ZEN STYX - SILVER REFERENCE SPEAKER
133 SILVER PLATED COPPER STRANDS PER
We make several fine amplifiers that are
benchmarks of transparency. Without this wire to evaluate sound quality,
it would have been impossible because you only hear the weakest link in
the component path.
There are several things that
contribute to the overall signature your system, and we believe
wire should not be one of them. For this reason, we want simply the
best, most transparent and neutral wire we can use... cable that you
can't hear and that is why we just offer one kind of speaker wire.
These Silver / Teflon cables I will happily put up against any cables
made, regardless of price... because I have been for over 20 years and
still haven't found anything I liked better. I use them today in my
-Steve Deckert / DECWARE
The most popular and cost-effective way to purchase this wire is
with bare ends (non-terminated). That said we also offer this cable
terminated with machined silver banana jacks with a solder-less,
oxygen-fee connection like that shown in the picture.
ZSTYX shown terminated with our machined silver banana jacks, and in a black sheath.
This silver / Teflon wire is around 12.50 a foot, which means four
conductors = $45 a foot total. So a 10-foot pair of Zen Styx would cost $450.00.
(NOTE: ZSTYX is now BLACK in color, the white shown is no longer
available) This makes ZSTYX cables that are not in a sheath more
attractive than when they were white.
These cables have the advantage of being able to be run as separate
conductors spaced apart so that there is no magnetic interaction
between the positive and negative. Alternately, you can run them
together side by side like a zip cord so the magnetic fields collapse
each other. On the same note, you can put a gentle twist in the
cable to accomplish a similar result.
While all these configurations will
affect imaging, none of them will make it bad - it's more about how the
sound stage maps out on a given pair of speakers. Even haphazardly
thrown to the floor with no cares, I have yet to hear these cables stopped in the imaging department. Over the years, I have grown to trust this wires imaging explicitly.
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Connectors are usually the weak link of any cable. For years, we offered WBT banana and spade connectors for
those who wanted their Zen Styx terminated. However, over the years as
the price kept going up, we became less and less impressed with them, so we have our own made, and from silver.
- Conductors: Silver-plated copper with 40
microinches minimum coating thickness per ASTM B-298.
- Insulation: Extruded PTFE, nominal wall
thickness .015 (0.4mm).
- Temperature Range: -55C to +200C
- Insul. Flaw Test (Spark Test): 5,700 volts rms
@ 3.0 kHz..
- Min. Insul. Resist.: Meets calculated
- Heat Resistance: +290C for 96 hours.
- Voltage Rating: 1,000 Volts rms.
- This heavy-wall wire, rated at 1,000 volts rms
or 3,000 volts DC, saves both size and weight compared with many other
insulated wires of the same rating.
- Suitable for high-frequency use at elevated
temperatures in high-reliability programs where electrical and thermal
stability are important.
- Passes VW-1 Vertical Flame Test. OSHA
SIZE / STRAND DESCRIPTION
Nom. Dia. of Conductor
in. / mm
in. / mm
.220 / 5.58
.284 / 7.22
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