Technology

“We set out to research and discover how to achieve the highest level of audio and video reproduction. It was our first goal, and it continues to be our only goal.”

- Caelin Gabriel, Founder and Lead Designer

Behind Shunyata Research product's many awards, professional and medical applications lies an infrastructure of scientific research and intellectual property that exist nowhere else in its category. The vast array of patented technologies and material science within Shunyata products define and explain their superior performance. A primary element of the design and research process is Caelin Gabriel’s willingness to challenge the orthodoxies of engineering truisms in the specific and unique environment of the music and film lover's experience.

This willingness to test, measure, and iterate against the grain has led to breakthrough technologies that defy expectation and set new standards for audio and visual reproduction.

Behind Shunyata Research product's many awards, professional and medical applications lies an infrastructure of scientific research and intellectual property that exist nowhere else in its category. The vast array of patented technologies and material science within Shunyata products define and explain their superior performance. A primary element of the design and research process is Caelin Gabriel’s willingness to challenge the orthodoxies of engineering truisms in the specific and unique environment of the music and film lover's experience.

This willingness to test, measure, and iterate against the grain has led to breakthrough technologies that defy expectation and set new standards for audio and visual reproduction.

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DTCD® Analysis is the foundational design principle behind Shunyata Research's award-winning power product designs. DTCD Analysis is a proprietary measurement technique developed to measure instantaneous current flow through extremely low impedance electrical conductors and contacts. It is used to optimize the design of electrical parts and materials, ensuring optimal instantaneous current delivery in the most demanding of electrical systems. DTCD® Analysis gives Shunyata Research a clear competitive advantage in the design and development of high performance power delivery products.

DTCD Performance Impact

Our research confirms that lowering in-line resistance to peak current dramatically improves sound by more accurately conveying the impact, immediacy, three-dimensional weight and timing in sound. There is more clarity and less distortion with signals of any type, whether audio, video or even delicate signals such as those viewed in science and medical applications.

DTCD Investment

Early in its research cycle in the early 2000's, Shunyata Research determined that facilitating the dynamic transfer of current was foundational to accuracy in reproduced sound and visuals. Measurements indicate that designing in over-rated parts using matched metals throughout the electrical path leads to consistent gains in performance regardless of the system. Overrating and custom manufacturing these parts is also directly linked to long product life and reliable, consistent operation. As a result, Shunyata invests enormous resources into creating it's own series of overrated parts, all made from ultra-pure copper, that exist nowhere else in the industry. Shunyata's custom designed and manufactured parts include solid copper outlets, AC connectors, internal wiring, power conductors, buss systems, ground posts and noise isolation chambers. All of these customized parts are critical to the performance outcome of any sound, medical and visual media system. These parts are proprietary and exist solely for application within Shunyata Research product designs. Together, the collection of DTCD designed parts form the cornerstone of a broad base of intellectual property.

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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® 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.

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

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CCI refers to Shunyata Research’s exploration into the exchange of high-intensity noise that occurs within a system of interconnected, proximally placed electronics that are tied to a common power source. The more components and complexity in the system, the more prevalent CCI becomes.

The vast majority of power conditioners are designed to act as a ‘brick wall’ filter in order to "block" noise coming in from outside the system. By definition, this approach reflects noise generated within the system back into other components that are connected to the same power line. CCI™ (component-to-component interference) is one of the most overlooked aspects to power system performance. Shunyata Research has developed a wide array of noise reduction methods and technologies that eliminate CCI™ interference without using heavy transformers, coils, or large capacitors. These technologies avoid the hum, buzz, heat and reactance that lead to inconsistent performance.

CCI Performance Impact

Expected performance benefits include dramatic gains in image definition, background silence and the palpable sense of realism in film or sound systems. The sheer volume of measurement affirming the value of Shunyata's many patents and technologies points to an efficiency in defeating system generated noise that has no comparative peer. These results have been third-party measured in the medical field, by top recording engineers and by countless critical media outlets, all with the same results. The elimination of CCI will translate directly to audio, film and recording systems.

CCI Investment

Shunyata Research's massive investment in developing its own patented technologies, filter systems and noise reducing materials is well documented. CCI filters are applied within many of Shunyata's power cords, power distributors and even inexpensive plug-in devices so that every point of noise generation within the system is addressed> For this wanting more information, we recommend some of the measurement videos or a scroll through Shunyata's technologies section, linked below.

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Noise with a standard power cable.

