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HockessinKid
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ZLC User Thread
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
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Nottingham Interspace TT w/ Dynavector 20x2LO cart + Modwright PH 9.0 phono pre > ZROCK2-25th OR Modwright modified Cambridge CNX V2 > CSP3-25th preamp > ZMA-25th amp > PI Audio Group UberBUSS PC > Omega SAHO XRS or Caintuck Audio Lii 15 speakers > various cables.
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Reply #1 - 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.
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ZMC1
ZP3 (25th A Mods)
ZR2 (25th A Mods)
CSP3 (25th A mods)
ZMA (25th A mods)
Homemade Big Betsy Speakers (F15s)
Silver Cabling
DIY Isolation platforms under amps & TT.
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Reply #2 - 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.
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HR-1,ZTPRE,ZBIT,ZROCK2,SE84UFO3-25th x2, CSP3-25th.Taboo Mk IV; Rega RP3 w/25th mods PS Audio: DMP+DSD,P15,NPC,PowerBases,AC-12 pwr cbls, Statement spkr cbls;Mapleshade:Samson V3; Oppo UDP-205; VooDoo:Cremona+Amati intrcncts, Iso-Pods;headphones:PM1,HD800S,ZMF Ori
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Reply #3 - 03/28/19 at 20:19:30
 
Lon, are your impression based on ZLC vs other power conditioners or ZLC vs direct to outlet?
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ZMC1
ZP3 (25th A Mods)
ZR2 (25th A Mods)
CSP3 (25th A mods)
ZMA (25th A mods)
Homemade Big Betsy Speakers (F15s)
Silver Cabling
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Reply #4 - 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.
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HR-1,ZTPRE,ZBIT,ZROCK2,SE84UFO3-25th x2, CSP3-25th.Taboo Mk IV; Rega RP3 w/25th mods PS Audio: DMP+DSD,P15,NPC,PowerBases,AC-12 pwr cbls, Statement spkr cbls;Mapleshade:Samson V3; Oppo UDP-205; VooDoo:Cremona+Amati intrcncts, Iso-Pods;headphones:PM1,HD800S,ZMF Ori
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Reply #5 - 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
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Nottingham Interspace TT w/ Dynavector 20x2LO cart + Modwright PH 9.0 phono pre > ZROCK2-25th OR Modwright modified Cambridge CNX V2 > CSP3-25th preamp > ZMA-25th amp > PI Audio Group UberBUSS PC > Omega SAHO XRS or Caintuck Audio Lii 15 speakers > various cables.
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Reply #6 - 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.
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Reply #7 - 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
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TORII MKIV-25th,ZBIT,ZROCK2-25th,ZTPRE-25th,ZLC,DNA2's, REL S/3 SHO
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Reply #8 - 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!   Cool


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ZLC
Technics 1200G TT w/ Ortofon Jubilee MC cart
ZMC1
ZP3 (25th A Mods)
ZR2 (25th A Mods)
CSP3 (25th A mods)
ZMA (25th A mods)
Homemade Big Betsy Speakers (F15s)
Silver Cabling
DIY Isolation platforms under amps & TT.
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HockessinKid
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Reply #9 - 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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Nottingham Interspace TT w/ Dynavector 20x2LO cart + Modwright PH 9.0 phono pre > ZROCK2-25th OR Modwright modified Cambridge CNX V2 > CSP3-25th preamp > ZMA-25th amp > PI Audio Group UberBUSS PC > Omega SAHO XRS or Caintuck Audio Lii 15 speakers > various cables.
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