Reviewed by: Lon, Audio
Enthusiast, from Austin, TX
Product Model Year:
This amplifier is a wonderful product, in my opinion. For
over three years I lived with the first amplifier and the first revision of the
amplifier, and this amplifier is a clear and marked improvement on a product
that I had been very satisfied with.
The Select will present the music to
you with an appealing fullness and drive. One can listen at lower volumes and
get a rich sound, a big plus in my estimation. There are so few items in the
signal path and no push pull manipulation; you really get a sense that you are
listening to music, first and foremost. If you are just listening to cd, and
your cd player is up to the task, you can run the player directly into the
amplifer (there is a gain adjustment knob) and really experience fast and clean
sound. There is a soundstage that will delight, and clear images of instruments.
I have never experienced audio like this in my home before.
breakin period is a reality with this machine. I have had mine for seven weeks
now. I have heard the amplifier go through a metamorphosis! About four weeks ago
it started to sound really good and it has been sounding really good ever since.
. . it may still be breaking in, in which case I think I will just be happier in
the future! But don't expect it to sound its best the second day.
previous amplifier I enjoyed had one fault: it needed a bit more bass with my
speakers. This Select version has the bass I was missing and also more
"speed"---I know I could get a more powerful amplifier, but not necessarily a
better one. Won't be changing amplifiers soon.
The one caveat I would
offer: use this amplifer with good source and speakers. It will let you hear all
that your system is doing. If you have something not up to snuff in the chain,
you will know it. If you change the stand or footers you put the equipment on
you will hear it. If you change a cable you will hear it. Can get maddening if
you are prone to audiophile nervosa! //:0)
I have always had excellent
dealing with Decware, though I do find that email responses are much slower
these days, and I have one correspondent report some less than satisfying
results. Overall I think these are fine folk to do business with, and I was
mightily impressed with their products three plus years ago and remain very
impressed with the products. This is one to try. You have to be careful with
speakers, but then again I am using Bose 10.2 speakers bought at an estate sale
ridiculously cheap, and getting glorious sound, so you won't be crippled in your
choices if you don't need earbleeding volume.
Transparency, balance, energy
Transparency, so you will hear all your system, good
Very long breakin period
Similar Products Used:
Decware's very first amp, and then the
Revision A modification added; had this for over three years.