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I thought I'd kick off a three around the Zu Audio speaker line. I've had two sets so far.

 

The Omen Mk II [Rev B] which I purchased second hand on a whim. I had these for a couple of years and after a break of around a year I found I was missing the "Zu" sound so I purchased my current Omen Def MkII with the upgraded Radian tweeter without auditioning. It was a bit of a gamble but I'm glad I did!

 

One thing I've always found is that nothing seems to touch it for clarity and presence, however they need reinforcement in the bass region. The Omens seemed to roll off around 70Hz in my old room and the Omen Defs seem to roll off around 50Hz in my current room. After trying a few different solutions, I found the best combination to date for me was a set of JBL 18's in fridge sized cabinets, however in the new house these weren't practical so have been moved on in favour of an SVS SB16 which does the job ok, but I still haven't been able to achieve the same level of bass drum realism that I did with the JBLs.

 

I've found that positioning makes a big difference to the sound with these speakers. They like to be forward and into the room almost as much as you dare. Also valve amps are the way to drive them. I went through a lot of respected (and expensive) SS amps and never found something to suit them.

 

Anyway, enough rambling - some photos below.

 

 

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Ive had a couple of Zu's also and agree with your comments regarding effortless dynamics but like you also needed to supplement with a sub (in my case REL)

 

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Latter had my Soul2's refinished in gloss black 9(and I built a sandstone plinth to raise them which I felt was needed)

 

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On 06/03/2020 at 11:26 AM, caminperth said:

I thought I'd kick off a three around the Zu Audio speaker line. I've had two sets so far.

 

The Omen Mk II [Rev B] which I purchased second hand on a whim. I had these for a couple of years and after a break of around a year I found I was missing the "Zu" sound so I purchased my current Omen Def MkII with the upgraded Radian tweeter without auditioning. It was a bit of a gamble but I'm glad I did!

 

One thing I've always found is that nothing seems to touch it for clarity and presence, however they need reinforcement in the bass region. The Omens seemed to roll off around 70Hz in my old room and the Omen Defs seem to roll off around 50Hz in my current room. After trying a few different solutions, I found the best combination to date for me was a set of JBL 18's in fridge sized cabinets, however in the new house these weren't practical so have been moved on in favour of an SVS SB16 which does the job ok, but I still haven't been able to achieve the same level of bass drum realism that I did with the JBLs.

 

I've found that positioning makes a big difference to the sound with these speakers. They like to be forward and into the room almost as much as you dare. Also valve amps are the way to drive them. I went through a lot of respected (and expensive) SS amps and never found something to suit them.

 

Anyway, enough rambling - some photos below.

 

 

IMG_3161.thumb.jpeg.9cbb93344bdac177ac704f90d26c16bb.jpeg

 

cbe3f0c1ea999921e44e83b0f7cf43c7.thumb.jpg.d864499d9e590dd64254a8f8398caab7.jpg

 

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Wow! Nice looking Omen Def with a nice view as well 👍🏼 
Can you comment on the sound of Omen Def mk2 with the standard tweeter? I was thinking of upgrading my Zu Union to Omen Def Mk1 ( NOS speaker ) 

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7 hours ago, Acap said:

Wow! Nice looking Omen Def with a nice view as well 👍🏼 
Can you comment on the sound of Omen Def mk2 with the standard tweeter? I was thinking of upgrading my Zu Union to Omen Def Mk1 ( NOS speaker ) 

Thanks! I guess the standard tweeter used in the Def is the same one used in the baby Omens I used to have. I found the little Omens to great for the space they were in which was a room 3.5m x 5.5m. Once you get the positioning right they can throw a big soundstage with a lot of depth.

However, don't expect much bass out of them - I've always reinforced the sound with a sub.

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