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Reply #4890 - 05/11/14 at 13:22:26
 
Dave,  originally I was considering both Omega and Zu speakers in the $1500 range when I ordered the Taboo MK III Amp last summer...seems like an eternity ago.  Back then Zu had a bunch of ebay auctions for speakers with minor cosmetic flaws...I won one for a pair of "Unions" that I had some problems with...long story short...they were replaced with a new pair of Zu Audio "Souls".  At first I really didn't like them with my Taboo...too little bass and thin sounding but after a few adjustments, a wicked long break in and pairing them with the Torii MK IV with some tube rolling and a CSP3 and now I would never consider getting rid of them. There are many here that have Zu speakers farther up the food chain that are very happy with them...do a search of the site or better a google search of all sites.  My guess is that after adequate break in the Druids would be great.

When I have all three sets of speakers broken in, I'll post some impressions and comparisons.  I don't have the "Audio" vocabulary that many here do and sometimes have trouble describing what I'm hearing but I'll do my best.  I'm really just a music lover who has to deal with the hardware grudgingly to get good sound.  I'll never be one to try to scale that final 5% though.  Mark.

PS...Dave,  I should add that like Lon, I will never be a down loader of music...I've gotten off the format cycle with Red Book and Vinyl and I'm very happy.  Like Lon, I have many thousands of recordings in these formats and would never consider transfering them to computer files.  In the distant past I've bought products with transfer to another medium in mind and, for the most part, it was money wasted... Reel to Reel, Cassette Recording deck, CD recorder.  Believe me, after decades of these products sitting unused,  I know I'll never move past where I am now in terms of Digital Music.  I do enjoy streaming spotify through my Taboo and Audeze Cans though.  Mark.  
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Reply #4891 - 05/11/14 at 13:36:04
 
Well, congrats. It's great that you got these at a great price. It will be interesting to hear your impressions between these and the HR-1s. Ever since I heard Decware's "Radial" line of speakers I've been unable to really bond with any other speaker, but then I know I'm different. Smiley
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Reply #4892 - 05/11/14 at 13:52:31
 
Lon,  aren't we all?...different that is!  I guess it's a matter of degree.  Mark.
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Reply #4893 - 05/11/14 at 14:32:27
 
Yes, we're all different. I just know that you could enjoy a great front end. Maybe someday!

Right now
Never heard any of this before and I really like it. Nice sound too, very airy and yet full.

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Reply #4894 - 05/11/14 at 16:22:07
 
that's a great deal Mark congrats.

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Reply #4895 - 05/11/14 at 19:34:39
 
Thank you everyone for the congrats on the speakers.  I turned on my Taboo to listen to just a couple tunes from this before I have to leave again...busy day...

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Reply #4896 - 05/12/14 at 03:57:59
 

I was spinning some tape tonight, just trying out some "new" parts and adjustments on my Reel to Reel, but spinning bits now.

Bought this from Blue Coast today - they have a 50% rebate going on.

http://bluecoastrecords.com/store/jenna-mammina/special-event-10

Then I started enjoying some NPR recordings on You Tube.

Civil Wars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HamYmjllE6A

Mountain Man

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ENUGVjTBNs


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Reply #4897 - 05/12/14 at 04:51:17
 
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Reply #4898 - 05/12/14 at 14:52:29
 
Lon wrote on 05/11/14 at 14:32:27:

More from this great box set. Some very nice cello writing and playing and superb recordings.
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Reply #4899 - 05/12/14 at 17:21:38
 
Lon, the "LIVING STEREO COLLECTION VOL. 2"...a 60 CD set just popped up so to speak on one of POP Markets daily deals for $85.  Do you have this set?  It's being released in the US tomorrow.  I'm sure you have some of this on single CD releases or in other Box sets...ie.  Arthur Rubinstein.  What do you think?  Mark.

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Reply #4900 - 05/12/14 at 18:28:03
 
I don't have it Mark, but I do have a number of the separate releases on SACD. The Living Stereo series was a great one in its day and they are great performances in great sound. I think you would enjoy this box.
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Reply #4901 - 05/12/14 at 21:18:30
 
Well Lon,  I bought it! Now I want Vol. 1 at the same price....1.42 per CD.  I'm listening to this on Spotify...very nice, as you already know.  This CD is in Vol. 1.  I'll copy the contents of volume two below and give the link for others interested.  Mark.



http://www.popmarket.com/details/29846608?feature_id=29846558

DISC 1-5: LSC-2120-24
Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1-5
Arthur Rubinstein, Symphony of the Air, Josef Krips

DISC 6: LSC-2127
Strauss: Burleske / Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1
Byron Janis, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

DISC 7: LSC-2216
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique"
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

