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Shunyata Research
#31
(19-Aug-2016, 17:44)GuillaumeB Wrote:
(19-Aug-2016, 17:03)Antoine Wrote: Great reading about your first impressions Guillaume! And I love the picture you posted, these Shunyata PC's look so cool (though a bit over the top IMO)! Smile

My "measly" (Wink) Shunyata zi-tron Alpha Digital power cord has been delivered last Tuesday. Though I'd love to have the Sigma I really can't afford it, as in I don't really want to spend €3300 on a power cable. They are rumoured to be considerably better than the Alpha's though so I guess I'll just have to live with that knowledge! First impressions of the Shunyata are favorable. It's clearly the more transparent and precise cable compared to the one it replaced (Lessloss DFPC Signature) and there's a lot more extension in the top end. I need to spend more time with it though to form more firm impressions/conclusions.

Earlier today I've also ordered a Shunyata zi-tron Anaconda Digital XLR (1,5m AES/EBU) interlink to use between the Mutec and D250. Can't wait to receive it!

I have a couple of Alpha HC cables here and am burning them in on my Linn system. In a week or so I will swap them with the Sigmas and see what they do. 

I probably should have gone the other way round but as I said earlier I am always impatient with these things!

Yes they look brilliant. It's when you look at them closely that you see the wonderful build quality, makes a lot of other aftermarket cables look shabby and "home made"!

The UK connectors are great - it's a very firm connection with the wall socket and they don't drop out as do many other audiophile ones I have evaluated. I guess it's reassuring when they stay perfectly in situ. The connection into the Devialets was perfect I have to say, although please note I am not using the backplate (and never have done).

There was a funny moment last night when the sound went a bit funny, the top end was almost fuzzy and the sound a little congested. Now everything is fine again. I expect this will happen intermittently for a few more days as things settle. 

Without a doubt the best mains cable I've ever heard in my system. Despite only having a day or so on the clock I was already exceeding the performance of my trusted Entreq Atlantis cables which are considerably more expensive. What really surprised me was the additional detail, literally hearing new things in recordings. I thought I had already reached a pretty good place in this regard, but this is a whole new level of performance. Staggering I'd say. Certainly puts a massive smile on your face!

Guillaume

Very interesting report Guillaume! Have you had a chance to audition their latest generation of cables, the Atmosphere pc and sc?
Highly modded avantgarde omega duos, d200, 2009 mac mini with linear ps using black gate caps, d-sonics m3 800 s class d amp to drive the subs of my duos, virtual dynamics master series sc and acrolink power cables, all equipment on silent running basises (sra).
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#32
(21-Aug-2016, 04:40)Duomike Wrote: Very interesting report Guillaume! Have you had a chance to audition their latest generation of cables, the Atmosphere pc and sc?


*cough* Synergistic Research *cough*
I am Devialetless!  Perhaps temporary?
Nord One SE NC500, Mytek Brooklyn, Melco N1A, Rega RP6/Exact, Raidho C-1.1, Shunyata Denali and cables, grounding boxes.
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#33
Quick update re the Shunyata snakes...

The Sigmas I am currently running in with the O d'A have definitely settled down nicely. They are without doubt the very best mains cables I have ever used with the Devialet and have taken the sound to an altogether new level.  Smile

The cables have very powerful mains filters in the IEC connectors, possibly a reason why I am hearing more detail and generally more into the music. It's basically a mains conditioner with none of the disadvantages of a mains conditioner, in fact you just get more of everything including better transients. It's not a subtle improvement.

The reason that they are so thick is that they are a hollow tube construction, a bit like a hoover tube. The conductors themselves inside are 8 AWG which is 3.26mm. I run 6mm T&E from my dedicated consumer unit to my hi-fi sockets. 

Guillaume
Industry disclosure: UK distributor for Shunyata Research

O d'A no.63, Absolare Integrated Signature, totaldac d1 server with additional external power supply, totaldac d1-six, Wilson Audio Sasha 2, Transparent Ref XL digital cables, Transparent XL Gen 5 speaker cables, Ansuz Diamond Darkz, Shunyata mains cable prototypes, Shunyata Denali D6000/S, Shunyata Venom RCA, Audioquest Diamond Ethernet, Various Entreq ground boxes and cables, AQVOX Audiophile High-End Network Switch, sonicTransporter w/ 1TB SSD & MCRU LPS
UK
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#34
Are you mening 3,26mm in diameter? 8 AWG is 8,35sqmm if you convert AWG to sqmm.
Main system

