Why the DPS-4? This cable is quite possibly the most advanced AC cable ever designed and produced, and it sounds like it. Also, its not ridiculously expensive. Ok, its expensive but its also very much in-line with ZenWaves 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 its 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 Ive tried… its as simple as that. Less noise, greater clarity and resolution, exceptional dynamics. It doesn’t emphasize anything, and it adds less of its own character to the sound vs any other cable Ive 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 Ive 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.