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post #1111 of 1749
Just ordered HE-5's to go with my Zana. Had some ear time with them at the latest Chicago meet. Not the best listening situation but they really struck me as a great match for the amp. We'll see in a week or two when I get them if that impression holds true.
post #1112 of 1749
My new ZD SE is scheduled for delivery on Dec 10th. Craig says that the all black version looks great. Can't wait to try it out!!! I just received my new power conditioner for this system, a Running Springs Haley. Running Springs makes great power line conditioners. I use their Jaco in my home stereo system with great results. Also coming is the HE-5 headphones (hopefully next week).
post #1113 of 1749
I got my Zana Deux SE yesterday and I'm very impressed. This amp is very transparent with excellent extension at both ends of the spectrum. The sound it reproduces is spacious and the images are well separated. Vocalists are clearly defined in space. Timbre and note decay are spot on. The ZD exudes quality from the care in packaging to the fit and finish, everything is first class. Not only does it sound great but it looks beautiful doing so. I'm very satisfied and Craig was a pleasure to do business with as well. Highly recommended.
post #1114 of 1749
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Originally Posted by SteveM324 View Post
I got my Zana Deux SE yesterday and I'm very impressed. This amp is very transparent with excellent extension at both ends of the spectrum. The sound it reproduces is spacious and the images are well separated. Vocalists are clearly defined in space. Timbre and note decay are spot on. The ZD exudes quality from the care in packaging to the fit and finish, everything is first class. Not only does it sound great but it looks beautiful doing so. I'm very satisfied and Craig was a pleasure to do business with as well. Highly recommended.
Love to see some pictures! Got mine at the beginning of the year and I am still amazed. Congratulations!
post #1115 of 1749
Yeah, post some pics! Those of us who have them are really tuned to the subtle evolutions the Zana's gone through. I have the last of the non SE ones unless he plans to make more.
It really is a best buy, congrats.
post #1116 of 1749
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...the all black version....
Pics, please? I haven't seen an all-black one yet.

I like all the small changes the Zana has had along the way.
post #1117 of 1749
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Pics, please? I haven't seen an all-black one yet.

I like all the small changes the Zana has had along the way.
Ok guys, ask and you shall receive. Here's a link to some photos of my new toy:
http://s827.photobucket.com/albums/z...a%20Deux%20SE/

I don't know how to post hi-rez pictures here, so I hope the link above works for you.
post #1118 of 1749
Congrats on receiving your Zana. It is a beautiful amp.

Seems like we ZD owners are a happy gang, who enjoy the heck out of it.

I know I do =)
post #1119 of 1749
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Originally Posted by nor_spoon View Post
Congrats on receiving your Zana. It is a beautiful amp.

Seems like we ZD owners are a happy gang, who enjoy the heck out of it.

I know I do =)
Thanks nor spoon, I'm enjoying the Zana quite a bit.
post #1120 of 1749
wow, the all black version looks reaaaaallllly nice...good job Craig.
post #1121 of 1749
VERY slick! Is the top powder-coated, or is it anodized like the sides?
post #1122 of 1749
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VERY slick! Is the top powder-coated, or is it anodized like the sides?
I'm not sure but it appears to be anodized. It seems more like a finish rather than a paint. My photography skill aren't the greatest. It looks even better in person.
post #1123 of 1749
If it was powder coated, you'd know it. It's definitely a coating like a paint. I'll bet it's anodized to match the sides.

I think they should call it Darth Zana. Definitely cool looking!
post #1124 of 1749
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Originally Posted by oatmeal769 View Post
If it was powder coated, you'd know it. It's definitely a coating like a paint. I'll bet it's anodized to match the sides.

I think they should call it Darth Zana. Definitely cool looking!
I think Craig should coin that name, Darth Zana. I've been burning in my Darth for the last 2 weeks and enjoying it all the while. I tried 2 different NOS tubes during this time, a Valvo 6SL7GT 1957 vintage and a Sylvania VT-229. In my system, the Valvo was the hands down winner. It is well balanced from top to bottom. The midrange is so engaging...unbelieveable. This is with my HD800 with a Moon Audio Blue Dragon cable. The Sylvania tube's highs were more prominent and bright and not to my liking. I may like to try a Tung Sol 6SU7GTY or Brimar in the future but I'm very happy with the Valvo. Thanks Norspoon, I bought the Valvo after reading your posts.

After a bit of tweaking and burning in, my system is sounding so intoxicating. In addition to the Valvo tube rolling, the Blue Dragon HD800 cable has made a nice change by adding a bit more bass while leveling and opening the highs even more so than before without any brightness. The mids are even more transparent with this cable. I also tried switching out some spare ICs that I've collected over the years and I settled on the Acoustic Zen Matrix Reference (original version not MkII). Who said that the HD800s are analytical? I get lost in the music listening to them in my new system.
post #1125 of 1749
I run the Balbo in mine too. Think it is the '57 also. I have a couple of good tubes including a Mullard and Brimar but for some reason I have been stuck on the Valvo for quite a while.
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