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Message started by HockessinKid on 03/28/19 at 18:20:56

Title: ZLC User Thread
Post by HockessinKid on 03/28/19 at 18:20:56

I posted this thread so owners could share their impressions of the Decware Zen Line Conditioner (ZLC). It appears many early adopters have received one recently.

I am considering a purchase for my preamp and source equipment, coupled with a high quality 8-10g power cord. I would like to know your impressions, particularly if using a ZLC results in changes to your systems SQ - positive or negative. I'm particularly concerned with possible loss of dynamics, treble and/or bass roll off/softening, and loss of soundstage dimensionality.

HK

Title: Re: ZLC User Thread
Post by Archie on 03/28/19 at 19:43:35

I think I have more density and a solid "base" to the music.  I'm still using the stock power cord since Decware ran out of their fancy cords when mine was shipped.

I don't have any regrets and from what Steve says about increased dynamics (maybe that's what I'm calling density?) I'd make sure your amp also runs through it.

Title: Re: ZLC User Thread
Post by Lon on 03/28/19 at 20:03:09

HK I hope you've seen the impressions on this thread?

https://www.decware.com/cgi-bin/yabb22/YaBB.pl?num=1553276395/29#29

Personally I haven't seen a huge leap in sound quality, a minor improvement, but no diminishment of any sound factors. In comparison to the power regenerators I've used. . . I prefer them.  But this is a very nice product and is useful in my most recent system, a headphone based audio/video bedroom one.

Title: Re: ZLC User Thread
Post by Archie on 03/28/19 at 20:19:30

Lon, are your impression based on ZLC vs other power conditioners or ZLC vs direct to outlet?  

Title: Re: ZLC User Thread
Post by Lon on 03/28/19 at 20:22:55

Both. It's better as far as I'm concerned than components plugged into an outlet, not as good sound quality improvement wise in comparison to power regenerators in my systems.

Title: Re: ZLC User Thread
Post by HockessinKid on 03/28/19 at 20:40:36

Thanks Lon and Archie. I appreciate your insights and I have scanned the other comments. I am glad to hear no diminished SQ using the ZLC and can see a benefit to stabilizing voltage to the sources.  I'm looking for no/very little change in how my systems sounds.

Having just spent big $'s on 25th Anniversary modifications (with ZMA to come), I just want to make sure I will not lose any of the significant improvement I've realized in my system SQ.

HK

Title: Re: ZLC User Thread
Post by ZZuZZaXX on 03/28/19 at 20:51:40

Mr. Archie, I see that you have a complete Decware setup and yet, you say that the ZLC provides more density and a solid base.  Wow, how much more dense can anything possibly get? Your system is amazing.

Title: Re: ZLC User Thread
Post by ScottNC on 03/28/19 at 21:14:47

I would agree with the “dynamics/density” improvements and also add my entire system is still evolving with the Anniversary mods and upgrades, they are all coming together nicely. There is no question that the ZLC also cleans up you ac noise. Even with a dedicated 10g run from my breaker box and additional earth ground my dishwasher and ceiling light dimmers were still getting through, that noise is all but eliminated and there is nothing but beautiful black silence when the system is idling or there is a null in a passage. It is definitely a very useful piece in the DecWare assortment.
Best,
Scott
(How does anyone get along without a ZROCK2) [smiley=10.gif]

Title: Re: ZLC User Thread
Post by Archie on 03/28/19 at 21:34:03

I have always been satisfied with my sound, even before Decware came into my life.  Nonetheless, each "upgrade" has been an improvement.  It's almost like contemplating Infinity.  More and more but it's still all infinity before and after!   8-)



Quote:
(How does anyone get along without a ZROCK2) Smiley

Hear, hear!   :D

Title: Re: ZLC User Thread
Post by HockessinKid on 03/28/19 at 22:00:27

Scott,

Glad to hear, you've got a great system. Thanks for sharing your ZLC observations.

HK

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