That's the best way to describe the listening experience with my Zen
amplifier. I don't have much experience with tube amps, or high fidelity
stereo equipment in general. But I do know what sounds good and this
amp sound GREAT! When it arrived I anxiously unpacked the several layers
of protective packaging. I carefully opened the tube boxes so they wouldn't
tear. I gently inserted the tubes into their respective sockets and
headed with the amp to my listening room.
my CD player, plugged in the amp, flipped the power switch and waited
30 long... very long seconds. I hit "Play". The sound that poured forth
from my speakers (94db sensitivity) was incredible. I slowly turned
up the volume just to see what it would do. It got LOUD. So loud in
fact my wife came to the basement and asked me to turn it down a little.
Ok... no worries about if it'll get loud enough. Then, I just sat back
and listened. I mean, REALLY listened. I switched from CD to CD. I listened
to Rock, Jazz, Blues and Classical. Everything sounded so clear and
precise. There was so much detail in the music I'd never heard before.
amazing thing happened. While listening to Mozart, I sensed someone
coming up behind me. I thought at first that it was my wife coming to
listen with me. I turned to see… but I was alone in the room. I experienced
this several more times that night. In fact, a couple of times I was
out right startled by a presence behind me when in fact no one was there.
Since that night, every time I listen to music through my ZEN Amp, I
experience the same or similar things. I've been startled many times.
It's as if not only the band is playing live for me, but also the audience
or people in the recording studio are actually here in the room with
close my eyes, I'm no longer listening to music, but experiencing it.
People talk about a "sound stage" and "3D imaging", etc. I'm still not
sure I know what all that really means except I know when I listen to
music through my little Zen amp, not only the speakers but the entire
room disappears, and I'm hearing it performed live. Really live! It's
eerie. Thanks again Steve!