I highly recommend the SR-Z1 to anyone...

Hi,

I just received the PYTHON ordered from you by Sound Hounds in Victoria, BC. It is a bit hard to install unless I twist the cable so it will lie in a reasonable position and still hook up from my Oyaide outlet to my PS Audio Premier regenerator. How much can it be twisted to make the connections line up. Sound Hounds say just don't kink it and twist as needed. I just want be sure as it is far more money than I have ever spent on a cable. I replaced a new VENOM HC with it. The VENOM was a great improvement. My wife and I are still trying to describe the difference the PYTHON has made. We installed it last night. We can feel much greater sound pressure at about 70 db. We have a concrete carpeted floor but the leather couch cushions were vibrating with Jack Johnson at 70 or so db. The Venom HC did not do that but improved the sound immensely. We have only listened for 45 minutes so we will see as burn-in continues. I think the PYTHON will improve the openness, soundstage and add dimensions and detail when compared to the awesome Venom HC. We are planning to use COBRA ΞTRON® for our other power cords and Shunyata speaker wire. I love what you are doing. Bringing great products to the market that a person can justify buying. I have spent most of my life trying to get vinyl and cd's to sound good without going broke. I can finally say at 61 years old I am almost there.

Mike M.
Victoria, BC


 

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I'm really excited...

Thx for the reply! Hope all went well in Germany.

Also thanks for providing all these details about break-in. First six hours sounded like mud, and I was concerned. I dedicated the weekend to being a full on marathon, and last night it changed a bit.

I have a gut feeling this thing is going to blossom. A couple gunshot scenes in a movie last night had me jump off the couch thinking I truly was under fire. This is yet to EVER happen.

I'm really excited and can't wait to see all the break-in stages.

I am a huge fan of your products, and talk to all tech fans about them. Every time I read blogs about with snake oil nay-sayers I smile and think how some people have no clue. If I were to wire up with all OEM cords, my system would be a 2009 Honda. With Shunyata products, it's a Porsche Turbo.

Cheers,

Klaus H.
Anaheim, CA


 

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Keep up the good work

Ladies & Gents:

I recently purchased a new HYDRA 6 with the VENOM HC power cord. It replaced a APC H10 power conditioner. I was expecting an improvement. I was shocked at how big of an improvement this device has made. It is not broken in yet but already there are great improvements being experienced. The bass is tighter, clearer, fuller and more detailed. Of course the soundstage is wider and deeper.

There were some cds I could not play properly especially with low bass. Now they play fine and can be enjoyed.

Even the volume level has increased. More music is being heard at all levels.

Keep up the good work.

David R.
USA


 

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Like A Live Performance

Dear Caelin,

I just wanted to thank you for all you have done for those of us who enjoy listening to music.

Over the past year I was introduced to Shunyata Research through Music Direct. I acquired COBRA ΞTRON™ Power Cords to improve power delivery and the VENOM DEFENDER, DARKFIELD CABLE ELEVATOR's and MINI's to minimize EMI. I was so impressed by the dramatic effect these additions had in my system. The sound quality was transformed. It now resembles that of a live performance. There is such beauty in the highly resolved music I am hearing.

Thanks to you and your company for developing such advanced technology as "ΞTRON®" and for manufacturing so many value products. I feel privileged to have benefitted from your hard work.

Harlon M.


 

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More music is being heard at all levels

Ladies & Gents:

I recently purchased a new HYDRA 6 with the VENOM HC power cord. It replaced a APC H10 power conditioner. I was expecting an improvement. I was shocked at how big of an improvement this device has made. It is not broken in yet but already there are great improvements being experienced. The bass is tighter, clearer, fuller and more detailed. Of course the soundstage is wider and deeper. There were some cds I could not play properly especially with low bass. Now they play fine and can be enjoyed. Even the volume level has increased. More music is being heard at all levels. Keep up the good work.

David R.


 

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Please continue engineering such fine products!

This is the most dynamic piece of equipment (and cable) I have ever purchased, it's remarkable. It has made my theater experience explode with vibrancy -- and I'm still burning it in.

Please continue engineering such fine products!

From a consumer point of view I like them because they are not mechanical. I will own the HYDRA and my cords for decades, and never worry about wear and tear, or mech. failure. Therefore it is a well justified long-term investment. Fantastic!

