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Reply #15 - 04/02/09 at 14:47:26
 
very interesting on the speaker cables.I trust Steves ears.If he made these cables for the Zen amps I suppose the 2 together would be a match made in heaven. The midrange reproduction must be very outstanding. How is the imaging and or sounstage reproduction?
And is the bass improving?
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Reply #16 - 04/02/09 at 17:20:27
 
The bass seems to be holding steady at "almost just enough."  I think this is a very accurate portrayal of my system and my room.  So I'd say that these are very accurate.

Imaging and soundstage are wonderful.  These are very impressive speaker cables.  I ended up crimping some spades on the ends . . . probably not ideal but really didn't notice any downsides to just using plain wire ends (which is hard with most speaker and amp posts.)
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Reply #17 - 05/22/09 at 16:27:57
 
Okay. . . another six weeks have gone by.

There is more bass.  

I continue to believe these are the best speaker cables I've ever heard.  Little known secret on the Decware website.  Glad I gave in and ordered a pair!

I think it's wise that Steve has these to offer now, and not the other choices he had before. Those were intimidating those choices. . . what if you chose wrong?  I didn't choose wrong choosing these Styx!
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Reply #18 - 09/12/09 at 09:13:03
 
I've just ordered a pr. of 10 ft. Zen Styx & am awaiting them!!! Will let you know how I like them before & after burn-in! I had some silver-coated copper Vampire Wire speaker wires back in the early '80's & they sounded much better than the original Monster Cables, but over the years the casing cracked & the wire corroded!!

   What terminals(best value) do you recommend, Anyone? I have my Selects in for the CCE mod, does anyone know what it would cost for Steve to upgrade the speaker terminals per amp? I'm quite excited to hear the CCE mods & will listen to the amps first, then put the Zen Styxs in the system!!!

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Reply #19 - 11/29/09 at 20:08:26
 
Kelly?  Did you get your cables!?

I'm enjoying these more and more as time goes by. The cleanest and most natural sounding I've ever had.

I used crimp on spades.
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Reply #20 - 12/26/09 at 09:24:57
 
Merry Christmas to everyone!!!

Lon: After a mishap of mine, I finally have my 10' non-terminated ZenStyx! Because of the very large ga. of each end, what BRAND of speaker terminal &/or speaker wire terminal do you recommend? Each tip of the bare ends are tinned, is there a terminal that is big enough to fit over & twist-on OR crimp-on? ANYONE have any recommendations, please?

If I have to cut-off the tinned end, what method will give the cleanest result? I have cutters & I also have a Dremel tool(cut-off wheel)!

I do have some gold-plated Monster Cable banana clips that i could use if I cut-off the tinned ends! Are crimped spades the best? What spades will fit the ZenStyx, Zen Selects, & RL-3 speaker terminals?

ANYONE can add their 2 cents!!!

I also purchased two short pieces of smaller ga. silver wire to mono each Select - going under the amps from red to black speaker terminals.

I hope everyone had a good year & will have a prosperous new year!!! KellyB
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Reply #21 - 12/27/09 at 00:51:15
 
I don't really know what to recommend as I am not a connoisseur of connectors and have little experience.  I decided to do crimp-on spades, and the ones I found that were wide enough were from Radio Shack. I believe they were meant to connect to battery posts perhaps, 9-volt or those on a small twelve volt like a motorcycle battery. They were not "spades" per se but circular ends with a center hole.  The crimp end was just the right size for the tinned end of the speaker cables.  I simply took wire cutters and made a "spade" out of the circular ends.

I'm sure there are better choices and maybe some that will have a better "sonic" impact.  But I didn't find them easily, and I find that these pretty much sound the same as the tinned ends directly on the terminals (tricky, but I got that to work just to get started.)
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Reply #22 - 12/30/09 at 16:29:02
 
I went to Radio Shack & got some gold-plated Solderless Ring Terminals for 8-gauge wire with a 5/16" hole, Part No. 278-334. I will have to snip(open?) the ends of each circle because the plastic tightening nuts for the terminals on the amps & speakers cannot be removed without breaking them, so you could slip the ring terminals over the studs! Do the new-style speaker output terminal nuts come completely off?

Lon: These might be the same terminals you have!

Tip: Cut the tinned portion of each(Zen Styx) non-terminated end off so it will be easier to crimp the terminal, because the silver solder is VERY hard to crimp!!! MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE ENOUGH WIRE TO CRIMP!!!

Will try to finish & hook-up the Zen Styx today & start the burn-in period. How long will it take to "burn-in"?

Thanks for all the tips!!!
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Reply #23 - 12/31/09 at 12:07:45
 
Kelly,

I'm pretty sure those are the same connectors I used.  I had to trim the circular ends as well to make a "spade-like" end; I didn't try to remove the binding-posts to avoid cutting the ends.

I just used my manly power and a pair of visegrips to do the crimping.  Gog a good connection easily.  

I found the sound slowly changed over the first month. . . took a long time as I remember for the lowest sounds to finally be full, but always sounded different and very enjoyable to me from the start.
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Reply #24 - 07/23/10 at 17:30:17
 
I was reading the notes on the speaker cables. At 8AWG, I am sure that it must have taken a long time to break in. It would be nice to hear the details from the ones who have it.


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Reply #25 - 07/29/10 at 06:48:47
 
Ooops!! I only read the last few posts and thought it was about connectors Embarrassed

Lon, that means it took you about two months to get it to settle down. I am sure they must be sounding great!!

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Reply #26 - 07/29/10 at 11:59:07
 
There's an awful lot of wire in these cables!  I wouldn't say it took that long to settle down, but it did take time for them to begin to be all they can be.  Just like the amps I find that improvements, seasoning come with time.

I'm very happy with these cables. VERY happy.  They're the perfect complement to the amps and speakers.
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Reply #27 - 05/13/11 at 03:53:57
 
Good to hear Lon. I ordered. Pair with my first ERRs.
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Reply #28 - 06/03/11 at 14:42:35
 
And then I ordered more. Put in the final orders for my ICs, ZenStyx, and power cables in a final spurt of buying (to paraphrase Lon).
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Reply #29 - 06/03/11 at 16:16:07
 
I think it's so cool that you're getting the bes that Decware has to offer, all at one whack.

And NOW, when Decware is just firing on all cylinders. What a great time to be an audio fan.
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