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I have no experience with Zu but have been using the Digital Amplifier Company Stereo Maraschino with my Charney Audio Maestro. Detail in spades, great tonal balance, imaging, sound stage, deep controlled bass, and exceptional mid-range. Well worth the try with a high eff speaker.http://www.cherryamp.com/stereo-maraschino-stmhttp://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?board=174
A few things that I'm musing about trying out... JOB 225 amp or JOB INTSchiit Veda / Freya comboAudio GD Precision3 amp http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/amp/Precision3/Precision3EN.htm
Tommy, what do folks use as a preamp for your amps?
Check out these links....Topic: Passive preampshttp://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=142870.0Topic: Balanced output tube preampshttp://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=78819.0Topic: P R E A M P S for DAC4800A and Cherryhttp://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=79614.0Topic: Preamps ---- Calling all DAC4800A and Cherry Amp owners !http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=103123.0Thanks for your question.-Tommy O
I have Zu Omen original version, with upgraded caps and resistors.I used it with Dared 2a3, then with Larry Moore 300b. As somebody mentioned before tubes have gorgeous midrange but have difficulty producing controlled bass.At the moment I am running Zu with my custom Abacus TPA3116 - midrange comparable to that of 2a3 with much better bass.Building TPA3250 and 3255 amps to see if improvements is SQ could be made.I used tube amps for years, but went class D as the future lies there, in my opinion. Besides, here in the South the tube amplifier is inconvenient in the summer I couldn't agree with you more. I own the DW's and am powering them with this $69 class D TPA3118https://www.allo.com/sparky/volt-plus-stepped-attenuator.htmlDO NOT discredit this amp because of it's $69 price tag. You will be blown away by it's performance. I have owned everything from $1000 2channel integrated amps to the Decware SE84UFO. And the sound this little Class D amp makes is seriously impressive, I will put it up against a lot of other amps costing much, much more anytime. I use my own John Broskie's Aikido preamp as well as Aikido Phono preamp.
I have the Omen Mark II bookshelves. I would second your interest in the Eastern Electric tube Integrated. Also the small Cherry Amps sound like a good mating. The guy running the Dirty Weekends with the MicrZotl and the Decware seems like overkill for a pair of $1000 speakers, but to each their own. I run 40w push-pull DIY tubed monos with my Omens, sound great, even with an old Luxman SS receiver from the early 90s. In my Ref system, I replaced my Dynaudio floor standing speakers with the Omen Bookshelves. With Bel Canto 3.7 DAC AND BEL CANTO Ref500s Class D amp, 400w into 4 ohms, 800w into 8 ohm. Of course my Omens are 12 or 16 ohm. Results? Sounded good, but too much emphasis in the midrange. But my Ref DAC, amp above are not geared toward 12/16 ohm speakers.
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