"Trivial" Terminals

Ring terminals, spades, bolts and washers that are used to connect internal wiring, terminals and switches are good examples of parts that are considered “trivial miscellaneous parts” by some engineers. Shunyata Research actually designs and makes a wide variety of these small parts using superior metals and platings for each specific application. Attentional to even the smallest details is what distinguishes our power distributors!

 

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An emotional connection to music...

Dear Caelin, Grant, and Richard,

This is a follow up comment to my previous comment that I had made about the two TRITON's that I had installed in my main system. As I had commented, I had on order a third TRITON power conditioner for my workshop audio system.

I spend between 20 and 25 hours a week in my workshop as part of a process of earning my livelihood. This past year, I installed an audio system in my workshop consisting of basically a recent vintage Audio Research Reference tube line stage, and Audio Research CD player, and an Audio Research power amp. Speakers are Magnepans, suspended and angled from the ceiling of my work area. Power cables are Shunyata KING COBRA CX's. I have two dedicated lines -- one for the amp and one for the TRITON which powers everything else.

While my main system is for dedicated listening only, that system was put together for a "fidelity to the master tape" sound. The workshop system was put together for a "beauty of tone" sound. Listening to music on the main system is the activity in and of itself, while the secondary system is to provide some element of nourishment, stimulation, relaxation, and fun while I am working. Music is secondary to my working, but I still wanted a sound that made that music sound more accessible. This system is on all the time while I am working and as such I did not want it to be fatiguing in any way, nor did my family need excess bass traveling to other parts of our home.

Simply put, the addition of the TRITON in that secondary system increased the accessibility of the music. There is clearly a resultant denser quality of tone to the overall sound. Futher, there is an intensified the interplay of those tones, not only of total musical presentation, but of individual instrumentation as well. For example the tonal interplay of a guitar's strings and how they resonate with the guitar's body or a piano's tonal interplay of hammers, strings, and sound board are now vividly more apparent. Vocalists have taken on a greater three dimensionality and focus. The sound stage is wider. There is also more information that populates that widened stage. The aggregate result is that I now find myself connecting with the music on a much more intensely emotional level similar to what I have I have regularly experienced on my main system.

The sound is now so intense that at times it is outright distracting! I find that I stop working for a moment or two and just revel in the beauty of the song being played, whether the lyric, the vocalist, or the instrumentalist. I feel the fun, joy, sadness, sorrow, longing, splendor, pulse, and whatever other emotions the performers are expressing. An emotional connection to the music is a good thing, when you get right down to it, that is what this hobby is all about! The addition of the TRITON to my workshop has tremendously enhanced how I spend 25 hours of my life every week. I listen to the secondary system for many more hours than the primary system, and as such the TRITON was not only worth every penny that I had paid for it, when put on an hourly basis will prove to be a bargain!

All my appreciation!

RAC


 

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CCC - Computer Controlled Cryogenics

Shunyata Research operates its own onsite Cryogenics International computer-controlled cryogenic plant. Liquid nitrogen is used to reduce the temperature of the contents to -320 degrees fahrenheit. The computer monitors and lowers the temperature by a single degree at a time to prevent thermal shock. We use this process to improve the performance of wire, conductors, connectors and terminals that are used in our power products and signal cabling.

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CCI™ Component-to-Component Interference

Traditional power conditioners are designed to block noise coming in from outside the home but do not address the noise that is generated by the electronic component’s themselves. In fact, many conditioners reflect noise back onto other components that are connected to the power conditioner.

CCI™ is one of the most significant but often overlooked aspects to power system performance. Shunyata Research has developed several noise reduction technologies to control CCI™ interference without using heavy transformers, coils or large capacitors.

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Chassis Dampening

Shunyata Research recognizes that vibration control is important to the overall performance of our products. Our power distributor chassis’ are made with heavy gauge steel or aluminum not plastic or thin wall sheet metal. We have developed our own accelerometer test instrument that detects extremely low levels of vibration. We use it in the developed of vibration absorbing materials such as energy absorbing footers, AC outlet gaskets and chassis dampeners that measurably reduce resonant vibration within the power distributor.

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CopperCONN™ Outlets

Electrical contacts in commercial grade outlets and virtually all audiophile grade outlets are made from brass or bronze. Some audiophile grade outlets may get a plating of nickel, silver, gold or rhodium that is only a few millionths of an inch thick. However the base metal is thousands of times thicker and carries the majority of the current. Shunyata Research CopperCONN™ outlets are constructed using solid, high purity, oxygen-free copper contacts that provide far greater conductivity. CopperCONN™ outlets are designed with superior grip strength and contact integrity contributing to measurable improvement in DTCD™ and an obvious difference in audible performance.

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DTCD™ (Dynamic Transient Current Delivery)

Analysis is a technique that measures instantaneous current through low impedance electrical conductors and contacts. We use it to optimize the design, specification and construction of parts and materials to ensure maximum current delivery performance in our power distributors and power cables.

