I'm the second owner but the previous one did not set them up or take them out of the boxes. One box was open to check the speaker and the other one was still sealed. They still had the wrapping and sticky wax that Zu put's on their glossy finish before boxing them. The rating is for age and the fact that I'm not the first owner but they are as they came from Zu. I bought them in February 2014 and used them gently for 2 years before moving to something else. They haven't been used in a year and I may be willing to sell or trade them. Note that they have had the tweeter and xover upgraded to the latest one on the Zu website. This has totally transformed the speakers, this upgrade with exchange rate and shipping both way's cost $500 and this might be the best $500 you can spend if you own a pair of Omen Def's.
I would consider trading for a VPI Prime in walnut finish in mint to near mint condition or a VPI Classic with some cash going either way depending on the model and condition. Shindo and Leben preamps might be considered also.
Here's the original ad when I purchased them and the dollar exchange was better then;
For Sale: Zu Omen Def Speakers
Brand new pair of black, mirror-finish, high-gloss, Zu Omen Def speakers. These speakers have a custom, all black, hand finish: multiple coatings or high gloss paint, wet and dry sanded between applications. Even the black anodized aluminum driver rings are special order. Brand new from ZU, these have never even been unboxed. This set features the latest Mk-I.B hi-efficiency, Hi-output Nano tech 10” drivers that Zu Audio is famous for!
This pair was custom ordered with only the center cone covers showing aluminum in a sea of gloss black. Facilitated by Sean at Zu, this is the only pair in existence with this specific look and finish. A strong, masculine, almost Darth Vadar look. Ordered for a dedicated listening room in a home that I have since sold. My man cave listening room is now a spousal office. Negotiations to relocate them to the bedroom have not gone well. These speakers are large, impressive, hand finished and sound incredible. The cost of these speakers custom ordered directly from Zu is:
Omen Def MK.I-B speaker pair = $4,000 Mirror Finish High Gloss = $2040 Black Anodized machined aluminum driver rings = $124 Black Anodized machined aluminum tweeter lens = $62 Shipping to Canada = $500
Total before tax = $6,726 Total After tax = $7,600
Be the only audiophile in the known empire to enjoy legendary Zu sound with a unique, and truly impressive design. Your friends will come for the sound, and leave remarking about the look.
I prefer local but will ship at buyers expense. I take cash or bank wire transfer only. Not interested in trades.
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Zu Product Description: Omen Def is already recognized as a rock-solid performer, so how do we make it better? We add more rock! We add more Definition. We've introduced our new super-duper, high-output, nano-sanctified 10" full-range drivers (as used in Dominance and Definition Mk.IV) to give even more dynamic shove and expression. The improvements from the new full-range driver aren't mumbo-jumbo, they translate into a loudspeaker that can energize any living room with the dynamics and scale of a rock concert yet still reveal the tiniest nuances of an intimate performance. Omen Def Mk.I-B does all this without bullshit "hi-fi" artifice and needs only a handful of watts to prove it. So if you want a speaker that delivers the music and just the music, you'll want Omen Def Mk.I-B. It's quite simply the biggest sound per dollar (pound, yen or euro) you've ever heard.
Omen Def is conceived and create on our Definition platform, but with our entry-level "Omen" production scale and price values. It's a speaker that can go toe to toe with many of the best loudspeakers in the world, is happy with the vast majority of amps, looks sweet, is built to last a lifetime, and all at a price that most working music heads can afford after a roof, wheels, and maybe a girlfriend. Omen Def is about stuffing the bulk of the performance features of our flagship Definition into a similarly sized loudspeaker but at a greatly reduced cost. Omen Def gives you 80% or more of the Definition's performance for roughly a quarter of the price. To get there sacrifices in sound are made, mainly in the super-deep bass area as you can see and hear when Omen Def and Definition are placed side by side. But hey, for the price difference, who's complaining. So what's with the name? Omen Def feature the exact same full-range drivers used in Definition, uses the same dual full-range driver array, while reinforcing Omen series values of maximum sound for the money, with minimum stylistic extravagance. Whatever it's called the result is classic Zu—clean, simple aesthetics, attractive proportions and sound quality that'll blow your socks off. Omen Def is suitable for solid-state as well as vacuum tube amplifiers—and able to mix it up with amp's from budget to high-end, and from flea watt to mega.
