Z10E ELECTROSTATIC HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER
With all the magic, realism, and 3D soundstage of ZOTL technology, the Z10e delivers one of the best electrostatic headphone experiences available. In addition, the Z10e is a full function regular dynamic and planar headphone amplifier and a 12-watt per channel integrated speaker amplifier.
A single component solution, the Z10e incorporates the acclaimed ZOTL10 power amplifier, a Berning-designed preamplifier, and the LTA control system with three inputs – all packaged in a beautiful aluminum low-resonance case designed by Fern & Roby.
With startling realism, plentiful bass, and gorgeous mids and highs – 3D music seems as if it’s appearing from a silent, black background.
The LED array display and the milled aluminum front and rear panels exude high quality manufacturing, handmade in the USA.
The Z10e offers all the benefits of the ZOTL technology of three times the tube life and one third the heat output.
The heart of the Z10e is the highly-acclaimed ZOTL10 power amplifier, using sweet sounding EL84 power tubes providing 12 tube watts per channel. Delivering much higher power than solid state amps with the same power rating, ZOTL tube amplifiers can drive your 90db and above sensitivity speakers to very loud, even “thundering” levels.
The amplifier is preceded by the 12AU7 preamplifier circuitry, which was borrowed from one of David Berning’s ultra-premium amplifiers. It features both true balanced and single ended inputs. The preamplifier uses ceramic circuit board material, giving it a premium point-to-point sound quality.
The LTA Control System
The amplifier is wrapped in our new control system featuring: 3 inputs (including one true balanced input), LED dimmable display with configurable time out, LED input indicators, remote controlled stepped attenuation using premium Vishay Dale resistors, and a linear power supply configured with a Belleson regulator for extremely low noise.
Additionally, the Z10e comes equipped with two headphone output jacks: a high output for less sensitive headphones and a low output for very sensitive headphones.
Inputs: 2 single-ended RCA stereo inputs, 1 input using two 3-pin combom XLR/TRS jacks
Speaker Output: 4 speaker binding posts, banana or spade
Conventional Headphone Outputs: Low: 240mW per channel @ 32 ohms, High: 3W per channel @ 32 ohms
Electrostatic Headphone Output: 5 pin Stax interface, 580V bias
Front Panel Controls: Power switch, Input switch, volume control, and headphone / speaker switch
Remote Control: All front panel functions and configuration menu accessed using an aluminum Apple TV Remote
Volume Control: 100 stepped attenuator (smallest step 1/1000th of total value) using Vishay Dale 1% precision resistors
Output impedance: 1.2 ohms
Power Supply: Linear supply using a Belleson regulator and low ESR poly-organic capacitors
Input impedance: 47k
115VAC or 220-240VAC configured at factory - 50/60Hz - IEC receptacle
Hum and noise: 94dB below full output (measured at 20Hz-20kHz)
Power output with 4-ohm load: 13W, 0.5% THD
Power output with 8-ohm load: 12W, 0.5% THD
Frequency response (8-ohm load): 6Hz to 60kHz, +0, -.5dB
Amplifier class: Push-pull Class AB
Voltage gain (8-ohm load): 18dB
Amplifier Weight: 18 lbs
Power Supply Weight: 5lbs
Amplifier Dimensions: 12.75” wide x 14.5” deep (with connectors) x 6.5” tall
Power Supply Dimensions: 8" wide, 7.5" deep (with connectors), 3.85" tall
Finish: Aluminum case
Tube complement: premium NOS two 12AT7s, four 12AU7s, and four EL84s or equivalent
Home Theater Function can select any input for fixed volume
Display: 16 Levels of brightness and programmable 7-second time out