Here is my review of the four power cables recently inserted into my system.
I recently came upon an advertisement for Shunyata Research cables. Of course I was aware of their reputation among audiophiles but I had never really checked them out. After traveling to Shunyata’s website, the characteristics they incorporate into their power cable designs intrigued me. I ended up purchasing an Alpha v2 NR cable for my power amp, a Delta v2 NR for my line stage and two Venom V10 NR cables for my disc player and phono amp.
I’m aware of how prevalent hyperbole is among many audiophiles as we describe how equipment or even tweaks affect our systems. With that in mind, these four noise reducing cables completely transformed my system’s sound. Now come a bunch of colorful adjectives to characterize that transformation…transparency, openness, rhythmic drive, naturalness etc.
In the end, the music, regardless whether the source be vinyl or digital disc, ebbs and flows from the speakers which virtually disappear into this large enveloping orb of sound. It’s incredible. Probably the biggest shock is the complete lack of any edge or haze to music played on my SACD player. I really did not believe that to be possible. I always expected that digital edge was endemic to the medium and I had to just accept it. Nope! And yes, in case you’re wondering I was already using after-market power cables. They are now residing in a closet never to renter the system.
So what do you do now? Please, for the love of great music, go to Shunyata Research’s website and read about all of the purposeful design elements that allow their cables to enable your stereo components to perform at a level you have never heard before. Find an authorized dealer once your finances permit and choose which of their cables would be most appropriate for your set-up. Insert these beauties into your kit and listen to musicians provide you with a personal performance in your listening space. Once you’ve experienced that, there is no going back. Embrace the experience and lose yourself in your favorite music.
Please pass along to whoever built my unit my thanks for their work, and of course to the boss (Caelin, not your boss Libby) for his brilliant work in designing this.”
Thank you for the info. I really appreciate it!
The speaker cables are sounding awesome! I have them connected between a pair of Magico A3 speakers driven by a Modwright KWA-100SE amplifier.
At first, after reading all the reviews of the Magico A3’s, I wasn’t sure the Modwright amp would have enough juice to drive them but no worries. They sound great!
Other speaker cables I have used are Morrow Audio SP7, Audio Sensibility and Wire World. The Anacondas are definitely staying put! ( probably my last speaker cable purchase! )
I am still waiting to receive the Anaconda XLR interconnects so I can’t comment on their performance yet but if they are anything like the speaker cables, I will be in audio heaven!
Thanks again for answering my questions and for making the best cables I have used in my system! ( I also use the Alpha Zitron power cords and the DENALI 6000/S v2.
I hooked everything up and calmly sat down to listen. OMG! I was not prepared for the amazing sounds that were now coming from my speakers. Like the tried and true cliche’ , “it was like a blanket had been pulled off my speakers”. I now heard music as it was meant to be heard, live, vivid and in my face. The music now not only had a wider sound stage, but the depth of that sound stage was something that I’d never heard before. The overall experience was one of profound amazement! I have had this system for about two years and this was the single most jaw dropping moment that i have heard. My system contains: Balanced Audio Tech. amp VK-6200 [200 watts each into 5 channels], Anthem AVM60 preamp, Oppo 205 multidisc player, Esoteric K-03 CD and SACD player, Golden Ear Triton Reference speakers, Synergistics inter connects, Shunyata power cord, Shunyata Triton V3 and Typhon QR.
Now I have a completely new CD collection to listen to all over again in a new and freshly delightful manner. My CD collection is around 12,000, so I’ll be at this for awhile. But now I will listen to them with a new bold and open sound!
I really wish to thank you very much for taking, not only the time it took and the expertise that you filled me in on, but also the joy that you had in doing so. You obviously enjoy what you are doing and it shows!
Thank you for your quick reply. No need to apologize, mistakes happen, they exchanged it immediately.
I bought from them a Denali v2 conditioner and the Sigma XC power cord and all I can say is WOW! I couldn’t be happier. I expected an improvement but I didn’t expect the level of improvement I heard. Great products.
I installed the Denali and other new cables. UNBELIEVABLE! I am speechless. MIND IS BLOWN! Thank you for your recommendations. My expectations were exceeded and I am in amazement at what the combination of the Denali and cables did to the sound. Just incredible growth in soundstage, tone, warmth, noise floor etc. Tremendous increase in mid range and low end as well.
The Omega is a stunning achievement – amazing musical performance, combining drastic reduction in USB digital grunge with tremendous transparency and resolution and musicality. In order to fully realize the experience of the new Omega I needed to somewhat retune my system.
