Speaker Cables

ZenWave Speaker Cables have gone through some evolution!  My copper cables started out as being hand made, but the result is an expensive cable because the UPOCC copper/teflon wire is expensive… in fact the teflon is more than the the copper, and labor is intensive. While the cable was very good, in my opinion it’s not as good of a value vs the Harmonic Tech Pro Reference cables. The HT cables are machine made and use PE insulation, and are made by the same folks who manufacture the wire I used for the ZenWave hand-made cables. I still think the HT Pro-11 and Pro-13 are excellent value for the money when looking at high end UPOCC copper speaker cable. The design is much better than a simple side-by-side zip-cord type cable, and price isn’t nearly as much as my hand made teflon insulated cable.

I also have a UPOCC copper litz speaker cable, the ZenWave SL, which works great for single drivers or speakers that use 1st order crossovers and are of higher efficiency.   

Our silver cables started out using my own UPOCC silver/gold wire, these are great cables but also expensive. On one hand I think they are a bargain vs Siltech, Crystal Cable, Wireworld and other high end UPOCC silver based speaker cables, but probably more expensive than folks who put an emphasis on value would accept. The lighter gauge cables were a better proposition, but the heavier gauge cables required for most average speakers got up there in price. I still offer the lighter gauge version for high efficiency systems in 2 flavors, the S4 and S5, which correspond to the D4 and D5 interconnect cables in sound. The S5 contains more gold and is warmer, it’s the same cable as the previous SMSG speaker cable.

So, I have 4(!) specialty cables for high efficiency and single driver applications, the SL UPOCC copper litz in 17 gauge, and S4 and S5 UPOCC silver/gold alloy cables in 20g, plus an S3 silver/copper hybrid. You can get a super high quality cable at a bargain price vs buying a much heavier gauge cable than your system needs. I am surprised when only one gauge of speaker cable is offered, as current requirements can vary greatly! With ZenWave you can get a higher quality cable for much less money by optimizing the speaker cable gauge and not overbuying cable!

My current ribbon cables are new, and are the best speaker cables I’ve tested… especially in terms of bass control, articulation and dynamics. They have lower inductance vs a typical round-wire cable, teflon insulation, pure unbleached cotton batting under the techflex outer jacket. These also take a lot of labor to put together, and the wire costs more vs round w/PE insulation used in the HT Pro Reference cables, but if your budget allows the ribbon cables are spectacular speaker cables. In terms of the silver ribbon, these cables are half the cost for the same gauge vs the previous ZenWave SMSG, and the overall performance is better. The ribbon wire shape adds some warmth, smoothness and body pure silver round wire can lack, and so while it’s also not inexpensive, it is a fraction of the price of comparable UPOCC silver speaker cables sold by other brands.

I would generally recommend spending more on interconnects vs speaker cable, just in general it’s better bang for the buck because they are shorter and use less wire, and ICs often have more of an effect on resolution.

HT PRO


Harmonic Tech Pro Reference Speaker Cable uses UPOCC copper with PE insulation, multiple groups of wire to minimize inductance and make the cable optimal for it’s intended application. The Pro 11 and Pro 13 can be used individually or as a bi-wire pair with Pro 11 on bass and Pro 13 on highs. If used individually I’d recommend the Pro 13, unless you want a bit more warmth and texture.

from $420


BUY HT Pro 13BUY HT Pro 11

CONDUCTOR UPOCC COPPER
OUTER SLEEVE CARBON PET TECHFLEX
DIELECTRIC PE
PLUGS SPADES OR BANANAS (CHOOSE OPTIONS)

SCR


SCR-14 Copper Ribbon Speaker Cable with Teflon Insulation. These cables feature a low inductance design, natural cotton filler material and a techflex outer jacket. With exceptional clarity, bass control, dynamics and a fast and smooth character, these cables are the pinnacle of UPOCC copper speaker cables available today.

from $600


BUY SSR 11BUY SSR 14

CONDUCTOR UPOCC COPPER RIBBON
OUTER SLEEVE CARBON PET TECHFLEX
DIELECTRIC TEFLON
PLUGS SPADES OR BANANAS (CHOOSE OPTIONS)

SSR


SSR UPOCC Silver Ribbon Speaker Cables with Teflon Insulation. These cables feature a low inductance design, natural cotton filler material and a techflex outer jacket. Take the SCR copper ribbon speaker cable and strip away some warmth and replace it with additional clarity, resolution and quickness that brings to mind the removal of a bottleneck. Very free-flowing, amazing bass, and the most resolution possible.

from $1500


BUY SSR 11BUY SSR 14

CONDUCTOR UPOCC SILVER RIBBON
OUTER SLEEVE CARBON PET TECHFLEX
DIELECTRIC TEFLON
PLUGS SPADES OR BANANAS (CHOOSE OPTIONS)

SL 17G


The SL 17G UPOCC Copper Litz is a lighter gauge cables suitable for single driver and/or high-efficiency use. The 17g cable offers the best clarity possible for a copper speaker cable. May not work with more complex crossovers, as sometimes back emf can cause a phase shift and softening of the sound.

from $299


BUY SL17G

CONDUCTOR UPOCC COPPER LITZ
OUTER SLEEVE NONE
DIELECTRIC ENAMEL
PLUGS SPADES OR BANANAS (CHOOSE OPTIONS)

S3 20G


The S3 20G is a 20 gauge copper/silver hybrid that provides an economical alternative to the S4 and S5 speaker cables.

from $499


BUY S3 20G

CONDUCTOR UPOCC COPPER & SILVER
OUTER SLEEVE CARBON OE TECHFLEX
DIELECTRIC TEFLON
PLUGS SPADES OR BANANAS (CHOOSE OPTIONS)

S4 20G


The S4 20G is a 20 gauge UPOCC silver/gold alloy cable that has similar gold content and tone to my D4 interconnect cable,. This is the bargain reference cable of the century if you have a good hi-efficiency speaker!

from $849


BUY S4 20G

CONDUCTOR UPOCC SILVER/GOLD ALLOY
OUTER SLEEVE CARBON OE TECHFLEX
DIELECTRIC TEFLON
PLUGS SPADES OR BANANAS (CHOOSE OPTIONS)

S5 20G


The S5 20G is a 20 gauge UPOCC silver/gold alloy cable that has similar gold content to my D5 interconnect cable, like adding a good tube preamp. This is the same as the previous SMSG cable.

from $1079


BUY S5 20G

CONDUCTOR UPOCC SILVER/GOLD ALLOY
OUTER SLEEVE CARBON OE TECHFLEX
DIELECTRIC TEFLON
PLUGS SPADES OR BANANAS (CHOOSE OPTIONS)

Connectors


Sold in sets of 4. 2 sets required for a pair of cables. May be the same or different. Speaker Cables MUST be purchased with connectors.

SPADES PRICE 2x PAIRS
CF-201(R) $364,00
FT-211(R) $144,00
FP-201(R) $90,00
WBT Silver $400,00
BANANAS PRICE 2x PAIRS
CF-202(R) $454,00
FT-212(R) $160,00
NEOTECH LOCKING $100,00
WBT SILVER $400,00