About 3 weeks ago I installed two Shunyata Venom 3 (20 amp connectors) on my amps, and immediately was able to hear a positive difference. Not a bad upgrade for only $125 a cable. Not bad at all.
Anyway, I could not leave well enough alone. Ever since I installed the cables my brain has been going “If these are so good then what in the world are the more expensive cables capable of doing.” This is a very dangerous thought process, and can lead to doing crazy things. So, earlier this week I gave in to the demons, and ordered two Shunyata Python CX cables. Santa Fed-X knocked on my door this afternoon with my present.
This week has had two Shunyata events. In addition to ordering the Pythons, the Venom 3 cables completed their burn-in, and really improved. Wednesday night I was listening to the system, and I suddenly realized it was really sounding better. It was so obvious I started wondering if it was because it was raining outside, and the increased humidity was the reason for the improvement, but after thinking, and listening, for a couple of days I suspect it is the power cables reached their optimum sound level (whatever that means ).
Well, the Pythons are now installed and burning in. Initial reaction is the precision and detail of the sound is improved. I am listening to a Paganini Violin Concerto as I type this (from the iPod of course), and there is someone tapping a triangle in the music, and the background ping, ping, ping is just so obvious and precise it is scary. I can put my arm out and touch the spot it is pinging. As the night goes on, and I get more experience with these things I will add an update, or two.
Now the question is what to do with the two Venom 3 cables. Other than the two amps, everything else has 15 amp connectors. I guess I need to find 20A-to-15A adapters, replace the Pangea AC14SE cables on the DAC and pre-amp, and see if the sound improves, gets worse, or stays the same.
I have to admit that Shunyata really seems to have the science of power cords down pat. The sound difference from their cables is overwhelmingly obvious. I cannot stress that enough. For any people who think power cables, or any cables for that matter, do not really matter I can only say give the Venom 3 cables a try. They are inexpensive, and if your gear is even semi-decent, will make an difference over stock black power cables.