You have written a really excellent review. I am curious, in the similar products section you list the VR4JR's. Can you make some comparisons between the Druids and the JR's? Thank you,
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With Zh look out I have spoken with a few People ,
Since His Buddy Srajan at 6mmons is not there anymore
backing the product up is another story .A druid driver went ,and they were supposed to have one sent out and 3 weeks later they said it wwas on back order, the same with a amplifier for the Definitions amp for the sub .
It seems that greed is becoming the better part of business . this is of 2006 ,a word to the wise .
Aaudiophile, with all respect, I just don't believe you when you call into question Zu's willingness to back their products. These guys have immense character and for you to post something so obviously meant to hurt them borders on slanderous! I have a pair of Tones in my 2nd system and they are fabulous, Acoustic Zen Adagios in my other for the record, I am not employed by Zu nor related in any way.
If you don't like the fact that a couple of really nice kids are on to something that's your business but you should not attempt to tear them down without citing facts, this is how they earn a living. If there are problems out there, let's hear from REAL customers not the weak source you claim to be. I believe we will not hear from any as they appear to have set their business model up for the long haul.
Think hard before you do these things without real data since real people are forever affected by your actions. Peace.
Aside from the acknowledged limitations of trying to review something from a show demo, and the rampant (but commendably consistent) apostrophe abuse, a very nice read. Not one I can say gives me a clear idea of what these sound like, or makes me want to hear them for myself (well, perhaps the Gallos), but still quite a nice read...
You don't like my apostrophe abuse, huh? Guess I should have brushed up on my Strunk and White before writing.
Seriously, though, thank you for your kind words regarding the review. I put a lot of work into the review, and comments like yours make it worth the effort.
By the way, both the Druid's and the Gallo's are well worth an audition (notice my still consistent use of apostrophe's).
Excellent review Jeff, one of the better I have read the past days about the Druid.
I'm planning to go for a pair of Druid's real soon, and your review supports my decision.:) I have also considered the Gallo's, but the wife isnt any happy with how they look..;) The Druid have a much better WAF..
I just stumbled across your fine review of the Druids. I must say, that I enthusiastically agree with just about everything you said here. I bought my Druids second hand from a good friend and fellow audiophool like myself, and I cannot seem to part from an extended listening session of them.
Having had no less than 15-20 pairs(honest count..maybe more) over the last 25 or so years.. speaker designs from boxes, barrels, boxless,stand mount monitors,Ribbons, stats of all shapes and types, and horns..I have nary heard the magic in the music and the balance which you described so well as with the Zu's..
Only ONE other speaker has caught my ear in all this time with the sound that is as right as rain, but it must be paired with a special designed low freq system to shine properly....The JansZen 131u mid/high freq electrostat of the late 60's and early 70's..While they dont offer the imaging and tend to beam in the mids..their tonal honesty, harmonic detail, and dynamics are very special.
Now, the Druids offer this seamless and engaging sound. While it doesn't sound the same as the Janszen by any means..its the way the music is presented and the picture painted that allow me to make the comparison. Both speakers offered new and ground breaking technology. The Janszens were way ahead of their time sonically and technically Druids and the guys at Zu have done something very special and have engineered a speaker that gets the music so right IMO.
Thanks for your excellent review.
Hi, just adding my experience with the Druids. I have had the Druids now for 8 months. I am not going to even try and count the amount of money i have invested in speakers and equipment over the past 20 years trying to get the right sound. I moved into a a relatively large appartment 2 years ago which blew my then,very expensive, audio system out the window, it just couldnt cope with the increased demand on it to be fill and deliver music dynamically in a large space. i got onto the ZU's in Australia listening at the importers own aprtment first. I listened to his Definitions, they blew me out, i couldn't leave. I now have the Druids at home, not as good as the Defenitions, but I now run them with the amasing RCM Bonasus amplifier, this amp takes the whole druid sound to another level, its got grunt and bottom end foundation that keeps you listening to music for hours. I have heard the druids with the Yamoto, Audio Aero amps, etc, but wait to you hear them with this. I dont read reviews anymore, think about tweeking my system or anything. I also use a Acoustic Siganture Fianl Tool TT, SME 4, ZYX cosmos and ZYX Artisan phono. These days i jut listen to the music cheers