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Friday, 15 January 2016
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ZenWave Cables and SurgeX ZenWave Edition Review
Set Up and Listening

The PL11 power cords use Neotech connectors and plugs, and a proprietary UPOCC copper litz with cotton insulation conductor wire. The superb Furutech FI-50 connectors/plugs are available for a $299 premium. The PL11 is impressive in build. Note it is also available in 14 gauge, and with custom terminations depending on country.

ZenWave speaker cables are available with a choice of wire gauge, and with either banana or spade connectors, from which you can choose a from a variety of the very best Furutech, Neotech, or WBT products. All cables are custom assembled based on your configuration.

Set Up & Listening

The ZenWave cable loom was spread out across two systems and used with multiple components. In the main system the D2 and D4 interconnects were used with several USB DAC units and between a Rogue RP-5 tubed preamp (review in progress) and several power amps, including a Simaudio 760A, and an Audio Research VS55. The PL11 power cords were used on the preamp and power amps, and the speaker cables ran between the amps and both Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 and Bryston Mini T speakers. In the office system, the cables were used with an Onkyo M5000R power amp, an iFi Micro iDSD DAC, and a Tisbury Audio Mini Passive II.

I decided to add the cables in layers, so to speak, starting with the interconnects, then the speaker cables, then the power cords. I gave the cables a good three or four days to settle in before even paying attention, and when I did I realized there was a new sense of overall clarity, depth, and precision. This was the highest resolution I had ever experienced with either system, and there was an absolutely spot on balance, tonally.

I knew this was going to be a tricky review after several weeks of critical listening in that I was going to have to figure out a way to describe the sound of “nothing”. It was like hearing a direct link from component to component and amplifier to speaker. Also, the power cords were among the most impressive I have used, and that goes for models costing as much as five times more, with similar connectors. The task at hand is similar to trying to describe the clarity and of the purest water stream without sounding pompous.

Then it dawned on me the perfect word to describe ZenWave cable is indeed purity. The shimmer of a lightly struck cymbal, the strum of an acoustic guitar, and the presence of a close mic’d vocal were so pristine, and so precise in their location on the imaginary soundstage we call recordings, it removed much of the need to suspend disbelief.


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