CX-Series Power Cords & HYDRA V-RAY Version II Power Conditioner


The most simplistic view of AC power is binary -- it works or it doesn't. Your blow dryer or toaster gets AC from the outlet and powers up or it doesn't, and you let your hair air dry or eat something else with your tea. But this black-or-white view of AC power doesn't encompass sensitive audio gear, whose performance is greatly affected by the quality of the power it receives.

~ Marc Mickelson, Reviewer at The Audio Beat 

Read the full Audio Beat review HERE.

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Excellent advice on selecting power cords

Grant,

I just wanted to thank you for your patient listening and excellent advice on selecting power cords for my system. I ended up buying HYDRA V-RAY and two ANACONDA's, one for the amp and the other for HYDRA. Now I have the entire power distribution system from Shunyata with good combination of shielded and CX cables based on your feedback. The audio video experience has changed so dramatically that I have no words except WOW. We were planning to buy a new TV but now we feel there is no need.

Thanks again and convey my appreciation to your production team -- they are the best.

Akbar A.
Los Angeles, CA


 

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HYDRA V-RAY Power Conditioner: Review Follow-up

From his very beginnings in high-end audio, Caelin Gabriel, the founder of Shunyata Research, has created products that stand apart from the competition. Some of his power cords, for instance, are almost as thick as your wrist, and they are filled with a noise-killing compound that makes a distinctive sound when the cords are moved. None of this is for show, as his power cords have become an industry reference.

~ Marc Mickelson, Editor-in-Chief of the SoundStage! Network 

Read the full SoundStage! review HERE.

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I have no words except WOW

Grant,

I just wanted to thank you for your patient listening and excellent advice on selecting power cords for my system. I ended up buying HYDRA V-RAY and two ANACONDA's one for the amp and the other for HYDRA. Now I have the entire power distribution system from Shunyata with good combination of shielded and CX cables based on your feedback. The audio video experience has changed so dramatically that I have no words except WOW. We were planning to buy a new TV but now we feel there is no need.

Thanks again and convey my appreciation to your production team -- they are the best.

Akbar A.


 

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Pride of ownership and pride of unsurpassed performance

Dear Caelin and Grant, This is a "follow up" letter and comment to the comments that I had originally left for you about my experiences with the Shunyata HYDRA V-RAY. After I left those comments for you, I had purchased a second V-RAY, so that I could use one for my analogue front end components on a dedicated line and another for my digital components on a separate dedicated line. The improvements in sound were not subtle! They were an order of magnitude better than just upgrading the HYDRA to the V-RAY. I did not think, from a power conditioning standpoint that things could get any better than that!

Was I wrong! I recently took delivery of two Shunyata V-RAY II model power conditioners for my system's front end. (One for analogue and the other digital on separate dedicated power lines.) My expectations were somewhat muted, as what I had before had sounded most excellent, but boy was I wrong! The improvements wrought by your updated design were transpiring! The first thing that I had noted was an increased sense of relaxation when listening to music. This sense of relaxation came from a heightened awareness of the music sounding more like music. The bass is not only more pronounced, but articulated in a more harmonically correct manner. The instruments and voices now also sound more harmonically rich and dense. There is more detail, not etched, but the natural harmonic kind. The vocalist sounds more human singing in the room, a guitar sounds more like a guitar playing in the room, and so forth. Many lyrics that were once obscured are now laid bare. The sound stage is now a bit wider and deeper, and the images on that sound stage are even more focused with a greater sense of ambiance or "air" between the instruments and the vocalists. If I was happy with the sound of my audio system before, I am now on cloud nine!

There are two salient points that I would like to make. The first is that I am the owner of Mark Levinson "Reference" electronics (Transport, DAC, preamp, and amplification) that was manufactured under Madrigal Audio Labs. I love how my electronics sound, how they look, and how they operate "as one" with their ergonomics and interconnectivity. This equipment, which I had purchased new, was and is an investment in pleasure and not as a "flavor of the month" impulsive purchase. I have lived with my current electronics for about a decade and I am not motivated to change. I am very content to live with what I have. Sure, there may be better gear that is currently produced that does one or two things better than what I own, however when I take the whole package into account -- the sound, looks, and interconnectivity, I am remorse to make any changes. This is where your equipment comes into play, not only in my system, but for many audiophiles, especially in these recessionary times, who for whatever reasons, are keeping the electronics that they currently own -- your series V-RAY II allows all of us to enjoy what we currently own and allows our electronics to perform at even a higher level than ever! In this regard, I have viewed my original V-Rays to be the "heart" of my audio rig and that thought solidifies even further with the V-RAY II models that I now own and enjoy! In the rare even that I change my electronics, I know that my V-RAY II's will elicit optimal performance from whatever electronic component that may be plugged into them! Thank you for allowing me to continue to enjoy my current electronics by allowing them to perform at a higher level than I ever imagined!

