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Made Reservations for Decfest 2019!
08/03/19 at 00:15:38
 
Woo Hoo!

Instead of letting the date creep up on me, I planned far enough in advance to get an airline ticket at a reasonable price.

Cant wait to see all the new developments up there.
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Reply #1 - 08/03/19 at 14:30:21
 
Made my reservations at Stoney Creek about 10 days ago. I stayed there last year and it was nice enough and close.
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Reply #2 - 08/03/19 at 16:57:38
 
I'd rather not admit where Im staying; I went on the cheap.
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Reply #3 - 08/03/19 at 20:18:06
 
Well iím Keeping in mind a pretty good seafood restaurant next door that I can walk to and back after a few cocktails. I did have a non-audiophile ask me to turn down my Bose travel speaker though. It wasnít that loud. I blaming it on thin walls.
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Reply #4 - 08/03/19 at 21:09:07
 
Why canít I get any dates on a forum search of DECFEST 2019? I canít remember and I guess didnít through it on my calendar.
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Reply #5 - 08/03/19 at 21:56:35
 
first full weekend in October. Annually
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Reply #6 - 08/03/19 at 21:58:37
 
10/4 - 10/6 this year.
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Reply #7 - 08/03/19 at 22:26:33
 
just made reservations at Stoney Creek for Oct. 4 and 5th! Closer than where I stayed last time and looks good to me! Yahoo!!!!!
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Reply #8 - 08/03/19 at 22:30:56
 
Thank you!
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Reply #9 - 08/10/19 at 05:48:28
 

This years fest will be outrageously good, both for first time guests but also for regulars. We have some new over the top speakers this year, a new preamp, new air-conditioning, and the wood shop, now completed, has it's own stereo and WIFI. Get a first listen to some insanely rich 100 dB single-driver crossover-less open-baffle speakers on the 25th Anniversary Zen Triode amp and you won't be the same when you leave. Curtesy of UltraAnalgue Recordings, we have some new master tapes! These are the most incredible master tapes you'll ever hear so I am very much looking forward to this years DECFEST! Every year after the fest is over I wonder how in the hell are we ever going top that... and this year we will have no problem achieving that goal. We will have both TIDAL and the new for this year, the better sounding QOBUZ with everything streamed in true 16/44, 24/48, 24/96 and 24/192.  I'm not going to lie, this has taken things to a new level for streaming which is what dominates the event.  I play records and or tapes on request at any time during the three days, but the rest of the time is dominated by streaming or CD's.

I can hardly wait!

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Reply #10 - 08/13/19 at 19:34:09
 
Oh No..!!! †I didn't make Zenfest last year, due to attending RMAF, and was just thinking about this years Decfest. †I see on the www that The Flame Family Restaurant is closed...????
Where will the Sunday morning survivors eat breakfast this year? †
Was it still open for the 2018 fest?
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Reply #11 - 08/13/19 at 20:39:07
 
I am heading out again this year from Delaware in my trusty Subaru Outback. Just made some great Airbnb reservations in Peoria. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Yes, Steve's favorite breakfast place closed☹️. If memory serves me well, I think we did Bob Evans for Sunday survivor breakfast. †

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Reply #12 - 08/14/19 at 04:59:52
 

Looks like we'll have four new open baffle designs this year. The Big Betsys with the F15 drivers, the Crystal 10 Baffles and the Caintuck Audio F15 Baffles and their Alnico Betsy Baffles! Also the Turning Point Audio's model HR-1's with the latest full-range crossover-less updates make this the new reference Radial speaker design capable of being driven by lower power triodes. It's amazingly good. †

Anyway, if you're wanting to really understand what will be at this years DECFEST, you have †just under 2 months to read the following threads:

The Big Betsy Thread https://www.decware.com/cgi-bin/yabb22/YaBB.pl?num=1561942815/0#0

The Decware product development thread https://www.decware.com/cgi-bin/yabb22/YaBB.pl?num=1408725911/718#718


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Reply #13 - 08/16/19 at 01:24:38
 
I made my reservations last week for Oct 4th,5th, and 6th. Always a great time.
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Reply #14 - 08/16/19 at 03:37:58
 
I can't wait!  I just love the experience at Zenfest, so many personal moments to be made and plenty of communal realizations as well.  There's nothing like it really.  

Side note, I'm leaning towards bringing some pot roast for all who attend this year!
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Reply #15 - 09/10/19 at 04:08:51
 
Some main features of this years DECFEST:



The 25th Anniversary Zen Triode amplifier... hear it for the first time at it's true potential with our new 100dB speakers.

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Reply #16 - 09/10/19 at 04:11:10
 

The Big Betsy Junior with the Lii Audio Crystal 10 drivers. 100dB paired with a ZROCK2 these smaller baffles have great low end performance.








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Reply #17 - 09/10/19 at 04:13:27
 
The Big Betsy with the Lii Audio F15 drivers. And the original Betsy Baffles from Caintuck Audio featuring the Alnico Betsy drivers.







