About Us

"Shunyata is a sanskrit word that expresses an idea; a personification that is not achievable in the physical realm. It’s the perfect state of stillness before the manifestation of creation. It’s that stillness that is the backdrop for creation, creativity, and music. The first manifestation being sound and vibration. Shunyata is the predecessor to that manifestation."
- Caelin Gabriel

The Story

Shunyata Research is the brainchild of Caelin Gabriel, who's efforts to improve his own music listening experience launched the science and research based company in 1997. From humble beginnings, Shunyata Research has grown into an internationally acclaimed company which designs and manufactures high performance electrical and cabling systems for recording, film, medical, surgical and consumer audio-visual systems world-wide. Shunyata Research's 18,000 square foot manufacturing and design facility is based just outside Seattle, in Washington State.

The People

While science, research and measurement are integral to the outstanding performance and value of Shunyata Research products, it is the core of talented, friendly and experienced front line staff that make Shunyata Research the most respected company in it's category. Collectively, Shunyata Research's employees share a common commitment to excellence in service and support that guides our every move.

If length of service, experience and positive energy form the foundation for a company's future, then Shunyata Research's continued success is assured.

Caelin Gabriel

Founder, CEO and Chief Designer

Caelin Gabriel is a former US military research scientist with a background in the research and design of ultra-sensitive data acquisition systems. These systems were designed to detect extremely low-level signals otherwise obscured by random noise, requiring years of intensive research into the sources and effects of signal and power-line noise interference.  It was in his time stationed in Germany that Caelin discovered a love of and aptitude for the HiFi experience. Throwing parties around potluck-style systems for locals and soldiers alike would plant a seed for what would become his life's work.

Gabriel holds more than 10 patents, with numerous additional patents-pending. These technical innovations have earned Shunyata Research product designs countless critical awards and endorsements from renowned recording studios, mastering engineers, heart surgeons and hospitals from all over the world. Caelin is a dedicated student of philosophy, transcendental meditation and the history of divergent thinkers. This unusual combination of intellectual discipline and unfettered curiosity offers the advantage of unorthodox insight and singular expertise. Shunyata Research is forged from this combination of Gabriel's training.

Caelin Gabriel, Founder and CEO

Caelin Gabriel

Founder, CEO and Chief Designer

Caelin Gabriel is a former US military research scientist with a background in the research and design of ultra-sensitive data acquisition systems. These systems were designed to detect extremely low-level signals otherwise obscured by random noise, requiring years of intensive research into the sources and effects of signal and power-line noise interference.  It was in his time stationed in Germany that Caelin discovered a love of and aptitude for the HiFi experience. Throwing parties around potluck-style systems for locals and soldiers alike would plant a seed for what would become his life's work.

Caelin Gabriel, Founder and CEO

Gabriel holds more than 10 patents, with numerous additional patents-pending. These technical innovations have earned Shunyata Research product designs countless critical awards and endorsements from renowned recording studios, mastering engineers, heart surgeons and hospitals from all over the world. Caelin is a dedicated student of philosophy, transcendental meditation and the history of divergent thinkers. This unusual combination of intellectual discipline and unfettered curiosity offers the advantage of unorthodox insight and singular expertise. Shunyata Research is forged from this combination of Gabriel's training.

Caelin Gabriel

Founder, CEO and Chief Designer
Caelin Gabriel, Founder and CEO

Caelin Gabriel is a former US military research scientist with a background in the research and design of ultra-sensitive data acquisition systems. These systems were designed to detect extremely low-level signals otherwise obscured by random noise, requiring years of intensive research into the sources and effects of signal and power-line noise interference.  It was in his time stationed in Germany that Caelin discovered a love of and aptitude for the HiFi experience. Throwing parties around potluck-style systems for locals and soldiers alike would plant a seed for what would become his life's work.

Gabriel holds more than 10 patents, with numerous additional patents-pending. These technical innovations have earned Shunyata Research product designs countless critical awards and endorsements from renowned recording studios, mastering engineers, heart surgeons and hospitals from all over the world. Caelin is a dedicated student of philosophy, transcendental meditation and the history of divergent thinkers. This unusual combination of intellectual discipline and unfettered curiosity offers the advantage of unorthodox insight and singular expertise. Shunyata Research is forged from this combination of Gabriel's training.

