What a wonderful day with wonderful hosts. Equal parts talking and listening, Sean Casey regaled us with stories of the genesis of Zu Audio, where it's been and where it's going. Deepak and his family were fabulous hosts with delicious food and drink, different dishes magically appearing throughout the day. All genuinely nice people that you instantly like being around.
Deepak has an impressive home theater room in the basement (more of a lower floor than basement as it's completely finished) where the near flagship Definition Mk IV's resided. Dynamic and detailed, truth be told I would have turned up the subwoofer a bit. Many brought their own music, heavily weighted to the Jazz genre. Flea watt tube amps that Deepak has already detailed in this thread, Lp's spun by Zu's modified SL1200 and Denon DL cart.
Upstairs in the family room we had alternately Omen Def's and Soul Superfly's powered by a Jolida integrated and later Tommy's powerhouse Cherry amp, not sure which models. While Zu speakers are suppose to be for low powered tube amps, I have to say I preferred the more ballsy presentation on the Cherry's. And the little (comparatively) Superfly turned out to be my favorite. Sean was explaining why this was so to a group in the kitchen that I only caught the tail end of, maybe someone in that conversation might chime in, something about how the soundstage is presented.
It was great meeting so many AC'ers and a few non AC people. Everyone enjoyable to talk to, always graciously giving up a sweet spot seat to a new arrival. We did have one notable attendee, Steve Guttenberg from Stereophile, Inner Fidelity, C-Net, The Audiophiliac, etc. fame was in attendance, nice guy, very unassuming, introduced himself only as "Steve" to me. A great time had by all I'm sure, and another grateful thanks to Deepak and his lovely family for opening up their home so graciously.
Meeting and greeting
Def Mk IV's in Deepak's basement Home Theater / Listening room.
In the family room with Omen Def's
Deepak's lovely family preparing lunch while Wolfy and Pumkinman "supervise"
Tommy from Digital Amplifier choosing some tunes
Tommy made me post a pic of his Cherry amp