Reviewed by: Tom
Schuman, Audio Enthusiast, from CT
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Steve Deckert has a good article on the 'speed' of systems
on his website that make a lot of sense.
I have fooled around with sources
with this amp and if you want to hear the difference between CD players, no
better time to do it than with a Zen amp and efficient speakers.
CD player sounds ok, up to its own "6" volume setting, then clips the Zen amp
after that with its ragged output. The bass is not full and complete and
satisfying from this player.
The EAD cd player I have has 2 very satisfying
and musical volts output, and a great full range sound but sometimes not enough
output to clip the amp.
The Monarchy 22c I'm trying has a huge output
(between 3 and 6 volts from the fixed output, depending on an internal jumper
setting), and the sound is GREAT!
In a small room there is some serious
music making going on. The very controlled high output from this DAC makes it
easy on the amp, I am guessing.
Thanks to the poster below for the link to
the folded horn speaker.
There are lots of do it yourself kits around for
speakers like this.
Other options are the Klipsch new RB-5 and RF-3 and RP -3
(powered) which I hear from their reviews sound great with the amp.
is Deckert's own DYI speaker which I haven't seen any reviews of (besides from
him of course).
Enjoy (and don't neglect the source!)