Z squared AUAU gold alloy ICs, no image at all

I have just bough a pair of Z squared audio 2.0m AUAU gold alloy neutrik interconnects for my system. I put them between the dac and and the pre amplifier. I used to have a regular diamond back audioquest IC there. I put the z squared cable and the image lost a lot of focus. The voice was left to the center and the soundstage wasnt as clear as with the AQ. The sound lost the magic.
I would like to know if somebody has experienced the same with this ICs or maybe the cables need a break in. Or maybe Im doin something wrong.
Alan Brain
Swap the interconnects (L>R, R
You mean to cross the ICs,left dac to right pre, and right dac to left pre?
I will do it and tell you.
For some reason my post didn't all come through.

You could cross them and see if the image shifts from left to right.

My original thought was to swap the left and right ICs, but not cross them. See if the image shifts.

Also, be sure the directional arrows are pointing in the right direction, and the locking barrels are tight.
Ok Tvad, thanks. I will check the arrows first and then the neutriks and later I will swap to see what happens. Have you used this cable before? How was the sound? because I think this cable is better than the AQ diamond back...
I have tried them, and I thought the sound was terrific...in fact I sold some Nirvana SL interconnects and kept the Z Squared.
I was changing speakers, i move from a triangle celius 202 to a pair of tyler reference monitors. This is due to my new room that is too small for the celius. I try a lot of acoustic treatments until I gave up. Then I listened the Von Schweikerts VR1 in the small room and the sound was terrific compared to the celius. So somebody told me that If I liked the VR1s I would love the Tyler Reference Monitors. Then I bought a pair and they arrive in 10 days. Today when I was in the middle of the test with the Z squared cables my audio salesman arrive and took the celius to the store.
So, I will continue the break in process with the tylers in 10 days. i will let you know.
TVAD/Alanbrain , excuse my ignorance but what do you by the arrows pointing in the right direction? I too have the Z squared Neutriks and was wondering what you meant.

BTW... I am also very impressed with these interconnects. I noticed the sound is much cleaner wnow with the Z interconnects
If the interconnects have arrows on them,make sure they face away from the source!!
The arrows indicate the directional flow of the signal. Thus FROM the source TO the preamp/amp.
Enjoy them. They are excellent cables.
Boa2, do you know what the deal is with the Zsquared cables...are there diffent flavours of these interconnects? The Z squared interconnects posted on the "official" Z squared website ( www.Z2audio.com) appear to be a completely different cable then the Zsquared interconnects posted at:


I believe the oregondv is a distributor for Z Squared audio ...I'm confused. Are they different cables?... if so, which one's are you recommending

Wow, Rudd, good scouting! I'm not familiar with the braided cable offered by the Oregon dealer. I've only heard/owned these, and only the Au/Au version, which is their top 'o the line interconnect.
Thanks Boa2! I recently purchased a couple a sets of these interconnects ( in large part due to some of your previous posts) and couldn't be more pleased with the results. To my ears, they were real improvement over my SC ana2's interconnects. The bass on my Soliloquy's are tighter and the high's are smoother and more extended without a trace of glare.
Glad you enjoy them, Rudd. We preferred the Z-Squared to quite a few other cables in our system. They are particularly good at getting out of the way, and allowing the life of the music to come through.
Boa2 and others .
I own the Z squared , and own or have tried many others. I own Kimber Select, HMS Grand Finale, Acoustic Zen Silver, Cardas Golden Ref, Electraglide.
Once I tried the HT Cyberlights P2A (with battery pack )with my APL 3910 direct to my Amp all those cables sound closed in.
Again, just my opinion that I wanted to share.
If you really have absolutely no image and have a DVM, you might want to test the cables to make sure that one of the cables isn't wired wrong. If one channel is out of phase that would destory your image. It's not very likely, but manufacturing mistakes can happen.

I have two pair of these used between my preamp and amps in a passive bi-amp arrangement and the image is very good. The Z-squared cables sound clean and I don't recall any significant improvement after a breakin period. They were very good right from the start with no compression of the image at all.

Good luck
I was out for a days, so I couldn answer.
Mcmiller, What do you mean by DVM?
please let me know
a digital voltimeter?