Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekends

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  1. HiFiJeff

    HiFiJeff Well-Known Member

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    I love the blue and in person they stunning. And throughout the day as lighting changes so do the ZU's. Its pretty cool .
     
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  2. HiFiJeff

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    Yeah. This living room system is absolutely perfect and I have it dialed in just right. The only change I might make to it is stepping up from the normal Volt+ to the Volt+D. Sitting here listening to some Jane's Addiction right now and I have a giant grin on my face. I came close to max volume on the Volt. Didn't reach it but got close. So with that being said, I don't think that I will go tube amp even with my second system and set of Dirty Weekends. Maybe Poultry can chime in but I think my current Volt+ is pushing over 20 watts per channel. So 6.5 watts might not cut it for me. I still might go tube but jump up to the MP-401.
     
  3. HiFiJeff

    HiFiJeff Well-Known Member

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    How are you enjoying your ZU's? A couple of things I wanted to bring up to you. What kind of sub do you have? Because you are correct. The bass on these Dirty Weekends is stellar. Quick, accurate, punchy and dynamic. Love it. However when I added dual Speedwoofer 10S's to my system it launched my musical enjoyment to an entirely different level. I have been playing around today and listening to music with both the subs on and off and I am telling you, it's a night and day difference with the subs in the mix. I won't ever listen to my system without them. They blend perfectly with the ZU's. Fast, articulate and they punch you in the chest.
     
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  4. buckstir

    buckstir "ain't no devil, just God when he's drunk" tw Subscriber

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    Day 3 and still loving the DW's.
    Lost a KT88 on the PrimaLuna ... and switched to a quad of EH6CA7's ... prefer them over the 88's with the DW's ... even after replacing the bad 88.
    Might even try some EL34's ... these speakers are so easy to drive I have zero concerns about power ... can explore a world of different amps / tubes in the future.

    I tried my first subwoofer just recently. Added a used $40 Velodyne CHT-8 to augment a pair of Klipsch Heresy's.
    Placed on the left, I could locate the sound .... switching it to the right side, for some "room" reason ... the sub became sonically invisible and the oomph came from the middle of the soundstage.
    I became a new subwoofer convert.
    With the Dirty Weekends sans sub ... punchy and dynamic as you said ... "clean" as can be.
    With some music I will add a little sub action ... but would be satisfied without.
    Agree that the sub adds to the experience ... and an upgrade may be in my future.

    Sat with a full belly ... in my Sweetie's grandmother's wicker rocker .... in the sweet spot .... black lab at my side ... mug of strong joe in my hand.
    James McMurtry "It Had to Happen" cd in the Rega Apollo.
    Separation ... punch ... clarity ... thump ... snap ... body .... speed.
    Whole cd played through before I even moved.
    Entranced.
    Not the slightest regret.

    My feedback to Gerrit is now the first feedback quote (Don) on the Zu DW page.
    He said Sean "dug" it.
    Landed a pair of Zu Mission LC-1 speaker cables on their eBay page for $66.
    Why the hell not .... short money.
     
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    Cap upgrade = $100
     
  6. kray

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    my Black Rustic Hickory does the same. Different light during the day brings out different looks and detail. At first I thought the black might be just black, but there’s tons of Hickory detail that pops out in the grain.
     
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  7. HiFiJeff

    HiFiJeff Well-Known Member

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    The Appj was on sale for $99!
     
  8. HiFiJeff

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    Yeah, I was happy with just the DW's by themslef in the bass dept but like I said, when I found a high quality subwoofer, one that could keep up with the attack and speed of the ZU's, it just makes everything so complete! I got the dual subs dialed in to where the kick drums and so on come from the middle of the soundstage. Not from right or left. It's simply awesome! Look into the RSL Speedwoofer 10's. It's no joke and only $399!

    And yes, it's so addictive listening to cd's. The other night I kept telling myself, just one more song, just one more song. 3 hours later, I was still saying that. LOL
     
  9. darkblue94

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    That's great if the drummer was at center stage, not so much if they were stage left or stage right. :D
     
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  10. HiFiJeff

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    I should have phrased that better. After I posted it I knew someone would bring this up. Yes, based upon the recording the drummer is right where he is supposed to be. The bass is where it 's supposed to be and part of the over music on the soundstage. In other words, I can't locate the bass coming from the right or left subwoofer. It sounds as if it is part of the speaker. Hope that clarifies a little better.
     
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  11. Pio1980

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    It should be independent of the speakers as a sonic image in the soundfield.
     

     

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  12. HiFiJeff

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    That's how it is. I am just not explaining it right. :)
     
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  13. darkblue94

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    HiFiJeff, I was just messin' with ya on that one. :p I have a friend who until recently had a pair of Zu Audio Druids that I loved to listen to every chance that I got, they were magical. I had a chance at buying them off of him but I just couldn't spend the $$ at the time. He was partnered up with Sean for a period of time displaying his amplifier (his company) at some of the big trade shows winning many awards. He's now partnered up with Pure Audio Project.
     
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  14. HiFiJeff

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    I felt the all in fun sarcasm. LOL Yeah, the soundstage I am getting with the current combo I have right now is simply amazing! The ZU's love good amplification. And I have thought about getting back into tube amplification because EVERYONE says that the ZU's sound spectacular with single ended amps. I hade a Decware SE84UFO and it was stunning. Never heard it with the ZU's but had some Omega's and Tektons and it matched well with those. So are you going to keep me in the dark? What company does your friend own? :)
     
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  15. darkblue94

    darkblue94 It wasn't me. Subscriber

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    It's WHAMMERDYNE HEAVY INDUSTRIES based in Portland, Oregon.
     
  16. HiFiJeff

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    Nice! I bet his DAMN amps sound AWESOME and will reveal the ULTIMATE TRUTH about your system! :) hahahaha

    Really though they look sweet. A little more than I am wanting to spend though.
     
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  17. darkblue94

    darkblue94 It wasn't me. Subscriber

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    They are now producing less expensive Single Ended amplifiers which start at $1,900. Still outside of my current budget though.:(

    EDIT: Oh I see that you already knew about the lower priced line, I've not yet heard them hooked up. My last visit he had just set up the Pure Audio Project Quintet speakers and I was quite amazed. It's hard to imagine at first that a 4.2 watt amplifier can power eight 15 inch woofers to such levels and it's a clean bass.
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  18. darkblue94

    darkblue94 It wasn't me. Subscriber

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    Here's a picture of the ZU AUDIO Druids in his previous house.
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  19. HiFiJeff

    HiFiJeff Well-Known Member

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    Oh yeah, $1900 is well outside my budget. Especially when the amp I am currently using which is just stupid good cost me $69! LOL It really makes it VERY hard to justify spending more money when there re so many high quality offerings these days that are so affordable. I am looking at an amp from Musical Paradise. $600
     
  20. HiFiJeff

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    Wow!
     

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