TAD D1000mk2, Ansuz Signalz XLR, TAD M2500mk2, Cabledyne Premier Silver Speaker Cables, TAD CE-1, Ansuz Mainz 8D, Ansuz Darkz D-TC, DIY mains supply with N1XV 3G10, Klangmodul, XY-filter and ELEC IEC connector,

Tidal Hifi -> Roon Lifetime->Future streaming solution

Second system
Tidal Hifi -> Devialet Dialog, Devialet Silver Phantom, Devialet Tree


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#35
(01-Sep-2016, 09:49)octaviars Wrote: Are you mening 3,26mm in diameter? 8 AWG is 8,35sqmm if you convert AWG to sqmm.

yes diameter 

Guillaume
Industry disclosure: UK distributor for Shunyata Research

O d'A no.63, Absolare Integrated Signature, totaldac d1 server with additional external power supply, totaldac d1-six, Wilson Audio Sasha 2, Transparent Ref XL digital cables, Transparent XL Gen 5 speaker cables, Ansuz Diamond Darkz, Shunyata mains cable prototypes, Shunyata Denali D6000/S, Shunyata Venom RCA, Audioquest Diamond Ethernet, Various Entreq ground boxes and cables, AQVOX Audiophile High-End Network Switch, sonicTransporter w/ 1TB SSD & MCRU LPS
UK
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#36
(01-Sep-2016, 10:24)GuillaumeB Wrote:
(01-Sep-2016, 09:49)octaviars Wrote: Are you mening 3,26mm in diameter? 8 AWG is 8,35sqmm if you convert AWG to sqmm.

yes diameter 

Guillaume

Ok. I as a electrician seldom speaks about the diameter of the wire, only the area hence my question as I thougt 3,26 was a bit smal to be the area of a Shunyata Smile
Main system

TAD D1000mk2, Ansuz Signalz XLR, TAD M2500mk2, Cabledyne Premier Silver Speaker Cables, TAD CE-1, Ansuz Mainz 8D, Ansuz Darkz D-TC, DIY mains supply with N1XV 3G10, Klangmodul, XY-filter and ELEC IEC connector,

Tidal Hifi -> Roon Lifetime->Future streaming solution

Second system
Tidal Hifi -> Devialet Dialog, Devialet Silver Phantom, Devialet Tree


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#37
The Shunyata PC's were like installing a new component in my system, the change was that big. Once you have them there is no going back. Shunyata's IC's are fantastic to.
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#38
(19-Aug-2016, 17:44)GuillaumeB Wrote: I have a couple of Alpha HC cables here and am burning them in on my Linn system. In a week or so I will swap them with the Sigmas and see what they do. 

We're still in suspense. Did you every compare the Sigma with Alpha or Venom?
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#39
(26-Oct-2016, 18:46)deviousalet Wrote:
(19-Aug-2016, 17:44)GuillaumeB Wrote: I have a couple of Alpha HC cables here and am burning them in on my Linn system. In a week or so I will swap them with the Sigmas and see what they do. 

We're still in suspense. Did you every compare the Sigma with Alpha or Venom?

Apologies...

The Alpha HC got pretty close to the Sigma. In fact you will often see Shunyata recommend the Alpha HC over and above the Sigma models since it offers the greatest bang for buck in the range.  

My Devialets had to be returned to France at the end of September since they developed a fault which is frustrating since (among other things) I had to put all testing on hold. Sad I am hoping to get them back soon though.

I should point out that Shunyata are about to revamp the whole range and there are going to be quite a few changes which may affect recommendations to Devialet owners moving forward. Some new models and performance hikes to the existing range are coming... anyway I can't really say much more than that at the moment (and no, I didn't have to sign an NDA  Angel ). I am really hoping to get my hands on the new range in early December.  Smile This is a period of unprecedented innovation in the history of Shunyata and I can't tell you how excited I am.

Guillaume
Industry disclosure: UK distributor for Shunyata Research

O d'A no.63, Absolare Integrated Signature, totaldac d1 server with additional external power supply, totaldac d1-six, Wilson Audio Sasha 2, Transparent Ref XL digital cables, Transparent XL Gen 5 speaker cables, Ansuz Diamond Darkz, Shunyata mains cable prototypes, Shunyata Denali D6000/S, Shunyata Venom RCA, Audioquest Diamond Ethernet, Various Entreq ground boxes and cables, AQVOX Audiophile High-End Network Switch, sonicTransporter w/ 1TB SSD & MCRU LPS
UK
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#40
That is very exciting. Thanks!
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