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Feb 09 2017

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The Hiend-Audio Ziggy “Cheetah” power supply Cable

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For quite some time, I have now been making these top performance hiend-audio power supply cables for their audio systems. The cables are characterized by a rather big cross section of the conductors. Thanks to a unique conditioning process, one that I call “Ziggyzation”, as well as small little details pertaining to the way they are assembled, the cables exhibit good EMI filtering characteristics, but without the typical drawbacks of traditional filtering techniques.  I do NOT make excessive use of inductive elements, and I do not use any filtering capacitances, which could “slow” down the sound, or otherwise compromise the “punch-line”.

Time and again, it turns out that the hiend-audio audiophile faces the dilemma:

To filter, or NOT to filter.
That is the question.

From the one side, if you do not filter at all, then the EMI ingress into your system, as well as all the hash from the power-line, will disturb the performance of your delicate signal circuits and shall directly, or indirectly (by means of down-converted frequency inter-modulation) deteriorate the accuracy of your signal, and ultimately of your musical experience.

From the other side, if you DO filter, you would normally introduce capacitances and inductive elements into the power-line feeds of your equipment. This, in effect, increases the impedance of your power source. Just by a tiny wee bit.  But sufficient enough to be recognized on ultra hiend-audio systems as a “slowing” down of the sound, a blurring effect, less bit to the punch-lines, and sometimes even less holography and less detail.

Would it not be wonderful, if you could filter, but without filtering ?

Try it. My Cheetah cable. You may (or may not) be surprised.  But at least – you shall know.

My adventure with research and developments pertaining to power supply cables has started off something like last year, and I have tested all sorts of variations of the “Ziggyzation” process, this followed by countless versions of prototype cables.
Here I would like to express my big gratitude to a certain friend called Tom, one who is equipped with a very top notch audio system, very analytical, one that shows any and all drawbacks of the weakest other components strapped into the system.  This, plus his “Golden Ear” abilities, to recognize minute differences in the quality and characteristic of sound presentation, allowed me to move forward in a cycle of small incremental improvements, from one version of the cable to the next.

After some initial experiments with the “Puma” and “Teddy” versions …. (Argh! … we do not want to use the Teddy – unless we want to fall asleep) … I finally came to the Cheetah series of cables.

These I can recommend and I sign them with my name.

Mind you – these cables are not about the LOOKS. They are about the SOUND.

Frankly – some of them look like shit.  But some people use them and are very happy with their performance, and the looks do not seem to bother them.  There are limits to what can be achieved on a plain vanilla kitchen table. Yes, these are DIY cables.  But ambitious ones, with aspirations.

Interested?  Just drop me a line / email.

Below I present some photos of my most recent develompent. In a separate post, I will also show you some of the earlier, historical versions.

Cheers,

Ziggy.

This is the most recent “Cheetah” version, the so called “Sahara”.

It is quite more heavy than the earlier models, as it has anti-vibration ballast incorporated into the body of the cable. It is a well known phenomena, that when you apply anti-vibration techniques to your audio cabling, then the sound stage becomes sharper, richer in micro-plankton detail. But there is more – the holography, or positioning effect, is enhanced. You get a “sharper view” of the sound scene. As if somebody has corrected the “focus” of a lens in a camera or in an overhead projector.

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My recent developments are basically equipped with a middle level set of plugs, being the Furutech FI-28(G) and FI-38(G) plugs. The metal elements are made of pure copper, covered, plated,  with a lavish layer of gold.

Some people, due to the specific, “dark” nature of their systems, may prefer the Rhodium plated versions of these, the FI-28(R) and FI-38(R) versions.  Obviously, such implementations are also possible.

 

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