Review: Decware Gizmo, make your Lowthers sing Tweak

Category: Accessories

The Gizmo is an impedance/phase correction device for Lowther drivers. I was highly skeptical of the claims they make for this product , but it has made a major improvement in my system.

Before installing the Gizmo I was very happy with the sound of my system, but it could be a little bit "in your face" on some recordings. Vocals could be a tiny bit grating sometimes which I attributed to the infamous "Lowther shout." I was willing to live with this because otherwise it was the best I have been able to put together. This device has smoothed things out without taking anything away. Vocals now sound as real as I have heard and from top to bottom the presentation is more realistic.

A 30 day money back guarantee and a price of only $100; what do you have to lose? To sum up, as Guy Clark said on his wonderful LP "Old Friends," this is the second best hundred dollars I ever spent.

Lowther America also has a review on these that you might be interested in.

Associated gear
Lamhorn with Lowther DX3 drivers
Cardas Neutral Reference cables
Modified Bottlehead Parafeed 2A3 amps
Click to view my Virtual System
Herman, I think I'm going to try a set of those next month when I get some money.
For an overview of the product as seen through the eyes of its' creator and how / why he came up with such a product, try taking a look at Steve Deckert's "Decware / Zen Audio" Website. I will only add that i see several problems with how the measurements on the Lowthers were taken, so observe the printed graphs with a grain of salt. Sean
Gizmo update. I got a new CD player recently, an Ayre CX-7. I took out the gizmos and everything just opened up. I now hear how much they rolled off the top end and constricted dynamics. That was a good thing when I had a Toshiba SD-9200 DVD-A player, but they just choke the life out of the Ayre.
As someone that is personally familiar with the inner workings of Decware, their "design lab" and how they do business, i tried to say what i could without going off the deep end. I don't doubt that the Gizmo's do nothing beneficial and only produce what some might call a "pleasant distortion" that band-aids other system flaws. I can understand how you ended up with Ayre gear and could hear the difference that it made in your system. As a general rule, Ayre gear is very nice sounding and well designed. Sean