Decware | SE84TS | Specifications | Decware SE84TS Specifications

STEREO POWER AMPLIFIER
SE84TS (TABOO)
OWNERS MANUAL
Decware High Fidelity Engineering Co.
1202 N.E. Adams Street
Peoria , IL 61603
(309) 671 2428
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alert the user to the presence of uninstalled “dangerous voltage” within the
product’s enclosure that may be of risk
of electric shock to persons.
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OF FIRE OR ELECTRICAL
SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS
EQUIPMENT TO RAIN OR
MOISTURE.
IMPORTANT SAFETY
INSTRUCTIONS!
PLEASE READ THEM BEFORE
OPERATING THIS EQUIPMENT.
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Read these instructions.
Keep these instructions.
Heed all warnings.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean only with a dry cloth.
Do not set things on top of apparatus.
Install in accordance with manufacturers instructions.
9 Do not install near any heat sources
such as radiators, heat registers,
stoves, or other apparatus (including
amplifiers) that produce heat.
10 Do not defeat the safety purpose of the
polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has to blades with one
wider then the other. A grounding type
plug has to blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third
grounding prong are provided for your
safety. If the provided plug does not
fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete
outlet.
The exclamation point within an
equilateral triangle is intended to
alert the user to the presence of
important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the appliance.
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS
INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO
QUALIFIED PERSONNEL.
To prevent the risk of electrical shock, do not remove
cover or bottom. No user serviceable parts inside.
11 Protect the power cord from being walked
on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where
they exit from the apparatus.
12 Only use attachments/accessories specified
by the manufacturer.
13 Do not attempt to move this apparatus until
after it has been turned of and cooled down
to room temperature.
14 Unplug this apparatus during lighting storms
or when unused for long periods of time.
15 Refer all servicing ot qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such
as power-supply cord or plug is damaged,
liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen
into the apparatus, the apparatus has been
exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
16 Do not expose this equipment to dripping or
splashing and ensure that no objects filled
with liquid, such as vases, are placed on or
near the equipment.
17 To completely disconnect this equipment
from the A.C. mains, disconnect the power
supply cord from the A.C. receptacle.
18 The mains plug of the power supply cord
shall remain readily operable.
19 Never touch a vacuum tube while it is operating. Some can reach temperatures of almost 400 degrees F.
20 Turn apparatus off when not in use.
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Thank You
By purchasing the Zen Select TABOO amplifier you have illustrated a desire to rise past
the normal hi-end hype and own a truly exceptional piece. It is a product based on the
old school way of doing things when it was
fashionable to push quality to an art form.
Your amplifier was hand-built by the very
best artisans who have perfected the craft
through the experience of building well over
one thousand amplifiers, each one at a time.
Table of Contents
Safety Instructions........................
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Thank You....................................
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Technical Assistance......................
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Table of Contents..........................
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Important Information....................
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Connector Information....................
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Fuse Location / Information.............
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Please Take a Moment
WARNING.....................................
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The serial number and date of your amplifier
are recorded on the bottom of the amplifier.
These are important to keep on the amplifier
for identification purposes. You may need
them for insurance claim or future service.
Please use the spaces below to record this
information for safe keeping.
Output tube warning......................
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Other output tube information.........
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Tube life.....................................
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Input tube information...................
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Rectifier tube information...............
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Where everything goes..................
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Purchase Date:
Introduction................................
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Model Number:
Performance features....................
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Dimensions..................................
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Technical Assistance
Placement...................................
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contacting Decware directly. You can also email us directly from our web site at
www.decware.com Please feel free express
any questions you may have about your purchase or how it can be best utilized in your
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Heat Output................................
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Stereo / Mono operation................
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Lucid Mode Switch.......................
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How to Operate...........................
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Burn-in Process............................
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Specifications..............................
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Serial Number:
Decware / High Fidelity Engineering Co.
1202 N.E. Adams St.
Peoria, IL 61603
Phone: (309) 671 2428
Fax: (309) 672-1060
www.decware.com
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Introduction and Performance Features
Important Information
Fuse location / Information
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The fuse is integrated into the IEC power cord
connector at the back of the SE84TS.
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Caution: To prevent electrical shock make sure that the AC
POWER CORD IS NOT CONNECTED TO THE SE84TS when
inserting or removing Vacuum Tubes, as there are hazardous voltages present at the pins of the Tube Sockets.
When Vacuum Tubes are installed or removed make sure to seat
them properly in the tube sockets. A properly installed Vacuum
tube should seat all the way down making the tube pins no longer
visible.
