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ZEN MYSTERY AMP
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crafted audio products with absolute
world class reference fidelity.
Safety Instructions
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Thank You
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Technical Assistance
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Please Take a Moment
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Unpacking
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The serial number and date of your
amplifier are recorded on the bottom.
Take a moment to write them down
here so you don’t have to move your
amplifier once it is installed.
Getting Started
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What’s What
6
Speaker Connections
7
Input Connections
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Components / Amp Parts
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Installing Tubes
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Tube Matching
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Tube Substitutions
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Biasing your tubes
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Bias Windows / Tube life
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Operation
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You can get help by calling us directly
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Clipping
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Preamps
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Burn in
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We also have a strong online support
forum that is very active. This can be a
handy way of getting help during off
hours or weekends when our office is
closed.
Design
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Voicing
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Evaluation
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About
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Specifications
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Unpacking
Your Zen Mystery Amp is shipped in a military grade
waterproof case. The insides of the case contain a foam
impression of the amplifier and the amplifier is stored
upside down inside the case and without tubes.
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As you can see, there are wheels and a pull out handle
on the case making it easy to transport. Please do not
try to carry the case because with amp it weights over
50 lbs.
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Set the case on a low table or the floor and carefully lift the amplifier straight up
out of the foam. Get someone to help if you’re not able to dead lift 40 lbs.
NOTE: Before picking the amp up you need two things:
1. A soft place to set the amp down on after you remove it from the case so you
can flip it over. Once flipped over you can then pick it up again… and…
2. A place to put the amp for it’s initial test. Picking up the amp before you’ve
found a place to set it down is unwise.
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Unpacking Continued:
Once you have the amplifier setting right side up in a location where it can be
tested, make sure it has come to room temperature before doing anything else.
This is especially important in cold climates. Cold steel will condensate in a warm
house and this is a high voltage amplifier so wait until the steel is room
temperature before installing tubes or the power cord. This can take up to 24
hours in extreme cases.
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Getting Started
First let’s get familiar with layout of the amplifier. Your amplifier will look like this:
The important thing to notice about your amplifier is that it is actually TWO mono
amplifiers that are laid out symmetrically in a mirror image pattern from an
imaginary centerline between the IEC plug for the power cord and the volume
control. In other words, everything on the left side of the amp is repeated in a
mirror image on the right side of the amp. From this view, the left side of the amp
is typically used for the left channel and the right side, the right channel.
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What’s what
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There are only three things on this layout that are common to both channels. The
IEC connector for the power cord, the power switch and the master gain control.
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IEC Connector with
Fuse Holder !
6.8 amp 20mm fuse
Power Switch
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Master Gain Control
These three items serve both of the mono amplifiers that make up the Zen Mystery
Amp. This way you only need one good power cord, whereas separating the amps
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Speaker Connections
The ZMA has heavy duty gold plated binding posts that can accept up to 8 AWG
bare wire, banana jacks, or the larger spade connectors commonly found on hi-end
speaker cables.
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8 OHM!
+ -
4 OHM!
8 OHM!
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RIGHT CHANNEL
4 OHM!
LEFT CHANNEL
+ -
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As you can see, there is a separate positive and negative post for both 4 ohm and 8
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Input Connections
The ZMA comes standard with single-ended RCA input jacks rated at 2 volts for
maximum power. Transformer balanced XLR inputs are optional and located
directly next to the RCA input jacks on either side. If your amp was built with these
you can use either balanced XLR inputs or RCA inputs but not both at the same
time.
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Left
Input
Right
Input
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With professional grade equipment featuring differential or transformer balanced
outputs we recommend having your ZMA built with the balanced inputs for best
sound. For example, on our studio mastering reel to reel tape machine there are
only transformer balanced outputs. Although these outputs can be converted to a
single-ended RCA jack the tape machine will not sound as good that way. On a hiend DAC with both balanced and single-ended outputs, the DAC will sound good on
either as will the ZMA.
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Components
Please refer to the diagram below to identify the remaining components of a Zen
Mystery Amp.
