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Zen Torii makes the BEST of the BEST List – Tone Audio Magazine 2011

Posted in Reviews, What's New with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2011 by Decware

There were 13 amplifiers on this years BEST of the BEST list and Decware’s Zen TORII is on it!  Prices ranged from $29,000 to $2975

DECWARE  Zen Torii MK III

$2,975-$4,875 (depends on options)

Decware founder Steve Deckert proudly proclaims the Zen Torii is “the last amp you’ll ever want.” And if you agree with Nelson Pass’ theory that there is a best amplifier for each type of speaker, the Zen Torii could be just “the best” if you have the right speakers. TONEAudio publisher Jeff Dorgay was smitten enough to purchase the Torii for his reference fleet of amplifiers. For an EL- 34-based amplifier, the bass grip is nothing short of breathtaking, and the Torii renders musical detail like Kodachrome 25.

Indeed, there’s never been a better example of specs not telling the whole story. The Torii plays louder and interfaces with a much wider range of speakers than suggested by its modest 26-watt- per-channel rating. Showcasing old-school style, the Torii is hand-wired in Illinois by the DecWare staff and guaranteed for life. American craftsmanship at its finest.

Tone Audio Magazine – Page 23

Zen Torii Mk III – full review – Tone Audio Magazine

Posted in Reviews on November 15, 2011 by Decware

Hyundai covers its engines for 100,000 miles. Bryston guarantees its amplifiers for 20 years. Decware guarantees its amplifiers

for life. Any way you look at it, offering long warranties takes guts. It also means you better make a damn good product, or you’re going to go broke servicing warranty repairs.

The Decware Zen Torii Mk.3 is a damn good amplifier.

While I hate to use the “b” word (best), the Torii is my favorite power amplifier based on the EL-34 tube, and that’s saying a lot. I’ve always had a major affection for such amplifiers, which possess many characteristics of great single-ended triode amplifiers and yet, have more power and control than an SET can muster.

TORII MKIII review page 152

Tone Audio magazine’s Blog about our Zen Torii Amplifier

Posted in Reviews, What's New with tags , , , , , , on August 11, 2011 by Decware

“After hundreds of hours of initial listening, the Decware Zen Torii continues to improve, as designer Steve Deckert said it would.  While the full review will be in issue 40, suffice to say that this is one of the most musically engaging amplifiers I’ve had the pleasure to experience.  If you’ve ever spent time with a great SET and thought “If this only had 2-3 times the power, I could live with it,” your ship has arrived.  After owning a number of the world’s finest SET amplifiers, I can easily support Deckert’s claim that the Zen Torii is certainly the equal of any SET I’ve owned.“

- TONE AUDIO BLOG

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CNET – Can a 2-Watt Amp Sound Better Than a 200-Watt Amp?

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , on January 10, 2011 by Decware

Americans love power. We buy 320-horsepower Chevy Tahoes to haul the kids to soccer practice. For home theater, the magic power number for receivers is 100 watts, and it has to be a seven-channel model, even though 80 or 90 percent of home theater buyers are perfectly happy with five-channel sound.

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Decware’s all-American amps wow audiophiles – CNET

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2010 by Decware

 

Decware makes low power amplifiers and high-end speakers in the United States. Their entry-level Zen Triode amplifier ($775) pumps out 2 watts per channel, and if you need more get the 6 watt Zen Taboo ($995), or the mighty 26-watt Zen Torii ($2,495). The Zen Triode was the company’s very first model and has charmed tough to please high-end critics on a regular basis. Continue reading

Decware’s ZDAC get’s the attention of 6-Moons

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , on December 14, 2010 by Decware

“The low end through the ZDAC was so tight, taut and deep that it actually bottomed out the 5″ woofers of the DeVore speakers, something none of the other DACs achieved. Then again perhaps that’s a design flaw of some sort. I don’t know. But the ZDAC’s low end was excellent, gutsy, tight and had plenty of snap and power. Petty’s “

Working Man’s Bible” presented excellent snap on Ferrone’s snare drum and cymbal spread was brilliant. The Sco disc reveled in a similarly large hall ambience.

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