Funny: having recommended a pair of Druid 6 for a total HiFi newbie-friend a few months ago, I had the opportunity to visit Sean Casey and team just as my friend’s new kicks were being built. A surprise photo shoot turned into a full blown factory visit and bonus new series, coffee talk with Sean. Spontaneous, honest and truthful, Sean lays it bare. As part of Audiophile Style’s 5 minute videos, I simply fleshed it out DK style and added even more authenticity. Look for these coffee talks to be added to more videos coming up in due time. I like it and I hope you will too. Far from marketing speak, double talk and firlefanz, coffee talk with Sean is a legit look at who Sean – and by extension, Zu Audio – really, nay, honestly, is. Refreshing I’d say!
No stranger to Zu, I have known Sean for close to twenty years. In fact, I met Sean at one of Zu’s early roadshows, where Sean and Adam (his then business partner) would travel from big city to big city in an effort to bring the magic of Zu to the masses. A direct sales model since the beginning, Zu relied heavily on these roadshows and house parties to get the word out. It worked. Within a few short years, Zu was on the literal “in” of inside. Having owned several of their models beginning with the first Definition sometime in 2005 or 2006, I always enjoyed the Zu sound. It’s direct. It’s soulful and it speaks musical truth. Fundamental to their sound has always been the whizzer cone’d 10.5 inch full range custom built driver which in its latest iteration – contained within Druid 6 – proves to be the real deal. Hence my support for all things Zu. You either get it, or you don’t. There’s little room for persuasion, no matter the kind.
That said, Zu has been on a roll. Especially these last few years, Zu has finally grown up and the HiFi press has taken note – resistance was in fact futile. How could you resist anyway? The coolest show room with coolest music? Zu. Hippest dudes in the biz? Zu. Honest feedback on all things HiFi? Zu. Did I mention they play killer – read non-audiophile – music wherever possible? Check. If there’s one thing you can count on is that Zu will always be Zu. That said, my quick visit to their factory in Ogden, Utah, turned out to become the video you see here. With a pair of Druid 6 coming my way early summer, look for a review right here at Audiophile Style in due time. If you happen to be in the area, house party details will be posted at zu.com – check in and say hi! Meanwhile, enjoy this video and stay tuned for more. Here’s to the rebels at Zu. Cheers!
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