213cobra

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Zu Druid 6
The other thing I have to mention is that Zu lets you order speakers, get them delivered, and have 60 days to evaluate whether you want to keep them. Yup, it's work to ship speakers that size back, but it is an honest way to know.Phil 
Zu Druid 6
So does mine.The answer to this depends heavily on your PoV about what constitutes sonic fidelity and natural sound. I don't consider The B&W 800 Series listenable speakers for any music content compared to Zu but especially for symphonic orch... 
New Zu Audio Soul Supreme Speakers
>>Not trying to argue with ya Phil...but id have to say 'US-made' materials and supply chains aren't immune to covid issues. ¬†Acutally Id hazard a guess they're far more fragile and susceptible to disruptions than the state-run industries of... 
New Zu Audio Soul Supreme Speakers
I cannot determine via the photos that there is anything substandard in the veneer. The cabs, engineered wood and veneering are entirely US-made and I haven't seen anything substandard happening there.Phil 
New Zu Audio Soul Supreme Speakers
I am more than reasonably certain this is a supply chain issue.I have spoken with a half dozen manufacturers in as many industries in the past two weeks who cannot source their usual spec'd screws for products, and are making substitutions that ar... 
Best Pre/Amp or Integrated for Zu Essence
I haven't listened to a Lavardin in close to a decade but it was an unusually copasetic solid state/Zu pairing when I last auditioned both in my own house. Lavardin has made some updates to their circuits so based on the first years of hearing the... 
Tubed Monos for Focal Aria 948s
That may be a 92.5db/w/m speaker but it's a crossover intensive, multi-driver speaker. Few modest-power tube amps will resolve that Focal's problems (or challenges) and you don't want the mega-massed-tetrodes/pentodes 200w+ tubes monsters. What ca... 
A tube DAC with volume control, suggestions ?
Save some cash. mhdt Pagoda + a TVC (transformer volume control). Resolution & tone. The Pagoda isn't strictly a "tube dac." It has a tube output buffer connected to an R2R organic DAC with a discrete transistor DA stage prior to the buffer. I... 
Zu Druid 6
For a variety of reasons, doing a point release on Druid 6 with the concentric supertweeter FRD isn't just a matter of slapping the driver in a Druid cabinet where the hole for the Radian hasn't been cut out. So no comment yet on whether than can ... 
Zu Druid 6
Since Zu Definition has come up in this thread, I am posting an update here, also including notes about a new Dominance, as the two are closely related. I may start a new thread on Definition 6 and Dominance II, as well, but let's start here.Zu De... 
Zu Druid 6
The Hong Kong shipping fiasco seems unsolvable, so I am getting replacements in the next two or three weeks. Then I'll be done with my survey:300B/2a3 push-pull (interchangeable power tubes)Quad II CloneKlangfilm KLV-203 clone (F2a SE)Klangfilm KL... 
Zu Druid 6
My remaining amps are alleged to get sprung from chaotic Hong Kong shipping Oct 31st or thereabouts. Xiao Nan can ship reliably now through the mainlaing. So I should be able to complete commentary within a few weeks. But in the next few days I'll... 
Zu Druid 6
Marc,I did not have the same experience with 211 tubes as you describe, having listened for six or eight of various origin over the 15 years I've had various Definitions in my systems. I got what you describe through changes of caps and changes to... 
Zu Druid 6
Telefunken V69 Clones arrived today. Listening now. Two more amps overdue and coming to complete the survey.Phil 
Zu Druid 6
The Druid 6 reworked and improved every component in the Druid design, so the next Definition will leverage everything learned and developed in Druid 6. So expect the next Definition to be a "6" defining a common plane new generation for Zu's uppe...