artto Posted February 17 Share Posted February 17 DECWARE SE84UFO (INITIAL) REVIEW (EDIT: Just for reference my SE84UFO have the Level 2 copper foil 25th Anniversary upgrade) After a 1.5 YEAR wait, I finally received my SE84UFO (AND, a free “Decware One Year Club T-Shirt!!!!). Actually. I bought two with the intention of using them as mono blocks for increased headroom. Initially I’m just using one SE84UFO as a stereo amp. The amp was warmed up for 1.5 hours before listening. The initial listening session was 1.5 hours. My initial impressions are very good. This is a very listenable amplifier. The bass integrates with my subs much better than other SET amps I have used. It also seems to be exposing some details in the transients, and ambience I hadn’t noticed before. For instance, the initial sound of a percussion mallet hitting a large drum, and then the way the sound of the instrument decays, separately from the ambience of the hall. Tingling Triangles and wood blocks are right there in space, very present – same thing – how the initial transient sounds from the space around it. And certain “inner” articulation on voices I’m not sure I’ve heard before. I have no idea if these amps need a so-called “break-in period”. Personally, I’m not a purveyor of that but like to keep an open mind. I’ll be posting more on this as the listening sessions move on. Recordings used, all streaming hi-res from Tidal: Sophia Gubaidulina ~ Lahti Chamber Ensemble, Concerto for Bassoon and Low Strings. BIS 636 Sophia Gubaidulina ~ Glorious Percussion, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. BIS 1752 John Cage ~ Three Constructions, The Donald Knaack Percussion Ensemble. Tomato 2696172 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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