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    Default Shunyata Ztron Anaconda balanced interconnect cables

    Two weeks ago I upgraded 3 pair of balanced MIT Shotgun S1.3 interconnects to Shunyata Ztron Anaconda balanced ICs. These cables are used to connect the SACD player, and the DAC to the pre, and connect the pre to the amps in my two channel system. With this purchase I now have a complete Shunyata cable system. Aside from the two Python CX cables on the amps, all the other cables use Ztron technology.

    I acquired the MIT cables 3-4 years ago, and they replaced Kimber Kables XLRs. This was a big upgrade in that the soundstage expanded, and I was able to hear more detail in the music. On the other hand, the Shunyata upgrade was not a night and day difference, but a bit more subtle, while still being obvious and positive.

    The first thing that jumped out was the soundstage expanded a bit horizontally. On some tracks it almost seemed as if there was no center, just left and right. However, that is an exception. Another area I noticed is the location of instruments and voices is more precise now. It is pinpoint in its accuracy. More focused is a good description.

    If you have seen the Shunyata ads where they show a square wave with little degradation out of their cables then you will understand how precise instruments now sound. I mostly listen to classical string quartet type music, and the sound of violin strings is scary sharp. In addition to being very accurate, the decay of notes can be heard much deeper into the background. I was surprised the other night as I listened to a violin note decay go on and on until the track changed.

    While I loved the MIT cables, and was perfectly happy, these Shunyata cables have given me a bit more performance. One big benefit is that I no longer have those bulky boxes hanging in the back. While I never had any issue with them, for whatever reason I just was not happy with that.

    I moved the MIT cables into my HT/surround and spare stereo system. They replaced MIT CVT Terminator 1 interconnects. Needless to say, this, along with the recent power upgrades, has bought the HT to a higher level audio wise.

    If you are in the market for any type of cable I have to give a plug for Shunyata. Their products have made my life better by increasing the pleasure I get from both my stereo and HT.

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    I am glad the upgrades are making positive progress. Beside the specific strength the ICs brought do you feel that there could also be some synergy present in the "wire loom" concept now that you have implemented all Shunyata cables. I presently am working in a similar direction with Audience cables and find each addition (first AU24e IC, then power conditioner, then AU24e SC, now working on the PCs) more improvement and subtle clarity than I was expecting.
    Rick
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    I suppose there is synergy in some sense, but having all Ztron cables certainly results in less cable caused distorion of the signal than would occur with non-Shunyata cables. Between having clean power from the Shunyata Triton, excellent DTCD response from Shunyata power cables, and low distortion with Shunyata interconnects, I guess you could say it is synergistic. However, I would just call it better cable technology.

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