As great as they are, these improvements are actually relative to the Sigma, which was my previous USB cable. I think the Omega sonic performance improvement is much greater than the improvement achieved by the Sigma, which replaced a Revelation Audio cryo-silver USB. In toto, the Omega is a quantum jump in USB cable performance and very well worth the high cost – it has amounted to a transformation for my system.
Thanks again for your kind accommodation offer.
Hi Eric and Richard
I’m well north of 150 hours now with the Delta plugged into the Aurender N10 (onward to Devialet D400 and Verity Audio Parsifal Ovation speakers)
This setup sounded absolutely wonderful before adding the Delta. Virtually everything else in the system is well cabled, connected and supported. Power for the Aurender was the last power cable needing an upgrade (without launching into a whole new round of upgrades).
Right out of the box I could hear significant improvements although the first 100 hours or so had some “unusual” moments where the cable was clearly transitioning.
Now that I’ve “done time” , I can more fully appreciate the benefits.
• Increased clarity with smoother treble and vocals
• Bass a little deeper maybe but definitely better control (of already very good control)
• Opened totally new sound stages never heard before (most noticeable improvement)
Increases my frustration with poorly recorded/produced/mastered music. While it doesn’t sound bad, it’s frustrating to know how much better it would be if done right in the studio. I’m listening to more MQA than ever, some of which is stunning. The new cable (and Aurender N10 too) are very revealing. (Very revealing is a good thing. I don’t know how excellent audio could be anything else.) Tidal hifi quality is very impressive and satisfying too, again depending on the recording.
Thanks for all your help in getting me into the right cable.
I wanted to let you know that the Delta v2 NR power cable and Delta Analog v2 XLR interconnects arrived last week and they made a huge difference in the sound I’m receiving from my system. I told my wife that, with the Shunyata interconnects installed and broken in, I actually look forward to listening to CDs (vs. just enjoying a pretty good but far less than perfect digital representation of the music). So, thank you for all of your guidance and kindness. Also, please let Caelin and your technical department how much I’m enjoying their products (recall that I’m using a Sigma NR power cable between the wall socket and my PSAudio P15 power regenerator).
Be well and enjoy the coming spring season with all of its beauty. My best to your family.
Just to let you know I just ordered a pair of Alpha v2, should get them in a couple of weeks I hope.
The single Alpha v1 I tested was, to my ears, simply better than the alternative I tried (a pair, comparable price range) as well as my current Nordost Brahma. I truly believe that the Alphas provided a meaningful, clearly audible improvement compared to similarly priced power chords I tested in my system. I was actually surprised by the impact they made. Not sure how to describe it, but it seemed to me that music was simply more real. Classical music pieces I love were just more moving, with better separation of the voices of individual sections and instruments in orchestral pieces, while jazz musicians and singers felt closer, again giving more the illusion of listening to a live performance. My system was already fairly resolving without sounding overly analytical (Devialet 1000 coupled with my beloved Sonus Faber Stradivari speakers), but the Alphas took both transparency and musicality to a higher level. Fantastic product.
I only run “focused” testing, there are dozens of options and time is limited. But let me mention a few things that were critical in my buying experience:
1) the brand’s reputation, the reason to consider it instead of others in the first place
2) our correspondence, where I felt I was getting detailed, well articulated and honest advice, and always very quick replies
3) dealer enthusiasm and professionalism, they sell many other brands but are huge fans of Shunyata
4) testing the products in my system (first a friend’s Cyclops, now the ex demo Alpha)
Points 2) and 4) were the most important ones.
Not every company is willing or able to invest in client relationships, but this is, in my view, the best way to create not only happy and loyal customers but also “net promoters” (marketing lingo, I know).
As a side comment, I simply excluded Synergistic Research as I could not convince myself about the validity of a number of their claims. Not saying they are untrue, but people with an engineering / physics background seem to be more skeptical about certain SR products than others. On the other hand, Audioquest did not respond to my email…
Anyhow, thanks again for your time, I might bother you with more questions in the future 🙂
Best regards to you, Caelin and the rest of the team.
Felt I owed you a follow up and I am VERY Happy to report I noticed an immediate improvement in all sound aspects and sound quality on the first SACD I played with the Omega Clock – 50 BNC Digital Cable.
Even a well recorded 16/44.1 cd sounded LIVE and amazing.
PLEASE no more upgrades for quite a while. Being on a pension & S.S. my 2-channel stereo buying power has diminished 🙂
Tom in NJ.
I just got them today – so maybe 2 hours thus far. Not much…but it has been difficult to stop listening!