The second point is that before I took the plunge to the V-RAY II status, I was able to discuss the new & V-RAY designs with Grant, as well as with Chris (The gentleman who built these new V-RAY's for me). My livelihood involves dealing with hand made collectibles, and as such my wife and I have a heightened appreciation for hand made objects and objects of art. Your products fit perfectly into our aesthetic. They are hand crafted. By being able to talk with you have made us feel even more special and appreciate what you have created! I could not imagine doing this with Monster Cable or Sony for example! (Imagine talking to the gentleman who is building your Monster power conditioner! Not only would this be a dream, but an impossibility!)

Everyone likes to feel special and appreciated, your products fit that bill, as it is not only what you are crafting, but the personalities behind them. In these times where everyone lives in similarly designed homes, drives similar looking autos with no more chrome or personality, wears similar clothing purchased at identical stores in all of our "cookie cutter" suburban strip malls and so forth, our audio systems help to make us audiophiles, who play in '"the high end" feel special. Shunyata does that in a big way. Those of us who are fortunate enough to own and enjoy your equipment know and understand a level of enjoyment that is only experienced by a relative small handful of music and film lovers around the globe. You are special -- as designers, and craftsmen, as a result you have special products that as a final result allow the end users to feel very special, both in pride of ownership and pride of unsurpassed performance.

In summation, thank you for your continued research and resultant products that make our entertainment systems that much better and more enjoyable!

PS. I can't wait to try your new KING COBRA and ANACONDA CX power cables in my audio system!

RAC


 

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Shunyata customer for years

I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you about my experience with the V-RAY product. I have been a Shunyata customer for years. I had been using the original Corian cabinet HYDRA in my main system and was reluctant to change because of the color difference between the older HYDRA and the newer HYDRA (my entire system consists of black components). When the HYDRA V-RAY came out and it was silver I decided that if I was going to take advantage of the improvements you have made I would need to go silver. My system is pretty mature now and in 2007 did not go through any significant changes. Usually every year I change something. My system is an all Cary Audio, all tube, system that would retail for about $80K. The only change I made last year was to change out the original HYDRA for a V-RAY. I have noticed that since I have made the change that my system keeps sounding better and better. I have noticed that my CD's all seem to sound the best they have ever sounded. My LPs all sound the best they have ever been as well. It occurred to me about two months ago that this drastic change had to be attributed to the addition of the V-RAY. I don't know how this thing does it but it have taken my already great sounding system up several notches. I hear more detail, more space and a better soundstage. If someone else told me this I would tell them that they are nuts but I know what I hear and what I hear is better sound. Great product. Keep it up (but make them in black too).

John A.


 

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Shunyata really stands behind their products

Shunyata really stands behind their products. They went above and beyond to make sure the customer is satisfied. I moved into a new home in a different part of the country. There were some electrical issues and wasn't sure if my V-RAY was damaged. The unit was sent back for inspection. Then turnaround time for their feedback, recommendations and repair was incredibly fast. Richard also provided me with literature that was easy to understand and explain to the electrician what was required in my sound room. I would highly recommend this manufacturer not only for their products but for the high level of customer service their staff provided. Richard, I really appreciate all the time and effort you put forth in helping me correct the electrical issues that I had. You spent a lot of time with me on the phone. The quality of service you provided is rare in today's world.

Marty L.
New Brunswick, Canada


 

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Thank you for your great products!

I am very pleased to relate that the HYDRA V-RAY was quite a surprise. The V-RAY exceeded my expectations after having used the HYDRA. Musical notes and voices were more defined and more information was revealed. Music was overwhelmingly more involving, especially listening to Rebecca Pidgeon's "Spanish Harlem". I am very pleased with the latest incarnation of the Hydra. I will be trading up to the V-RAY. Thank you for your great products!

George D.


 

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These BLACK MAMBA's are simply glorious

Grant,

You might recall that several weeks ago I sent you two SIDEWINDER CX's to be converted to BLACK MAMBA's. Since that time they have come in and have been in my system. I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for this service and to say that these BLACK MAMBA's are simply glorious. I appreciate yours and your company's attention to customer service and your staff (Cassandra) was just wonderful and extremely professional.

George H.


 

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