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    Default Shunyata Anaconda speaker cables

    In my two-channel system I have two Shunyata Python CX power cords, one for each amp, and love the clarity they provided. Being an engineer, I appreciate that Shunyata develops technology to be able to measure power cable performance, and provides that information for anyone to read and understand. So, when I heard that Shunyata was applying their cable engineering expertise to both interconnects and speaker cables I decided to try their top-of-the-line speaker cable, the Anaconda.

    I was using Omega Mikro Planar V cables, and was happy with them. However, they are not cat compatible, and I have already had to have them repaired from cat damage, so that helped push me toward the Shunyata upgrade.

    I installed the Anacondas last night. At first they seemed a bit bright, but after a few hours of use they started to settle down. As time went on, they just got better and better. One thing I noticed is that even bad CDs sound better. How they managed that trick I do not know, but I can live with it.

    All the usual adjectives apply with these cables. The sound is more defined, more precise, more detailed. For example, the ping of a triangle, and piano key strokes, will slowly oscillate away and fade into the background. Brush strokes onto a symbol are clear, and the sound of the sweep is now a clear part of the music. The bass notes are more defined so that you can point to where it is in the air. This applies to everything in the music.

    While most of this also occurred to some degree with my previous cables, it is much better with the Shunyata cables. For me, there is no contest. It is a worthwhile upgrade.

    Any music enthusiast with even the slightest bit of experience will tell you that cables matter. They matter a lot, and the better your gear, the more music you can extract with better cables. I continue to be amazed at how much music I can get from my modest system as I do various tweaks and upgrades.

    Now that Shunyata has entered the cable game there is another option for people to try. They offer three different speaker cables at various price points, so if you are considering a step-up in cables I have to say give them a try. I doubt if you will be disappointed.

    Shunyata Anaconda speaker cable:

    Omega Mikro Planar V:


    Two-channel gear:

    Wadia 171 iTransport
    CIAudio power supply upgrade for Wadia
    Apple iPod Classic (3) - lossless files
    Bryston BDA-1 DAC
    MIT Magnum digital IC
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Cambridge-Audio 840E preamp
    Cambridge-Audio (2) 840W amps - bridged mono 800W/ch at 4 ohms
    PSB Synchrony One speakers - 4 ohm
    Panamax M5300EX power conditioner
    Mapleshade Micropoint brass footers for all gear
    Mapleshade 4" maple speaker platforms with brass carpet piercing footers.
    MIT Shotgun S1.3 XLR interconnects
    Pangea AC14SE power cords
    Pangea AC9 power cord
    Shunyata Python CX power cords
    Shunyata Anaconda speaker cables
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    Very nice system!!!
    Linn AV5140 fronts
    Linn AV5120 Center
    Linn AV5140 Rears
    M&K MX-70 Sub for Music
    Odyssey Mono-Blocs
    SVS Ultra-13 Gloss Black:D

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    Bluefox your a connoisseur of fine audio

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    Quote Originally Posted by polkfarmboy View Post
    Bluefox your a connoisseur of fine audio
    LOL. Thanks. I think.

    Actually, I am a cheap SOB who tries to get maximum benefit for his dollar.

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    Nice review- I'm definitely interested in trying some Shunyata products. I'm considering one for my Running Springs Haley power conditioner.

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