Reviewed by: Najuch,
an Audio Enthusiast
Product Model Year:
These Amps are so nice I had to order the SV83
This is my review of the pair of SE84B's I purchased in 99 until
the Siganatures came out. All great stuff!
DATE: March 7,1999
would like to start off by explaining in part why I purchased 2 Zen SE84b Amps.
I was directed to Steve’s site by a contributor in one of the forums on the
Soundstage Audio Site. After reviewing the site and absorbing Steve’s philosophy
on sound and giving pictorial descriptions of these ideas, I decided this guy
has got something going here. So I purchased the 2 Zen SE84b Amps.
now, maybe the women know something us guys don’t. My wife commented how much
better she liked these. I agreed of course. They started out a bit compressed
but very detailed. The clarity, inner detail, rhythm and pace came out. They
were really jaw dropping.
The third day I had them I must have played 30
CDs of various music I had been very familiar with. I could not believe what I
was hearing. The detail, presentation, and ambiance were there as I have never
heard in these recordings. The amps were opening up. I have heard various SETs
(all very expensive and fancy too) before but not in my system. These really do
compare to the sound quality of equipment costing many times over in price. I
recently had people over and comments like “I have never heard music like that
before” were made.
So this is the sound that the transistor guys have
been after for the last 30 years. They still don't have it. Most of this relates
to CD sound. CD sound tends to be a bit crisp, bright, and generally aggressive
and annoying in various degrees. Not with these amps. They are detailed and
smooth, with much depth and width--a very different presentation than a
transistor amp. Shall I dare say more realistic. Drum skins and cymbals in vivid
detail. Everything is dependent on your choice of speakers and efficiency. I am
using Coincident Triumph Grand Signatures at 90db and rated minimum at seven
watts. More than enough volume to fill my 11’X10’ room.
I have been into
audio since the late 70s and never heard it so good in my system. It is an
outstanding product and a worthwhile purchase. Now to check into that Pre amp
Steve is working on.
Very detailed and musical
None, maybe spaeker Matching