Grant Samuelson

Sales & Marketing Director
Grant Samuelson

Grant Samuelsen has been with Shunyata Research from its commercial beginnings some 22 years ago. His dedication to Shunyata Research is integral to the company's success and is manifest in the proliferation of Shunyata dealers and customers across the globe. Grant attends trade shows and public events and is part of a small team that supports dealers and distributors internationally and in the US. In recent years Grant has also been the primary agent for Shunyata's sister company, Clear Image Scientific, which designs and manufactures products used to reduce noise in medical and scientific applications. Grant has applied CIS products in prominent medical labs across the United States and helped document their incredible results. He has also personally visited and installed Shunyata Research products in some of the world's most iconic recording studios. We all think he ought to brag about this more often but his humble personality always keeps him more modest than most. Grant creates much of the written content for Shunyata Research's and CIS web-site and is part of a long tenured team that works on Shunyata's advertising, technical documents and product information. In terms of applied product knowledge and understanding, there are few with the accumulated breadth and depth of knowledge Grant brings to his work. When not traveling, Grant resides in Wisconsin with his wife and rotating cast of visiting sons and daughters. He has a passion for running, healthy living and his trusty sidekick Jake the Bichon.

Grant Samuelson

Sales & Marketing Director
Grant Samuelson

Grant Samuelsen has been with Shunyata Research from its commercial beginnings some 22 years ago. His dedication to Shunyata Research is integral to the company's success and is manifest in the proliferation of Shunyata dealers and customers across the globe. Grant attends trade shows and public events and is part of a small team that supports dealers and distributors internationally and in the US. In recent years Grant has also been the primary agent for Shunyata's sister company, Clear Image Scientific, which designs and manufactures products used to reduce noise in medical and scientific applications.

Grant has applied CIS products in prominent medical labs across the United States and helped document their incredible results. He has also personally visited and installed Shunyata Research products in some of the world's most iconic recording studios. We all think he ought to brag about this more often but his humble personality always keeps him more modest than most. Grant creates much of the written content for Shunyata Research's and CIS web-site and is part of a long tenured team that works on Shunyata's advertising, technical documents and product information. In terms of applied product knowledge and understanding, there are few with the accumulated breadth and depth of knowledge Grant brings to his work. When not traveling, Grant resides in Wisconsin with his wife and rotating cast of visiting sons and daughters. He has a passion for running, healthy living and his trusty sidekick Jake the Bichon.

Grant Samuelson

Sales & Marketing Director
Grant Samuelson

Grant Samuelsen has been with Shunyata Research from its commercial beginnings some 22 years ago. His dedication to Shunyata Research is integral to the company's success and is manifest in the proliferation of Shunyata dealers and customers across the globe. Grant attends trade shows and public events and is part of a small team that supports dealers and distributors internationally and in the US. In recent years Grant has also been the primary agent for Shunyata's sister company, Clear Image Scientific, which designs and manufactures products used to reduce noise in medical and scientific applications. Grant has applied CIS products in prominent medical labs across the United States and helped document their incredible results. He has also personally visited and installed Shunyata Research products in some of the world's most iconic recording studios. We all think he ought to brag about this more often but his humble personality always keeps him more modest than most. Grant creates much of the written content for Shunyata Research's and CIS web-site and is part of a long tenured team that works on Shunyata's advertising, technical documents and product information. In terms of applied product knowledge and understanding, there are few with the accumulated breadth and depth of knowledge Grant brings to his work. When not traveling, Grant resides in Wisconsin with his wife and rotating cast of visiting sons and daughters. He has a passion for running, healthy living and his trusty sidekick Jake the Bichon.

Chris
Operations Manager

As one of Shunyata Research's original employees, Chis began as Shunyata's first Production worker. 21 years later, Chris manages more than 24 staff members, dozens of parts and material vendors, world-wide certification processes and is largely, along with CEO Caelin Gabriel, responsible for Shunyata Research product's impeccable finish and award-winning build quality. As one of many Shunyata career employees, Chris's work and commitment to excellence has been admired by everyone who works with him.

Nicole
Accounts Manager

Nicole performs the herculean task of keeping all of Shunyata Research's interests, income and expenditures balanced. No employee has a more consequential job in managing Shunyata Research's many accounts, expenses, pricing and product development cycles. For more than 10 years, Nicole has worked behind the scenes to make sure Shunyata Research remains successful far into the future. Shunyata Research's success is due in no small part to Nicole's talents at managing finances on all fronts.

Richard
Sales Manager / Customer Support

After 14 years, Richard has become one of Shunyata Research's most versatile and talented  employees. A quintessential Washingtonian, Richard provides an invaluable and friendly information resource for customers, dealers, distributors and industry professionals. Richard tackles every challenge from international travel to assisting customers with an infectious, positive energy that has earned him an international fan base. In addition to his many professional duties, Richard pitches in anywhere he's needed, whether in marketing, production, film projects, listening room management, shipping or any other area that can benefit from his many talents. When not working, Richard is dedicated to his family, hunting, fishing and otherwise enjoying the great outdoors.

