ZANDEN Choku, Chukoh and Jinpu

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ZANDEN Chouku, Choukoh and Jinpu

Any ideas what's the price of these Zanden super amps?
 
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Marcus

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A, piece of cake then. :D Thanks Rudolf.
 

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Agree. I'm sure at least some of the technology used in the Choukoh line stage and Jinpu phono stage will see the light in the future Zanden regular products. But these are really extreme: 4 boxes - separate PS, control unit with $10.000 volume control and two 300B main units, crazy level of vibration control...etc. I intend to go to GuanGzhou show in November and will try to visit AE studio too. Hope to have a chance to listen to these "ṻber" amps...
 

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Agree. I'm sure at least some of the technology used in the Choukoh line stage and Jinpu phono stage will see the light in the future Zanden regular products. But these are really extreme: 4 boxes - separate PS, control unit with $10.000 volume control and two 300B main units, crazy level of vibration control...etc. I intend to go to GuanGzhou show in November and will try to visit AE studio too. Hope to have a chance to listen to these "ṻber" amps...
Keep us posted about your experiences. Talked with Miguel extensively about the Zanden 'uber' poweramps as he listened to them at the last AE show. He was seriously impressed notwithstanding the fact he is not 'a natural tube man'.
 

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Does anybody have the english translations of the model names? I'd love to know.
 

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posting here just so i can track this thread...great stuff. Big Zanden-phile
 

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Does anybody have the english translations of the model names? I'd love to know.
Choukoh: butterfly
Choku: Direct/frank/straight
 

JackD201

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Love it! Thanks Lloyd :D
 

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Here's some info that may be of interest :

The Zanden Master Series is conceived and financed by AE , in conjunction with Yamada San . A road map up until 2020 .
So far we have :

Chouku power amp = " Grand Sky "
Chukoh pre amp = "Light of the Universe "
Jinpu Phono = " Wind of Kindness"

To come :
Super DAC : 2017 (LL21 start saving em pennies :p)
Turntable :2018
Speakers : 2019/20 .

Exclusive world wide distribution by AE .
 
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LL21

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Here's some info that may be of interest :

The Zanden Master Series is conceived and financed by AE , with a road map up until 2020 .
So far we have :

Chouku power amp = " Grand Sky "
Chukoh pre amp = "Light of the Universe "
Jinpu Phono = " Wind of Kindness"

To come :
Super DAC : 2017 (LL21 start saving em pennies :p)
Turntable :2018
Speakers : 2019/20 .

Exclusive world wide distribution to AE .
Super DAC? I have spoken with Eric about this a few years ago...wow...look forward to THAT one!
 

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For the mere mortals, Zanden 9150 mono blocks could be interesting. 4 KT150 tubes/ch, new finemet transformers and I hope more than 150W/ch...
 

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For the mere mortals, Zanden 9150 mono blocks could be interesting. 4 KT150 tubes/ch, new finemet transformers and I hope more than 150W/ch...
Thanks Marcus. Will this amp replace the 9160 amps as far as you know or is it a new kid on the Zanden block?
 

Marcus

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9600 (now in Mk II. form) and I think you were referring to this model, will remain Zanden's flagship amp. 8120 (100W/ch) stereo was introduced a few years ago and 9150 monos are a dream come true for those of us who always wanted a higher power Zanden for more power demanding speakers. I think a good 160-180W can be had from a quad KT150.
 

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9600 (now in Mk II. form) and I think you were referring to this model, will remain Zanden's flagship amp. 8120 (100W/ch) stereo was introduced a few years ago and 9150 monos are a dream come true for those of us who always wanted a higher power Zanden for more power demanding speakers. I think a good 160-180W can be had from a quad KT150.

Ok, clear and thanks. Do you know the rrp of these new amps?
 

Marcus

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No, but rumors are it will be around 40k. A nice looking amp.
 
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Audiocrack

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No, but rumors are it will be around 40k. A nice looking amp.
Interesting to find out if this new amp can match the finesse of - and sound as subtle as - the 9500/9600 amps using (only) two 845 power/output tubes. I really adore the finesse and subtle sound of the Zanden and Kondo equipment. We call it "schoon" in Dutch wich literally means "clean": I suppose fluidity and the impression that you are not listening to electrically reproduced music is a better translation.

Is any of the behemoth solid state power amps capable to recreate such finesse?
 

Marcus

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I haven't heard a solid state amp that can match Zanden's fluidity, cleanness and finesse. On the other hand, I'm sure 9150 will be as subtle and fine as 9600 with improved driving capability.
 

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