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Customer email newsletter dated: June 1, 2011.


Cable NEWS from Shunyata & Synergistic
Next generation cables from major cable manufacturers are a big deal around here as you might expect, and we have some important news about new products to share with you including a whole new generation of interconnects and speaker cables from Shunyata Research, and the latest new AC cables from Synergistic Research including a great trade in offer. We cap it off with a recap of both companies' latest 2011 AC Line Conditioners. Read on!
The NEW Powersnake Series Signal Cables from Shunyata Research
The NEW SE Series Tesla Power Cords from Synergistic Research allow for fine-tuning.
Special trade-in offer: up to 70% allowance for exchange of your powercords - any brand!
The NEW Line Conditioners from Shunyata Research and Synergistic Research.
Powercell 10SE MkII

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The NEW Powersnake Series Signal Cables from Shunyata Research
Shunyata Research is best known to most audiophiles for their outstanding Hydra powerline conditioners and AC cables, but they have been an active participant in the "signal cable" business (ie. interconnects and speaker cables) for many years. They have just released a new generation of "Powersnakes Series" signal cables that is worth a serious look.

First of all we should note that Shunyata is one of the most technology-driven of all the cable manufacturers. They employ sophisticated modeling and analysis to help refine the concepts developed by their founder and designer, Caelin Gabriel. His white papers on cable theory and design are well worth reading for the technically inclined, and for a more elaborate technical summary of the new technologies appearing in the new Powersnake signal cables than appears here, we refer you to their website.

As with all Shunyata cable designs, the new series starts with extremely high purity, all-copper, cryogenically and electromagnetically -treated conductors in sophisticated geometries designed to function as what the company refers to as a "virtual-tube." This conforms to the accepted concept of signal traveling on the outside of the conductor, and therefore being subject to "skin-effect" distortions and smearing due to the thickness and density of conductors, with the theoretical ideal being a hollow tube conductor. In Shunyata's approach their geometries claim to achieve the benefits of a hollow tube conductor without the drawbacks (stiffness and tendency for a hollow conductor to collapse).

But there is more happening with these cables than the materials and geometry. For all except the entry level interconnects and speaker cables, a unique new approach to dielectric distortion is used to neutralize the electric charge "differential" between the conductor and insulating dielectric. The introduction of an electric field compensation circuit serves to neutralize the capacitor-like effect of having the dielectric material in close proximity to the signal, something that otherwise will cause what could be referred to as charge/discharge distortions.

Ok, ok, this is getting a little too technical for a casual read, but the important thing is that not only does this new cable series sound great, it punches above its weight class. What I mean is that the company made a decision to dispense with exotic packaging and cable cosmetic touches to be able to offer these out-of-this-world products at real world prices. Using their familiar model names Black Mamba, Python and Anaconda, interconnects range from $700 to $2500 for a 1m pair, and speaker cables range from $1500 - $3500 for an 8ft pair. I didn't say "cheap," but I do say very high value and worth trying in your system (use our Cable Library), even if you have a bigger budget.

Very impressive and highly recommended!
The NEW SE Series Tesla Power Cords from Synergistic Research allow for fine-tuning.
Synergistic Research has been on the cutting edge of AC cable design and development for 2 decades. Their highly successful Tesla Series power cords have been updated with technology borrowed from their unique Enigma vacuum tube power supply for their Active Shielding technology. This limited edition product from a few years back was the first time that we had direct experience with just how sonically significant changes in the power for SR's Active Shielding circuits could be.

In the past when "voicing" the Active Shielding for their various cables SR built dozens of Active Shielding circuit variations to solder into different Active Cable models listening for the option that would compliment the widest variety of systems. Though these circuits are outside the signal path (they provide resistance for the DC on the Active Shield which is not connected to either signal or ground), they have a significant impact on the overall sound and character of the cables. At the two extremes of favorable performance one circuit may sound transparent and thrilling with air and detail, while another circuit has a warm transparent vacuum tube-like glow. Of course there are middle ground Active Shielding circuits that embody both extremes. In the past they would opt for these middle of the road circuits to compliment as many components and systems as possible. But this did mean that there were some trade offs.

During the voicing process for their top-line Galileo System Cables and the Galileo Universal Cable Cells they came up with the idea of making the circuits external to the Galileo Cells so that they could quickly change circuits without rebuilding Cells every time they wanted to experiment with a new circuit.

Fast-forward to the new TESLA SE Active Power Cords- the first Synergistic Research Active Cables that allow you to select the Active Shielding Circuit that best suits your system. You can select between three different circuits: Black (warm and rich), Grey (hybrid of both Silver and Black circuits with positive attributes of both- these are the circuits they would have selected were the circuits to remain built into the cable) and a Silver Circuit (open, airy, detailed and the most holographic). By allowing users the option of switching between Black, Grey, and Silver circuits, SR takes the compromise out of Active Shielding circuit selection. Precision SE, Hologram A SE and Hologram D SE power cords come standard with all three circuits, while T Series power cords come standard with the Grey Circuit, with Black and Silver circuits offered at additional cost (however for a limited time, we are offering T Series power cords with all three circuits standard!).

