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Old 18th June 2003, 07:28 PM   #1
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Default Zen4 owners: What speakers are you using?

I am trying to see what type of speakers I can get away with (efficiency wise). How loud do you play your music?

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Old 18th June 2003, 10:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: Zen4 owners: What speakers are you using?

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I am trying to see what type of speakers I can get away with (efficiency wise). How loud do you play your music?

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My speakers a Lowther PM7A drivers in homemade folded TQWT cabinets. They are 15 ohm and 100 dB efficient. The V4 plays plenty loud.
I am only guessing, but a 90 dB, 8 ohm speaker should be fine. Especially if the bias is set at 2 amps. Mine is set at 1.25 amps, but that is plenty for this application.

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Old 18th June 2003, 11:53 PM   #3
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My vote for best ZV4 compatible budget speaker is the JBL S38II. They sound fantastic together. Really! The JBL's list for $600, but can be found for $275 at etronics.com. Check out my full review at www.audiohobby.com in August.

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Old 19th June 2003, 12:29 AM   #4
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I built the higher bias Z4 and am running Kef mdr2's (little bookshelf guys) @ ~89 dB. I can get more than enough volume with the z4 and the sound was a definite step up from my NAD 2700!

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Old 19th June 2003, 11:10 AM   #5
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I play my zen amp(1,3A bias) with some kind of coxial like lowther. but sensivity is 86-87db. I dont know what wattage is now from my zen, but sound prwesure level in 15m3 room is about 110db. seiuos..

but I am planing to built, sensitive speakers around 92-95db/w/m 8 ohm. it shpuld work much more better.

also zen v4 has no bass, without good preamp. trying to conect to variable output or passive potnciometer is bad idea..
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Old 19th June 2003, 11:47 AM   #6
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Hi All,

I am using B&W M805. Mid and high is sweet, but low is less impressed.

What is your comment of high bias and low bias setup in Zen v4?

LuLu
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Old 19th June 2003, 04:30 PM   #7
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My ZenV4 is setting at 2A..... I use a two way home made speaker.. the woofer is a 6,5" vifa and the tweeter is a Vifa speakes also ! I don't know the sensivity of the speakers ! The crossover is a 6db/octave....
so... the Zen V4 have a lot of difficulty to reproduce the bass, the bass have no impact and the medium also... people say that vifa speakers are hopeless to ZEN damping capability.....
so....
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Old 19th June 2003, 05:18 PM   #8
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I have a ZenV2 running at about 2.4A bias with a 34Volt rail, which I use to drive a pair of vintage alnico Isophons in a 12ft folded voight pipe. Great sound and plenty of bass. I would guess the sensativity to be about 95db. I wouldnt try anything much below 90db. I would agree that a good pre-amp is essential (the Bride of Zen is cheap and excellent).

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Old 21st June 2003, 02:46 AM   #9
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At the moment I'm listening to Zen Lites (close enough!)
with the Jordans mounted in big back-loaded horns.

Very very nice......

Project to follow in a week or so, collaborating with Dana Kruse.

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