I recommend staying with Zu. Those speakers sound awesome and have a character that's difficult to match.
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I still like the Zus very much - great speakers - where I think the ASI's are a little better is in having a tighter bass and clearer treble but I don't like making direct comparisons as these are both, in my humble opinion, unique speakers.
Getting back to the original question, how best to go about integrating the Zus into a 5.1 system would be appreciated.
I have a full 5.1 based on the Zu Definition ver 1 with custom Zu center and surrounds. Please see this link for photos
Originally I had the Def's with an Energy RC300 center and Energy XL 15 surrounds. This sounded more than adequate, however once I made the upgrade to the Zu center and surrounds, it was a more synergistic and fuller sound, as they are quite a bit larger than the Energys hat I was using.
If you are looking for a receiver, I would suggest a look at the newer lineup from Onkyo/Integra, full features and nice sounding (per the HT mags). I have the Integra DHC9.9 as my Processor, and the Integra Research RDA-7 as my amp, so I would expect the newer products to have a similar sonic signature.
Hope this helps.
I am thinking of purchasing the Denon 4310AVR Receiver and would appreciate recommendations for a center speaker and two rear speakers that would work well with the Denon and Zu Definitions.
I have looked at the Zu options but it would cost too much to have a complete Zu 5.1 system and anyway looking for something more modest and for the rear speakers, something smaller.