If the SE84TS has been on , understand that the tubes will take
time to cool off before they can be safely removed.
For additional connection information, refer to the owner’s manual
for any components connected to the SE84TS.
It is very important that loudspeaker cables of adequate size be
used, so that there will be a minimum power loss. The size is
specified in Gauge numbers or AWG (American Wire Gauge). The
smaller the Gauge number, the larger the wire size.
Connection Terminals will accept up to a 8 AWG wire size:
If your loudspeaker cables are 50 feet (38.1m) or less, use at
least 14 Gauge. If your loudspeakers are 100 feet (76.2m) or
less, use at least 12 Gauge. NOTE: Beyond power loss, there
can be other sonic reasons to employ larger Gauges.
DECWARE makes a speaker cable guaranteed to be in the top 5%
sonically regardless of price, called ZENSTYX. It is often recommended with this amplifier even in shorter lengths of 10 feet.
Use a
GMA (20mm x 5mm) 250 volt
3 amp fuse only.
TO ACCESS FUSE, REMOVE POWER CORD and
PRY FUSE HOLDER LOOSE WITH SMALL
SCREWDRIVER AS SHOWN.
Connector Information
The SE84TS is fitted with what are called “single
ended” RCA type input connectors. These are
located along the rear of the amplifier. Another
popular type of connector is known as XLR or
“balanced” inputs. The SE84TS does not use
balanced inputs because contrary to popular belief they do not automatically sound better.
Balancing is a system wide concept developed
for pro audio to reduce noise an facilitate long
cable runs of in many cases over 100 feet.
The speaker binding posts are designed to facilitate the use of bare wire by inserting it in the
horizontal hole and tightening the post down
onto it. They can also accept a spade connector
with the same tightening technique. In addition
there are vertical holes visible in the top of each
binding post that are designed to accept banana
jacks.
BOTH INPUT AND OUTPUT CONNECTORS are
color banded to indicate left / right or positive /
negative. The RED is POSITIVE or RIGHT
CHANNEL.
The fuse holder contains a spare fuse as
shown. To reinstall just snap the new fuse in
place and snap the fuse holder back into the
IEC connector.
WARNING
NEVER INSTALL A FUSE WITH A
HIGHER RATING THEN SPECIFIED.
NEVER ATTEMPT TO BYPASS THE
FUSE OR DEFEAT ITS INTENDED
PURPOSE !
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OUTPUT TUBE WARNING
The SE84TS is designed to use either EL84
output tubes or SV83 output tubes. No adjustments are needed when switching from one to
the other. Of the type SV83 tubes carrying the
Svetlana name there is one batch known to be
questionable and ARE NOT RECOMMENDED for
use in this amplifier.
TUBE LIFE
Output tube life is rated at either 3000 or
5000 hours depending on the type tube
used.
Rectifier tubes can easily last the life of
the amplifier.
Input tubes will vary from tube to tube
and should be checked yearly.
The easiest way to check input or output
tubes is to replace them with a known
new set and compare both sound quality
and power output of the amplifier. If you
hear very little difference, the tubes are
still good.
The tube on the left is an acceptable SV83
output tube for use in this amplifier. The tube
on the right with the smaller logo is NOT acceptable for use in this amplifier or any Decware
amplifier.
OTHER OUTPUT TUBE INFORMATION
While this amp can use SV83’s we recommend the milspec version of the SV83
called the 6P15P-EV. In this amp, these
tubes give a slightly warmer presentation.
Since the SE84TS was primarily designed
for an EL84 output tube, you will find the
amp to have more spank, more presence
and a bit more power when using them.
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INPUT TUBE INFORMATION
WHERE EVERYTHING GOES
The SE84TS is designed to use your choice of
three different input (or signal) tubes.
Below are the tube locations, input jack configuration and power switch location.
The input switch, one for each channel,
changes between direct and variable inputs.
It always points to the active jack. For example on the left side of the amp, moving
the input switch to the right would select the
variable input for that channel. Variable input means the signal goes through the volume control located at the front of the
SE84TS.
12AX7 - Most Gain
12AT7 - Medium Gain
12AU7 - Low Gain
Each of these tubes will lend a different signature to the overall sound of the amplifier. If
you are using a standard 2 volt source like a CD
player with NO preamp, you will probably find
the 12AU7 to have not enough gain. With a
preamp, it could become your favorite tube.