Cassandra
Order Manager

Cassandra owns the smiling, sunny voice that has answered almost every call at Shunyata Research for the past 14 years. Cassandra manages orders and front line support for all US and international dealers, customers and industry professionals. She accomplishes all this with a warmth and unwavering friendliness that has endeared her to everyone she speaks with. Although Cassandra's work is demanding, she takes the time to listen and genuinely enjoys the many relationships she has built with Shunyata's customers, dealers and distributors world wide.

Hank
Shipping Manager

Hank is Shunyata Research's secret weapon due to his ability to stay on top of one of the more complex jobs within any multi-national company. For more than 15 years, Hank has organized a shipping and receiving system that makes sense of much of the chaos that comes with shipping and receiving parts, materials and products world-wide. Hank is also a core part of the friendly culture at Shunyata Research, always ready with a smile and conversation despite the heavy work load. Getting products where they need to be on time and in good condition is a difficult job made to look easy only when managed by someone with Hank's deep skill set and positive outlook.

Naomi
Bookkeeper

Naomi joined the team originally in 2020 as a bookkeeper. Over the past five months she has proven invaluable in many areas of the business administration. Quick to pick up on details and supremely organized, Naomi now supports billing, shipping, customer service and accounting in various capacities. Naomi’s unflappable calm makes her a joy to work with.

Lena
Social Media Manager / Marketing

Like other Shunyata Research employees, Lena's core talent begins with constant motion and positive energy. Lena permeates every space she works in with a guileless talent and enthusiasm that affects everyone she comes into contact with. When it comes to getting things done, Lena speeds her way through projects, encourages and supports her co-workers and reaches out to others in need of support. Although new to her job in 2020, Lena has absorbed everything put in front of her and has quickly become irreplaceable because of the many talents, boundless energy and genuine kindness she brings to the people and world around her.

Scotti
Production Floor Manager
Austin
HYDRA Production Lead
Dave
Lead Builder

Scotti has worked for Shunyata Research for over 6 years, with a brief and productive time away running his successful restaurant in Bremerton, Washington. Now, Scotti focuses his time on managing the shop floor and the staff that continues to grow and expand with the operation. His attention to detail, chef-like organization skill and his unending sense of humor keep the gears turning and well greased. Scotti is not only the King of digital and analog interconnects in production, he is also an accomplished artist and musician, as well. His corner of production is always entertaining.

Austin joined the team over 8 years ago and has grown his skill and influence dramatically in that time. His extreme versatility and ability to build and oversee many different types of products simultaneously make him invaluable to the shop floor. He focuses largely on power distributors and signal cables, but his attention is mostly drawn back to his newborn daughter. Northwest weather can get pretty gray, but Austin’s smile is guaranteed to light up a room.

For over 10 years Dave has been demonstrating his unfailing reliability on the shop floor. He keeps a smile on his face and good attitude, even when the build sheets are longer than the hours in the day. He works power and signaling cable builds with dedicated precision. Omega customers are likely experiencing the craftsmanship that he brings to the detail of every build. He drives a beautiful, fast car and keeps everyone around him in good spirits. Shunyata Research is fortunate every day to have Dave on the team.

Scotti
Production Floor Manager

Scotti has worked for Shunyata Research for over 6 years, with a brief and productive time away running his successful restaurant in Bremerton, Washington. Now, Scotti focuses his time on managing the shop floor and the staff that continues to grow and expand with the operation. His attention to detail, chef-like organization skill and his unending sense of humor keep the gears turning and well greased. Scotti is not only the King of digital and analog interconnects in production, he is also an accomplished artist and musician, as well. His corner of production is always entertaining.

Austin
HYDRA Production Lead

Austin joined the team over 8 years ago and has grown his skill and influence dramatically in that time. His extreme versatility and ability to build and oversee many different types of products simultaneously make him invaluable to the shop floor. He focuses largely on power distributors and signal cables, but his attention is mostly drawn back to his newborn daughter. Northwest weather can get pretty gray, but Austin’s smile is guaranteed to light up a room.

Dave
Lead Builder

For over 10 years Dave has been demonstrating his unfailing reliability on the shop floor. He keeps a smile on his face and good attitude, even when the build sheets are longer than the hours in the day. He works power and signaling cable builds with dedicated precision. Omega customers are likely experiencing the craftsmanship that he brings to the detail of every build. He drives a beautiful, fast car and keeps everyone around him in good spirits. Shunyata Research is fortunate every day to have Dave on the team.

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