22
Aug
11

Shunyata Research Hydra Talos and Triton Powerline filters

Treating noise in powerlines have always been a hit or a miss, or perhaps both at the same time. Noise in powerlines are created by electronic devices including many of our household appliances – fridges, washing machines, microwave ovens, computers (yup, including the one you are reading from!), cordless phones, mobile phones, etc. In other words, like it or not, your mains have noise and it is getting worse as more and more electronic devices get into our daily lives.

So how does this powerline noise get in the way of our musical enjoyment? It all depends on how susceptible our audio electronics are to powerline noise. Some components are affected more than others and some can be severely degraded in performance by just powerline noise alone. To rid the noise we need a powerline filter. That aspect alone opens another can of worms.

Powerline filters do work in filtering noise. However, one of the least desired side effect is its very existence can in some ways degrade the performance of the very component it is suppose to help! Powerline filters rely on filtering action of capacitors, inductors or even transformers. Each have their benefits and downsides but in the general sense, yes they filter mains noise. What’s to say, if it filters more than just noise? What if it affects the current supply by adding other forms of distortion? The better ones will not only avoid degradation of the oncoming mains supply in the filtering process, but also not create ‘bottlenecks’ to constrain the incoming power supply and allow the equipment to perform at its best. Isn’t that what we are after?

Shunyata Research, one of the foremost authorities in power line filtering – designer Caelin Gabriel’s devised several proprietary solutions to powerline conditioning. However one key difference in Gabriel’s research is his proprietary Dynamic Transient Current Delivery analyzer or DTCD analyzer. What is DTCD?

“DTCD is a method of current analysis that measures instantaneous current delivery in the context of a pulsed current draw. In layman’s terms, it is a way of measuring current performance into typical electronic component power supplies. The DTCD Analyzer allows the measurement of pulsed transient current through a variety of AC power products, including power distributors and power cords. This Analyzer allows Shunyata Research to test, refine and improve instantaneous current delivery to the point that Hydra models are proven to be measurably superior in delivering power to high-current amps and entire systems. This analysis system is unique to Shunyata Research and is used to develop and perfect all Hydra and Guardian Pro model power distributors…”

In effect using DTCD analyser, Gabriel is able to design an effective powerline filter without the deleterious effect of other lesser powerline filters. With the ability to analyse the effects of using various techniques to kill noise, Gabriel applies selective filtering methods that have the least deleterious effects and optimal sonic benefits.

As mentioned, Shunyata eschews the use of passive components like capacitors, inductors and transformers. So how does Shunyata does it – using a tube filled with a special ceramic compound ZrCa-2000 (I suppose its a proprietary formula) where the three phase – live, neutral and ground passes through this compound, the RF, EMF and what have you, gets absorbed and converted to heat energy.

The metals used in their powerline filters are bare brass – none of the plated nonsense. The metal parts are cryogenically treated to ‘relax’ the metal molecules and improve its conductivity. Where possible, Shunyata uses brass buss bars to enhance the current carrying capability instead of using wires. Then the Hubbell A.C. outlets, another potential ‘choke point’ for power distribution systems – in the Hydra Talos and Triton, they are specially made for Shunyata – heavier gauge brass with no plating, cryogenically treated with no magnetic materials used. The A.C. outlet contacts and main electrical buss system are ‘unified into a single electrical point of contact, while eliminating the multiple runs of wiring needed in conventional distribution systems.’

The wiring (there has to be some wiring) uses Shunyata’s proprietary (with so many proprietary here and proprietary there, hope you get the idea this product is the result of extensive research!) VTX cable geometry. This geometry is used in all Shunyata products including power cables, gives a virtual hollow tube-like geometry which minimises cable surface inductance and skin effect. The copper compound in the wires is also a unique high purity copper called CDA-101.

The cumulation of all these technologies goes into each Hydra Talos and Triton powerline conditioners. The new Hydra Talos and Triton stand at the apex of Shunyata’s range of powerline conditioners. You can read more of Shunyata’s power conditioning technology here. Meanwhile, the products are in store and if you are keen to know more about these two new products, do drop by the showroom!

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