This gave the impression of images appearing from a deeper more three-dimensional stage. It was quite obvious that the Hydra-8 did something very special for digital front-ends. The one thing that became certain from this evaluation was that digital equipment, unbeknownst to many audiophiles, can generate a lot of noise and, given the opportunity, will contaminate your sound. The Hydra-8 did a wonderful job containing this problem, improving on the original Hydra.
By way of illustration: when the desire to hear the real bite of an instrument hits me, nothing sounds warmer and grittier than a Yamaha trombone. The pace, rhythm and timing on this disc are as good and up-tempo as it gets. This was some surprise I have to admit, to hear this disc via the new Hydra It simply sounded less editorialized and processed. Next up, the Hydra-8 on the amplifiers The Hydra-8 worked some magic on my digital front-end but things got even more interesting when I placed the Hydra-8 on my digitally based amplifiers.
Overall the results were pretty on par with my initial impressions. Placing the original Hydra back on the front-end proved almost disappointing. It simply could not restore that richer, more life-like sound, higher jump-factor and better dynamics the Hydra-8 enabled. In the end, that was the sound I most craved and wanted again. Next up, the Hydra-6 on the front-end. I liked the Hydra-6 on the front-end over the original Hydra for the same reasons I liked the Hydra For sure, the Hydra-6 also possesses better dynamics than its predecessor.
One thing I particularly like about the Hydra-6 is that it does very little editorializing of musical passages compared to the original. This allows the music to come through uninhibited and thus, more authentically. The Hydra-6, on my front-end, is superior in almost every way compared with the original.
Next up, the Hydra-6 on the amplifiers Both my amplifiers seem to enjoy the luxuries of this new-found level of noise cancellation via the Hydra The Hydra-6 created a wonderful landscape of sound but there was a noticeable difference in the weight and scale of the musical flow. I was surprised that I would even notice this when both sounded generally so musical.
Believe me, this was a very hard and grueling exercise. But in the end I would be willing to take a polygraph on the differences I heard, however finely differentiated they are. I placed a single Hydra-2 on the front-end and two Hydra-2s on the amplifiers.
Guess what? I was not nearly as disappointed as I thought I was going to be. The trio of Hydra- 2s, though diminutive in size and considerably less expensive, appear to be the darlings of the group. What I found most impressive is how dynamic they demonstrated themselves to be. On the amplifiers one for each mono the music did not possess the overall richness in tonality as it did with the larger Hydras, but there is no call to apologize for these shortcomings, because dynamically they seemed to go neck and neck with the bigger units.
Go figure. I began wondering if I had been listening too long or forgot to remove a larger Hydra. I double checked: I had not. Now go ahead and shoot the messenger if you wish, but believe me, I was just as surprised as you might be reading this. With very good AC filtering, excellent pace, rhythm and timing to go with its amazing dynamic capability, the Hydra-2 comes the sleeper of the bunch.
Shunyata Research has shown me again what AC line conditioning can accomplish when it is effectively done right. When all is said and done, I like the companies that have done more than is said. Shunyata Research is just that company. In this world where value is often measured by sticker-price, the Hydra-2 comes as a breath of fresh air and should be placed on your short list of desirable accessories.
The obvious choice, for those who desire to, and can afford to, go all out is Hydra It does a terrific job of allowing the music to come through. Clement Perry. It is a transformer without transformers. There is not one transformer in any of the Hydra models but the Hydra-8 literally transformed my system. One Hydra-8 and two Shunyata power cords did what endless interconnect, speaker wire, amp, and preamp swapping could never have done.
It attacked the problem at the sourcethe power source. Now I should interject some background here. Clement and I travel in different circles. Clement has high-end manufacturers begging him to audition their equipment.
He has access to loaner equipment at no risk to anything but his time and patience. I am at the other end of the audio rainbow. The end with the pot of coal. I have a small pension check and a personal investment account that has been savaged in recent years. I make every purchase with the possibility that I may not have groceries when I am The fact that Clement chooses to use Shunyata products on a continuous basis actually told me more than all of his adjectives.
There is permanent value in the products. I was fortunate to locate a dealer with a Hydra-8 that had been sold but not used--power cords did not reach for two weeks and returned for two Hydra-6s. Scoring what I thought was a great deal I also purchased a Diamondback power cord for it. I installed the Hydra with muted expectations, having read about the lengthy burn in time required and remembering previous disappointments with highly touted power conditioners.
My expectations were met. Really not much to get excited about. As the weeks went by I began to enjoy my system more and more. After a couple of months I realized it had never sounded better. The quiet had crept in, slowly and unnoticed at first. Curiouser and curiouser said Alice. I finally decided to compare it to my old, multi-transformer power conditioner. Then the full impact hit me. Putting in the older unit Well, think high school gymnasium acoustics.
There it was again; glare, noise, echoes, ringing and more. All the reasons why I was never quite satisfied with my system and kept fiddling with interconnects, amps, and preamps and CD player upgrades. I thought the fault lied therein. And Caelin Gabriel would agree but point out it was not the equipment itself, but the noise therein and, to a lesser degree, external.
As a new Shunyata convert, I went searching for additional power cords. I found a used Sidewinder for my TacT digital preamp. Again, very noticeable improvements along the lines of the Hydra but not of the same magnitude. Audiogon, here I come again. Grant Samuelsen had told me the power cord to the Hydra was the most significant power cord in my system. I cannot verify that since I have not put Shunyata power cords throughout my system yet. I can say that I believe him since the improvement was nothing short of stunning.