RECTIFIER TUBE INFORMATION
POWER SWITCH
LEFT
INPUT
DIRECT
LEFT
INPUT
VARIABLE
LUCID
MODE
SWITCH
RIGHT
INPUT
DIRECT
RIGHT
INPUT
VARIABLE
The SE84TS is designed around the 5Y3GT rectifier tube. It is however, compatible with the
following alternatives - each having a subtle effect on the overall sound characteristics of the
amp.
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5U4
5AR4
GZ34
274B
The different ratings and efficiencies of these
rectifiers will effect the operating voltage points
throughout the amplifier which is why they can
have an effect on the sound. You will find that
even different brands of the same tube will
sound different. This is true with any vacuum
tube.
Lucide mode is active
when the switch is pointing to the right.
Standard mode is the
switch pointing to the left.
RECTIFIER
OUTPUT TUBES
INPUT TUBE
MASTER
VOLUME
CONTROL
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INTRODUCTION
You now own one of the best SET amplifiers in
the world! Unlike the stereotypes associated
with single ended designs, the SE84TS has
many unique features that set it apart from the
rest. It’s point-to-point construction, lack of
circuit boards, and signal path consisting of only
a single capacitor and two resistors means nothing sold today is more transparent or honest. Of
course almost everything sold today claims to be
sonically transparent and absolutely accurate,
but when compared side by side to the Zen
TABOO, it usually isn’t.
PERFORMANCE FEATURES
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Power Output
The SE84TS power output sits in the perfect spot on
the line of fidelity vs. power with respect to amplifier
design. It is rated at 6 watts into an 8 ohm resistive
load with no visible or audible distortion.
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Output Transformer Design
You may have noticed that output transformers used in
single ended amplifiers are up to 3 times more expensive then those used in push-pull applications. This is
in part due to the air gap that must be integrated into
the transformer. You can spend as much on a single
output transformer as you paid for this amplifier (yes,
they exist) , take it completely apart and find no
difference in quality between it and the transformers
used in your SE84TS.
We understood from the
beginning that output transformer design and quality
are what separate good sounding tube amps from
great sounding ones. The SE84TS has transformers
that were custom designed specifically for it, and are
made by Decware in the USA.
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Non-Magnetic High Mass Chassis
The SE84TS is built on a T6 Aluminum plate over
2mm thick for zero flex. This offers a noticeable
reduction in resonance when compared to a steel
chassis. To further eliminate resonance, the plate
is coupled to a solid hardwood base. The powder
coat finish is baked on and nearly impossible to
scratch without significant effort. The rust proof
Aluminum combined with this finish ensures the
amplifier will look pristine for many, many years to
come.
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High Reliability - Low Maintenance
With an oversized power supply and the highest
grade of capacitors the SE84TS has less then
0.5mv of sag in the high voltage supply when the
amp is at full power and clipping. This means the
power supply is never taxed and should therefor
last for many decades. In addition, the self-biasing
design besides sounding best offers easy tube
changes with no adjustments or re-biasing needed.
These are just some of the reasons why we can
offer a Lifetime Warranty with this product.
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Tube rectification
This offers two distinct advantages over the more
common solid state rectification. First is reliability.
Solid state rectifiers when used at these high voltages (600 volts) are susceptible to voltage spikes
and even static electricity. That means your amplifier would need repair likely more then once during
it’s lifetime. Using a tube rectifier means that you
can easily change it yourself if ever there was a
problem. Tube rectification also sounds different
then solid state. And contrary to popular belief, the
tube rectification actually has far superior bass. It’s
tighter, more dimensional, and less artificial sounding.
Gold Plated Connectors and Sockets
Gold plated Input Jacks and Output Binding Posts
provide trouble free connections. Ceramic tube sockets with gold plated contacts provide protection from
atmospheric contamination.
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DIMENSIONS
The SE84TS amplifier is 7.25 inches wide by
14.75 inches deep with a height of 6.5 inches.
With the jacks vertically mounted at the rear
of the amplifier, it is possible to push the
amp all the way to the rear of a shelf. However, we recommend keeping a 2 inch
spacing on all sides and at least 6 to 10
inches of space above the amplifier.
Avoid closed cabinets. The better the ventilation around your amplifier the cooler it will
run.
HEAT OUTPUT
This is a Class A amplifier where the tubes
idle at near full power at 47 miliamps each. It
is designed to run at a temperature that
humans would perceive as hot. The actual
temperature of the power transformer and
metal parts of the amplifier will depend on
the following conditions:
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PLACEMENT
Ambient room temperature. At 70 degrees F.
the amp should run at around 118 degrees.
