Do Zu speakers still come with the generous home trial period? If so, this alone is reason to begin with the Zu speakers. You'll know if they're for you.
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Demo pair has no such option. I could resell at the price I would be paying for them though.
Mixed feedback on the lower model but not so much for the Presence.
I have limited space and I do not want to sell my amp and lose my shirt in the sale so I need efficient speakers. I have to much $$$ in the tubes alone ($1,100.00) to see someone else post on the 'Gon how much they like the AN P3 Silver they bought.
I have the Zu Definitions. I auditioned the Devore Nines in NYC. With the caveat that the spaces and electronics were totally different,a potentially big caveat, or are you comfortable with your assessment?
to me there was no comparison - especially when it came to tone, dynamics, bass, etc.so which one did you like better?
One difference between the Zu and Devore is that one is upfront and the other is more laid back. Zu projects more of the stage in front of the speakers while Devore has a behind the speakers stage. Also the tweeter in the Devore is more forgiving lets say sweeter sounding. This is all personal preference as Tvad said and listening yourself is always the best. Myself I had the Devore Reference Silverbacks and the Zu Defination Mk 1.9 in my system at the same time and I now have the Silverbacks. I think the Devore also have more WAF based on looks but the Zu will be the easier load to drive.
Agree that you should listen if possible, especially since these speakers are both more idiosyncratic than many other speakers.
From my experience, Zus excel at dynamic contrasts, & quick transient changes. I agree w/comment that they present a soundstage projected mostly between and somewhat in front of the speakers. The mate well with low powered SETs, etc.
Devore Nines also are easy to drive. They are probably nice in smaller rooms, present a deeper stage, and more distant perspective with sounds between & behind the speaker plane. They have a full-bodied midrange and a natural delicacy with acoustic guitar, voice and piano. For me, they struggled to move much air when presented with dynamic orchestral music, and ultimately left me feeling that something was missing when playing "big music". If I listened mostly to jazz trios & singer/songwriters & had a small space, they might be ideal.
Overall, they are so different, you need to hear them! Cheers,
Your Audio Note amp is a great match for a pair of The Nines. I use the AN P-3 Silver Signature with my Super 8s at home and they are a bit less sensitive than The Nines. The combo has powered plenty of crowded parties with nary a complaint. Don't be overly influenced by published sensitivity specs, many are quite "optimistic." Another AN speaker is rated at 98dB/W/M but was measured at just 92.5 in a prominent review.
Happy listening, and have a great new year.