If I try and sum it up, all Zu cables tested during the past few weeks clearly belong in the neutral, detailed and faithful category - no question or ambiguity there. What the top cables offer in addition is a sense of transparence, elegance, refinement and fluidity that while not absent from Bok and Gede is clearly less obvious than with the Varial and Mother. When one considers that accessing the next level up of elusive qualities would require jumping very high into such brands as Stealth, JPS Lab or Crystal Cable, with a price tag thousands of dollars more than Zu's best, it helps putting the 'hardly' higher price of Mother and Varial into perspective - they are incredible bargains, period. But as with all top-line products, their little brothers will deliver 90 to 95% of their performance for less money.
The real secret of HiFi is that magic resides in those last 5% and that with a truly neutral and revealing system, this magic will be very easy to hear and enjoy.
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10/5/07 at 2:04am
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a new review of the Zu cables by 6moons writer Frederic Beudot, with emphasis on the top of the line interconnect varial and bok/mother power cords. i especially like the final paragraph: