Newly updated and tweaked to perfection Prima MKII speaker cable utilizes more OCC single crystal copper strands in a multiple strand litz construction with an individually insulated silver coated core with Japan sourced LDPE Dielectric . Prima MKII also has a tighter conductor twist before extrusion and the insulated pairs are also twisted at a higher pitch rate than the previous Prima. Using a tight strand/high pitch lay this 9AWG speaker cable can handle the most demanding systems and loudspeakers on the market. New to the MKII is our Delrin insulated BFA speaker connectors which are a mix of pressed formed copper sheet with lightweight aluminum shells which don't come into contact with the gold plating. Other connector variations such as spades, and locking banana are available by contacting us through the website.
The Prima MKII like all of our cables goes through our new Ultra Sonic cleaning process where we run the raw copper through a water bath that is super charged to burn away dirt, oil, residue and impurities on the surface of the wire. This Ultra Sonic Bath also has the added unique effect of giving our cables a pre-burn sound that could take hundreds of hours to achieve through normal use. Prima MKII is has Cryo treated bare conductor before extrusion.
● Fine Strand OCC Single Crystal Copper Conductor
● Silver Coated OCC center conductor insulted
● Tight pitch stranding on conductor and twisted pairs
● 9AWG/each insulated core
● Insulation/Dielectric 1: LDPE Clear
● Insulation/Dielectric 2: High Density PVC
● Jacket: High Flexibility PVC 105C
● 105˚C degree PVC
● Spaced layer extrusion 6mm
● Anti-static/Anti Abrasion direct braid custom jacket
● Anti-vibration EVA cable Stoppers
● Braided silicone fiberglass breakouts (black)
● Sleeve 1: Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) monofilament
● Diameter 19.5mm
● Connectors: 1877Phono locking banana, 24k gold plated, 9mm, 8pcs
● Lengths: 2x2.5m (custom lengths and termination available)
Deep Cryo™ Treatment
All of the conductors used in our cables undergo Deep Cryo™ treatment before the insulation is extruded over the metals. Our research has proven that the conductor—and only the conductor— benefits from cryo-treatment. Materials such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC™), Teflon™, PE, and Silicon™ can all be adversely affected by cold-temperature annealing. Cryo-treating non-conductors and insulating materials can cause them to break down and become brittle.
The purity, size, and molecular structure of each conductor determine the specific temperature within the -186ºC to - a 196ºC range that we cryo-treat it at. Zavfino’s research into cold temperature physics has proven that the absolute lowest temperature is not necessarily the best for cryo-treatment.
This is a two-stage process. In the first stage we draw the bare conductor through a ceramic die into an ultrasonic cleaning chamber that bombards the conductor with multiple ultrasonic frequencies. This emulsification process removes all debris from the surface of the wire down to the molecular level and leaves absolutely zero residues.
UltraSonic 7 High Voltage / Thermal Break-in
This is a two-stage process. In the first stage we draw the bare conductor through a ceramic die into an ultrasonic cleaning chamber that bombards the conductor with multiple ultrasonic frequencies. This emulsification process removes all debris from the surface of the wire down to the molecular level and leaves absolutely zero residues. After each individual wire is processed, we strand it into bundles and then subject the bundles to further treatment. During the second stage of the ultrasonic burn-in, we increase the voltage to a higher level that’s just below the threshold of the conductor. This adjustment in temperature allows us to get a unique “break-in effect” normally associated with cables that have had 30 to 40 hours of signal and/or current run through them.
I recently got a MC462 amp to drive my Triton 2+ speakers. I knew there was a lot of information missing from my source material using standard 10awg OFC stranded speaker wire and was in search of replacement. Having spent many hours searching forums, and recovering from the ensuing headaches, I had some notion of the physical characteristics to help narrow my search-horizon. Budget is always a consideration and I am most certainly a value shopper. I feel fortunate to have stumbled-upon ZavFino. I can now say first-hand that speaker cables really do make a huge difference in listening experience.
The Prima MKII is reproducing the source material beautifully. The imaging is outstanding, the mids are more audible and pronounced, the lows are tighter and unconstrained, and everything is now much smoother and faster. Indeed the music ‘flows fine’ now, my component investment is further maximized. Most of my listening is at ~1 to 3w and, I believe, all the information is represented evenly, as intended. It’s great to go back through my collection and hear what I’ve not been hearing, usually discovering better harmonics and percussive nuances that I’d have to listen really hard for previously. The vocals on tracks from Bocelli, Buble, Schuur, Gilberto and Sting are more present, full and silky. Tracks from Pat Metheny (and Group), Rippingtons and other instrumental groups now produce greater detail, speed and nuance. I run my setup flat with room correction (SHD/Dirac). In all cases everything sounds ‘true.’ Objective achieved!
The Prima MKII is a great bargain for the money and well worth the investment, IMHO. Having told my daughters I made a ‘tweak’ to the system, after only a few seconds of listening the first comment was ‘it sounds a lot fuller’ and after a few vocals were sampled I got a ‘it sounds like I can pinpoint them on the stage.’ My response was “it works!” I am really happy with this purchase! The remaining interconnects are all Kimber PBJ and it works really well together. I will try ‘The Fusion’ between the preamp and amp at some point in the near future.
I’d be remiss not to mention the great customer service I experienced. And while I was not chasing ‘jewelry’ these cables look really good, more stout than I anticipated, and are well engineered. It’d be hard for me to imagine beating these for the price. I hope this helps you in your decision-making.
I purchased the original Prima speaker cable from Zavifino. The cable replaced my Nordost Red Dawn. Well, I was shocked. These cables really transformed my system I was so excited to actually hear a difference! Bold, excellent bass production, deep mids. I will purchase the II's shortly. One of the best values in cabling and a steal. I would expect this quality in a cable costing $3000.00. I cannot say enough about this cable accept it is my last purchase. Until they come up with verison III.
My pair of Prima MK.II speaker cables were purchased to connect my two Vandersteen 2wq subwoofers to my SMcAudio amplifier. The locking bananas provide for a very tight, secure connection to the binding posts on my amplifier and subs. The quantity of bass and more importantly, the quality of that bass, has changed the very nature of the music production in my system. The 9awg Ohno Continuous Cast copper of the Prima MK.II along with responsible shielding and high grade dielectric have yielded a cable that delivers fast, clean deep and tight bass in my system.
I would be curious to hear how they would perform with my Treo CT main loudspeakers. Based on the attention to detail in their design and execution, I suspect I would be in for a treat. Perhaps I may have an opportunity to find out in the not too distant future. At the almost absurdly low asking price for the quality they present, the Prima MK.II speaker cables may be one of the best deals in audio today!
Ordered this last month and I must say this cable surpasses many other cables both in price and quality costing many times more.