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Reply #18 - 09/10/19 at 04:15:23
 

The new 25th Anniversary Zen Triode matching preamp, the CSP325




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Reply #19 - 09/10/19 at 04:18:12
 

Decware Audio Focus Platforms available this November!



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Reply #20 - 09/10/19 at 04:28:12
 

The Lii Audio Crystal 10 flagship drivers in their own flagship cabinet will also be here. †These sell for $2500 and will likely raise the bar pretty damn high at 100dB and down to 30Hz... †  btw, if we made these cabinets here in the states, the price would be closer to $6500 so this shows a real dedication by the manufacture who is small businesses to further the enjoyment of audio for the sincere but broke audiophile, just like Decware.



They are on their way here now!

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Reply #21 - 09/10/19 at 05:00:59
 

Also, as we do every year, we will let you hear some of the worlds best analogue reel to reel master tapes from UltraAnalogue Recordings.



This year we have two new tapes that are simply ...  epic.

https://www.decware.com/newsite/UATAPE.html
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Reply #22 - 09/10/19 at 05:21:34
 

We can hardly wait to see everyone again this year... and meet new people who become instant members of the family ; ). †It's going to top all previous DECWARE ZEN FESTS to date, and that is saying quite a lot because last year was epic. †And who can forget the 2016 fest when we did some UFO watching!!! †Here is a video of that.

https://decware.wistia.com/medias/roqnquwf13

And then there was this....

https://decware.wistia.com/medias/puv6rk8rue


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Reply #23 - 09/10/19 at 06:59:05
 
Wow Captain...  that is quite a video. In the correct mind it embodies quite a lot.

See you in October Sir
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Reply #24 - 09/11/19 at 04:40:39
 
Dan,

It was a lot of fun and somewhat expensive to make, and who knows what might happen this year... you know Extraterrestrials are really coming out of the closet these days, and it stands to reason the ones who live on type M planets with similar atmosphere would appreciate good sound quality. †

If you read my paper on "what is sound" you will see our musical scale comes from astronomy which means Extraterrestrials would have completely different mathematics determining the chords scales and keys. †This is why they don't abduct pianos and why they do abduct Decware Zen Triode amplifiers.

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Reply #25 - 09/11/19 at 18:00:07
 
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Reply #26 - 09/12/19 at 23:23:47
 
Just 3 weeks to go!
Kinda feels like Christmas did when I was a kid.
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Reply #27 - 09/16/19 at 03:05:42
 

I have been using a solid state EICO receiver to listen to music out in my wood shop all summer and most of the time it has sounded bad enough to make me wonder what was wrong with the source and or speakers.  I realized this just isn't going to fly during DECFEST, so I dug up something special to replace it with.

I found the very first Zen Triode Amplifier.  The original.  #000 and have put it into service as a replacement for the EICO.  It is rather special to listen to it again after all these years and I'm sure everyone will enjoy hearing it while they're here!

18 days and counting.

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Reply #28 - 09/16/19 at 04:03:48
 
It's so wonderful that #000 is back in use! It should be kept going. . . and protected as much as possible from UFO abduction!

My old #027 that was upgraded to Rev. A is still in use at a friends house in Austin, Texas. It hss been going strong for more than two decades. These are built to last!
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Reply #29 - 09/18/19 at 01:52:51
 

Here is a picture of it hanging on the wall of my shop.



and the bottom plate



Yes, the very first ones used a 12AU7.

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Reply #30 - 09/18/19 at 02:17:32
 
Very cool! Thanks for sharing.
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Reply #31 - 09/20/19 at 01:41:20
 



Speakers arrived today, and already sounding good.  Will post a pic when I find my phone.

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Reply #32 - 09/20/19 at 03:50:02
 



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Reply #33 - 09/20/19 at 04:00:30
 

The Lii Audio Flagship loudspeakers are making a damn good first impression considering they've been here less than 8 hours.  These are extreme performance loudspeakers due to the amazing 100dB efficiency and flat response down to 30Hz.  All from a single driver and no crossover...  just reflect on how rare this actually is for a minute.  Anyone with a Zen Triode 2 watt amplifier an a pair of these affordable speakers would be the absolute king of the block because the typical hi power multi-driver hi-fi world really has nothing on it, and in fact look foolish when the reality sets in that it doesn't sound or perform nearly as well.  And you did it with 2 watts!

I'll probably ramble about these in the Big Betsy thread or the Decware developments thread.

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Reply #34 - 09/21/19 at 04:07:07
 

I'm putting the listening room together for the fest, and we will be working both ends of the room with different systems. †With regard to music formats this year if you want to hear your own music the best method will be to burn or bring your own CD's and bring them with you. †This will greatly simplify matters and allow you to move between both ends of the room with the same source material and no one will have to figure out how to read memory sticks and SD cards or wonder if they have the right format or if the source is properly selected, or why the hell isn't there any sound.... and so on.  Just sayin.

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Reply #35 - 09/26/19 at 01:36:40
 

Also, forgot to mention that we have Tidal and Qobuz on tap which likely have your music available as well.

Only 8 more days!

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