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post #1711 of 2403
Any of you happy Zana deux owners getting tired of owning one and wanna make someone else a very happy owner? smily_headphones1.gif PM me!
post #1712 of 2403

I have a barely-used ZDT with the silver transformer option that I rarely use. I got it from Craig Uthus in September, 2011 and have hardly touched it since. There are no dings, scratches, smudges, smears, stains, cornewr dents or ripples on it, and it sounds glorious. I had a bad experience with an order I made when buying my LCD-2 phones and I haven't been able to enjoy head-fi since. I thought that buying this amp would lift me out of it but it hasn't happened yet. Whenever I put the phones on I get angry. I've just been hanging on to it until I need money for a new cartridge.

post #1713 of 2403
That's ironic, I had a pretty horrid buying experience with the ZD itself.

However I still love the amp and what it can do, if not the associations of its acquisition. My advice is sell the LCDs, get a different pair of cans, and enjoy the the tunes. Remember it's about the music, not the gear.
post #1714 of 2403
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Originally Posted by Mcbuddah View Post
 

I have a barely-used ZDT with the silver transformer option that I rarely use. I got it from Craig Uthus in September, 2011 and have hardly touched it since. There are no dings, scratches, smudges, smears, stains, cornewr dents or ripples on it, and it sounds glorious. I had a bad experience with an order I made when buying my LCD-2 phones and I haven't been able to enjoy head-fi since. I thought that buying this amp would lift me out of it but it hasn't happened yet. Whenever I put the phones on I get angry. I've just been hanging on to it until I need money for a new cartridge.

The ZDT is one of the EC headphone/speaker combos like the new 2A3 and 45 offerings, and as a versatile amp is not equaled until spending considerably more. Your PSS option really elevated the amp and it is very capable on speakers at 6 watts per channel. You're right about the glorious sound, as the predecessor to the 2A3 and 45 amps in theory if not exact topology it's both underrated and overlooked.

 

Replace the LCD-2 with one of the T50RP variants, pair with speakers and turn that bad experience around. Don't throw the baby out with the bath water - you made a good choice in 2011 that is still valid today.

post #1715 of 2403

Oh man, my Zana is not happy right now. One of the front two tubes got knocked out by the housekeeper or wife, who aren't even allowed near my listening area…:(.  I turned it off after one channel was out, saw the tube was ajar, put it back in, re turned on and now volume is super low, like it went into protection mode. I replaced all the tubes again and let it cool and still problem.  I now replaced the driver, just in case to see if something effected that and am letting it cool all the way down now, crossing my fingers…..Hopefully i won't have to drive it up to Craig and lose it for a time.

post #1716 of 2403
Ah man, that is not a good weekend.

Hope the new driver worked.
post #1717 of 2403

Nope, talked to Craig though, he's great, takin it up for him to check out next weekend. At least i have a V200 to fall back on, which is no slouch but it aint a Zana Deux either.

post #1718 of 2403

Sorry to hear your ZD isn't well. Would like to hear what failed. V200 is a great SS amp. I use one of those for my straight wire with gain listening.

post #1719 of 2403
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... At least i have a V200 to fall back on, which is no slouch but it aint a Zana Deux either.

True, and true.
post #1720 of 2403

 

Little upgrades on my Zana Deux Se.

 

-The potantiometer changed with Tkd 2cp 2511

- WBT 0210 AG used for Line in 1 and Line out 2 sockets 

-Two capacitors changed with Mundorg 400uf

-Critical cables replaced with better ones. 

-Some of resistors changed 

 

I really like the sound i heard.

post #1721 of 2403
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Little upgrades on my Zana Deux Se.

 

-The potantiometer changed with Tkd 2cp 2511

- WBT 0210 AG used for Line in 1 and Line out 2 sockets 

-Two capacitors changed with Mundorg 400uf

-Critical cables replaced with better ones. 

-Some of resistors changed 

 

I really like the sound i heard.

 

Looks like quite a few components have changed between the ZD & ZDSE (a little more than just a switch for the negative feedback for the 3/12 ohm path). Did you do the changes yourself?

post #1722 of 2403
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Looks like quite a few components have changed between the ZD & ZDSE (a little more than just a switch for the negative feedback for the 3/12 ohm path). Did you do the changes yourself?

Tayf audio in Turkey carried out  the changes.

post #1723 of 2403
So here I am with a few precious hours of down time, listening to favorites while also going through the library of albums, all through a ZDSE + HD800 combination. Alternating between DP1 and V800 DACs both fed from a Synchro-Mesh. What a treat for the ears. The ZDSE never ceases to amaze me with its presentation of the music as I rediscover albums that I have not heard in a long time.
post #1724 of 2403
Waiting for replacement tubes, boy do I miss mine. Both big tubes went out at once. Craig said it looked like just failure after almost five years, I call it tube warrantee running out means failure.
post #1725 of 2403
Can you estimate how many hours you had on the tubes?
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