Omen Dirty Weekend [Mk.II]

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Omen Dirty Weekend [Mk.II]

from 999.00

Orders and production for Christmas delivery now underway! Complete with a healthy selection of finish options.

Production and delivery will be done by date placed, all orders taken by November 15 with be shipped by December 15th.

As for value, these Zu Omen Dirty Weekenders just can’t be beat. Right now, I think they represent one of the best overall values I’ve ever encountered in high-end audio. In fact, I almost feel guilty enjoying them so much when I think about how little I paid for them. —John Richardson / Part-Time Audiophile
The Omen DW is a turn-it-up, hell-on-wheels demon, but it serves up oodles of detail at hushed, late-night levels. When you get the chance to crank the volume the speaker's stature looms large. Man, it breathes life into music, live rock recordings showcase what this speaker does so right. —Steve Guttenberg / CNET, Stereophile, Tone

(More reviews further down.)

The Omen loudspeaker is our hook—the best we can do without making regrettable compromises in performance or materials. We think Omen DW Mk.II really delivers on the performance all that exotic driver goodness and premium cabinetry suggest. Our in-home two month trial lets you play your music in your own space with your own electronics, and without the salesmanship nonsense. So find out if Omen DW Mk.II floats your boat, without getting soaked, our 60-days satisfaction guarantee makes it possible and we coordinate and pay return shipping if they don’t do it for you.

  • Free shipping within the contiguous United States.
  • 60-day 100% satisfaction guarantee, and we pay return shipping.
  • One year 100% trade-in allowance.

Omen Dirty Weekend now features the same nanotech full-range driver and super-tweeter as the standard Omen Mk.II (and they are not refurbished drivers). This new mark-two version of Omen Dirty Weekend will only be offered as production allows.

Omen Dirty Weekend Mk.II is based on the Omen Mk.II, sans a few of the fancy bits to get the price down yet keep performance up. See the comparo list at the bottom for details.

Finish and color descriptions below.

Price is for a matched pair.

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Omen Dirty Weekend Mk.II is a high performance yet generally affordable, fully U.S. made loudspeaker that will deliver fantastic sound in any living room. Omen is not fussy with placement or with electronics, matching up nicely with most any amplifier or receiver modern or vintage. Omen is also built to last a lifetime, like everything we make—cabinet material, adhesives, driver assemblies... every component is a quality part engineered and built to create a loudspeaker system that will continually satisfy and amaze decade after decade.

Omen Quick Specs

Height: 36” [91.5 cm]
Footprint: 12 x 12” [30.5 x 30.5 cm]
Weight: 54 pounds [24 kg] each
Bandwidth: 35 – 25 kHz
Efficiency: 97 dB-SPL 1W, 1m
Impedance: 12 ohm
Power Amp Range: 4 – 300 watt
Made by us in our home town of Ogden, Utah—U.S.A.

Finish & Color Descriptions

RUSTIC HICKORY Real, figured hickory veneer, finished to preserve the natural look and seal it for easy cleanup, durability and UV protection. Smooth to the touch but with natural grain and figure relief. Fingerprints do not show.

RUSTIC HICKORY BLACK Real, figured hickory veneer dyed black with Gemini NG, a very high quality and colorfast metal based dye. All the figure and wood shades remain but all the yellows and browns are replaced by blacks and grays. Finished to preserve the natural look of wood and seal the hickory for easy cleanup, durability and UV protection. Smooth to the touch but with natural grain and figure relief. Fingerprints do not show.

WALNUT AMERICAN Real walnut veneer, slightly tinted to bring out the caramel hues. Finished to preserve the natural look of wood yet seal the walnut for easy cleanup, durability and UV protection. Smooth to the touch but with natural grain and figure relief. Fingerprints do not show.

MAPLE NATURAL Real maple veneer, sanded and finished to be grain free and fully sealed. Traditional natural blond maple tones. The multi-process finish system is built on Beckers conversion varnish. The finish is a mirror-flat surface with a satin optical quality. It is a waterproof finish that is quite durable with very high UV protection. Smooth to the touch with minimal fingerprint reveal.

MAPLE GHOST BLACK Real maple veneer, dyed black with Gemini NG, a very high quality and colorfast metal based dye. All the figure and shades remain, ghosting out from the near-black background. Sanded and finished to be grain-free and fully sealed. The multi-process finish system uses top-shelf Beckers conversion varnish. The finish is mirror-flat and has a satin optical quality. It is a waterproof finish that is quite durable with very high UV protection. Smooth to the touch with minimal fingerprint reveal.

MAPLE SANGRIA Real maple veneer, custom dyed to a nice sangria/Bordeaux tone using Gemini NG dyes—very high quality, transparent colorfast metal based dye. Sanded and finished to be grain-free and fully sealed. The multi-process finish system uses top-shelf Beckers conversion varnish. The finish is mirror-flat and has a satin optical quality. It is a waterproof finish that is quite durable with very high UV protection. Smooth to the touch with minimal fingerprint reveal.

MAPLE ELECTRIC BLUE II (v. 2) Real maple veneer, custom dyed and candy colored to a deep and exotic blue. This second generation of electric blue is a bit darker and simultaneously more vibrant than the original. This finish is labor intensive and significantly more expensive, but the results are stunning, and colorfast for decades even in direct sunlight exposure. The blue dye used is PPG DMX220, part of PPGs top-shelf Radiance/Vibrance line. Final finish is grain-free,  mirror-flat and has a satin optical quality. It is a waterproof finish that is durable and highly protected from UV damage. Smooth to the touch with minimal fingerprint reveal.