Here are some of my texts to friends today that are more descriptive in terms of expressing how I feel about this “combo” of the Denali 6000/s V2 with the Sigma XC 20 amp power cord (+ Alpha V2 NR powering my NAD Masters M33):
“Completely TRANSFORMATIVE in every way. Tonal accuracy that produces mesmerizingly real instrument timbres and decays, depth of soundstage that is staggering, far greater control over the mids and lows leading to increased dynamics and palpable 3D instruments in space, and an ease of listening even at “live concert volumes” that is difficult to describe.”
“I was not capable of even imagining this level of musical enjoyment…the kind of musical reproduction that can make minds break and tears flow!”
“I feel like I’ve wasted way too much lifetime NOT hearing music THIS WAY.”
“Isn’t it just a shame that “doubters” still exist in the “audiophile” world about the efficacy of power conditioning and power cords. Such a loss for them.”
~Steve from Michigan
First off I’d like to express my gratitude for what Shunyata Research has done for our listening enjoyment over the years. The rewards have been immense and the recent acquisition of two Denali 6000S v2 has been nothing short of enlightening. This new found level of transparency was literally frightening initially. The added complexity of macro and micro dynamics has put layers and textures within and upon textures. Depth of stage was improved dramatically. Timbres are highly refined.
The first time our cat Yusef (named after Yusef Lateef the multi instrumentalist) sat down with us in front of a very familiar piece of music since the addition of the two Denali, as he commonly does, at a very modest volume level, his ears were now unusually moving around like radar and unlike being his usual still and good listening companion, he kept jumping over us from one side of the couch to the other not sure what to do next until finally coming to rest and getting used to the new normal! Given, his ears might well be better than mine, and I feel he really was experiencing what we all were trying to come to terms with. The music was in the room, well outside the speaker boxes for the first time. On some level this psychedelic like event presented itself so radically new, lasting for days after the system first settled back in. Truly amazing. Now we expect this kind of 3D performance. One of the single greatest upgrades I’ve ever experienced.
It was very gracious of you to take the time this afternoon to reassure me and to explain the timeline the cables will go through before settling. I’ve been listening ever since our conversation and cannot believe what an improvement the cables have made already; looking forward to receiving the alpha speaker cables & seeing what further heights my system will scale.
You are the epitome of customer service! Thank you again
Back to listening,
The new Sigma v2 speaker cable has settled in and is just gorgeous. You all should be very proud of this product.
These C15 IEC shims work great. Your picture really helped. Without the shims these McIntosh IEC terminals on my SACD player and pre-amp were very loose. With the shims installed the Delta plugs are perfectly snug. Tell Mr. Gabriel these things are a god-send and really work. I’ve attached a couple of pictures. Your quick turn-around on this order is appreciated.
Opinion: McIntosh is Chevy and Audioquest is Ford; Shunyata is Ferrai/Lamborgini/Bentley . . .
Other: These Deltas are beautifully constructed and the packaging is impressive. But what’s better than that is the dramatic improvement in my two-channel music system’s sound. Things are more separated and everything has more extension and openness. Really, the sonic improvement knocked me on my butt. Even my wife gave them a thumbs-up and she is generally skeptical about the money and my “audio venture.” The Adcoms’ power cords are wimpy 18 awg and are attached so I can’t change them until I get new amplifiers. I can’t even imagine how the sonics will be improved with good power cords on devices that really need power like amplifiers.
Richard, the ability to talk directly with you and Shunyata means a lot to me. There are no more brick-and-mortar stores where one could first kick the tires. So dealing with you directly is important.
I received the Venom V14 NR/Digital and WOW! The image on the monitor is rock solid. No bleeding, the darks are dark, and the reds are bright. The text isn’t as fuzzy around the edges making it easier to read. This after only three or so hours of use. So, it could get better as time goes on.
I have never bought a cable that came in such an amazing box. Everything is all serialized, with inspection notes, etc. It really makes you feel like you got something special.
I suspect I will change out a few more cables with Shunyata before I am through. 😀
I just wanted to let you know I acquired the 2nd Shunyata Venom 14 NR/Digital for the computer. The one for the monitor is miraculous! Once it finished burning in, the pixels are tighter and the color brighter. In fact, there is a URL icon for our internal company web folders that had always looked fuzzy. Now it is pixel perfect, no bleed, no fuzz! I can now tell it’s an open folder with files. Before it was a yellowish, orange smear with white and splotches of color.
I cannot wait to discover the differences this new Venom cable will reveal on my laptop. It’s entirely possible that sound and video quality will get a nuanced boost!
Just to dot the “I” on this, Jason R hooked me up with a Sigma USB. It sounds fantastic. The detail, the subtle dynamics, the air and space around the instruments, the … well, everything. It all sounds so wonderful. I will most certainly continue building my Shunyata collection. I thank you for the time you have spent addressing my many emails, too.