Klaus H.
Anaheim, CA


 

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Shunyata Research & the Power Cord Tryouts

"As I wrote in January, my next step is to replace the Venom HC power cords with ΞTRON Alpha HC power cords and see what happens, then write about it. Priced at $1250 for a 6' length, this power cord is priced quite a bit higher than the Venom HC, so my expectations are commensurately higher. However, I don’t think I’ll write it up as a blog entry here. Instead, I’m impressed enough with what I’ve heard so far from the Venom products that I plan to write a full review of the Alpha HC on SoundStage! Hi-Fi. After that, I might even experiment more with power-related products. Suffice it to say that my curiosity is now piqued."

~ Doug Schneider, Publisher of the SoundStage! Network 

Read the full SoundStage! review HERE.

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Shunyata Research Venom USB Cable

The Shunyata Research Venom USB cable is the only USB cable offered by this high end manufacturer of cables, AC cords, power distribution centers, and audio accessories. Most other cable manufacturers offer a range of USB cables with enhanced features at increasing prices. Shunyata research has decided to offer only one model with everything that they feel is important in a USB cable design. Given the very reasonable price of $125 for a .75 meter length, I was curious to see just how the Venom USB cable would compare to the other high priced cables I have reviewed in the past for AudioStream. Knowing Shunyata Research’s well recognized product quality and dedication to superior audio performance, I truly wanted to see how this cable would perform in my system.

~ Steven Plaskin, Reviewer at AudioStream 

Read the full review HERE.

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Shunyata's customer service is without peer

Hello Richard!!

Thanks you for your help and consideration.

Any company, manufacturer, etc.etc. is only as good...as viable...as secure in its' standing...as the quality of the "customer service" provided to its' customers.

Shunyata's products are among the very best available...

Shunyata's customer service is without peer.

Best!

Thom


 

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Shunyata's customer service is without peer

Hello Richard!!

Thanks you for your help and consideration.

Any company, manufacturer, etc.etc. is only as good...as viable...as secure in its' standing...as the quality of the "customer service" provided to its' customers.

Shunyata's products are among the very best available...

Shunyata's customer service is without peer.

Best!

Thom


 

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Simply astonished at the improvement and performance

My Journey with Shunyata, Part 2

Around the beginning of 2011, the new Shunyata VENOM-3 entered the market, and given my experiences with the DIAMONDBACK PLATINUM, and given the VENOM-3's incredible price, I was quite interested to try one out, and ordered one for use on my phono stage. Again, I was simply astonished at the improvement and performance that this "entry-level" power cord brings to the customer. For the price, I simply could not believe the level of performance. While both cords exhibited the same set of improvements described in Part 1, what was really intriguing that the VENOM-3 imparted a different quality to the the musical presentation than the DIAMONDBACK PLATINUM. Where the DIAMONDBACK PLATINUM was crisp, clean, and neutral, the VENOM-3 was rich, slightly warm, layered, and textured. I absolutely LOVED it, and it stayed as the power cord for my phono stage, as it's qualities blended beautifully with an analogue turntable source. I recently bought a used power cord from a friend from another manufacturer, figuring one can never have enough good power cords around. This particular cord is made by a justifiably well-respected manufacturer who makes fine products, and sells new for about $500. I recently did a comparison between this $500 cord and the VENOM-3 when my audio friend was over. We started the demo with the $500 cord, and then put in the VENOM-3. My friend immediately commented, "Wow! The VENOM-3 is more transparent and WAY better than the first cord. I don't even want to listen to that other cord anymore." We were both in agreement, and what was really astonishing was that, on the whole, the VENOM-3 absolutely slaughtered this $500 power cord. My friend has been so impressed with the VENOM-3 that just last week he installed four Shunyata VENOM-3 throughout his system and to say he is very, very pleased with the improvements it has brought to his system would be an understatement. Or, as he put it, "I cannot overstate the improvements the VENOM-3's have made to my system.

In my experience, the VENOM-3 represents an absolutely astonishing level of performance for it's price, and has to be one of the best value propositions in all of audio. It clearly deserved the awards it won from the professional magazines in 2011, and in my opinion, was one of the outstanding audio products of 2011. It outperforms aftermarket power cords costing 4-5 times as much, and one has to move up to the Shunyata BLACK MAMBA CX/HC CX level of premium cords to actually obtain a notable improvement in performance. I'll be commenting on my experiences with the BLACK MAMBA CX, HC, CX and HYDRA series of power distributors in Part 3 of my "Journey with Shunyata". Stay tuned.