A1
A2
A3
B3
A5
B4
A6
B6
A7
A8
A9
B7
A13
A11
A1
A2
A3
A4
A5
A6
A7
A8
A9
A10
A11
A12
A13
A14
A15
B8
B9
B13
A14
A10
B11
B14
A15
B15
B1
B2
B3
B4
B5
B6
B7
B8
B9
B10
B11
B12
B13
B14
B15
Left XLR Input Jack
Left RCA Input Jack
Left Balanced XLR input transformer
Left Output transformer
Left Power Supply transformer
Left Bias Level Control
Left OA3 Voltage Regulator Tube
Left 500V Power Supply Capacitor
Left output tube (1 of 2)
Left output tube (2 of 2)
Left phase inverter tube
Left input tube
Bias Meter for A10 tube
Bias Meter for A9 tube
Balance Control for Bias Meter’s A13,A14
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B1
B5
A4
A12
B2
B10
B12
Right XLR Input Jack
Right RCA Input Jack
Right Balanced XLR input transformer
Right Output transformer
Right Power Supply transformer
Right Bias Level Control
Right OA3 Voltage Regulator Tube
Right 500V Power Supply Capacitor
Right output tube (1 of 2)
Right output tube (2 of 2)
Right phase inverter tube
Right input tube
Bias Meter for B10 tube
Bias Meter for B9 tube
Balance Control for Bias Meter’s B13,B14
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Installing Tubes
Refer to the illustration below for tube placements. Right channel is shown, simply
do the same for the left channel.
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OA3
6N23P
KT66
KT66
6N23P
WARNING: If the amp was plugged into the wall, and the power
switch was turned on and then off again, enough time would have passed to fully
charge the large 500 volt caps. Do not insert tubes if the 500 volt caps have been
charged. Unplug the amplifier and let it set for 8 hours to let the charge drain away
before installing tubes. Do not turn amplifier on until all tubes have been installed.
Installing the OA3 tube in particular while the 500 volt caps are charged will cause
an arc inside the OA3 tube and likely damage the tube, not to mention scare the
crap out of you when it happens.
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NOTE: The OA3 tubes are different in that they will often flash a few times during
start up and during shut down. This is a normal characteristic of the tube. OA3
tubes (also known as VR75’s) do not get hot. Therefor it is safe to hide the bias
level controls behind these tubes and safe to put the power switch in front of these
tubes.
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Tube Matching
The default factory tube compliment on each channel consists of a pair of 6N23P’s
driving a matched pair of KT66 output tubes complimented by an OA3 voltage
regulator tube. To keep the volume of both channels exactly matched we
recommend only using matched QUADs of output tubes. Simply split the quad into
two pairs and install the matched pairs from the quad into each channel.
Due to the direct coupling between the two smaller tubes we recommend they be of
the same type and be matched from side to side. 6N23P is a dual triode, so
actually two tubes in a single bottle, which is why it’s desirable to have both halves
of the tubes match.
If you can’t find 4 matched tubes like this, you can get by with two matched pairs.
Simply make tube location A11 and location B11 match. Then do the same for A12
and B12.
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Tube Substitutions
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Alternates
KT66
KT77, KT88, 7027, 5881, EL34
6N23P
7DJ8, 6N1P, 6922, 6DJ8
OA3
None
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Tube substitutions are many times part of the reason why people own tube amps
since changing from one brand to another of even the same tube type will change
the sound of the amplifier.
Your Zen Mystery Amp has been carefully tested with hand selected and matched
tubes that we feel represent the best possible voicing for the amplifier. We match
the tubes so carefully that we are able to match channel for channel output to
within a couple milliwatts throughout the range of the volume control. You can
always obtain replacements from Decware.
That said, if you were going to tube roll, as it’s called, we would recommend trying
different brands of KT66 both in current production and new old stock (NOS). To
compliment that you can also explore 7DJ8’s as a new old stock replacement for the
original Russian 6N23P’s supplied with your amp. If you desire a warmer smoother
presentation you can use Russian 6N1P’s.
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Biasing your Mystery Amp
Biasing your mystery amp is easier than almost every other tube amp on the
market thanks to an extremely well thought out and tested set of controls.