DISC 8: LSC-2239
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

DISC 9: LSC-2251
Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain / Stravinsky: The Fairy's Kiss
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

DISC 10: LSC-2274
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
Gary Graffman, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

DISC 11: LSC-2283
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Liszt: Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto
Byron Janis

DISC 12: LSC-2318
Rossini Overtures
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

DISC 13: LSC-2328
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (Excerpts)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

DISC 14: LSC-2366
Beethoven: Appassionata Sonata, Sonata In D, Op. 10, No. 3
Vladimir Horowitz

DISC 15: LSC-2369
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

DISC 16: LSC-2371
Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen / Kindertotenlieder
Maureen Forrester, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

DISC 17: LSC-2377
Beethoven: “Kreutzer” and “Spring” Sonatas
Arthur Rubinstein, Henryk Szeryng

DISC 18: LSC-2378
Schubert: Death and the Maiden
The Juilliard String Quartet

DISC 19: LSC-2398
Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite / Kabalevsky: The Comedians
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

DISC 20: LSC-2401
Copland: Appalachian Spring / The Tender Land Suite
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland

DISC 21: LSC-2437
Bizet: Carmen for Orchestra
Morton Gould and His Orchestra

DISC 22: LSC-2441
Reiner conducts Wagner
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

DISC 23: LSC-2443
Liszt: The Virtuoso Liszt
Gary Graffman

DISC 24: LSC-2466
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2
Sviatoslav Richter, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

DISC 25: LSC-2487
Guilini/Arnold: Guitar Concertos
Julian Bream, Melos Ensemble

DISC 26: LSC-2493
Schubert: Piano Sonata in D major
Emil Gilels

DISC 27: LSC-2550
Beethoven: Serenade, Op. 8 / Kodaly: Duo For Violin And Cello
Jascha Heifetz, William Primrose, Gregor Piatigorsky

DISC 28: LSC-2560
The Golden Age of English Lute Music
Julian Bream

DISC 29: LSC-2563
Beethoven/Schubert: Trios / Bach: Sinfonias
Jascha Heifetz, William Primrose, Gregor Piatigorsky

DISC 30: LSC-2566
Grieg: Piano Concerto And Favorite Encores
Arthur Rubinstein, Alfred Wallenstein and Orchestra

DISC 31: LSC-2576
My favorite Chopin
Van Cliburn

DISC 32: LSC-2596
Saint-Saens: Carnival Of The Animals / Britten: The Young Person’s Guide To The Orchestra
Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

DISC 33: LSC-2621
Chopin: Les Sylphides / Prokofieff: Love For Three Oranges
Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

DISC 34: LSC-2629
Dvorak: Symphony No. 4
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

DISC 35: LSC-2642
Mahler: Symphony No. 1
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

DISC 36: LSC-2668
Debussy: Afternoon Of A Faun, Nuages, Fetes, Printemps
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch

DISC 37-39: LSC-6052
Puccini: Tosca
Milanov/ Bjoerling / Warren, Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf

DISC 40-41: LSC-6066
Beethoven: Symphony Nos. 8 + 9
Price / Forrester / Poleri / Tozzi, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

DISC 42-43: LDS-6098
Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet
Elias / Valletti / Tozzi, New England Conservatory Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

DISC 44-46: LSC-6141
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Peters / Peerce / Tozzi /  Maero, Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf

DISC 47-50: LSC-6143
Rossini: The Barber of Seville
Merrill / Peters / Tozzi / Corena, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

DISC 51-53: LDS-6155
Verdi: Otello
Vickers / Rysanek / Gobbi, Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Tullio Serafin

DISC 54-56: LSC-6157
Bach: Great Mass in B minor
Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra, Robert Shaw

DISC 57-58: LSC-7040
Verdi: Requiem
Nilsson / Chookasian / Bergonzi / Flagello, Boston Chorus Pro Musica, Alfred Nash Petterson

DISC 59-60: LSC-7050
Chopin: Nocturnes
Arthur Rubinstein
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Reply #4902 - 05/12/14 at 21:20:34
 
Yes, great stuff.

Right now
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Reply #4903 - 05/12/14 at 21:31:52
 
Lon,  I forgot to mention.  My HR-1's are sitting in the living room.  I'll unpack and hook them up tomorrow.  Just curious, these do sound good right out of the box with improvement with break in...right.  Or should I set them up for break-in in another room...not in my listening room, for a while?  Thanks,  Mark.
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Reply #4904 - 05/12/14 at 21:38:32
 
Listen to them Mark. They'll sound thnner and edgier than they will in a few weeks, but listen to them. I think you'll be intrigued all the way through break in.

I set them up in another room because I have so little time with my system I didn't want to go through the break in plus I wanted to compare the fully broken in sound to the sound of my seasoned first pair.

Now, months later, the new pair sounds better than the first pair.
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