ZenWave currently offers three power cables, the PL cable made by ZenWave using our proprietary 14 gauge UPOCC copper litz wire, the Furutech FP-S55N using Furutech’s Alpha copper with nano-fluid added to the stranded conductors, and the Furutech DPS-4 which uses OCC and DUCC copper as well as teflon insulation.
The PL cable is very neutral, as close to characterless as possible due to the exceptional wire used, which is also ideal for the ground leg, a connection which is often overlooked. The ground carries currents at a very wide variety of frequencies and the braided litz type wire does not increase impedance with increasing frequency like conventional wire, so it does a better job reducing noise. Due to ohm’s law (V=IR) reducing impedance, or R, means V is reduced as well, which is noise voltage in this case. Both 14 and 11 gauge PL cables feature an 11g ground leg, many other cables ground leg is smaller than the hot/neutral and an afterthought where in fact it’s a very important part of a power cable. For hot and neutral the stranding being individually insulated is a huge advantage as far as reducing grain and glare. The PL is also very flexible and easy to route and handle.
The Furutech FP-S55N is probably the best value on the market, and sounds a little more exciting vs the PL, but isn’t quite as neutral overall. The differences here are slight. To be honest the plugs chosen will have a much larger effect on the end result vs the cable it’s self as both the PL and S55N are exceptionally good cables. I’d recommend the S55N especially for digital and components with SMPS as the S55N is a shielded cable and noise broadcast by the parts in these components can be broadcast by the component’s power cables, so in this case the shielded power cable is an advantage. The downside of the shielding are the increase in diameter and stiffness of the cable, the S55N is heavy and not very flexible. You may need some additional length to account for the inability to bend in a short radius, and for shorter cable twisting the cable to achieve the proper orientation of the plug is more difficult. If you buy the S55N bulk please be aware it’s not as easy to terminate as many cables and it won’t fit in some plugs.
Why the DPS-4? This cable is quite possibly the most advanced AC cable ever designed and produced, and it sounds like it. Also, it’s not ridiculously expensive. Ok, it’s expensive but it’s also very much in-line with ZenWave’s mission… offering the best value possible. This includes cables that perform in the cost-no-object category for fair prices.
The Furutech DPS-4 is an all-out assault on producing the best power cable possible, in construction it’s similar to the FP-S55N but with many improvements. The copper is both OCC and Mitsubishi DUCC copper arranged in counter-rotating spirals. Insulation is teflon rather than PVC. It is damped with both cotton filler and a sheath around the conductors treated with carbon nano-particles. It has a dual-layer shield consisting of both foil and braided shields. This cable has an extremely neutral tone similar to the ZenWave PL, which is not surprising as the copper is very similar. While the PL uses enamel insulated litz stranding the DPS uses counter-rotating spirals of stranding covered with teflon, plus it has a dual layer shield. Please see comments about shielding under the FP-S55N description above. The diameter is slightly less vs the S55N, but it is still a large diameter cable that can’t be bent in a very short radius.
Most importantly, how does it sound? More like nothing than anything else I’ve tried… it’s as simple as that. Less noise, greater clarity and resolution, exceptional dynamics. It doesn’t emphasize anything, and it adds less of it’s own character to the sound vs any other cable I’ve tried, which has the result of allowing you to hear more music. This is another reason the DPS-4 fits in so well with ZenWave Audio, the DPS-4 has the same kind of sonic character my other top end cables go for… to be as neutral and resolving as possible without producing fatiguing artifacts. Combine this cable with my D4 IC and SMSG SC and you’ll have a loom of cables that perform at the highest levels for a fraction of the cost of cables sold through dealers with huge ad budgets. And, these cables will outperform a huge majority of them too.
The DPS is only available with the Furutech NCF plugs, and this is intentional as the plugs contribute more than the cable. The differences between cables is more subtle vs plugs, I am offering 3 of the best power cables I’ve ever tested and they are much more similar than different. So rather than select the DPS with lesser plugs you’re better off going with the PL or S55N with the NCF plugs.
If you have any questions about the power cables don’t hesitate to contact me!