Zu Audio Dirty Weekend...

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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,912
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    The problem with higher watt output w/ high eff. speakers is the sensitivity of the volume control

    That's a preamp problem (gain and or volume control taper) not an amp problem.

    I agree, it has to do with attenuation in the volume control sensitivity itself pre/integrated
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,343
    edited June 13
    Indeed -- in the olden days, sometimes folks would buy themselves some low-level volume control resolution by actuating the "-20 dB mute" switch (when was available) on a preamp or integrated amp.

    :)

  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,567
    edited June 13
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    Just making sure you are aware

    I've been seriously wanting to test some Zu's with my Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated 12watt. I still have some NOS tubes still in the box that I purchased from Brock ...a couple years ago :D :D :D

    Looking forward to your thoughts bro

    Feel free to PM me and give me a shout

    I think I saw that amp at LS year before last, really nice.

    I probably should have gone with the Sangria. Had them in the cart and changed my mind. Just wanted to keep it as cheap as possible for a whim purchase. This I'll email them and see if I can change it. They look the best I think.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,912
    yes you did sir,
    It actually ran the debut of the LSiM 705's at LSAF

    http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/128877/lsaf-lone-star-audio-fest-2012-may-4-6/p3
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,789
    That Simply Italy is a nice looking piece.
    Got Dayens?
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,567
    Impressive little amp!
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,567
    I reached out to Zu about changing from rustic hickory to sangria. Hopefully it's not too late. Should have just gotten what I wanted and not worried about a few hundred bucks. I'm a dumbazz sometimes.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,789
    I'm going to go against the grain (see what I did there?) and say you should stay with the rustic hickory finish. I just like it more. Shrug.
    kharp1 wrote: »
    I reached out to Zu about changing from rustic hickory to sangria. Hopefully it's not too late. Should have just gotten what I wanted and not worried about a few hundred bucks. I'm a dumbazz sometimes.

    Got Dayens?
  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 4,656
    Personal preference is the rustic hickory with Walnut being a close second.

    I just find colored stains on light woods (maple with a red chestnut or similar) to be a bit...cliche. I prefer natural colors of woods myself.

    Besides...I think the hickory will look better with the ACAs in my bar. ;)
    "Some people find it easier to be conceited rather than correct."

    "Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,567
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    Personal preference is the rustic hickory with Walnut being a close second.

    I just find colored stains on light woods (maple with a red chestnut or similar) to be a bit...cliche. I prefer natural colors of woods myself.

    Besides...I think the hickory will look better with the ACAs in my bar. ;)

    Yeah, about those amp camps...
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,343
    edited June 14
    I am just wondering about rustic vs. unrustic (or maybe urban?) hickory...
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,789
    Regarding WAF, I showed the various finishes to my wife and she said the Rustic Hickory looked "cheap and tacky" and that she very much preferred the American Walnut instead.
    Got Dayens?
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,343
    Walnut is timeless and very "American" as an aesthetic, I'd opine (and not negatively).


  • DawgfishDawgfish Posts: 2,529
    Sweet! I have a pair of original Omens in the Sangria Maple. They are a very involving and fun speaker. I have tried them on all sorts of tube and solid state amps and they sound good on everything I've tried. To date the best they have sounded was with a Marantz 2220B vintage receiver. I do have a single ended EL-34 tube amp on the way that I'm going to try with them. To date all of my tube amps have been push-pull. Congrats and can't wait to hear your opinion on them.
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,567
    That's good to know Dawgfish, I've got a 2220b looking for a spot.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • DawgfishDawgfish Posts: 2,529
    Sweet! I think you'll really like that combo!
  • ThomasDThomasD Posts: 157
    Thread Resurrection !!!
    As much as I love my M7c's & SDA4a's, I've been 'lusting' after any of the Zu speakers in American Walnut since I first saw them online a few years ago. Got an email update from Zu that they were having a 'Skeleton' sale that included the DW's with free shipping to me (Alaska), which was a $500 saving in itself. Couldn't resist the urge and figured this would be the least expensive opportunity I'd ever see and ordered them on the spot. Got confirmation from Garret this morning that the order was placed and realized that in my initial excitement I had neglected to upgrade to Clarity Caps. Quick $100 fix. Anyway, really enjoy the way my Marantz 2230 sounds with my M7's & hoping it will sound just as 'liquid' but perhaps more detailed with the DW's. @Dawgfish & @kharp1 do the DW's seem 'bright' with your Marantz ? Many of the reviews seem to suggest a 'forwardness' similar to Klipsch horn speakers. Perhaps due in part to their high efficiency. Hoping to find that these DW's are as versatile as advertised. Thanks
    Carver M1.0t, M200t, C2, TX2
    Rega Brio, Cambridge 351C, Pro-Ject Acryl TT
    Polk SDA 2a's, M7c's w/ full TL upgrade, M4a's
    Klipsch Quartets, KG4's, KG1's
  • halohalo Posts: 4,422
    ThomasD wrote: »
    Thread Resurrection !!!
    As much as I love my M7c's & SDA4a's, I've been 'lusting' after any of the Zu speakers in American Walnut since I first saw them online a few years ago. Got an email update from Zu that they were having a 'Skeleton' sale that included the DW's with free shipping to me (Alaska), which was a $500 saving in itself. Couldn't resist the urge and figured this would be the least expensive opportunity I'd ever see and ordered them on the spot. Got confirmation from Garret this morning that the order was placed and realized that in my initial excitement I had neglected to upgrade to Clarity Caps. Quick $100 fix. Anyway, really enjoy the way my Marantz 2230 sounds with my M7's & hoping it will sound just as 'liquid' but perhaps more detailed with the DW's. @Dawgfish & @kharp1 do the DW's seem 'bright' with your Marantz ? Many of the reviews seem to suggest a 'forwardness' similar to Klipsch horn speakers. Perhaps due in part to their high efficiency. Hoping to find that these DW's are as versatile as advertised. Thanks

    Congrats on you purchase!

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