Furutech & ZenWave DPS-4
- Price: $450/meter + connectors
The new Furutech DPS-4.1 (11 AWG), power cable is Furutech’s newest, top of the line bulk power cable, issued as a ‘limited edition’ design. The DPS-4.1 is Furutech’s ultimate bulk cable design, constructed using a combination of DUCC Ultra Crystallized High Purity Copper and Furutech’s own (Alpha) OCC conductors. The DUCC Ultra Crystallized High Purity Copper used in the Furutech DPS-4.1 is supplied and regulated with strict quality control by Mitsubishi Materials Industries, and is amongst the finest conductors Furutech has found for audio signal transmission. M.M.I. is a leading manufacturer of the highest-purity oxygen-free copper in the world, and processes extremely pure oxygen-free copper with new technology that optimally aligns the crystal structure, while simultaneously reducing the number of crystal-grain boundaries. The result is a tremendously efficient, and musical conductor used in the DPS-4.1.
These cables were built with the FI-50 NCF(R) connectors.
I’ve written an entire review about the Furutech DPS-4. The inspiration came from a listen in the Furutech room at one of the shows. Some of the most beautiful reproduction of vocal recordings I’ve ever heard.
Once I heard this cable on multiple systems – I knew they were a keeper. From a musicality perspective, it does many things very well. Any negatives I say will be more nitpicking.
As far as tonal quality, the Furutech DPS-4 is in the top 1%. Timbre is fantastic.
So, the trade-off is usually less tangibility. You don’t quite “feel” the shape of the objects – or the air around them. This is the case with the Furutech DPS-4. It doesn’t mold or shape the sound out. And sonic outlines aren’t clear cut. But it does an incredible job of balancing out the weight. It won’t be the most laser-focused, solid, or smoothness sounding cable – but it does enough. It is in no way messy or thin.
The DPS-4 doesn’t have a pitch-black background but it’s properly “un-quiet.” It doesn’t care for “audiophile special effects.” It makes its impression but showing enough weight and size to startle you.
To be honest, the aforementioned Atlas Eos 4dd cable actually has better focus and molding. But the Furutech DPS-4 offers pretty much everything else. For example, tonal variations and gradations are far better than most cords. There’s a slight bloom but the DPS-4 remains raw, natural, and powerful. You hear texture not just from performers and their instruments, but from the surrounding atmosphere.
The Furutech DPS-4 is the king of textural nuances, grit, and keeping things honest. It doesn’t sugar coat anything. From the physical exertion of bass to the envelopment provided by the highs – it’s hard to complain about this cable. Some of the most realistic saxophone and trumpets I’ve heard in a stereo came from this cable. Bass is also granular in its definition. It’s not the tightest, but quite delicious.
This cable feels like home. Due to its versatility, the Furutech DPS-4 sounds good pretty much anywhere in a system. I tend to put them on amplifiers as they provide a healthy dose of heft and warmth. I’m also using one in my home theater paired with the Denon AVR-X8500H.
There’s actually an alternative (pre-built) DPS-4 that is worth considering. What’s interesting is that both of these cables use the same wire and connectors – but they sound appreciably different. I suspect this is due to the solder, technique, cable cooker, or perhaps some other secret sauce used by ZenWave.
Truth be told, both of these cables are far better than the Vovox Textura, Acrolink, and Neotech. Therefore, a logical cable to upgrade to if you enjoy a warmer tone.
So ZenWave’s DPS-4 still has many of the qualities of the original DPS-4, but it has more air up top. It’s more sparkly and clean. The tradeoff is a bit of the organics and solidity. Relatively, it’s still warm, elegant, and throws out a large sound. It’s not exactly the best of both worlds – but if you want more brilliance, it’s worth a listen.
|Who should buy this cable?|
|This is a great all-rounder for tone snobs. Undoubtedly a really organic and natural sounding cable. Beefy, tactile dynamics. Flesh & soul. Proper amount of body and color. It’s just a great cable to have around. |
Genre independent. The Furutech DPS-4 gives you 95% of what actually matters.
|If you prefer a more treble heavy and full-bodied sound – the DPS-4 isn’t the cable for you. Focus and transients are a bit fluffy. I relate it to the sound of warm-sounding tubes. It doesn’t sparkle like a few of the other cables – but it’s not subdued either.|
|Very organic, enriching, natural. Romantic, musical, forward, natural grain, euphonic, tonal balance.|