To connect the circuits SR has built-in an additional pig tail, much like the pig tail you use to connect an MPC power supply to power Active Shielding. The circuits themselves are housed in a machined aluminum billet with a faint blue LED at the end of each circuit to let you know that Active Shielding is powered up and working properly.

In use, we suggest just starting with the Grey Hybrid "Enigma Circuit" and living with that for a while, while the cable settles into the system. If over time you feel like you are missing that last bit of air and openness, switch to the silver circuit . For more "bloom" go with the black.

This kind of system fine-tuning capability is extremely useful, especially in a high resolution system. Of course you can try it for yourself through our Cable Library.

In addition to the Enigma Active Shielding Circuit , SR has also upgraded their IEC's and wall plugs to their own new G-07 connectors for all but their top Hologram models, which get Oyaide P-079 and C-079 plugs. This in and of itself is a nice performance step up. Connectors matter!

No change in the prices except for the digital source component version of the Hologram, the Hologram D SE, which with dual sets of the Enigma Active Shielding Circuit goes up $200.
Special trade-in offer: up to 70% allowance for exchange of your powercords - any brand!

Synergistic Research has put together a very aggressive "Cords 4 Clunkers" trade-in program to make it easier to get into the new Tesla SE Powercords. You can get up to a 70% trade in allowance for your old power cords when you upgrade to TESLA SE.

How the program works:
To qualify for trade-in allowance your exchange cables (any brand) must be in excellent condition with no major cosmetic flaws, and in perfect working factory stock condition. Cables that have been modified from factory stock can not be accepted.

How the trade-in percentages work:

2:1 earns a 70% trade-in allowance.
Example: if your trade-in power cords have a $1000 retail value and the Synergistic Research TESLA SE power cords you want are valued at $2000 or more you get a 70% trade-in allowance or $700 credit toward $2000+ worth of TESLA SE Power Cords.

1.5:1 earns a 50% trade-in allowance.
Example: if your trade-in power cords have a $1000 retail value and the Synergistic Research TESLA SE power cords you want are valued at $1500 to $1999 you get a 50% trade-in allowance or $500 credit towards the TESLA SE Power Cords.

1:1 earns a 30% trade-in allowance.
Example: if your trade-in power cords have a $1000 retail value and the Synergistic Research TESLA SE power cords you want are valued at $1000 to $1499 you get a 30% trade-in allowance or $300 credit towards the TESLA SE Power Cords.

As we mentioned earlier, the SE models below Precision AC usually come with just the middle Grey Enigma circuit, but for a limited time we are shipping ALL Tesla SE cables with all three of the Enigma circuits.

Let us know if you want to try some of the TESLA SE power cords in your system and to take advantage of this exchange offer!

The NEW Line Conditioners from Shunyata Research and Synergistic Research.

The two manufacturers featured in this mailing are also at the absolute cutting edge of line conditioner development with new products for 2011.

Shunyata's Next Generation Power Conditioners.
Not content to rest on the laurels of their 2010 TAS Product of the Year award for the Hydra V-Ray II power conditioner, Shunyata Research is now shipping two completely new designs, 10 years in development - the Hydra Talos ($2995) and the Hydra Triton ($4995).

Under the cover both of these new line conditioners are physically dominated by sealed tubes that isolate each conductor and distribute its electrical field over a larger area. These tubes can be seen in the photo above, which is taken from an Audiobeat show report, and are unique to this design. But the even bigger new development may be their new filtration elements which eliminate all capacitors in favor of a multi-element array of microfilters, with each of the 30 filters targeting specific noise components generated by the power supplies in typical components.

The main difference between the two models is that the Talos has 6 outlets, while the Triton has 8 outlets, and larger tube arrays. Like all Hydra products, these new models feature a non-current-limiting design for lightning fast transient response.

You can read more technical information on the Shunyata website. From a user perspective we can assure you that the Talos and Triton are a big step forward for Shunyata Research, even over the award-winning Hydras, and highly recommended. Audition through the Library!

Powercell 10SE MkII
Synergistic Research has also raised the bar on their power conditioner performance with the new MkII version of the PowerCell 10SE (SE = Special Edition) ($5000). Pushed in part by success of some of the new developments included in the bargain-priced and overachieving, 4 outlet Tesla Powercell 4 (only $1250!), the topline Powercell 10SE Mk II also incorporates the Enigma Active Shielding Circuits mentioned in the AC cable article above to allow for fine-tuning the sound of the Powercell 10SE Mk II in your system.

As with the earlier PowerCells, the new SE Mk II version increases in performance with more current draw, so the benefits of the Powercell technology can be shared by the entire system, including large, current hungry power amplifiers.

Also a top recommendation and available for audition through the Library!

NOTE: Not all products in this email are available for shipment to all markets. Listed Synergistic Research prices are for 120v products. 230v prices are higher.

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