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TK78
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ZRock2 and Druids
02/28/19 at 00:11:18
 
Greetings!  I have a new pair of Druid V's from ZU Audio.  My system is a First Watt J2, a parks audio hybrid budgie phono pre and a CSP2 pre.  I'm a turntable guy as well.  So my druids have been pretty bass shy and now they are broken in it's a lot better but still not the bass I'm accustom to.  Clarity is unreal! Does anyone run a Z-Rock with Druids?  IF so what are your impressions?  Thanks!

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Re: ZRock2 and Druids
Reply #1 - 02/28/19 at 00:20:57
 
I don't have Druids but I looked up the specs and as they are rated 30Hz to 20KHz, then yes, a ZR2 will help the bass.  My HR1s have similar range and with the ZR2 I get chest thumping bass.
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Re: ZRock2 and Druids
Reply #2 - 02/28/19 at 15:31:32
 
I run some Zu's that utilize the same FRD that is in your Druids,..  I previously owned a J2 as well and did not think it was a great match due to the 'lack' of bass.  Not really lack but just didn't have the weight in the lower region I wanted.  Tried an Ayon Spirit III (to dry),  Atma-sphere M-60's (awesome bass but not as cohesive throught mid>uppers),  now I'm on a 25th-Anniv. amp and really couldn't be happier.   While the bass is not quiet as good as it was from the M-60's it's very close.  BUT,  everything else above ~60hz  is just sublime,  absolutely sick!   I have a ZRock2 on the way (hopefully here in the next 3 weeks).  Mainly purchased it to help with internet radio streams that I listen to while I work from an adjacent room.   Rarely do I feel like I need the extra bass help when sitting and purposefully listening.  
 I do think alot is room dependent with the speakers though.  My setup is in a smaller room though ( 14'x18'x7.5') that helps reinforce the low end.  However with the right amp I've never felt the Zu's were bass shy.
Hope this helps!
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Re: ZRock2 and Druids
Reply #3 - 02/28/19 at 15:36:19
 
One other thing you could try,..  some of the FirstWatt amps are notorious for wanting a heavier load from the speakers (~8ohm),..  Zu now sells some matched power resistors that you connect across the speaker terminals specifically for this reason.   They are cheap ~$16.  I bought some just to play around with but have decided that with the 25th-Anniv. amp  it is better without them installed.   They may just be the trick for the J2 though.    here is the link,.. https://www.zuaudio.com/diy/loading25r
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Re: ZRock2 and Druids
Reply #4 - 02/28/19 at 23:02:13
 
Thank you for the feedback!  I did get 2 pair of those resistors from ZU.  My speakers are still breaking in a bit but I do think that it made a difference. I am liking the idea of buying a Z-Rock.  I think it makes alot of sense.
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