Soul looks fantastic: clean, timeless yet modern and the perfect size—defining its performance in sound takes more telling. Soul puts out gripping life-like dynamics and irresistibly sincere tone, textures bellow and flow without effort and dynamic contrasts dance and burst, all in perfect time and throughout your room and home. The fidelity Soul can deliver is so right, so coherent that it carries and fills a space much like a real instrument. Voices sound real and the size and scale is as big as life. These performance attributes are the result of our particular mix of tenets: high-efficiency, undemanding speaker load, full-range methodology designed to run without a crossover on the full-range driver, and bandwidth extending deep enough to allow deep voices to sound natural and bass to be solid.
Soul does so many things right it’s a workout to list them. Like all Zu loudspeakers Soul is centered around the human voice so music always sounds natural. The engineering and technology exercised in Soul bring to bear dimensionally stable leading-edge resolution for breathtakingly clear sound throughout and reproduces music that’s always tone-right and authentic to the recording. Soul is high-fidelity playback with timeless architectural form that is quite livable in size. Soul is at home in any environment: college dorm’s, English manors, pueblo revival and Tokyo art and architectural homes alike, dishing up music with a presence and vitality that draws you in and captivates.
Soul vs. Omen. Nearly everyone loves our entry-level Omen speaker, hi-fi freaks, music junkies and the girl next door. While Omen is forgiving and easy, making great sound with almost any amp and in most any room, it doesn’t usually get invited to an A-list, purist’s hi-fi party. Soul on the other hand is totally A-list material, complete with world-class resolution, dynamic expression, tone density and that fantastic co-ax image and tone stability. But as with any top performing loudspeakers, Soul ruthlessly lays bare an improper amp match and may aggravate acoustic glare in a room of hard surfaces. Zu can guide you to compatible amplifiers at nearly any price level, and offer advice on room placement and other ways to mitigate an acoustically excitable room. The reward is unprecedented liveliness, definition, spatial dimension and tone from such a compact form that takes up less space than most mini-monitors on stands.
The heart of any great loudspeaker system is the driver(s) and with Soul we think we’ve done something pretty special. We’ve taken our super-duper high-performance 10 inch full-range driver and combined it with a coaxial super-tweeter. And like our top-shelf full-range driver this new full-range co-ax features a very similar paper-cored nanotech cone. In a good room with good gear you will be shocked at what this sensibly priced loudspeaker will do with your music. Soul runs this to-the-max co-ax driver full-range and totally filterless from from bass through mid treble (12kHz); no coils, no nothin’ just an intimate connection of your amp to the full-range driver’s voice coil. And the paper-cored nanotech cone yields a very well damped and extremely quick cone propagation velocity. We also developed a massive and powerful motor complete with magnetically under-hung voice coil assembly to realize the full shove potential of all that high-strength magnetic sweetness. Getting all this high-output torque and horsepower transmitted into the cone has demanded a heavy cast aluminum basket, high damping surround and spider, a Mylar/ridged-paper former and high-tensile adhesives to tightly interface the nanotech cones. All this driver wizardry translates into a very tone dense and resolving sound that is highly expressive of timbre and dynamics, big to nuanced.