Zu Audio calls it ‘medium format’. I call it ‘large format’; because, by modern standards, the DWX is a super-sized standmount loudspeaker. Its 10″ driver simply wouldn’t fit into the more slender cabinets demanded by the modern consumer where 5″ and 6″ mid/bass drivers are more typical. The DWX measures 12″ x 12″ on the base and stacks 23″ high to put 19kg on the scales.
Also running against the grain is how the 10″ driver – designed by Zu – is allowed to run its entire natural range without any crossover intervention. Only the neighbouring tweeter is high-passed and with a 1st-order slope. And yet even that takes place at a higher-than-usual 12kHz handover point. Perhaps this is why we refer to it as a super-tweeter. Most modern two-way standmounts see the mid/bass driver hand off to a tweeter somewhere in the 2 – 3kHz range.
And the trend-bucking keeps on trucking: the DWX aren’t made in China like many of their similarly-priced rivals (Nǐ hǎo PSB, Wharfedale and B&W) but at Zu Audio’s factory in Ogden, Utah where they are sold directly to the customer with a time-limited satisfaction guarantee.
The standard DWX heads out the door for US$1400. The Superfly version upgrades the internal wiring to Zu’s own Mission, better matches the drivers, puts a Clarity capacitor on the super-tweeter’s filter and adds 100 hours on extra burn-in for an extra US$399. The top flight Supreme version pushes the internal cabling to Event MKII level, gets more granular with driver matching, puts a Jupiter Copper capacitor on super-tweeter’s filter and doubles the additional burn-in time for a US$699 premium. The Ruby Red hickory finish adds another US$300 to bring the total price of the DWX Supreme seen in this video to US$2400.
We’re not done with Zu’s DWX quite yet. 6moons’ Srajan Ebaen also has a pair — and he and I will be discussing our experiences with this large format standmount in an upcoming episode of the Darko.Audio podcast.
🎥 Camera: John Darko / Olaf von Voss
🎬 Editor: John Darko
🌈 Colour: Olaf von Voss
🕺🏻 Motion GFX: John Darko
💰 Ad segment: Jana Dagdagan
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Further information: Zu Audio
👉 As seen in this video…
Zu DWX intro video
Zu Audio factory tour (2016)
Srajan Ebaen’s DWX review
B&W 705 S3
PSB Passif 50
Audiolab 6000A Play
Cables and power products by AudioQuest
Hi-fi furniture and speaker stands by Solid Steel
Room treatment by Vicoustic
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