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linden518
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Zu Audio Black Friday Sale!

Dude, check it out. All of their items - including speakers, cables, carts, etc. - are at LEAST 40% off for 1 day. I took advantage and ordered the Grade 2 Prime, 0.1% tolerance version of their Denon 103 mod, which retails for $700. With the 45% off, it's $384, not bad! Their Druid speakers are also 45% off, so you can get brand new ones, whcih retail for $3400, for just $1870, lower than Audiogon prices. I think the sale is effective only for today...

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Re: Zu Audio Black Friday Sale!

OMG! High end BF sales. Can the biblical eschaton be imminent?

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Re: Zu Audio Black Friday Sale!

I just ordered their one-down from top of the line 1 meter interconnect, Wylde, which usually sells for $340 for $136!

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Re: Zu Audio Black Friday Sale!

The moral of this story, Stephen, is that you win! What a score, man. I also saw that 60% off cables sale, and was tempted, although I don't need any wires nor do I know anything about Zu cables. Can't lose.

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Re: Zu Audio Black Friday Sale!

I'll post my thoughts about them on the appropriate forum when I get them later this week.

I scored big today as well....new speakers!

Since I've gotten back into audio in the last two months or so, I've been looking for a more full-range floorstanding speaker for listening to my record collection, which is a lot of classical music. By record collection, I mean vinyl. I've been using my Era Design 4's, which are a really nice little mini-monitor, with great imaging and accurate instrumental timbres, but something had been lacking. I recently bought a pair of nicely restored Large Advents on EBay, with a New Large Advent woofer (refoamed, of course) and rebuilt XO with new polypro caps, etc. They sound great, and they made me realize, in listening to the Eras (which I originally bought for HDTV, BTW), that I'd been missing a really full-range speaker. The Advents are actually pretty decent to this day when driven with a really good set of signal sources and electronics, but they are still a bit veiled and not the last word in imaging. But, they really got the dynamics of an orchestra playing RIGHT. When the orchestra goes "Wham!", they go "Wham!" pretty dang well, too. And they ain't too shabby in the bass department, either. And that's what made me realize that the Era's, as good as they were, weren't giving me what the Advents gave me with respect to bass, dynamic slam, and PRAT. Plus, the Advents, being full-range, had better dimensionality and full-bodiedness to them than the Eras. But, I have a pretty hard and bright listening area (I'm working on that), and sometimes the Advent fried egg tweeter/mid was a bit hard to deal with. And it quite literally would drive the cat out of the room.

So, I've been looking for something more modern in design, with great imaging, neutral, but very easy to listen to, with detailed, but natural highs, yet still could approach the Advents for dynamic slam.

And today I found them...a beautiful pair of dealer close-out Dyanaudio Audience 72's. I brought all my key records over to my dealer today and spent an hour auditioning them, and fell in love. This is the speaker I've been searching for. Natural, musical, and very easy to listen to for long periods of time. The highs are amongst the nicest ever I've heard in a loudspeaker, detailed, but smooth and silky. Great midrange and bass, and the the dynamic slam is great too.

I snagged 'em...for $1399, a $600 savings from the normal $1999 price.

I recently bought a cryogenically treated Grado Reference Sonata cartridge, I was astonished as to how good it was....primarily, how intensely musical and satisfying it was to listen to, and extremely easy to live with. If you haven't heard female voice on a Reference Sonata, you have missed something.

I brought the Dynaudios home and set them up this afternoon. They are the first speaker I've heard that really reminds me of my Reference Sonata...musical, musical, with great detail, open, airy, warm, silky but never over-done or and most of all, just really sweet to listen to, and I mean that in the best possible way. I put on a 180 gram pressing of Norah Jones Live from Austin City Limits, and as soon as she opened her mouth, I knew.

I'm done looking for speakers.

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