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Noise eliminated with a Ξtron Alpha Digital power cable.

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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.

Key Technologies

Transverse Axial Polarizer
TAP (‌‌Transverse Axial Polarizer) is a device that interacts with the electromagnetic field generated by the signal traveling along the signal cable. ‌‌TAP improves the sonic performance of the cable by modifying the behavior of the electromagnetic wave that surrounds the signal cable. In effect, the ‌‌TAP blocks longitudinal-oriented waves while passing transverse-oriented waves. The effect in sonic terms is like using polarized sunglasses to reduce reflected sunlight. Correcting polarization micro-distortion reduces what some call sonic glare. Patent Pending.
Common-Mode Noise
Common-mode noise is different than differential noise and is much more difficult to measure and eliminate. For the purest signal possible, Shunyata Research has developed a CMode filter that effectively reduces common-mode noise without introducing the sonic compression effects associated with conventional filters. It reduces high-frequency noise distortion while delivering an analog ease and palpable background silence that closes the gap between digital and analog systems.
‌ΞTRON®
‌ΞTRON® is a technology developed by Shunyata Research that prevents dielectric absorption and re-radiation in signal transmission. It requires a special type of conductor that has two signal paths and an electric field compensation circuit that creates a cancellation signal that prevents the insulation from developing a charge. ‌ΞTRON® cables preserve the integrity of the source signal even when using very long runs of cable. Patent US 8,912,436, Patent Ch ZL201180047344.2.
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‌‌Kinetic Phase Inversion
KPIP™ (‌‌Kinetic Phase Inversion Process) was developed by Caelin Gabriel after years of research into the underlying causes of various effects such as burn-in, wire directionality and the effects of cryogentic treatment. He discovered that there was an underlying core principle that burn-in and cryogenics only “partially” addressed. Once the governing principle was understood it became possible to create a processing technique and machine that could virtually eliminate the need for burn-in and cryogenic treatment.
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‌‌Noise Isolation Chamber
The ‌‌NIC™ (‌‌Noise Isolation Chamber) is a patented Shunyata Research device that reduces high frequency power line noise. It employs a ferroelectric substance that actually absorbs high frequency noise without any of the reactive negatives associated with transformers and large capacitors as used in conventional power conditioners. Patent US 8,658,892.
QR/BB™
The ‌‌QR/BB™ is a patented device which dramatically enhances the perception of dynamic impact and timing when connected to amplifiers or other high-current electronics. The ‌‌QR/BB™ is unique in that it provides a local reserve of energy, or Coulomb charge, that mitigates the inductive reactance of the AC power line without using coils, transformers or capacitors. The ‌‌QR/BB™ acts as an instantaneous energy reserve when placed in-line with an AC power supply.
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Key Technologies

Transverse Axial Polarizer
TAP (‌‌Transverse Axial Polarizer) is a device that interacts with the electromagnetic field generated by the signal traveling along the signal cable. ‌‌TAP improves the sonic performance of the cable by modifying the behavior of the electromagnetic wave that surrounds the signal cable. In effect, the ‌‌TAP blocks longitudinal-oriented waves while passing transverse-oriented waves. The effect in sonic terms is like using polarized sunglasses to reduce reflected sunlight. Correcting polarization micro-distortion reduces what some call sonic glare. Patent Pending.
Common-Mode Noise
Common-mode noise is different than differential noise and is much more difficult to measure and eliminate. For the purest signal possible, Shunyata Research has developed a CMode filter that effectively reduces common-mode noise without introducing the sonic compression effects associated with conventional filters. It reduces high-frequency noise distortion while delivering an analog ease and palpable background silence that closes the gap between digital and analog systems.
‌ΞTRON®
‌ΞTRON® is a technology developed by Shunyata Research that prevents dielectric absorption and re-radiation in signal transmission. It requires a special type of conductor that has two signal paths and an electric field compensation circuit that creates a cancellation signal that prevents the insulation from developing a charge. ‌ΞTRON® cables preserve the integrity of the source signal even when using very long runs of cable. Patent US 8,912,436, Patent Ch ZL201180047344.2.
Learn More
‌‌Kinetic Phase Inversion
KPIP™ (‌‌Kinetic Phase Inversion Process) was developed by Caelin Gabriel after years of research into the underlying causes of various effects such as burn-in, wire directionality and the effects of cryogentic treatment. He discovered that there was an underlying core principle that burn-in and cryogenics only “partially” addressed. Once the governing principle was understood it became possible to create a processing technique and machine that could virtually eliminate the need for burn-in and cryogenic treatment.
Learn More
‌‌Noise Isolation Chamber
The ‌‌NIC™ (‌‌Noise Isolation Chamber) is a patented Shunyata Research device that reduces high frequency power line noise. It employs a ferroelectric substance that actually absorbs high frequency noise without any of the reactive negatives associated with transformers and large capacitors as used in conventional power conditioners. Patent US 8,658,892.
QR/BB™
The ‌‌QR/BB™ is a patented device which dramatically enhances the perception of dynamic impact and timing when connected to amplifiers or other high-current electronics. The ‌‌QR/BB™ is unique in that it provides a local reserve of energy, or Coulomb charge, that mitigates the inductive reactance of the AC power line without using coils, transformers or capacitors. The ‌‌QR/BB™ acts as an instantaneous energy reserve when placed in-line with an AC power supply.
Learn More

