Zu Audio Druid loudspeaker
HiFi the way it was meant to be and once was: able to project musical expression into your home. Zu's speaker designs are an unprecedented value in sheer fidelity and emotional projection. Largely hand-made in Utah, USA, the Zu Druid, its little brother Tone and big brother Definition all blend vintage research and lost knowledge with modern engineering, physics, materials and manufacturing to deliver the long-absent combination of tonal accuracy and crackling dynamic life to reproduced music. Druid is the value point in the Zu line. $2800/pair direct from the factory, and a little more if you want a special finish. You can drive Druids with 3 watts of super-romantic vacuum tube Zen triode power, or 300+ watts of rockin' heavyweight American iron. No customer has ever blown a Zu driver, at least not yet. Able to make a $300 receiver sing, Druids can fully reveal what can be good about a $30,000 amp. Druids are within reach for a starter hifi, and can earn their continuing role in your system if you upgrade everything else. Each slender 50" tall column is only a foot wide and 6" deep. Druids take up no more floor space than a pair of small monitors on stands, yet look much more elegant while uncorking your sound. Spousal Acceptance Factor is high, and Druids can be used close to walls. You get a design statement and great value with no compromise to music expression and fidelity. Mine are gloss red and room-filling on 25 watts of tube triode power. Check the review on 6moons.com. Srajan nails it.
The most musical fidelity anyone has ever put into one square foot of floor space devoted to a loudspeaker. And they look great, elegant and pugnacious at the same time. The Zu Definition, like everything Zu produces, is a breakth... The most musical fidelity anyone has ever put into one square foot of floor space devoted to a loudspeaker. And they look great, elegant and pugnacious at the same time. The Zu Definition, like everything Zu produces, is a breakthrough. From 16 Hz subterranean bass to 25 kHz harmonics, this is the speaker that will convince you 2 channels are enough for home theater, and it really is possible to put a full orchestra or a single performer in your room without compromising either. Like all Zu speakers, there are no crossovers to choke dynamic life from the sound, thanks to Zu's proprietary full range driver (FRD) at the heart of the system, good for even response from 40 Hz - 12 kHz where 90% of tonal information originates. Deep bass is handled by a powered sub-bass array rolled in on a simple low-pass filter, and a supertweeter rolled in above the FRD fade point on a simple high-pass filter at 12 kHz handles harmonics to ultrasonics. Superefficient at 101 db/w/m yet absent of "shout" or the limited range of other efficient designs, the Definition thrives on triode tube amps, the new generation chip and digital amps, and yet has no fear of McIntosh heavy metal in the form of MC1201 monoblocks pushing over 1200 watts each. In a world of bafflingly foul-sounding "statement" speakers that cost six figures, will rip your ears off and jelly your brain, the Zu Definition is unfailingly relaxing, revealing, clean, musical, communicative and real, with sparky dynamics and energetic scale. For music or movies, you'll be in the realm of The Best for $9,000 pair, factory direct. Definitions could easily be your last loudspeakers, ever. The 3 dimensional soundstage will scale to your room, with excellent spatial projection, uncanny tonal accuracy, aural realism and such superb definition you will hear new details on every disc you own. Zu says, "...there is no other loudspeaker able to provide the resolution, dynamic contrast or phase accuracy of the Definition. Its well balanced tone, distortion free dynamic range, perfect time-alignment--even in the low frequency range -- combine for the next state of playback art...." And they're right. This is a lasting value loudspeaker worth building a long-term system around. Pair them with Vinnie Rossi's surprising Red Wine Audio pocket money chip amps or spring for a handcrafted tube amp built around the lighthouse-like 845, or throw a set-and-forget transistor amp, like a McIntosh or Lavardin, at them. 6 watts, 60 or 600, you'll have scalable, convincing music without the complications, cables and clutter of subwoofers nor huge boxes out of place in your room. 1' x 1' x 50" tall, you can get them in standard satin black or grey finishes, or pony up for an automotive finish. Mine are Maserati Blue Nettuno. Lots of details on the Zu Audio web site or just call them on the phone. Zu sells direct with a liberal 60 day money-back trial. Check out the reviews on the web, especially at 6moons.com, where as with the smaller Druid, Srajan gets it right. These speakers sound as he describes. Largely hand-made in Utah, USA.