A DESIGN PERSPECTIVE
For years, the term ‘cable science’ has been considered an oxymoron because little credible science existed to explain why audible differences were apparent in power cords, signal cables and digital cables. Shunyata Research is changing that perception through scientific research, precision measurements, patented technologies and the development of exclusive parts and materials.
Shunyata Research cable designs are based upon several simple design principles.The first and seemingly obvious principle is to ‘preserve and protect the signal’ – or simply, do no harm. Once the signal has been altered even subtly, it cannot be reconstructed. Cables in your audio system represent the longest path that a signal travels from source to destination. All cables degrade the signal to one degree or another, so care must be taken to preserve the original signal. For example, cables act as simple filters with a capacitive and inductive reactance; however, there are several more subtle forms of distortion that affect the signal, including: dielectric absorption; skin effects; current resonance; and electromagnetic polarization distortion. Taken together, these micro-distortions represent a significant loss of fidelity in sound.
The second principle is critical to the first: power and signal cable systems are surrounded by a sea of high-frequency RFI and EMI interference including radio, television, microwave, cell phones and wifi sources that can damage the signal. One of the primary, but often overlooked contributors to noise and interference are the electronic components themselves. This is a concept we call CCI™ (Component-to-Component Interference). Noise generated by a component’s power supply and internal circuits may travel through the power lines via the power cords; or it may radiate between the power cords and interconnects. Shunyata Research cables are designed using specific technologies that will protect the delicate music signal from both conducted and radiated interference.
Unlike the majority of cable designs, every Shunyata Research cable is optimized to be application-specific, using patented technologies and proprietary parts designed to eliminate the noise and micro-distortions that will otherwise compromise the clarity, resolution and fidelity of the entertainment system.