Our Core Technology Explained

With a high value placed on science and holistic design, we have developed a system of categorizing our technologies, material science and engineering breakthroughs. These represent, in various combinations, the core competencies of our various products.

Explore our perspective in greater detail at our Technology Glossary.
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It took a music-loving surgeon to unlock the potential of Shunyata Research technology in medical applications. Clear Image Scientific was developed as a critical signal resource for the medical community.

Over 11 hospitals have successfully implemented Shunyata Research’s patented noise-reduction technologies in critical systems. Read about these Case Studies here.

Please visit ClearImageScientific.com for more information on the medical application and third party measurement verification.
Grant Samuelsen of Shunyata with Dr. Daniel P. Melby, MD of Minneapolis Heart Institute
Grant Samuelsen and Dr. Daniel P. Melby, MD of the Minneapolis Heart Institute.
Please visit ClearImageScientific.com for more information on the medical application and third party measurement verification.
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Comparison #1

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Screen 1 depicts electrical conditions and relative noise prior to the beginning of a heart procedure with sensitive electronics connected to an isolation transformer.

AFTER: Screen 2
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This screen shows noise conditions on the same line with the same noise conditions, but with all sensitive electronics plugged into Shunyata Research’s CIS® (Clear Image Scientific®) units with Shunyata’s shielded power cords.

Comparison #2

This second set of graphs show the effects of noise on the electrical line once the generator used for the surgical procedure is turned on. Surgeon’s depend on a clear view of these signal’s monitoring patient heart activity to perform an effective procedure.

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Depicts heart activity with unaddressed electrical noise on the line.
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Depicts heart activity with unaddressed electrical noise on the line.

AFTER: Screen 2
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Depicts the same conditions, but with monitoring equipment and recording amplifiers plugged into Shunyata Research’s Clear Image Scientific® power distribution and shielded power cords.
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Depicts the same conditions, but with monitoring equipment and recording amplifiers plugged into Shunyata Research’s Clear Image Scientific® power distribution and shielded power cords.

Pro Audio

How Shunyata Research products ended up in so many top recording studios

Many of the world's most storied recording studios, mastering engineers and record producers share a common goal and kindred spirit. They earned their reputations and Grammy Awards by caring deeply about the final product, which in many cases represents their life's work.  The majority of top recording engineers possess an obsessive attention to detail that has resulted in some of the industry's most finely calibrated sound systems and most seminally immersive recordings.

In Professional Audio, Shunyata Research products were first discovered by Astoria Studio. In 2003, David Gilmour's sound engineers read a review of Shunyata products in a UK magazine and contacted Shunyata about an audition. Their results were so compelling they took it upon themselves to contact engineers at SkyWalker Sound, James Guthrie and other key studios to tell them of their discovery.

Shunyata's Grant Samuelsen with Astoria Studio manager Phil Taylor and Mastering Engineer Andy Jackson.

Shunyata's Grant Samuelsen with Astoria Studio manager Phil Taylor and Mastering Engineer Andy Jackson.

Grant Samuelson and Mastering Engineer Eric Lynne at Rick Rubin's studio

Grant Samuelson and Mastering Engineer Eric Lynne at Rick Rubin's studio.

