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Thanks for reviving the thread! I have been using my Omen Mk 2 with a Luxman vintage SS amp from the early 80s. It sounds AWESOME. I really am very happy with the combo. These are great speakers.
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
Well.... after reading through this thread again, I didn't even realize that I commented on it in Aug, 2018. And after almost a year since my last post and another set of Dirty Weekends, this time with the clarity cap upgrade and 6-7 amps later. Just yesterday did I come to realize the full potential of these ZU DW's!Digital Amplifier Company Stereo Maraschino. It's REAL! And the synergy with the Dirty Weekends is SPECTACULAR. Like I have said, I have gone through many amps over the past almost two years, since owning the Dirty Weekends and the STM is a game ending amp for my two channel system. The ZU's will sound good with any amp. That's the benefit of owning these speakers. Low power to high power. And everything in between. And believe me, I have powered them with all. But I remember Sean telling me a long time ago, even though 2 watts from a SET amp will sound sublime through the ZU's, if you really want to hear their true potential, feed them quality and clean good power! And that couldn't be more true. With this STM, my ZU's jumped to life! Like they were supercharged or on steroids. And it's just not dynamics an sheer impact. The minute details and resolution I am getting with this amp is stunning me. I was listening yesterday to songs I thought I knew well, and was like what was that? Remix? New instrument in the song I have never heard before? There were some passages in music that actually startled me. The micro dynamics and resolution is VERY impressive. IMO, there is a synergy with the STM and ZU's that is amazing. Oh, and the bass control and punch is........, WOW! I always thought the DW's had good bass, this takes it up to a completely different level. Just to let you know, I am using his DAC DAC HS1 as well, so I am sure that is contributing to a lot of what I am hearing. too. But this STM i sspecial, not another Class D chip board put in a nice looking display case. The only thing I am talking to Tommy about right now is bumping it up to the King 60v version, I am using the 48v version right now, which seems to be plenty but hey, even more power and headroom is welcome.
Thanks for the update! Interesting. Have you installed any of the resistor add-ons that Zu offers? I have found a pretty big difference with tube amp synergy with two of the 25ohm resistors on each speaker. I have a feeling SS amps do a lot better with the impedance swings of the speaker than tube amps when those resistors are not in place to smooth the impedance curve. If you’ve found this great synergy even after having tried the resistors, then that’s even more interesting to me!
Bumping an old thread because I’m new here. Anyone have recommendations for amplification to pair with the DW in the $1-1.5k range? I’m looking to upgrade from a 90’s Rotel receiver that I don’t have any particular issue with, I just know there has to be better out there. I’d like to be able to connect a sub as well. Thanks!
I've owned DW's going on three years now, they are a mainstay in my home and never going anywhere, I LOVE my DW's! They have been hooked up to MANY different amps and the higher quality and more power I feed them, the better they sound. Don't let anyone tell you that powering them with low wattage flea amps is the way to go, because it's not. Sean over at ZU, even suggests putting real power to them. So if anyone wants to argue about it, call up the owner of ZU and argue with him. I am actually bringing them back into my two channel office system this weekend to do some comparisons. I have Digital Amplifier Companies monoblock Golden Cherries in here and have not tried them out with the Dirty Weekends yet. The DW's sounded spectacular with the DAC STM I had them paired with, the Golden Cherries are in a completely different league than the STM. But for $1000-$1500, that STM will light up your DW's!
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