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Old 02-10-2019, 06:25 PM
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Anyone have Zu audio speakers. Saw a review and was thinking it might be something to check out.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:21 PM
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I owned both Union and Omen Bookshelf speakers.
The Union came very close to a pair of Vandy 3a sigs, but lacked something.
The Omen Bookshelves were OK, they were replaced by Vandy VLR's, which despite their size, out performed the Zu's.
Overall, my Zu's were very competent speakers. Most would not find fault with them- especially with more contemporary music (ie. Rock, Hip Hop).
Seeing you have Harbeth speakers, I think would be disappointed. Just a lack of that certain something I can't put my finger on...
Oh, I don't know what.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:25 PM
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While Zu Audio speakers definitely have their share of fans, they have a very different sound compared to most popular high end speakers. They would sound drastically different than your Harbeths for example, with a more direct but a bit raw sound by comparison. They use mostly professional drivers with some tweaks, but still end up having more of a typical pro-sound quality than more common choices in the market. I'd strongly suggest getting an audition preferably in your system or at least with familiar components before making any commitments to their purchase. I've owned some of their cables and they are a solid company and very reputable people to deal with.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:28 PM
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While Zu Audio speakers definitely have their share of fans, they have a very different sound compared to most popular high end speakers. They would sound drastically different than your Harbeths for example, with a more direct but a bit raw sound by comparison. They use mostly professional drivers with some tweaks, but still end up having more of a typical pro-sound quality than more common choices in the market. I'd strongly suggest getting an audition preferably in your system or at least with familiar components before making any commitments to their purchase. I've owned some of their cables and they are a solid company and very reputable people to deal with.
That’s what I have read. Defiantly a unique sound and fan base.
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Definitely arrange for an extended listen at a dealer or better yet in your home.

A pair of Zu Omens won my “worst speaker of 2017 RMAF” It wasn’t even close.

So like other anachronistic products you really have to hear them for yourself.

My show buddies thought they sounded great.

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I recall in the Pass/Zu/Mofi room at RMAF 2018, they were playing a strange choice of music, with heavily processed vocals. The system had good bass but sounded hard and bright.
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Defiantly a unique sound and fan base.
Defiantly, to be sure. :-)
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My friend loves his Zu Druid V speakers and I agree they sound good in his room and with his system. I tried a pair of Omens and couldn't wait to move them on. Very system and room dependent. Zu is a good company to deal with according to my friend; very responsive to questions and concerns. At Capital Audio Fest this year we both thought the Zu room sounded terrible. That being said, we thought a lot of rooms there didn't sound very good.
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I've heard them twice at the Cal Audio Show (Omens, I think.) Their very forward presentation seems initially impressive, but I imagine they would be fatiguing (at least for classical/acoustic music) after a while.
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JD,
Definitely arrange for an extended listen at a dealer or better yet in your home.

A pair of Zu Omens won my “worst speaker of 2017 RMAF” It wasn’t even close.

So like other anachronistic products you really have to hear them for yourself.

My show buddies thought they sounded great.

Tom


Not me, I was first to walk out.

I’m sure they are a good speaker, when all the complimenting attributes are in place to make them perform as intended.
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