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San Francisco


  • Hilton Oakland Airport 1 Hegenberger Road Oakland, CA, 94621 United States (map)

First, know you are welcome to bring your own music, we are happy to play your wax, but it must be a nice sheet of vinyl as we may not be able to play files; also, let it be the music you really listen too, if it's "hi-fi" no problem so long as it's not a great recording of un-inspired music. Of course, we will bring a nice pile of our stuff, and without questions we will be spinning some sets of stuff we currently consider authentic and moving.

Visit Zu Audio for some great music and marginal conversation—unless you can get audience with Kent (Pass), he's a great conversationalist. Yes, we are co-exhibiting with Pass Labs for this show. Attending will be Desmond (Pass), who can be a bit hard to understand—the Irish-American that he is, Sean (Zu) usually hiding behind the turntables, Gerrit (Zu) helping with DJ duties and making agreeable conversation, and Anne (Zu) who will also be happy to play a set and talk music and fashion.

Zu will be showing their new Druid Mk.VI loudspeakers, along with a hot new Method stereo subwoofer system

The show organizer sent over a little Q&A:

Q: What's the “elevator speech” description of your company?
A: Zu Audio designs and makes things, cool stuff that look and sound good. Loudspeakers, cable and phono pickups, all engineered and built to last a lifetime—or three.

Q: What makes your company and products special—how do they stand out from the pack?A: Our products are unique and special because of the people that make up Zu. We are creators, builders and artists, all cursed/blessed with musical fanaticism, and we love sharing our lifetimes of learning and making and listing.

Q: Which of your products do you plan to demonstrate at CAS 2017?
A: Zu will be showing a few new loudspeakers at the at CAS 2017. Which? We’re not sure on the name of one, the other is a new Druid. Besides that, we are a bit last minute with putting our show rig together.

Q: Which sorts of CAS attendees should be interested to see and hear the products you will be demonstrating—and why?
A: We don’t have a lot of qualifiers—if you're not a dick and enjoy music, welcome to the Pass/Zu room.

Q: What do you like most about exhibiting at smaller, regional audio shows such as CAS 2017?
A: We like S.F., and we get to visit Sean's cousin Melanie who lives in the city. Yeah, the people, having time enough to share music, talk and generally enjoy the social experience.

Q: In your product space, what are you most excited about in terms of technology and market trends?
A: Nanoengineering is refining everything we do at Zu, we get pretty excited about the molecular-level. Market trends we don’t much care for—we build loudspeakers and cable and phono pickups, stuff that really hasn’t changed much in many generations. The ancients keep stealing our inventions, a funny axiom we kinda dig. Sure, we refine and push our designs and processes forward, but we realize we are mostly resting on the works of others. On the music front however we humans are defining a whole new boundary. There is so much exciting and interesting music.

Q: Assuming you had the resources, what product would you like to create?
A: (Laughing) We have a project or two specific to sound. But really, who wouldn’t want to create and build interstellar, polydimensionally capable spacecraft.

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Los Angeles Audio Show
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Solar Eclipse