Zu260FRD/ND Driver And Acoustic Technology

Omen, like all Zu products, is built around the critical human voice (A1, 55 Hz, through A6 and all the possible harmonics, to approximately 12 kHz). Serving this critical region of tone is Zu’s Zu260FRD/ND 10.3” [260 mm] nanotech/paper composite full-range driver. In addition to a very large motor assembly and nanotech/paper composite cone, the driver also features a new cast aluminum basket and machined from billet center pole complete with engraved model notation on the face for easy identification. We only use the finest adhesives and binders to ensure consistency, toughness and a very long life; the result of decades of engineering and refinement with roots going back to 1934 and the prolific Harry Olson.

We designed/refined the Omen’s new full-range driver to work within our Zu-Griewe box/acoustic loading technology. With Omen Mk.II you get a loudspeaker that is lightning-quick yet still lays down loads of tone density. The system is consistent and linear in its resolution and dynamic behavior—from bass through treble. Omen Mk.II features revised Zu-Griewe loading and delivers slightly increased efficiency in the bass range and reduces noise and distortion generally. Our technology also reduces internal acoustic noise and couples more tightly the high acoustic impedance of the driver cone to the low acoustic impedance of the room. So you get improved bass drum thwack, techno hit, thunder-broom shove, snare pop, guitar tone, fiddle bite and burnish... and all able to scale and span even the most demanding and complex recordings (particularly when matched with a great bottom active tuned subwoofer like our Undertone). And yeah, voice always sounds human, real and present.

Cabinet Work And Material Pallet

Omen is made from North American high density composite wood plate (Comp-60), machined on state-of-the-art CNC mills. Omen uses real wood veneer laid-up and pressed at the plywood factory and not glued after assembly. This ensures your finish will not lift or warp, and it yields the flattest surfaces and tightest seams. For glue, it’s Titebond III, for the highest joint strength and a lifetime of unfailing, moisture-proof service.

Reviews

Video Stereophile / Sean & John Talk Loudspeakers

Review Zu Omen / Positive Feedback

Review Zu Omen / DAR

Review Zu Omen / Part-Time Audiophile

Review Zu Omen / CNET

Review Zu Omen / Home Theater Review

Review Zu Omen / Truly Net

Review Zu Omen / Audio Ideas Guide

Review Zu Omen / Sounds Good

As for value, these Zu Omen Dirty Weekenders just can’t be beat. Right now, I think they represent one of the best overall values I’ve ever encountered in high-end audio. In fact, I almost feel guilty enjoying them so much when I think about how little I paid for them. —John Richardson / Part-Time Audiophile
The Omen DW is a turn-it-up, hell-on-wheels demon, but it serves up oodles of detail at hushed, late-night levels. When you get the chance to crank the volume the speaker's stature looms large. Man, it breathes life into music, live rock recordings showcase what this speaker does so right. —Steve Guttenberg / CNET, Stereophile, Tone
They absolutely nail voices and the user-critical midrange, even with digital sources of questionable origin. They can totally rock hard with the best of them, but also have no problems reproducing the intricacies of massed strings or orchestral music."—Tom Gibbs / Positive-Feedback
The OMEN's high frequency response is smooth and grain-free and remains largely composed at high volumes, though if you push it too hard (just like any loudspeaker) it will compress and get a touch nasty. In terms of dynamics, they don't get much better than the OMEN and its soundstage is equally impressive, possessing astonishing width and depth with solid definition throughout. For a $1,500 a pair, the OMEN is an astonishing achievement from both a build and performance standpoint. —Andrew Robinson / Home Theater Review
Ok, so what do these things do with music?  In a word, the Zu Omens make music that sounds like music, they reveal the soul of the music, perhaps even the soul of the musician, at least as revealed by his or her artistry. —Mike Quinn / Sounds Good
Omen Mk. II speakers, the best speakers we’ve heard in this class, available directly from Zu Audio online. They sound like a million bucks, but cost way less than you might expect. —Greg / Truly Net

“For people who love listening to their hi-fi, scrutinizing every aspect of the recording and forensically dissecting the performance, there’s a raft of speakers out there for those lost souls. For people who are still in love with the music, who just want to be at that gig, who really don’t care about ‘audiophile’ recordings and all the attendant crap—for all those enlightened souls, there’s Zu. I hesitate to call any speaker that can rock this hard polite, but they were incredibly well controlled and coherent, even at ear-splitting levels.

Voices were decadently rich, well centered in space and completely free of the speaker boxes. These speakers “throw” images and voices into the room in a way that I’ve never heard before. With these speakers the music is happening right in front of you. The sound is in your face, and very intimate.”- Aaron & Andrew Marshall / AUDIO IDEAS

Tips On Getting Great Sound From Omen

Make sure you have 1/4” [6 mm] or so gap between the bottom of the Omen loudspeakers and the floor. The finger ports are part of the Zu-Griewe box loading technology. They are not ports as used in a bass-reflex design but the finger ports do need to see the acoustic impedance of the room to function; blocking them turns Omen into an interesting but sealed design.

Omen is designed to account for its shortish stature. Placing its full-range 10” driver on top and then time-aligning the super tweeter to “tilt” the sound in a slight upward direction causes Omen to sound larger and taller than it is. Users can increase this effect by adjust the feet so as to lean the speaker back, further tailoring the sound of the loudspeaker’s integration with the room and the humans in it.