Left Channel !
Bias Level
Right Channel
Bias Level
Left Channel !
Bias Balance
Right Channel
Bias Balance
These controls consist of four meters (one for each output tube) and four knobs.
The meters consist of a left and right pair representing the corresponding output
tubes on each side of the amp. Since the goal is to have each pair of tubes
perfectly match, you simply use the bias balance control.
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STEP 1
Install tubes and hook up speakers. Never turn on amplifier without speakers
connected.
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STEP 2
Turn master gain (volume) control all the way down (counter-clockwise)
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STEP 3
Plug in the amplifier and turn on the power switch. As the tubes heat up you will
see the bias meters start to rise. After the needles have stopped rising simply use
the bias balance control for each pair of meters to make them match.
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STEP 4
Adjust the bias level controls so that the meters read 50ma. 50ma is exactly in the
middle of the meter’s range.
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STEP 5
As the amplifier warms up you can re-adjust things. Once the amplifier has been
on for 30 minutes make a final adjustment and then you won’t have to adjust
anything again unless a tube begins to change. From this point on, regardless of
how well the meters match when you first start your amp, they will always be
matched at the 30 minute point and stay that way until you turn your amplifier off.
Of course not all tubes are perfect, and tubes do age with use so we made it very
easy to adjust the balance at a glance.
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WARNING
This amplifier is designed to operate with a 50ma bias on each output tube.
Running higher bias currents for any length of time will overheat the power supply
transformers and could cause pre-mature failure. We recommend no more than
60ma per tube at any point. Running less is not an issue for the power supply but
doing so will reduce the power output of the tubes and change how they sound.
Some will use this technique as an esoteric voicing tool.
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NOTE - Different output tubes will bias at different levels so you will have to readjust the bias level control when changing tubes.
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INSIGHT - The two small 9 pin tubes (6N23P) that make up the input stage and
phase inverter are used to drive the output stage. These tubes have an effect on
the overall matching of a given pair of output tubes. That means you can have a
perfectly matched pair and an odd or misbehaving 6N23P could cause the tubes to
be off sightly. Of course with the Mystery Amp you can simply compensate with the
ingenious balance control.
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BIAS WINDOWS and TUBE LIFE
The biasing capabilities of this amplifier operate on two pre-determined windows.
Window one is how high and how low you can adjust the bias level, for example,
between 20ma and 80ma. This rather wide window is needed to accommodate
such a wide range of output tubes. It is nevertheless narrow enough to keep you
from getting into trouble and prevents the possibility of the popular term “run away
bias” when an output tube completely melts down, shorts out and ruins your
amplifier.
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How to tell when your output tubes no longer match well enough to use.
The second is the balance window that has also been set to a predefined width.
This is very important because it is what tells you when it’s time to replace your
output tubes. Quite simply, when you have the bias balance control all the way to
the right or left and still can’t quite get the meters to match, one of the output
tubes has drifted so far away from the other, that they no longer can be used
together in the amplifier. If both tubes were installed at the same time we typically
will just replace the entire quad so that both channels are new and match.
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OPERATION
Once the amplifier is on, and the bias meters have risen and settled into their
proper position, connect your source to the input of the amplifier and slowly raise
the volume.
The Zen Mystery Amp has a 2 volt input sensitivity meaning that you will have to
turn the volume control all the way up to get the amp to clip when connected
directly to an industry standard 2 volt line level source, such as a CD player, DVD
player, or DAC, etc., This is intensional and determined to sound better than having
the amp come to full power with the gain (volume) control only half way up like
most other amplifiers.
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CLIPPING
Your bias meters can tell you when the amplifier is nearing distortion because they
will start to move. If they move a lot, the amp is likely clipping. If only one meter
dances relative to the other meters it is an early warning of which output tube is
most likely to wear out and need replacement first. Again, at a glance confirmation
that your tubes are perfect or not perfect when ever you want to look at it.
INSIGHT - Since these are real analog meters you can trust their personality to tell
you a lot about each output tube. For example, in addition to the above, when you
first turn on your amplifier it is possible to notice how fast the meters rise relative
to each other. If you have one that takes twice as long as the other three to come
up, you can be pretty sure the tube is showing early signs of fatigue.