Stephen Scharf


 

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The Fifth Element #82

Replacing a GE power strip bought at a hardware store and a mélange of IEC power cords, I installed the VENOM PS8, its spikes, the VENOM DEFENDER, the PS8's 20-amp power cord, and VENOM HC power cords for: the Parasound Halo CD 1 (used as a transport), the Bricasti M1 DAC, and the Lindell AMPX power amp. Following about 48 hours of break-in, serious listening revealed no negatives, and the rather obvious positives of a lower noise floor and a more easeful sound.

So it was very gratifying when a listening chum who hadn't visited in a while -- a serious DIY loudspeaker designer-builder -- spontaneously and rather wonderingly commented on the dynamic freedom he was hearing from a 20W amplifier: the Lindell AMPX. I hastened to point out that the total cost of the power-delivery products was twice that of the amp, which we both agreed provided food for thought.

I think Shunyata Research's VENOM Power System is a solidly safe recommendation -- even more important, all Shunyata dealers offer a money-back guarantee. Highly recommended. (The Fifth Element #82)

~ John Marks, Reviewer at Stereophile

View the complete review HERE.

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The Snake Pit

Hi Richard,

I believe rotating the cable 45 degrees will do the trick. The area behind my 3 stereo stands will look like the jungle when I have 1 PYTHON and 3 or 4 COBRA's. I will call the area the snake pit. Feel free to post my comments on your website. The staff at Sound Hounds are very exited about your products as well. I can't wait get the COBRA ΞTRON™ power cables and hopefully your speaker cable. I will order one every couple of months. The sound through my Simaudio Moon equipment and B&W 804 S speakers will be even more fantastic.

Your work is truly bringing us all into a new age. Just maybe the sound puzzle we have been working on all our lives is nearing completion.

Mike M.
Victoria, BC


 

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The truth has been revealed...

Dear fellow audiophiles,

After over a month of having the VENOM PS8, ALPHA HC 20 amp, ALPHA HC 15 amp and VENOM HC in my system, I am compelled to share some of my thoughts and observations. Without question, these components have raised my humble system to a level that I never thought possible. I will avoid the usual audiophile speak in describing my listening experience as these terms are so over used and subjective. Your cables and power components have by far had the greatest impact on my system. In a world of so much hype, your products are true and honest and allow an audio system to blossom. I now hear details like I have never heard before. I thought I knew what my system sounded like until I added Shunyata products. Up to this point I was hearing a lie, but now the truth has been revealed. In this regard I would highly recommend any Shunyata product to anyone that is serious about their audio system. Thank you for creating such wonderful products.

Respectfully,

Darrell M. Chappelle

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The truth has been revealed...

Dear fellow audiophiles,

After over a month of having the VENOM PS8, ALPHA HC 20 amp, ALPHA HC 15 amp and VENOM HC in my system, I am compelled to share some of my thoughts and observations. Without question, these components have raised my humble system to a level that I never thought possible. I will avoid the usual audiophile speak in describing my listening experience as these terms are so over used and subjective. Your cables and power components have by far had the greatest impact on my system. In a world of so much hype, your products are true and honest and allow an audio system to blossom. I now hear details like I have never heard before. I thought I knew what my system sounded like until I added Shunyata products. Up to this point I was hearing a lie, but now the truth has been revealed. In this regard I would highly recommend any Shunyata product to anyone that is serious about their audio system. Thank you for creating such wonderful products.

Respectfully,

Darrell M. Chappelle

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Truly, a remarkable experience

To Whom It May Concern:

Having owned and used a Shunyata VENOM power cord and then used Acrolink 4023 PC's for the last year I'm convinced that power cords make a big difference in sound over stock cords. I don't understand why or how but that does not matter. When I received the TAIPAN's I cooked them on a cable cooker for several hours before listening. After hooking them up, what I noticed was a big improvement in the sound stage. I could hear better placement of instruments, studio room size/acoustics, placement of vocals, and that feeling that you are right there in front of BB King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Clearance Brown. Truly, a remarkable experience.

I have done evaluations on tubes, prototype interconnects and PC's for Ron at Cryoset and auditioned many other brands of cables. It normally takes a lot to impress me but I'm very impressed with the Helix technology and quality of these cables. I'm glad the price was such that I could justify the risk of buying a product that I had not auditioned.

John T.


 

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