tube or solid state - has a switch for 2 sources. Also comes standard with a headphone jack.
The Zen Ultra is a 6 channel preamp designed for tri-ampped stereo playback or 5.1 home theater - has a switch for 4 sources + 4 additional direct sources.
If you need more sources we also sell a switch box that will let you have up to 6 additional sources.
Similar to a preamp, we have an ultra simple tube gain stage called the ZSTAGE that you can use in place of a preamp. It is made for one source only so a switch box would be needed for additional inputs.
Another neat item is the ZBOX, which is a tube buffer stage that like he ZSTAGE was designed to go between your CD player or DAC and your amplifier or preamp. It has no gain but can be used between your source and amplifier as a way to control volume. Works great with high power amps and solid state amps as well.
Deciding between the ZSTAGE and ZBOX is simple. If your system needs more punch or dynamics, get the ZSTAGE. If your system is already aggressive or just sounds dry, get the ZBOX.
We have a healthy support forum with boards for all of our products. You can usually get questions answered by other Decware amp owners the same day. If you have any issues with logging in, just e-mail me and I'll get you signed up right away. Use firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course you can e-mail me your questions directly at the same address, or call us at (309) 822 5255.