Efficient speaker: Zu, Tekton, Volti, Klipsch, Fleetwood?

We’re moving and I’m looking for a high-efficiency, high impedance speaker that can fill a very large “great room” with smooth, open, detailed sound, both for serious listening and casual background music. I currently have Devore Super 9s, but those will be going in a separate dedicated listening room. I thought about getting another pair of Devores (maybe the O/93) for the great room because I love this brand, but I’m interested in other possibilities The new speakers will be on either side of a 6-foot TV console, so they’ll need to sound good fairly close to the wall behind them. And they will need to have a reasonably good WAF. They will be played mainly at low-moderate sound levels and our tastes include rock, classical, world music and “spa” type relaxation stuff.

Anyone who is familiar with any of the following candidates, please feel free to sound off. As you can see, price ranges are all over the place:

Zu Soul Supreme

Tekton Lore

Volti Razz

Klipsch Forte IV

Fleetwood Deville



I would guess the same weaknesses of the DeVores (If you feel they exist):

1. Very sensitive: Any noise in your system will be more apparent.

2. Revealing: Any changes like interconnects will reveal differences more, poor recordings will sound poor, great recordings will sound great

3. Myself, never enough bass. Unless one gets a speaker with a big honkin' 12-15 woofer, I will always want more bass. That is why I run a sub. I could have $100,000+ Wilsons and would add a sub. It's not just a ZU thing. 

The O96s that @tubebuffer mentioned sold in one day despite prior delivery by Bender at Planet Express.

They were located right around the corner from me, and I've got to admit I was tempted as I ponder my chances of moving to a space too small to keep the beloved Soundlabs. First world problems! Cheers,



Thank You for taking the time to describe your room dimensions, seating position, ect.  That info is very helpful. One thing I noticed, that has me concerned, is the lack of space between binding post on the Super 9's. The positive and negative post appear to be very close to one another.  Do you or have you used spade terminations?

I have Cardas Clear Lite S/wires.  The spade OD are 1/2" wide X 1/4" ID. Do you think they would fit ok?  If I have done the math correctly; I would need 3/8 of an inch gap between the post.  That would leave about 1/8 of an ich gap between the two spades when connected to the terminal post.

Thanks again


I use bananas, although I do recall using spades when I first got them and didn't notice and problems. I have the speakers boxed up right now as we are preparing to move, so I can't measure the space.

Again, Thanks for your help

Tone Audio in SFO should be able to provide the dimension.  Im  thinking about calling them in the AM



PS: Good luck with the move