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Zen Triode Amplifier
E V I E W S
Subject: First impressions
I received the Zen amplifier yesterday. My first impressions are summarized in this e-mail I sent to James Boyk: Several weeks ago you suggested that I put a first-rate amp in a system I am familiar with. Several days ago, I did just that. The amp in question is the DecWare SE84B Zen Triode SE Class-A amp, 5w/ch, with zero feedback (http://www.decware.com/zpage1.htm). At $549.00, it may just be one of the best buys in audio. Although my speakers have a sensitivity of only 87 dB, I was able to drive them to loud levels without noticeable clipping. The amp has a potentiometer, so it is possible to drive it using line-level sources and without a preamp. I was prepared to experience low sound levels or massive clipping. Instead, what I found was an amplifier clean enough to reveal the coloration's of interconnects and speakers and the flaws in source material. This tiny amplifier tromps all over my my massive Futterman OTL monoblocks in speed, dynamics, bass, and clarity (and it's not even broken-in yet). I've arranged to sell the Futterman's to a friend, so I can buy some highly-efficient Lowthers in bass-reflex enclosures.
Best Regards, Eric
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