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This auction is for a new first quality 2.5 foot [0.75m] matched left / right Zu Audio Mission XLR interconnect.
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Zu Mission cables are all about maximum hi-fi value and are designed to challenge the state-of-the-art but at reasonable prices. Mission XLR are also very easy to work with; they are small, flexible, durable and have a very comfortable hand.
Mission XLR is based on the same platform as Zu's top of the line Event XLR interconnect cable, retaining the pivotal design elements but cutting back the high cost / small return ingredients namely the very costly solid core pure meta-crystal silver.
Zu Mission XLR line-level analog interconnect cables will improve the sound of your system by lowering noise, improving top to bottom resolution, and so on. But the biggest area of improvement is in stereophonic imaging—no other cable will be as convincing as Zu Mission for stereophonic magic—all save Zu Event of course.
Performance goals are realized through the correct application of Zu and Gore® cable technologies, which bond the stereo channels in the same dielectric space providing identical left / right interconnect conditions and performance, an advantage that is not possible with traditional white / red coax cables. Zu Mission also use innovative material technologies such as Teflon® (PTFE) dielectric and pure silver deposit over pure copper core for both signal and signal's mate. These are a few of the features that ensure your cables will really perform, and for decades without worry or trouble.
Zu Mission XLR combines Zu and W.L. Gore® two-channel stereophonic differential transmission technologies and marries it with cutting edge manufacturing within a copper core / silver skin / PTFE platform. The result is two-channel stereo differential signal transmission that is virtually immune to RF and realizes reduced noise from your system, more so than any other brand of cable. Mission XLR is specifically designed for two-channel stereo, line-level balanced differential transmission and combines the Zu / Gore™ two-channel geometry with an overall high conductance shield to ensure pristine and perfectly matched propagation channels for your sensitive line-level music signals.
ZU MISSION KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS
Zu / Gore®-Quad shared dielectric dual signal bonded cable geometry for low electromagnetic interference susceptibility and guaranteed near perfect left / right measures and behavior ensures the highest level of stereophonic realism.
Dense electric and magnetic signature, as well as the cables physical dimensions, further guard against RF and audiogenic noise and allow for small and easy handling quality.
The very low, uniform and square reactance (Cp and Ls) of Mission XLR facilitates extremely long runs without bandwidth loss or phase issues.
Uniform, symmetrical balanced impedance characteristics of Mission XLR reduce standing waves and contribute to the stable propagation of intelligence.
Zu Mission XLR has no DC offset like in twin-ax designs and features perfect symmetry between left and right channels. This identical relationship between channels guarantees the highest possible recreation of dimension, stereo, density, and tone. Mission XLR also has a reduction of the critical Cp measures, 40% less compared to twin-ax with the same conductance measures.
Virgin white PTFE (Teflon®) insulation with identical electrodynamic relationships provide a very low dielectric constant and exceptionally low dissipation factor—features that improve bandwidth, phase relations, and overall musical resolution. Our competition uses wires insulated with different colors and usually PE or PVC, products which are a much greater impediment to fidelity. While you wouldn't think so, each color and pigment has it's own influence on sound which brings about subtle shading and differences in net tone as well as tone between left and right channels. So why doesn't Zu's competition follow our lead? Because it's hard. Color coded and easy to work with insulation is much faster, plus it's essential for a nontechnical outsourced labor force. We do it because we make it.
Zu silver alloy perfect lay conductor for low noise and high conductance of signal, as well as shunting of RF noise.
Designing from the ground up and manufacturing in-house provides better integration of components such as wire, insulation and connector, resulting in a cable assembly that not only sounds bitchin' but feels good and will last a lifetime.
Designed and built as a system by Zu in Ogden, Utah—U.S.A.
Upper tier cables can out pace the Missions in most categories, but it will require the expenditure of a serious amount of greenbacks to accomplish this. The tonal balance of the Mission wires lend it an unassuming personality that just lets the music flow through them. I find the Mission wires capable of being a reference quality component, and I plan on leaving it in my system for the time being. I thoroughly enjoy the addition of this wire to my stereo for it combines an honest discernment of a recording with a genteel personality of a well executed product.
The performance of the Mission wire package is impressive, and all three pieces performed equally well in my system. The Mission wires certainly meet all the standard parameters that hobbyists often use to judge cables. This wire has plenty of deep and tight bass, it images well, high frequency information is not ragged, and the sound stage is evenly spread out. Yet there is more to what a great set of cables should do, and that is to allow the listener to suspend disbelief, and experience the context of the musical performance. I enjoyed the expressive personality of these wires, and appreciate the ability of these cables to make that emotional connection to the music. In the end, this is what great audio products do, and the Mission wires are undeniably that. —John Hoffman / Positive Feedback
Here's a customer feedback and email exchange between Zu founder Sean and customer Todd Coleman:
...I was playing with ICs earlier this week. I've been using the Mission ICs throughout most of my system. [...] Anyway, like any self respecting audio nut job, I have a smattering of ICs in a big plastic tub—a veritable rats nest really. I tried a few other cables between my CDP and pre, wondering what the difference compared to the mission might be. A few that come to mind are the Jena pathfinder, a few audience sets, Cardas golden reference, and a couple others. To my ears the mission was clearly the best. You are onto something with this cable. What's the secret? I'm not really expecting you to divulge secrets, but I would love a general description of what makes this cable so good. Is it copper or silver? Must be absolutely tiny gauge. Solid core or stranded? Have other people been as impressed as me? How are you going to sell your more expensive cables once these hit the streets? —Todd Coleman
That's great news, thanks for the feedback Todd. The main reason for the high performance of Mission is the electrodynamics model. It uses a combination of technologies, ours, as well as pioneering work done by Gore for high speed, wide bandwidth two channel military applications. The combined technologies ensure that the two channels are identical, something that discrete runs cannot do. The two channels are invisible to each other, yet share the same dielectric space, which is to say they pass through the same physical space. This has several benefits: RF noise is managed at the root, left / right channels are always mirrored, left / right channels have 40% less per channel parallel capacitance for the same conductance and inductance. This makes for a cable that provides better stereo performance, better resolution of all details, and can be ran for long runs and in noisy RF environments. And not stopping there, we also made the insulation material identical on all circuits, no color difference, which really does influence tone. And on insulation, it's U.S. made virgin white PTFE—also a good thing. Conductor on Mission RCA is a somewhat large gauge (for line-level standards) pure copper core with direct deposit pure silver skin, in a perfect lay low strand count. External shield, to ensure no RF infiltration to signal, is a high magnitude braided copper with tin platting, nothing to exotic there but it works. And yes, the reports from early users and beta is awesome, and they are all saying the same thing. I don't think there is another cable that can do what Mission does for stereophonic and holistic resolution. Thanks for taking the time Todd. —Sean Casey
Wylde will require roughly 400 hours of play due to the PTFE dielectric material. We do not recommend any burn-in devices or special recordings. We do recommend music you enjoy, preferably upbeat full spectrum recordings—rock, roots, full orchestra, most film scores, big band.... For the possible hows and whys about burn-in please see our FAQ section of ZuAudio.com.
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