30, 1999 Comments by Clay Wright
over three months now since the Zen amp arrived on my doorstep, and
I have to tell you it's been the best investment I've ever made in audio.
Until I pay off my college loans and have a little more green to spare,
my system will remain quite "budget". But thanks to your amp, I no longer
have to impatiently lust over the sound that must be produced by the
components photographed and reviewed in magazines like Stereophile and
The Absolute Sound.
No, I feel
the little Zen has given me a true taste of the high-end (and I didn't
have to get a degree in law to afford it!) I'm using a 10 year-old TEAC
player as a transport to feed a Musical Fidelity X-DAC plugged straight
into the amp. Speakers are Infinity 2000.1's. Even my wife, who has
always been skeptical of my audio adventures, noticed something different
-- and something better -- about the sound of CDs after I started using
had seemed thin and bright through my Harman/Kardon AV unit sounds much
deeper, much richer and way more detailed. I can certainly reach the
amps limits -- but at volumes I do not habituate. I know this little
amp isn't for everyone, but I think most people who look for an involving,
intimate experience with their music will not be disappointed -- for
me it has been WONDERFUL!!
for putting out a great product at a very reasonable price... I also
have a question for you - so far I have only run my DAC into the SE84B,
but I would like to try vinyl. I am considering the Music Hall MMF-2
($299 from Audio Advisor). How do you recommend I set up a turntable
such as that one and still get the 2V needed for the amp? Are there
any phono stages you recommend for the Zen, and/or preamps (I see you
have one out), etc.?
many thanks. -- Clay Wright