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The Venom Defender is small and compact; has no chassis, no outlets and no power cord. You simply plug it into the wall outlet and it provides noise reduction and transient protection to your system.

The Venom Defender module was created by Shunyata Research to offer high-performance plug-in protection and advanced noise reduction technology for Shunyata Research’s Venom PS10 power distributor.

“No product on the market offers this kind of application flexibility, protection and performance and all for an incredibly affordable price!”




The Venom Defender Module was created by Shunyata Research’s designer, Caelin Gabriel, to offer high-performance plug-in protection and noise-filtration for Shunyata’s Venom PS10 power distributor. The Defender is the first and only product of its kind that provides superior protection and noise-isolation by plugging it directly into the wall outlet. When combined with the Venom PS10 power distributor and several of the Venom Series power cords it provides the most affordable, performance oriented power-distribution system in the industry!

The Venom Defender features Shunyata’s exclusive MPDA (multi phase differential array) which is a 30 element filter network that targets specific noise generated by electronic power supplies.  Previously available only in Shunyata’s critically acclaimed HYDRA Series power distributors, it dramatically reduces the noise floor improving musical enjoyment.

  • Plug and play convenience
  • System wide transient protection
  • Advanced MPDA noise reduction
  • L.E.D. fault indicator
  • User replaceable


AMPLIFIERS: The Venom Defender is a unique solution that provides surge protection and noise reduction to power amplifiers without the negative effects of traditional chassis based power solutions. The VENOM Defender eliminates the need for an extra power cord, internal wiring, outlets, breakers, coils and even shelf space!

VENOM PS8 & VENOM DEFENDER: The Venom Defender offers the ultimate in utility by plugging directly into the VENOM PS8 or more conveniently into the same wall outlet as the Venom PS10 to provide transient and noise protection for the entire system — without giving up any of the outlets on the PS10! This out-board protection and noise-reduction capability affords virtually unlimited flexibility across the broadest possible range of system applications.

SIMPLE SYSTEMS & REMOTE DEVICES: Many entertainment media systems have components that are located in various locations around the house. Buying power conditioners for single devices in multiple locations is not practical and can be prohibitively expensive. The Venom Defender is the perfect solution for these systems, providing complete protection at a reasonable cost. This solution eliminates the space consuming power boxes and the messy power cords.





The Absolute Sound 2023 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide

Consider adding even further refinement with the big-time surge protection and flagship filtration technology of the pint-sized Defender. If you have an AC outlet, you’re good to go. Bravo to Shunyata for designing a system that acknowledges the fact that not everyone has the cash, space, or inclination to run dedicated lines into a listening room. Apartment dwellers take note. You’ll never look at power strips and AC power quite the same way again. (239)



The Absolute Sound 2016 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide

– Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound

November 28, 2015


Venom PS8 Power Distributor with Venom Defender Line Conditioner

– Tim Smith, Wall of Sound

July 17, 2014


“Following about 48 hours of break-in, serious listening revealed no negatives, and the rather obvious positives of a lower noise floor and a more easeful sound. So it was very gratifying when a listening chum who hadn’t visited in a while—a serious DIY loudspeaker designer-builder—spontaneously and rather wonderingly commented on the dynamic freedom he was hearing from a 20W amplifier: the Lindell AMPX. I hastened to point out that the total cost of the power-delivery products was twice that of the amp, which we both agreed provided food for thought.”

– John Marks, Stereophile

December 1, 2013
Read the full review here.




The MPDA is a sophisticated circuit that reduces power-line noise without the negative effects normally associated with conventional transformer and large capacitor design approaches.


The VENOM Defender includes 22,000 Amps of transient protection.


Red L.E.D. fault indicator that displays a status of the internal protection circuitry. Plug and Play convenience couldn’t be easier to use. Simply plug it in to the VENOM PS8 or the wall outlet where the audio system is connected.

CopperCONN™ Connectors

The CopperCONN™ connectors are electrical power connectors designed by Shunyata scientist Caelin Gabriel. Their unique construction and performance attributes are unique in the world of high-performance parts, found only in Shunyata Research products.




Input/Output Voltage:
Max Voltage (US): 125VAC unregulated
Max Voltage (Asia): 230VAC unregulated

Over-Current Protection:
Internally protected

Sockets / Connectors:

Current Ratings:
Max current: N/A

Transient Suppression:
NextGEN TMOV Transient Protection
20,000 Amps @ 8/50μs

Polycarbonate / TPE

Length: 4.30 inches
Diameter: 1.48 inches
Weight: 3.4 oz



Over more than 2 decades, the reliability and durability of Shunyata Research products has become a legendary attribute of the brand.  Shunyata products are completely non-reactive and run cool to the touch.  They do not hum, vibrate, buzz, or generate heat and do not require any ventilation. Despite heavy-use applications in studios, medical labs, and home environments, Shunyata Research products maintain an almost zero failure rate.


In an era of products that are mass-produced, Shunyata Research invests in training career craftsman who build our products by hand at our factory in Poulsbo, Washington. The exceptional fit, finish, and attention to detail has become a hallmark trait of Shunyata Research products going back to its inception in 1998. Shunyata Research has been building some of the finest power and cable products in the industry for more than twenty years. The commitment to building durable products that are designed to last a lifetime elevates our products to the top of their class.


Safety and quality control is job one at Shunyata Research. Before anything leaves the factory, we test each and every product thoroughly and carefully for safety and quality. This explains the long-term success of Shunyata Research products in the professional recording, medical, scientific, and consumer industries. Shunyata Research’s impeccable product safety and reliability track record for the past 23 years speaks for itself.



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The unparalleled craftsmanship and build quality of Shunyata Research products is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. This demonstrates our commitment to building the finest products on the planet and providing exceptional customer support.
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