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PREAMPS
The Zen Mystery is pretty much at home either WITH or WITHOUT a preamp. We
recommend if a preamp is used that it be an ACTIVE preamp with GAIN vs., a tube
buffer stage, or passive preamp as either can compromise dynamics.
A tube preamp with gain that is of equal fidelity and complimentarily voiced is often
recommended for those using digital sources because the preamp adds badly
needed density and dimensionality to the digital source. Of course not all DAC’s
would benefit from or need a preamp to sound better, it’s a piece by piece decision
that can only be made by trying it and evaluating the result.
If your DAC has fully balanced outputs, and you have purchased the optional
transformer balanced inputs on the Mystery Amp, then the need or benefit from a
preamp is substantially reduced.
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BURN IN
When you receive your Mystery Amp, it will have approximately 72 hours on it, in
some cases more. This is accomplished during multiple testing cycles during the
QC process. Since this amplifier uses such large capacitors it takes longer than
average to fully burn in.
As you listen to it, it will continue to improve noticeably for the first several hundred
hours and then less noticeably for many months if not years as it continues to
season. This is a nice switch from amplifiers that sound worse with age.
The best way to burn the amplifier in is to listen to well recorded music at normal
volumes. Burn in CD’s will train the capacitors to sound good reproducing
waveforms that are alien to music and therefor accomplish little as the capacitors
will still need to be trained on music afterwards.
A great way to speed up the burn in processes is to play the amplifier for 5 hours
followed by 5 hours off repeated 5 times. That said, the amp sounds so good out of
the box that you should be able to just use it with the knowledge that things will
improve in the coming weeks.
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WARNING
Do not leave your amplifier unattended while it’s on for long periods of time or
overnight. The ZMA is fully operationally warm an in the zone within 30 minutes so
there is no need to leave it on.
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HEAT
The ZMA is designed to generate heat. The black top plate will become hot to the
touch around the output tubes because it is absorbing infrared heat from the output
tubes. This is normal. The power transformers (A5 and B5) will also run warm to
hot depending on the length of time the amplifier is on and how high the tubes are
biased. When tubes are biased between 50 & 60 mA, the temperature of A5 and
B5 will typically be around 120 degrees F after several hours of operation. This is
normal. If your transformers run hotter than this, you may have issues with your
AC power at the wall outlet or your tubes are biased higher than 60 mA.
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DESIGN
This amplifier is designed and manufactured from scratch as the final word in the
Zen TORII lineage of amplifiers dating back to the first TORII amplifier in 2002.
Intended to be a scaled version of our signature TORII Monoblocks in a single
chassis, it evolved to take the unique power supply design a step further to become
100% direct since there are no resistors or chokes used. That makes it unique in
the world of tube amplifiers on multiple levels since this has never been done
before.
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VOICING
The Zen Mystery Amp, like all Decware products, sounds the way it does because
literally 100’s of hours spanning months were put into voicing the amp. Voicing
determines resolution, imaging, sound stage depth, timing, phase, timbre, pace and
really every other fancy audiophile acronym until the designer, Steve Deckert, is
happy with it.
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Things that determine voicing are all the internal parts, ie., resistors, capacitors,
transformers, wire and solder combined with the circuit itself. To take this
reference amplifier to a place very few manufactures are able to go, we developed
proprietary signal capacitors for the amp. Unlike 99% of signal caps that are
round, we use flat stacked copper foil with natural beeswax for the dielectric and
terminate them with silver leads, seal them in heavy paper with resin plugs and
cryo treat them before installation into the amplifier. Since starting Decware in
1996 we have yet to hear a better coupling capacitor at any price.
Even solder and the point to point techniques used to build the amp effect how it
sounds. Absolutely nothing was left to chance and absolutely no corners were cut.
