I've littered your review page far too much. I don't think so. Until
now I had thought I would need to spend over $5000 for a decent SET
that would help bring out the color and life of the music I love to
listen to. Well, I've done it again. I upgraded my audio equipment and
listening room. Once again, the Zen84A has impressed and surprised me.
my current set up: Sony ES transport Entech 205.2 DAC Klipsch KLF20's
Monster digital wiring Monster Retro speaker wires to mid's and highs
DIY CAT5 quadruple wound to bass with solid silver/gold banana's KLJ
Technologies 3 strand solid silver interconnects I added a DAC and some
decent wires since I last wrote you, Steve. I now have a cavernous listening
room of about 30X25X40. The difference is phenominal. Imaging, delineation,
spacing, atmosphere, you name it - all are greatly improved. The sound
stage is huge, with vocals having wonderous textures and presence. The
new DAC has definitely freed up the Zen to do some real imaging. The
system is now much more detailed, with better spacing between instruments
and a more natural tone. Accoustic instruments sound incredible, with
electric guitars sounding virtually the same as they do in the studio!
I am thoroughly impressed. I am almost afraid of what to expect when
I upgrade to a Zen84b and toss in a decent transport(Arcam? Parasound?).
I have a bud at Monster Cable who, admittedly, lets me have some things
fer a great price. Still, compared to his 25,000$ system, mine images
better, does a far better job with voices and accoustic instruments,
and is almost as accurate(the Zen comes in a close second during large
this for a retail cost to me of less than $5,000. Keep in mind that
half the costs of my system are in the wires. I felt, and have seen,
that this is what it takes to really appreciate how good your amp is.
Would I trade systems straight accross? Not a chance,
Again, thanks for letting someone who has way too many hobbies enjoy
the magic of audio as though it were his only hobby!