Zu Audio Dirty Weekend...

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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,874
    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: 18,750
    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.

    :)

    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,453
    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: 9,874
    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: 4,509
    That Simply Italy is a nice looking piece.
    Got Dayens?
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,453
    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: 2,453
    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: 4,509
    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: 4,573
    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: 2,453
    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: 18,750
    edited June 14
    I am just wondering about rustic vs. unrustic (or maybe urban?) hickory...
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,509
    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: 18,750
    Walnut is timeless and very "American" as an aesthetic, I'd opine (and not negatively).


    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • 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: 2,453
    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!
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