The core of the conductor is completely hollow forcing the current to only travel through the periphery of the conductor, therby eliminating skin effects and random eddy currents. Shunyata Research operates its own onsite Cryogenics International computer-controlled cryogenic plant. Liquid nitrogen is used to reduce the temperature of the contents to degrees fahrenheit. The computer monitors and lowers the temperature by a single degree at a time to prevent thermal shock.
We use this process to improve the performance of connectors and various electrical components that are used in our power products and signal cabling. Shunyata Research introduces a unique solution for the problem of heavy high-end power cables. The Cable Cradle surrounds and supports the weight of the power cable, preventing it from pulling away from the outlet. This system is designed to ensure reliable and secure electrical connections.
The SR-Z1 starts with an oversized protective housing that allows for exceptional internal cooling capacity. The extra cooling reduces heat buildup within the electrical contacts which reduces heat induced thermal noise. The electrical contacts are made from a high purity brass-copper alloy that is superior to the bronze used in common outlets.
The neutral contacts have a triple-wipe design that contacts the AC plug at three different locations which decreases electrical impedance at the contact junction. All SR-Z1 outlets undergo advanced cryogenic treatment using our on-site Cryogenics International computer controlled facility. 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. Many Shunyata Research products are covered under a limited lifetime warranty that can extend beyond the original purchaser.
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 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.
Our comparison point included both standard mains cables and other esoteric cables. Shunyata Research is the brainchild of Caelin Gabriel, who's efforts to improve his own music listening experience launched the science and research based company in From humble beginnings, Shunyata Research has grown into an internationally acclaimed company which designs and manufactures high performance electrical and cabling systems for recording, film, medical, surgical and consumer audio-visual systems world-wide.
Shunyata Research's 18, square foot manufacturing and design facility is based just outside Seattle, in Washington State. Gabriel holds more than 10 patents, with numerous additional patents-pending. These technical innovations have earned Shunyata Research product designs countless critical awards and endorsements from renowned recording studios, mastering engineers, heart surgeons and hospitals from all over the world.
Caelin is a dedicated student of philosophy, transcendental meditation and the history of divergent thinkers. This unusual combination of intellectual discipline and unfettered curiosity offers the advantage of unorthodox insight and singular expertise. Shunyata Research is forged from this combination of Gabriel's training. Orders received before 4.
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This reduces noise without any of the negatives associated with power filter coils, capacitors and transformers. Traditional power conditioners are designed to block incoming noise from outside the home, but do not address the noise that is generated by the electronic components themselves. In fact, most conditioners reflect noise back into other components connected to the power conditioner.
Significant amounts of noise exist on the ground plane of power lines. The ground wires can act as antennae, picking up electrical noise that can degrade the performance or operation of the electronic components. The system includes one to four terminals, depending on the model, to connect as many as 12 audio components.
We offer several models of CGC chassis grounding cables each made to your custom length and termination requirements. Shunyata Research introduces a unique solution for the problem of heavy high-end power cables. The Cable Cradle surrounds and supports the weight of the power cable, preventing it from pulling away from the outlet.
This system is designed to ensure reliable and secure electrical connections. The SR-Z1 starts with an oversized protective housing that allows for exceptional internal cooling capacity. The extra cooling reduces heat buildup within the electrical contacts which reduces heat induced thermal noise.
The electrical contacts are made from a high purity brass-copper alloy that is superior to the bronze used in common outlets. The neutral contacts have a triple-wipe design that contacts the AC plug at three different locations which decreases electrical impedance at the contact junction. All SR-Z1 outlets undergo advanced cryogenic treatment using our on-site Cryogenics International computer controlled facility.
The core of the conductor is completely hollow forcing the current to only travel through the periphery of the conductor, therby eliminating skin effects and random eddy currents. The vast majority of manufacturers use an inexpensive thermal fuse or breaker. Both are specifically designed to heat up as the current level rises. This causes voltage drops, increased contact impedance, thermal noise, excessive heat generation and current limiting effects. There is a better solution — the hydraulic electromagnetic breaker that utilizes low-impedance relays and a sensing coil that reads the current level without heating up or limiting current.
They can operate right up the to the maximum current level without heating up or limiting instantaneous current. They are rarely used in competitive products since they cost times that of a common fuse or thermal breaker. We use it in the development of vibration absorbing materials such as energy absorbing footers, AC outlet gaskets and chassis dampeners that reduce resonant vibration.
Recognizing that vibration control is important to overall performance, our chassis are made with optimally dampened steel and aluminum, rather than plastic or thin-wall sheet metals. Simple crimping, soldering, brazing and screws are all inferior methods of joining two wires or terminals together. Sonic welding uses high-energy sonic waves to literally join two metals together at a molecular level and cold-welding uses high-energy pneumatic pressure to bond metals.
Shunyata Research uses both methods to secure connections that do not degrade over time. Shunyata Research operates its own onsite Cryogenics International computer-controlled cryogenic plant.
No more dynamic restriction. It adds texture, resolution, details while lowering the noise level WITHOUT any side effects. Results: Better height and width of. Shunyata Research Hydra Delta D6 Power Distributor ; 6 UK Plugs. Vibration Control: ; AC outlet dampening gaskets. Construction: ; Anodized, aluminum faceplate. Shunyata Research introduces a unique solution for the problem of heavy high-end power cables. The Cable Cradle surrounds and supports the weight of the power.