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EVALUATION
To evaluate the final voicing and performance of the Zen Mystery Amp, we used our
listening room with a variety of sources, both analog and digital combined with
several different types of loudspeakers including electrostatic panels. To hear what
the amplifier ACTUALLY sounds like, we directly connected it to an Otari 1/2 track
mastering machine on the balanced inputs and listened to 15ips master tapes
representing a wide range of music types.
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ABOUT
The Zen Mystery Amp is a class A push-pull tube amplifier featuring an ultra linear
output stage with zero negative feedback. It is built it a high mass solid steel plate
that has been machined and designed to damp out resonances.
There are no circuit boards in favor of the far more difficult but better sounding
point to point topology where everything is symmetrically laid out in three
dimensions and hand soldered with both channels in a mirror image ensuring every
part and wire length is matched between the two channels. The layout is
structured to have the least number of solder nodes. The result of these efforts is
world reference imaging and focus that we feel is not obtainable any other way.
Shown above is a Zen Mystery Amp ready for it’s final soldering phase. What you
see completed in the picture is only the power supply. It is now ready for the hand
full of parts that make up the audio circuit.
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SPECIFICATIONS
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OPERATION: CLASS A1
INPUT TUBE CHOICES: 6N23P, 6922, 6N1P,7DJ8
OUTPUT TUBE CHOICES: EL34 6CA7 KT77 KT66 7027 5881
INPUTS: OPTIONAL TRANSFORMER BALANCED XLR INPUTS
INPUTS: SINGLE-ENDED RCA INPUT
OUTPUTS: 4, 8, or 16 OHM SPEAKERS
IDLE CURRENT: 40~60 MILS PER OUTPUT TUBE - ADJUSTABLE
HIGH B+ VOLTAGE: 410 VDC WITH LOAD
INPUT IMPEDANCE: 100 K OHMS
INPUT SENSITIVITY: FULL POWER @ 2.0 VOLTS ON RCA INPUT
POWER INTO 4 , 8 or 16 OHMS: 38 WATTS PER CHANNEL
NOISE: -90dB
PRECISION CURRENT METERS 0 to 100 MA
WINDOWED BIAS CONTROL to ADJ OUTPUT TUBES
DYNAMIC BIAS BALANCE CONTROL FOR PERFECT MATCHING of EVEN UNMATCHED TUBES
600V CRYO TREATED FLAT STACKED COPPER FOIL BEES WAX - SIGNAL CAPACITORS
OPTIONAL 20 POS STEPPED ATTENUATOR w/ GOLD CONTACTS for INPUT LEVEL (GAIN)
CONTROL
4400 UF 500V LABORATORY GRADE POWER SUPPLY CAPS
TOP GRADE GOLD TEFLON INPUT JACKS
RECTIFICATION: ULTRA FAST RECOVERY 3 AMP 1000V
MACHINED STEEL CHASSIS with POWDER COAT LIFETIME FINISHES
TOP GRADE FUSED IEC CONNECTOR for REMOVABLE POWER CORD
SOFT START- NO STANDBY NEEDED
SHIPS WITH:
PREMIUM GRADE KT66 OUTPUT TUBES
PREMIUM GRADE 6N23P INPUT TUBES
OA3 REGULATOR TUBES
SIZE: 19-1/8 " DEEP x 13-3/4 " WIDE x 8-3/4 " HIGH
NET WEIGHT: 43 lbs.
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OPERATION MANUAL
MODEL : ZMA - ZEN MYSTERY AMP
REV 1 MAR 2014
BALANCED XLR INPUT SPECIFICATION
JT-11P-1
LINE INPUT TRANSFORMER
1:1 FOR "BALANCED BRIDGING" INPUTS
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Ideal for balancing any high-impedance unbalanced input
Wide bandwidth: !3 dB at 0.25 Hz and 95 kHz
Recommended for levels up to +20 dBu at 20 Hz
High input impedance: 13 kS
S with 10 kS
S load
High common-mode rejection: 107 dB at 60 Hz
This transformer is designed for use in wideband line input stages. Distortion
remains very low and CMRR remains high, even when driven by high source
impedances. The primary is fully balanced and its leads may be reversed to
invert polarity, if required. A 30 dB magnetic shield package is standard.
TYPICAL APPLICATION
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