After thorough testing, Grammy winning Mastering engineer James Guthrie installed Shunyata Research electrical products for his 5.1 channel re-master of Dark Side Of The Moon for SACD. He was so impressed that he shared his results with the top sound engineers at Sony Music. Soon, Shunyata Research was receiving calls from some of the world's most iconic recording studios, including Rick Rubin's Shangri-la studio in Malibu. Each team of engineers went through rigorous test protocols with Shunyata products prior to installation. In every case, Shunyata products not only impressed, but redefined the resolution of system's used to record and master the work of some of the world's finest recording artists.

These successes alone don't define the performance of Shunyata Research products, but adding these responses to the success of Shunyata products in medical labs, the review community and high-end audio is compelling evidence of Shunyata's commitment to science, measurement and best-in-class performance.

Pro Audio Comments

"The ANACONDA PowerSnakes, have transformed our Sonoma system, used during the mastering process for the new 5.1 SACD mix of 'The Dark Side of The Moon'.”

James Guthrie
Grammy Award-Winning Producer/Engineer (Pink Floyd)
“We now use the HYDRAs on our Model 2 converters, AES router and main monitor system consisting of B W 802 speakers and Chord Amps.”

Clayton Wood
SkyWalker Sound
"With digital sources it was almost as if we had switched from 44.1k/16 bit to 96k/24 bit. We now run all our analogue machines, workstations and the mixing console from the Shunyata equipment."

Andy Jackson
Astoria Studio UK
"Shunyata Research power cables and interconnects made a remarkable difference in my reference system. These are not subtle tweaks… as unbelievable as it may seem, a greater improvement than changing the whole front end. I could not recommend them highly enough."

Rick Rubin
8-Time Grammy Winning Record Producer

Pro Audio

How Shunyata Research products ended up in so many top recording studios

Many of the world's most storied recording studios, mastering engineers and record producers share a common goal and kindred spirit. They earned their reputations and Grammy Awards by caring deeply about the final product, which in many cases represents their life's work.  The majority of top recording engineers possess an obsessive attention to detail that has resulted in some of the industry's most finely calibrated sound systems and most seminally immersive recordings.

In Professional Audio, Shunyata Research products were first discovered by Astoria Studio. In 2003, David Gilmour's sound engineers read a review of Shunyata products in a UK magazine and contacted Shunyata about an audition. Their results were so compelling they took it upon themselves to contact engineers at SkyWalker Sound, James Guthrie and other key studios to tell them of their discovery.

Shunyata's Grant Samuelsen with Astoria Studio manager Phil Taylor and Mastering Engineer Andy Jackson.

Shunyata's Grant Samuelsen with Astoria Studio manager Phil Taylor and Mastering Engineer Andy Jackson.

After thorough testing, Grammy winning Mastering engineer James Guthrie installed Shunyata Research electrical products for his 5.1 channel re-master of Dark Side Of The Moon for SACD. He was so impressed that he shared his results with the top sound engineers at Sony Music. Soon, Shunyata Research was receiving calls from some of the world's most iconic recording studios, including Rick Rubin's Shangri-la studio in Malibu. Each team of engineers went through rigorous test protocols with Shunyata products prior to installation. In every case, Shunyata products not only impressed, but redefined the resolution of system's used to record and master the work of some of the world's finest recording artists.

These successes alone don't define the performance of Shunyata Research products, but adding these responses to the success of Shunyata products in medical labs, the review community and high-end audio is compelling evidence of Shunyata's commitment to science, measurement and best-in-class performance.

Grant Samuelson and Mastering Engineer Eric Lynne at Rick Rubin's studio

Grant Samuelson and Mastering Engineer Eric Lynne at Rick Rubin's studio.

Pro Audio Comments

"The ANACONDA PowerSnakes, have transformed our Sonoma system, used during the mastering process for the new 5.1 SACD mix of 'The Dark Side of The Moon'.”

James Guthrie
Grammy Award-Winning Producer/Engineer (Pink Floyd)
“We now use the HYDRAs on our Model 2 converters, AES router and main monitor system consisting of B W 802 speakers and Chord Amps.”

Clayton Wood
SkyWalker Sound
"With digital sources it was almost as if we had switched from 44.1k/16 bit to 96k/24 bit. We now run all our analogue machines, workstations and the mixing console from the Shunyata equipment."

Andy Jackson
Astoria Studio UK
"Shunyata Research power cables and interconnects made a remarkable difference in my reference system. These are not subtle tweaks… as unbelievable as it may seem, a greater improvement than changing the whole front end. I could not recommend them highly enough."

Rick Rubin
8-Time Grammy Winning Record Producer

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