listening to the Zen SE84 Amp for over a month now and I have to say
it's awesome! Having built tube amp's from scratch in the 60's, I just
had to assemble the Zen myself to fully experience what this amp is
all about. I'm glad I did -- your Web assembly instructions are excellent
and allowed me to duplicate the tried and true layout with confidence.
Space is a bit tight, but a little care and patience paid off -- it
worked perfectly the first time I powered it up.
sound is the amazing thing about this amp! This is my first venture
(actually re-venture) into tube amps. I was a bit skeptical at first,
but I decided to build the Zen (after researching many others) for my
home office as a bit of a test. I teamed the SE84 with the excellent
Rotel RCD-971 CD player and a pair of efficient Klipsch KSB 3.1 bookshelf
speakers (94 db SPL).
even in this sonically-humble environment, is a sound that is exceptionally
live, tight, and precise. My larger system sounds somewhat "veiled"
or "muddy" by comparison, as does substituting a solid state amp for
the Zen. The bottom line is that the Zen has a clarity and musical quality
that, as many have said, simply makes music more fun to listen to.
I've listened to music a lot more since the Zen, and have purchased
several more CDs recently. For the whole story and some pics (including
the resulting underside wiring), check out my web page at http://www.megsinet.net/slmyers/zen.html
at Decware was really friendly and helpful -- it was nice to talk to
real people right away and even get questions answered by the designer!
Your service is both fun and informative, as is your website.
for a great product,