I have heard a few ZU speakers in my audio lifetime and I would say that to me they are forward sounding and bright. Not for me.
Same here. I've known Sean for a long time and think he's a brilliant designer and a wonderful guy. I have just never warmed up to his speakers and I've heard them with numerous combinations of gear. My Zu Audio/Denon cartridge is da bomb though.
Funny that one of the posters above mention panel speakers...yeah that's me, but I have owned a lot of others too.
IMHO, speakers are the one thing, (well, let's say mostly the one thing) that are more personal, (as far as sound quality goes) than any other component. And are usually the hottest debated and stood up for...