Shunyata Research is dedicated to the advancement of power delivery and signal transmission technologies through research and development programs. Companies that achieve long-term success share an ability to develop intellectual properties and technologies allowing them to create state-of-the-art products.

Shunyata Research’s designer Caelin Gabriel’s seven published patents and materials science background speak for themselves. The performance advantages of Shunyata Research products as reported by industry professionals and consumers are a direct result of our development program and materials science approach.

Shunyata Research produces its own specialized connectors, exotic conductors, patented filter technologies and proprietary metallurgic treatments that all contribute to the exceptional performance of our products.

The following descriptions of unique technologies, parts, materials and processes explain why Shunyata Research has achieved worldwide success throughout the world’s finest recording studios and consumer home entertainment systems.

Dynamic Instantaneous Current Delivery

DTCD® Analysis is a proprietary measurement technique developed to measure instantaneous current flow through very low impedance electrical conductors and contacts. It is used to optimize the design of electrical parts and materials, ensuring optimal instantaneous current delivery. DTCD® Analysis gives Shunyata Research a clear competitive advantage in the design and development of high performance power delivery products.

DTCD® test results indicate that designing power delivery systems around the concepts of minimized AC impedance, high quality contact integrity and maximum instantaneous current delivery ensures maximum performance and electrical reliability in home entertainment and professional recording systems.


This DTCD® graph demonstrates the clear current delivery superiority of a Venom power cord versus the stock, commodity power cord.

DTCD® Analysis demonstrates that wire geometry can have a significant impact on current delivery even between cables that have the same wire gauge.

DTCD® illustrates that differences in wire gauge and inductive reactance clearly affect instantaneous current delivery.

Component-to-Component Interference

Traditional power conditioners are designed to block noise coming from outside the home but do not address the noise that is generated by the electronic components themselves. In fact, many conditioners act as a ‘brick wall’ and reflect noise back into other components that are connected to the same power conditioner. CCI™ (component-to-component interference) is one of the most significant, and 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; avoiding the hum, buzz and heat associated with the use of these reactive components. CCI™ filters measurably reduce noise and interference, allowing the electronic components to operate in a noise-free environment.


Using a Fluke Power Analyzer: the first graph shows impulse noise on the power line. The second graph shows the reduction in line noise when using a Shunyata Research NR (noise reduction) power cord.

Noise with a standard power cable.

Noise eliminated with a Ξtron Alpha Digital power cable.

DPC-6 noise isolation measurement Zone-1 to Zone-2.

Dramatic CCI™ noise reduction as demonstrated by the Hydra DPC-6 power conditioner that was designed specifically for computer-based audio systems.

Distributed Power Conditioning

Distributed Power Conditioning is a solution developed by Shunyata Research to solve the problems associated with power line noise in large, complex entertainment systems. Entertainment and pro-audio systems may include multiple electronic components that may be located in multiple locations making it impossible to use a single-box power conditioner solution.

Shunyata Research solves this problem by intercepting noise at several power line entry and exit points in the entertainment system. System-wide CCI™ interference can be significantly improved by using a combination of noise reduction products including; power conditioners, NR power cords and small outlet filters.

Research Programs

Our research programs guide the development of parts and materials used to improve the performance of our products. We have amassed a huge technical knowledge base that we use in the design of our products. Shunyata Research builds its own test equipment and power supplies specifically to test the effects of DTCD® and CCI™ (component-to-component interference).

Shunyata technology at work in medical electrophysiology imaging systems.

Noise Reduction

Proprietary Technologies

Vibration Management

Sonic-welding is superior to crimped or soldered connections.

Signal Transmission Technology

Conventional audiophile signal cable designs focus primarily on metal purity, insulation materials, connectors, and different types of geometry. After 25 years of military and signal transmission research, scientist Caelin Gabriel discovered that often-overlooked factors in achieving high resolution cable performance where self-induced signal micro-distortions. Gabriel was able to identify many, including ‘dielectric distortion’, through years of rigorous scientific measurement and listening tests. In the subsequent 18 years, numerous patented technologies and proprietary processes that measurably and audibly improved cable performance were developed.

The technologies described herein are part of an overall design imperative that seeks to preserve the original signal integrity without alteration. Shunyata cables perform these functions without mysterious pseudo-science explanations or intentional signal manipulations in the form of ‘networked cables’. Shunyata Research uses the finest conductors and metals available. Using these materials, Shunyata Research designs its own cabling using Ohno copper, VTX™ (virtual tube) conductors and our own line of custom connectors. Many competing manufacturers don’t even make it this far –but this is just the beginning for Shunyata Research in the quest for signal transmission perfection.

Many manufacturers use the same cable construction for both RCA and XLR cables. Single-ended and balanced signal transmission is fundamentally different with each requiring a different cable design for optimal signal transmission and minimal RFI/EMI interference. All Shunyata Research cables are specifically designed for each type of signal interface. A coaxial design is best for single-ended connections while a shielded twisted pair design is best for balanced connections.

More than twenty years of research into the science of high-resolution signal propagation has produced some of the world’s most advanced patented and patent-pending technologies. ΞTRON® technology reduces dielectric distortion; TAP (Transverse-Axial Polarizer) technology address electromagnetic polarization distortion; HARP deals with current mode cable resonance; and VTX™ conductors eliminate skin effects. All of these technologies are benign, meaning they do not alter the original signal in any form. Rather, these technologies preserve the original signal by minimizing several different forms of micro-distortion.


Signal Comparison

Source Signal: Note the relative symmetry to the square wave rise and fall. The small variations following the top and bottom of the wave are caused by harmonic ringing.

No ΞTRON®: Notice the rounded lead edge and sloped, falling edge of the signal. This indicates signal absorption by the dielectric in the cable.

ΞTRON®: Notice that the clean rise and fall of the signal is closer to the source signal. The amount of dielectric absorption has been reduced.

Signal Transmission

Wire & Cable

Connectors & Terminals