Cain & cain abbey vs Zu Druid


Has anyone compare the two? Looking to build a second sys with 845 SET or PP. Thanks
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213Cobra ... I haven't heard the Druids, but I do own SuperAbbys with one Bailey sub ... wanted the supertweeter to extend the range up to 20k and higher, and the same rationale for the sub. I've had plenty of speakers that would only hit 42 Hz or so, and generally that's low enough to keep me happy, but I was concerned that the speaker design, given the acoustics of my room, wouldn't go that low. I was wrong, but the addition of a sub guarantees me full-range enjoyment. I've owned Logans, B&Ws, Thiels, several Tylers, PSBs, and others, but the Abby offers the sound that I've always wanted. I know there are better speakers, and I know that every component change would alter what I'm hearing, but my current system has kept me smiling for the past five months (well, I replaced my Pathos with a Sophia and now an Almarro) and I won't be changing speakers. Entirely engaging and musical, enjoyable beyond all of my expectations.
I am interested in the monitor model and the Druids and am wondering how they might sound with the crossovers removed and either much better external passive crossovers built or active crossover with biamping.

Has anyone auditioned the moniter? Note its freq response is actually rated into 3db whereas the Druid has no rating. Appears as if the moniter may be the more accurate speaker and a better choice when used with a good woofer.
I've listened to the Zu Tone and the Zu Druid on the same equipment in the same room with the same music.

First, understand, neither speaker has a crossover. None. The full-range driver in each is naturally rolled off on both extremes. The supertweeter is rolled in on a simple filter at 12kHz. The full-range driver sees the signal directly from your amp, no electronic elements, passive or active, in the way. An external crossover of any kind is unlikely to be anything other than a step backward, especially if using SET amplification.

The Tone and the Druid are quite similar sounding, with the exception that the Tone does not go as deep, and that is apparent. The bass it has is fast and beautifully defined, however, as is true for the Druid. The Druid has the same footprint as a Tone on a stand, but its cabinet includes Zu's Griewe model and delivers the bass extension as well as some tunability for the bass character.

I've also heard both speakers used with Zu's excellent Method sub, which is the only subwoofer I am aware of that I could recommend for use with Tones or Druids, due to it having the speed and transient detail necessary to match the same characteristics of the Zu full range driver. It's a tough call whether 2 Tones + 1 Method is better than stereo Druids alone. The Druids would be cheaper, take up less aggregated space. The Tones + Method would go deeper. There are some differences in the FRD used in the two speakers, so overall, a pair of Druids have discernibly better balance, resolution and tone than Tones. Druids + Method are more impressive still, and that gets you 2/3 of the distance to Definitions at 1/2 the price. The Tone is not more accurate than the Druid, but it is a little different and I can understand some listeners being attracted to Tones + Method. If you do that, you NEED good stands.

Phil
I have a pair of the maple Super Abbys, w/ First Watt F3, Modwright SWL and Denon 5900. I haven't tried the Druid, but what I've been told about how the Druid reflects what 213Cobra says, somewhat. One of the biggest advanages of the Druid is the bass extension. Consider that the Druid costs 40% more new; the Abby is not it's equal.

The Super Abby is the nearfield model with tweeters. The nearfield has a Fostex with a voice range that starts lower than the driver in the Normal. Maple is said to give slightly better bass response. If you like heavy music the Abby with a sub or the Druid is probably your choice. Pink Floyd (Dark Side) is about the limit where the Super Abby excels, plenty of bass for me.

Appearance might be a factor too. The wood on all Cains is where they stand out, absolutely stunning and beautiful, the pictures don't do them justice at all. Zu's look nice, but not like that and aren't going to fit well with a lot of furnishings.

I doubt anybody has ever been unsatisfied with the Abby, except for a lot of people who gave up before they were broke in. Out of the box they sound like cheap radio speakers. But eventually you will hear a passage on a CD that will drop your jaw; the break-in is starting to take effect.

Also, it's a bad idea to throw away the shipping crate. Take it apart and store the wood, otherwise you may be kicking yourself later.
You may want to research the single driver speakers made from hemp. I own the omega maxhemps with triode corp. parallel SET monoblocs and can attest to their many strengths. I was told that the hemp driver is superior to fostex. I have never heard the fostex or Zu's so take my comment with a grain of salt.

I went from piega c-8ltd speakers and ss amplification to the single driver, SET amp setup and am very happy.