 

 

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First Sounds: Shunyata Research HYDRA TRITON v2

I reviewed the first Triton back in 2013, observing ". . . quieter backgrounds with less grain and hash, the emergence of new musical detail, improved timbre, more refined dynamic contrast (especially in the mid to lower frequencies) an expansive soundstage with better image focus, and, of course, the HYDRA hallmark of weightier bass with clearer leading-edge articulation and improved extension." So when I heard there was a TRITON v2, I asked myself, How much better can it get?...

~ Tim Aucremann, Reviewer at The Audio Beat 

Read the full review HERE.

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Great customer service

Richard,

HYDRA arrived today with no issues from shipping.

1. Used the new 20A power cord you sent (Belden) and plugged the HYDRA into same outlet as before. Powered up HYDRA and no issues.
2. Turned switch off on HYDRA, and plugged in all 6 components. Flipped the switch on the HYDRA and no issues. Powered up all 6 components, no issues.
3. Played some tunes for 10-15 minutes - no issues. Powered down all 6 components.
4. Turned switch off on HYDRA and plugged in the 20A PYTHON ALPHA HELIX. Flipped the switch on the HYDRA and no issues. Powered up all 6 components, no issues.
5. Playing tunes now and no issues.

Thank you again, to you and the people at Shunyata. It has been a pleasure to deal with such a great company, and one that still provides great customer service (something that seems to be lost today in the audio world).

Dan


 

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HYDRA TRITON & TYPHON Power Conditioning System

The Shunyata Research TRITON is the top model in the company’s third generation of HYDRA power distributors. It sends electricity from a single wall outlet to eight sockets (ten in 240VAC units) using a buss system that Shunyata claims is capable of supporting the current demand of virtually any audio system. The TRITON is an entirely passive device that also provides its client component with noise suppression and surge protection.

~ Tim Aucremann, Reviewer at The Audio Beat

Read the full Audio Beat review HERE.

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HYDRA TRITON & TYPHON Power Conditioning System (2)

When you read the coverage we post on The Audio Beat of various audio shows, it probably seems as though we spend all of our time flitting from room to room in search of flashy new products. Actually, what we’re seeking are new products with stories -- angles or hooks that pique interest beyond the fact that the products have just been introduced.

~ Marc Mickelson, Editor-in-Chief of The Audio Beat

Read the full Audio Beat review HERE.

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Hydraulic Electromagnetic Breaker

Common power conditioners use fuses or thermal breakers for over current protection. When under heavy load, these devices cause voltage drops, increased contact impedance, thermal noise, excessive heat generation and current limiting effects.

Shunyata Research power distributors use a far more advanced solution called hydraulic electromagnetic breakers. They operate right up the to their maximum current rating without the limitations of fuses or thermal breakers.

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I appreciate the outstanding service

Thank you Richard,

I appreciate the outstanding service. I always thought Shunyata was some of the best out there..... your new line may be the best! I soon will be purchasing a set of your jumpers and sometime next year a TRITON power conditioner.

Bill


 

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I appreciate the outstanding service

Thank you Richard, I appreciate the outstanding service. I always thought Shunyata was some of the best out there..... your new line may be the best! I soon will be purchasing a set of your jumpers and sometime next year a TRITON power conditioner.

Bill


 

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In one word: remarkable!!

Hi Richard:

I would like to let you know how things are working out with the new TRITON, TYPHON, and the ΞTRON™ powersnakes.

In one word: remarkable!!

The TRITON/TYPHON combination is simply amazing. The noise floor in my system is now vanishingly low. I am an Electrical Engineer and I have been an audiophile for more than thirty years, and to say the noise floor is vanishingly low is something I never thought I would say about any system.

Please give my warmest regards to Caelin Gabriel and everybody else at Shunyata!

Robert O.


 

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It's a real charmer...

Very happy with the Shunyata TYPHON addition for the TRITON.....

It is great to be able to say without hesitation that the addition of the Shunyata TYPHON to my TRITON is one of the most magical moments in my four decades as a music loving soul. It's real charmer: the TYPHON is one push forward towards audio bliss that frankly I did not see coming. For my system & taste it is a mayor step into a new level of music reproduction. All being said from a person who treasures music far above the hobby of collecting esoteric & $$$ gear.

Perhaps everyone may not feel this way because what the TYPHON does is hard to quantify w/ words, simple narrative bites & typical audiophile catchphrases.

The synergy is a real shocker: Music is in all regards simply more emotional, nuanced, clear, articulate and spatial in spades. Lush & at the same time powerful. Every recording sounds more interesting in some way & most are frankly more pleasurable to listen to. Space is the name of the game. Timing, tonalities, nuance, expression, emotion & engagement.... on & on.