Volume level. The amp will generate less heat
at lower volumes then at higher volumes.
Amount of time the amplifier has been on.
Depending on the two variables above it can
take up to several hours to reach full temperature.
NOTE: in rooms with high ambient temperatures the SE84TS could after many hours
reach temperatures of 140 degrees, although
it requires a worse case scenario to achieve
that temperature.
This is the maximum
allowable temperature recommended for operation as anything higher could burn you.
If you turn your amp off when not in use and
your listening room isn’t baking hot, you’ll
find your SE84TS to average a comfortable
115 degrees F. This is cool enough to keep
your hand on the power transformer for
extended periods of time.
You will find where heat is concerned, that
after about 30 minutes or so once the amp
has become warm, the sound will be better
then when the amp is ice cold.
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STEREO / MONAURAL OPERATION
HOW TO OPERATE
To run the amplifier in Stereo, simply connect
the left and right input jacks to your source or
preamp and the left and right output binding
posts to your speakers. If using the variable
inputs, the volume control located at the front
of the amplifier will control the output level of
both channels at the same time. If you use the
direct inputs, a preamp is required to control
the volume AND the volume control on the amp
that has become a variable shunt to ground
when the direct inputs are used, must be turned
all the way up.
After finding an appropriate place for the
amplifier you can install the tubes and connect the speaker cables. Do not hook up the
input cables at this time. Install the power
cord and plug it into a grounded receptacle
and turn the amplifier on.
This amplifier was not designed to be bridged
into mono. If you want this type of sound but
need more power and more efficient speakers
are not an option, consider our TORII Mk II amplifier.
LUCID MODE SWITCH
The lucid mode switch can be used on-the -fly
while listening to music. When engagued it creates an esoteric feedback scheme where feedback from one channel is fed to other channel
and visa-versa. This effect creates more space
and a better sense of dimensionality with most
recordings. There will be some recordings that
sound best when the amp is run is standard
mode (lucid mode off). Lucid mode is a unique
concept that can only be implimented in the Zen
Taboo amplifier. It is not something that can be
applied to any other circuit.
Let the amplifier warm up for several minutes with the volume control all the way
down. NOTE: it is common for new tubes to
make an occasional spit or crackle upon
startup. This goes away after the first couple uses.
Now that the amp is on and warmed up for a
few minutes with no source or preamp connected to it, it is your chance to evaluate the
noise level of the amplifier. What you hear
coming from the speakers is your baseline
reference for a given set of tubes. All tubes
will vary somewhat. On all but the most efficient loudspeakers, you should hear almost
nothing at a distance of less then 1 foot from
the speaker. Decware amps are known for
being quiet.
Next, turn the amplifier off and let it cool for
1 minute. Now hook up your source or
preamp making sure to have the volume
control all the way down and turn the amplifier back on. Raise the volume control to
your desired listening level and enjoy!
BURN-IN PROCESS
Expect less then wonderful sound for the
first 20 to 40 hours of operation as the capacitors break-in. The fastest way to advance the burn in process is to play the amp
for 5 hours and then turn it off for at least 5
hours. Repeat this at least 5 times. Most
customers find that the amp really blooms in
about the 3rd week of their evaluation.
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SPECIFICATIONS
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Weight
14 lbs. ea.
Dimensions
Chassis
8.5" H x 7.25" W x 14..75" D
2mm T6 Aluminum
Finish
Powder Coat Gloss
Base
Solid hardwood / user interchangeable
Circuit type
Single ended Class A Pentode
Power output
6 watts RMS into 8 ohms x 2
Input voltage
2.3 volts for full output
Noise / Hum
Less
Response
20 Hz ~ 20 kHz
Rectification
5Y3GT tube rectification
Output tubes
SV83 or EL84/6BQ5
than 1 millivolt
Signal tube
12AX7 or 12AT7 or 12Au7
Transformers
All transformers are custom made for this amplifier by Decware
Biasing
Self-Biasing circuit - never needs adjustment
Resistors
Signal Cap
All resistors are precision WW/MF by DALE, VISHAY
Audiophile grade poly film & foil
Filter Caps
Premium grade electrolytic's
AC cord
Fused IEC connector provided with removable power cord
Consumption
75 watts at full power
Input jacks
Output jacks
RCA type 24K Gold / Teflon
Gold 5-way binding posts accept 8 gauge wire
Speaker dB/1w
89 dB minimum / 96 dB is ideal
Warranty
Lifetime to original owner / 90 days on tubes
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