AEROS AURORA-IC Interconnects & AURORA-SP Speaker Cables

In my 2007 review of the Convergent Audio Technology SL1 Ultimate Mk 2 preamp, I relayed a story about something I overheard at CES that year. After I talked with Ken Stevens, the president and chief designer at CAT, in the hallway outside his demo room, two guys passed by. One referred to Ken as "that preamp guy" because of Ken's time-honored SL1 preamp. In this same spirit, Caelin Gabriel of Shunyata Research could be "that power-cord guy."

~ Marc Mickelson, Reviewer at the SoundStage! Network 

Read the full SoundStage! review HERE.

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AURORA Interconnects & STRATOS-SP Speaker Cable

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. While the throwaway AC cords that come with every piece of audio gear will certainly provide power to your amplifier or CD player, they can do so at greatly compromised levels that affect sonic performance.

~ Jeff Dorgay, Reviewer at Tone Audio 
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The Best I've Ever Encountered, Period!

Thanks Richard, this is all very informative and I’m pleased to know that I’m getting the best you folks have to offer.

As I think I may have mentioned previously, I’m using the King Cobra AC cords with my power amp and the V-Ray II (and now the Triton), Aurora balanced interconnects for both my amplifier and CD/SACD player, Stratos IC interconnects for a McIntosh headphone amp I purchased recently and Stratos SP speaker cables for my speakers.

I don’t think I have to tell you that utilizing these products has made a huge and truly pleasurable difference within my Hi-Fi system.

I’ve been working in the Consumer Electronics industry and have been an “audiophile” for over 45 years, but Shunyata products are by far, the finest I’ve ever encountered, period!

Stephen L. Ramsey
NJ


 

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There was an obvious synergistic benefit to using the AURORA...

I just wanted to thank you for a truly eye opening experience with the Shunyata AURORA interconnects and speaker cables.

I had just upgraded my DAC from a Stello DA220 MK II to the Berkeley Audio Alpha DAC. This change produced some effects that seemed paradoxical and unexpected. Compared to the Stello the Alpha DAC is much more analog like while simultaneously retaining the deep level of resolution I have come to enjoy through the Stello. Strangely the result this had on sound of my current set up was a softer less focused picture with an overall decrease is dynamics and immediacy.

First I replaced my reference level VH Audio Symmetry silver interconnects with the AURORA interconnects. This change produced a larger sound stage with greater immediacy and dynamic contrasts. I was not prepared for what was to happen next. When I replaced my Cardas Golden Reference speaker cables with the Shunyata AURORA speaker cables, there was a giant leap forward in all aspects of the sound. The sound took on an effortless hugely open expansiveness which was larger than I had ever heard on my system previously. The background was relieved of what I can only describe as a layer of grain that I had not really noticed until it was gone. This lack of grain allowed me to see deeper into the mix as never before. The system also gained a level of top to bottom phase coherence which revealed shimmering ethereal highs as well as subterranean lows in both the macro and micro domains. The tonal balance was also a significant beneficiary of the incredible phase coherence of the AURORA cables. Gone were any hints of phase induced harshness or listener fatigue. The soundstage also benefitted through greater structural integrity and palpability. There was an obvious synergistic benefit to using the AURORA Speaker cable in conjunction with the AURORA interconnects.

In order to sort out what changes I was hearing were attributable to the AURORAs and which were related to switch to the Berkeley Audio I put the Stello DAC back in. The Berkeley Audio's contribution was immediately announced by the relative lack of harmonic richness and warmth. The sound also lost the fatigue free quality at higher listening levels. The AURORAs can be ruthlessly revealing of lesser quality components. These observations should be viewed within the context of component compatibility and synergy.

In fairness to the Stello and my other reference cables, I must say that I have used these products for the last 3 years with great musical satisfaction. They have endowed my system with all of the most sought after qualities that make listening to music enjoyable. This is no small achievement when listening to Avantgarde Trios which expose the smallest flaws in downstream components. This to me simply points to the importance of the synergy that various cables can provide to different combinations of components.

This experience has demonstrated to me what kinds of colorations and modulations my reference cables were imbuing on my system as a whole. Inserting the Shunyata AURORA Cables offered a clear window from which to better judge the essential qualities and shortcomings of the downstream components.

It may be of interest to note that on my system with either DAC or cables I preferred the sound with the Audiopax Model 5 preamp in place versus listening to the Berkeley Audio Alpha DAC playing straight into the amplifiers. The direct feed produced a sound that was very accurate but to my ears not as musical as when played through the preamp. The Preamp added more harmonic texture and sense of communion between the instruments that was otherwise missing. These attributes help me to immerse myself in the music and not be distracted by what I perceive to be artifacts of the HIFI reproduction process.

Associated Equipment:
Avantgarde Trios: (Main Speakers)
Avantgarde Basshorns: (Sub-Woofers)
Audiopax Model 88 MK II Mono blocks: (Amplifiers)
Audiopax Model 5: (Pre-Amplifier)
Stello DA220 MK II (DAC)
Berkeley Audio Alpha DAC (DAC)
Qsonix 100 (Music Server)

Joshua J. Wright


 

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