If I were to remove the TYPHON from the system (which I have done for my wife) it is like viewing/hearing the musical event from behind a scrim or sheet of glass: It is for lack of a better word FLAT (er), pale, less organic & less emotionally engaging. A bit like watching someone on film take a walk on a beautiful day instead of walking & experiencing it yourself.

What the TYPHON/TRITON does:

- A picture window expands floor to ceiling and the glass is pristine....
- The air just got cleaner & cooler like a gentle passing spring front
- A stone dropped in a placid pond sending ripples to the banks
- Someone whispered from across a room but each word was clear & distinct
- The back wall of my listening room grew much deeper & the room magically expanded in all directions
- My emotional core was touched by a passage that I have known for decades but never w/ such resonance....
- Never heard that door slam before or that train pass in the distant background.....or the last, faintest, deepest rumble of thunder miles away...
- A drink of the purest cool water
- Oh... I remember what a nylon string guitar sound like in a small intimate room.

Every small detail..... The list can grow: It becomes a litany of little metaphors that hint at something that is poetic at its core. Poetic and therefore harder to describe. And poetic the TYPHON/TRITON combo is. In spades!!!

The point I want to make is that the overall effect of adding the TYPHON is something I intellectually understood but did not actually expect to be so deeply, dare I say, soulful & rewarding. This is the nicest thing I have done for my passions & myself as an audiophile/music lover in decades. Please if you can find a dealer who can let you take one of these home do so. It may turn out to be an expensive early birthday gift but......it's just magical.

Mark S. Smith
USA


 

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My listening pleasure has never been better!

Dear Grant and Caelin,

I'm a skeptic when it comes to electrical cables and audio benefits. I have a decent system made up of Bryston components with Vienna Acoustics speakers. Its sound was fairly decent to begin with. So, when my dealer recommended that I hook up a TRITON with COBRA C19 to the wall outlet and COBRA ΞTRON™'s for my amp and DAC, I was skeptical. How can a line conditioner boost that ever-elusive trait that we audiophiles call "musicality"?

After breaking in the TRITON and COBRA cables for about 50 hrs, I was floored. The sonic improvements that I heard were simply astonishing. Vocals and string instruments were clearer and had startling 3-D-like images in my room. The amounts of rich detail I was able to hear in choral, chamber, and pop/rock FLAC and CD recordings were enhanced significantly. Even my LPs, played on a modest Concept turntable, sounded much better, with improved soundstage all around. Reverberations, especially with string instruments, seemed to linger longer, enhancing my experience of a live-performance recording. It was like lifting a veil that masked parts of the music. The opening-up of panoramic vistas of sonic detail from the recordings was truly remarkable. How can a cleaned-up, two-dimensional electrical signal reveal such amazing detail? My listening pleasure has never been better!

I just wanted to congratulate you and your staff for the efforts you all have put into your products. I cannot fathom going back to stock cords. I may never attend another live chamber or vocal concert again (just joking)! And I look forward to further technical developments from your group.

Keep up the great work.

Pete N., PhD
USA


 

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My listening pleasure has never been better!

Dear Grant and Caelin,

I'm a skeptic when it comes to electrical cables and audio benefits. I have a decent system made up of Bryston components with Vienna Acoustics speakers. Its sound was fairly decent to begin with. So, when my dealer recommended that I hook up a TRITON with COBRA C19 to the wall outlet and COBRA ΞTRON™'s for my amp and DAC, I was skeptical. How can a line conditioner boost that ever-elusive trait that we audiophiles call "musicality"?

After breaking in the TRITON and COBRA cables for about 50 hrs, I was floored. The sonic improvements that I heard were simply astonishing. Vocals and string instruments were clearer and had startling 3-D-like images in my room. The amounts of rich detail I was able to hear in choral, chamber, and pop/rock FLAC and CD recordings were enhanced significantly. Even my LPs, played on a modest Concept turntable, sounded much better, with improved soundstage all around. Reverberations, especially with string instruments, seemed to linger longer, enhancing my experience of a live-performance recording. It was like lifting a veil that masked parts of the music. The opening-up of panoramic vistas of sonic detail from the recordings was truly remarkable. How can a cleaned-up, two-dimensional electrical signal reveal such amazing detail? My listening pleasure has never been better!

I just wanted to congratulate you and your staff for the efforts you all have put into your products. I cannot fathom going back to stock cords. I may never attend another live chamber or vocal concert again (just joking)! And I look forward to further technical developments from your group.

Keep up the great work.

Pete N., PhD
USA


 

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NIC™ Noise Reduction

NIC™ (Noise Isolation Chamber) is a proprietary Shunyata Research technology that reduces high frequency power line noise. It employs a ferroelectric substance that actually absorbs high frequency noise in the Megahertz to Gigahertz range. Shunyata Research power distributors with NIC™s reduce noise without any of the reactive negatives associated with conventional power conditioners.

~ Patent US 8,658,892 ~

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