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Planet Waves ZM Series Cables & Custom Installation Kit Review

by April 21, 2009
Planet Waves Cables Kit

Planet Waves Cables Kit

  • Product Name: ZM Series Cables & Custom Installation Kit
  • Manufacturer: Planet Waves
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStar
  • Review Date: April 21, 2009 03:00
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  • Made in USA
  • Meets 75 ohm HD standard
  • Sweep-tested 3GHz over 100ft with nominal db loss
  • Nominal Capacitance: 18.2 pF/ft
  • Premium oxygen-free copper
  • 100% shielding with 95% tinned copper braid & tin foil shield
  • Nitrogen-gas-injected foam PE dielectric
  • TPE Jacket
  • CM & CL2 rated for in-wall installations
  • Max Pulling Tension 2359 PSI
  • Max Bend Radius 2.25 inches (Single/Dual/Triple/RGB3/RGB5)

 

Pros

  • Easy, repeatable, virtually fool-proof
  • Tool verifies tip, shield and tests shorts
  • Radial cutter provides easy bundle cable stripping

Cons

  • Expensive when compared to traditional bulk connectors and cables

 

Planet Waves ZM Introduction

Time is money. You know it, I know it… your custom installer who just landed that contract wiring up that 6-figure whole home audio & video system knows it. And if you can save countless hours wiring up your audio and video cables, why wouldn't you want to take advantage of all that reclaimed labor? Planet Waves has designed and refined its system to reduce on-the-job labor costs and substitute an easy-to-use and reliable cabling system that makes soldering and crimping AV cables a thing of the past.

planet-waves-cable-fin1.jpgWe were introduced to Planet Waves quite some time ago and were at once captivated by their line of quick-assembly cables and interconnects. At the time we were dazzled, but still wanted more - primarily a solution for more robust bundled cables. Fast forward to last winter and the company gave us a sneak peek at some of their latest and greatest products. This included some new cabling products as well as a revamped line of connectors (their ZM Series). When the kits were finally ready, we jumped at the chance to take a closer look at these cables and see if indeed "change is good".

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Clint Deboer was terminated from Audioholics for misconduct on April 4th, 2014. He no longer represents Audioholics in any fashion.

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