Omen Def [Mk.I-B] Quick Specs Height: 47" [119.5cm] Footprint: 12 x 12" [30.5 x 30.5cm] Weight: 78 pounds [36kg] Bandwidth: 30–25kHz Efficiency: 100dB SPL 1W/1m Impedance: 8 ohm Power Amp Range: 2–400 watt Made In Ogden, Utah—U.S.A.
Omen Def over-delivers on performance, much more than all that Zu driver goodness and machined aluminum suggest. Omen Def is a combination of the technologies developed in Zu Definition loudspeaker, combined with the production methodology of Omen—the result is a standardized high-volume loudspeaker that delivers quality, performance, and good looks at a Zu-sane price. Our drivers, machine work, cabinetry, finish, assembly, packaging, all done right, right here in Ogden, Utah. Omen Def is quite simply one of the most versatile loudspeaker systems out there—its sensitivity and efficiency deceives small amplifiers into thinking they're power monsters, with resolution of tone and dynamic expression demonstrate clearly the benefits of moving up the amp' food-chain to more esoteric gear. Omen Def is built to last a lifetime: cabinet material, adhesives, driver assemblies... every component is a high quality part, creating a loudspeaker system to constantly remind you of the greatest gigs you ever attended....
Omen Def are built to last a lifetime: cabinet material, adhesives, driver assemblies... every component is a high quality part, creating a loudspeaker system that will continually satisfy and amaze, decade after decade.
Omen Def Technologies Old & New
Omen Def, like all Zu products, is built around the critical human voice (A1, 55Hz, through A6 and all the possible harmonics, to approximately 10kHz). Serving this critical region of tone is Zu's 4th generation (standard motor) 10" paper coned full-range driver. And despite what many audio snobs might think about it based on price, Omen Def is a true state-of-the-art loudspeaker. Third generation ZuGriewe electroacoustic loading ZuGriewe is a cabinet / driver / room acoustic impedance architecture. The technology was developed by Ron Griewe and Sean Casey, with its beginnings developed for motorcycle / automotive engine systems for improving power output through pulse and pressure management within an increased bandwidth. New Zu103ND/G1-16 Full-Range 10" Driver
This is the same driver we developed for and use on our flagship loudspeaker Dominance, delivering stunning attack, shove, resolution and bandwidth. Features include a maximal motor for expanded dynamic contrast and reduced harmonic distortion; a lightweight neutrally-hung voice coil assembly with a paper/Kapton former; a linear inline layup of the inner cone for best resolution of detail; a diamagnetic shorting assembly for dynamic damping of the moving mass when playing at concert levels; nanotech-impregnated paper cones designed to support wide bandwidth; and a machined from billet phase cone with concentric maximal-length sequence diffusion for smooth high frequencies. All this is anchored to a heavy aluminum alloy frame with overbuilt bonded and riveted yoke/magnet/top-plate assembly.
The nano materials and application process reduce weight while increasing strength and propagation velocity without incurring any sacrifices in damping. We lay-up the paper pulp as a core material, and essentially infuse a liquid solid matrix over it. We use nano-processed and nano-engineered materials and key components in the matrix include nanosphere ceramic balloons, nanofiber cristobalite and amorphous fumed silica. Adhesives and binders include melamine, epoxy and nitrocellulose (aircraft dope). Bitting into the paper core is the first lay-up matrix of nanofiber cristobalite and fumed silica. On this you have a stratum of nitrocellulose and nanospheres. Moving past the lighter, stronger, higher velocity cone you have the Eminence made voice-coil assembly with is combination of paper, Kapton, copper windings and proprietary Eminence adhesives. The center "phase" plug is a carry-over from the research and testing we did with Essence, and gives this driver a more linear management of high frequencies and broader dispersion from the directly-coupled-to-voicecoil inner cone. And as dynamic contrast (to-the-max shove and pop) are of primary importance to us, we mated the new nanotech driver with the same super-tweeter assembly used in Definition Mk.III, reworking the high-pass filter a bit to blend smoothly with the high-resolution high-output full-range driver.
OBM, spikes and spacers (not a Zu Item, I made them) for setup.
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