Zu Dirty Weekends vs Wharfedale Linton Heritage

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by JPW87, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. JPW87

    JPW87 Active Member Thread Starter

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    Philadelphia, PA
    I'm new here - First thread!

    I'm looking to get a new pair of speakers and have settled on these two as final options. I'm really just looking for any thoughts / opinions in comparing the two, and perhaps some recommendations!

    Thanks!
     
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  2. JPW87

    JPW87 Active Member Thread Starter

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    Hoping to avoid a bombed first thread...

    Any thoughts on this comparison?
     
  3. Rick58

    Rick58 Forum Resident

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    Welcome! And I’m sure folks will chime in. IIUC there’s a good sale on the Zus ... tomorrow? Or something. So might have been good to have posted this last week!

    yeah ... Omen Dirty Weekend [Mk.II] | Zu Audio

    They both seem to be great speakers, I have no real experience with either.
     
  4. JPW87

    JPW87 Active Member Thread Starter

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    Philadelphia, PA
    Thanks, Rick!

    Yeah, I heard about the sale last week and have been looking at these two speakers as final options. I've lurked here for a long time, but I figured I'd finally start an account and ask this forum as a last minute decision making aid. I think I'll probably be happy with either one, but that doesn't make it any easier to choose!

    Thanks again.
     
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  5. MondoFanM

    MondoFanM Member from ATX

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    What gear are you driving them with? I have heard good things about both speakers. Love those Zu colors. I’d have to buy the blue... Saw a Reddit post today where a guy with a vintage Marantz got some Lintons and aesthetically they matched up well.
     
  6. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy Forum Resident

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    they are kind of interesting speakers. the speaker trimming makes them more rich in looks.
     
  7. beowulf

    beowulf Forum Resident

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    Welcome! Fill out the information section of your profile so we know what gear you have (current amp, speakers, etc.).
     
  8. Benzion

    Benzion "Cogito, ergo sum" Forum Resident

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    What amp do you plan to drive your speakers with? What are your musical preferences? Do you play analog or digital?
     
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  9. JPW87

    JPW87 Active Member Thread Starter

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    Thanks all!

    These will mainly be used for analog. I have a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC turntable and run it through an Onkyo TX 8020 with pretty cheap bookshelf speakers. I know many say to upgrade your amp first, but I'm moving soon and am looking to upgrade to better (and better looking!) speakers now. Eventually, I'll upgrade from that Onkyo as well.

    I listen to all kinds of stuff. A lot of jazz, a lot of country/bluegrass, and a lot of standard rock - Dylan, Stones, etc etc.

    I think I'm leaning in the direction of Zu, but would still be interested in any thoughts you all may have.
     
  10. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy Forum Resident

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    If youre heading with the ZU then you have no problem in getting (pretty much) any amp from low to medium-high power.
     
  11. russk

    russk Forum Resident

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    I’ve heard both. Haven’t heard the Zu in awhile though. They weren’t for me. The Linton would be my choice between those two, though by a small margin. Especially if you are not going with low power tubes
     
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  12. maglorine

    maglorine Forum Resident

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    I recently purchased a pair of Wharfedale Linton Heritage and you can see my comments in the main Linton thread.

    In the last week and a half I’ve spent quite a bit of time listening to them. They do male and female vocals very well and the classic rock genre sounds really nice through the Linton’s. To me the rhythm section really is portrayed very tunefully, bass guitar, stand up bass, drums and percussion provide a really solid foundation and sound natural. I’ve removed my subwoofer from my system and use these full range.

    Obviously I recommend auditioning them first, that’s what I did, I had them in my system at home for a weekend and played a lot of various musical selections through them to make sure they were right for me.

    I’ve never heard Zu’s so I cannot speak to comparisons. I’ll just say in this price range Lintons are definitely worth auditioning.

    You can see my associated equipment in my profile.
     
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  13. Dr. J.

    Dr. J. Audiophile wannabe

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    Interesting finalists since they are two completely different speakers. Pin-point, laser imaging and very detailed versus warm, open, and dynamic (relatively speaking).
     
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  14. unclefred

    unclefred Coastie with the Moastie

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    I'm with Dr. J, you need to listen to them, they are very different to each other in presentation. Some times it can help if you read about people that didn't like the speaker instead of just the raves. Then you can get an idea about the weaknesses as well as the strengths.
     
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  15. JPW87

    JPW87 Active Member Thread Starter

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    It’s a good point. I think I’m still in the process of developing that preference. Maybe the move is to take advantage of Zu’s 60 day trial and return if they’re not for me. ‍♂️.
     
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  16. Dr. J.

    Dr. J. Audiophile wannabe

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    I think it's a fine plan to do the in-home demo but agree with JPW87 that you should know what the shortcomings are first before pulling the trigger. I was intrigued by full-range speaker designs for a long time but never heard any aside from some DIY Fostex speakers. I had my expectations dashed after hearing a Zu Omen at an audiophile's house who was liquidating his collection. It took all about a minute to know that that speaker was not for me. I was sitting outside the very small "sweet spot" at first and asked if I could sit in it, and things improved but I moved my head like a foot and the magic disappeared. That's when I knew that I needed speakers with more room filling sound and favored musicality versus precision.
     
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  17. unclefred

    unclefred Coastie with the Moastie

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    I used to have planar speakers and after a few years I tired of the head in a vise myself.
     
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  18. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy Forum Resident

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  19. Vinyl Archaeologist

    Vinyl Archaeologist Forum Resident

    Those are sharp!
     
  20. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy Forum Resident

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    They have different colors if you want.
    I just talked to Mr. Casey. Seems like he's gonna be so busy. Well as always...
     
  21. JPW87

    JPW87 Active Member Thread Starter

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    Such a tough call! Sale live in an hour and 'tempted' is an understatement...
     
  22. Helom

    Helom I'll take the monkey coffins

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    The price of the Omens rises quickly with the cap upgrade, any finish other than hickory and the shipping. Of course, if you need stands for the Lintons then it's comparable.

    I'm surprised the large drivers of the Zus makes for a narrow sweet spot.
     
  23. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy Forum Resident

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    "narrow sweet spot?" you mean the cabinet?
     
  24. Benzion

    Benzion "Cogito, ergo sum" Forum Resident

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    Sweet spot is your listening position right in the middle of the speakers , where you get the best stereo image and wide/deep (hopefully) soundstage
     
  25. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy Forum Resident

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    you know these type of speaker are killer on some enclosed spots. Like for example a ling time ago I use to have different speakers like back ported, passive radiators, front forted, 98% sealed. I fined it wanting to listen more to the down draft line / ported like this cabinet. I tend to place it n different positions and it feels more, bass, more depth sound inside an enclosed cabinet and the speakers pointing at you. I feel the surround effect.
     

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