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Friday, 15 January 2016
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ZenWave Cables and SurgeX ZenWave Edition Review
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Cahoon also notes “the SurgeX plus my cables also provides a lower impedance ground connection between components than most, which lowers the noise floor together with the emi/rfi filtration the SurgeX provides. The result is less noise and a more relaxed presentation. Compared to plugging into the wall or random boxes and using "regular" cables I've heard systems transformed from ordinary to something special, and good systems transformed into state of the art. Cables and power can make the difference between an ordinary listening experience and one that really draws you in.” Cahoon notes that upgrading the wall receptacle, preferably to Furutech, for consistency, would be the last piece of the puzzle that can optimize the entire system.

So let me end the suspense. The ZenWave SurgeX worked exactly as advertised and I experienced that mythical amazingly low “noise floor” often vaguely discussed. It is one of those things where “you know it when you see it”, or in this case, you know it when you hear it. It manifests itself is tighter, more precise bass, more sophisticated treble, more articulation of transients. I found only pluses with the ZenWave SurgeX, with no downsides whatsoever. Dynamic contrasts were totally intact on very familiar recordings.

The fact that the ZenWave modded SurgeX was providing results on par with much more expensive units was certainly an eye opener. This is a product that can be customized beyond the basic unit, and of course, if you need more receptacles, the larger scale SEQ model would fit the bill.


I came away more than a bit impressed with ZenWave Audio after spending several months with their products. Their interconnects, speaker cables, and power cables are absolutely top shelf in sonic purity and build. ZenWave also makes digital cables, but unfortunately I was not able to try them as the DAC units I had on hand only accepted USB. But they are built to the same standard, and with the same grade of components,

While ZenWave products are not “cheap” they are absolutely fairly priced, if not underpriced compared to competing products in my opinion. All ZenWave products are made in the USA to boot. They also sell DIY parts and offer free domestic shipping. Consumer friendly audiophile manufacturers like ZenWave get my applause. Recommended highly for those looking for ultra high value and high performance audiophile cables.


ZenWave D2 Interconnect Cables: Starting at $325
ZenWave D4 Interconnect Cables: Starting at $950
ZenWave PL11 Power Cables: Starting at $529
ZenWave SMC15 Speaker Cables: Starting at $572

Review System 1

DAC: iFI Micro iDSD w/ iFi Micro USB 3.0
Tape Deck: Revox A77
Server: Bryston BDP-2
Preamp: CIAudio PLC-1 MKII, Rogue RP-5
Amplifier: Audio Research VS55, Simaudio 760A
Speaker: Bryston Mini T
Cables: Stager Sound, Acoustic Zen, Element Cable, DH Labs, iFi
Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks and Svelte Shelves, Shakti Stone, Bryston BIT-15, Salamander rack

Review System 2

Music Server: SOtM sMS-100 w/ Battery XPS
Preamp: MicroZOTL 2.0
DAC: iFi Micro iDSD w/i iFi Micro iUSB 3.0
Power Amplifier: REGUM Audio BLACK RGi35ENR , Onkyo M5000R
Tape Deck: Sony TC-350
Speaker: Magnepan MMG
Cables: Stager Sound, Transparent, DH Labs
Accessories: Cable Pro Noisetrapper, iFi iPower, Audience aR6


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