ZSTYX speaker cables are hard to hear making them ideal for very
transparent sounding tube amplifiers. They are recommended when focus,
sound-stage and transparency are a priority and you don't want to give
up bass slam to get it.
I found this wire at a ham fest in the 1990's when I was a
sincere but broke audiophile... it was military grade silver-Teflon
microwave transmission tower cable. Something just told me it would be
better than anything I could afford so I purchased it.
I had no idea how good it actually was until we started comparing it to 4
figure $$ big-name cables... it was a real education because of the
huge gap in transparency we heard on virtually every comparison.
This continued for years and when Decware went online in 1996 there were
countless customers who brought their cables in to compare. We
learned that the more a speaker cable costs, the more likely it is to do
some esoteric filtering which helps offset the dryness and top end
grain common in so much solid state gear.
have been my personal reference cables since 1996 and I continue to use
them today. Each set is made to the same mil spec number as my
ZSTYX are actually separate conductors wrapped in black Teflon making
several things possible that you can't do with normal cables...
Running them either spaced apart, taped together or
twisted together can each have a different audible effect in some
When possible we usually run them spaced apart and while the emission is
highest, the magnetic coupling between conductors is lowest.
- 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