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    Shunyata Alpha USB Review

    I have the Alpha USB and Sigma USB in the store. They are both incredible sounding USB cables. So organic, full, smooth. Love them.

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    Re: Shunyata Alpha USB Review

    Do you think the Shunyata Alpha USB is better than the AQ Diamond USB?


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    Re: Shunyata Alpha USB Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    Do you think the Shunyata Alpha USB is better than the AQ Diamond USB?


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    System and listener dependent. If you want ultimate transparency and resolution, go Diamond. If you want organic, smooth, meaty, go Shunyata.


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    Re: Shunyata Alpha USB Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    System and listener dependent. If you want ultimate transparency and resolution, go Diamond. If you want organic, smooth, meaty, go Shunyata.


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    Thanks Mike, as usual, you expertise is greatly appreciated.


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    Re: Shunyata Alpha USB Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    Do you think the Shunyata Alpha USB is better than the AQ Diamond USB?


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    In my system, no question, I prefer the Shunyata Alpha USB over the AQ Diamond and by quite a ways. Had the Diamond as my reference for better part of 5 years. IMHO, the Shunyata Alpha smokes it. They're not even in the same zip code.

    System is C-J: CT-5 and LP70S. Harbeth 30.2s, SOtM UltraNeo network bridge and Sonore Optical Module, and Schiit Gungnir Mulibit DAC (aka Gumby). The Shunyata Alpha connects the SOtM to Gumby.
    Power is Shunyata Denali V2 and Shunyata Delta NR, EF and Venom NR-series PCs.

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    Re: Shunyata Alpha USB Review

    Mike.......I installed the Shunyata Sigma USB cable in my living room sound system this past June. It connects the Aurender N100H music server to the Schiit Audio Yggdrasil Analog 2 DAC. The Shunyata Sigma USB cable now has approximately 275 hours on it. In addition to its astonishing component level bump in audio performance, I found no discernible change to the sound of the Sigma USB cable from the initial hours when the cable was brand new, fresh out of the box. This USB cable has been a stellar performer from minute one. Having often noticed sonic characteristics develop in a cable's sound as hours accrue on interconnects, digital cables, and speaker cables, I find it remarkable the Shunyata Sigma USB cable demonstrated no audible sonic signature shift that I could detect in all these hours. To my ears the entire frequency range remained neutral and natural from the beginning. Obviously Shunyata’s KPIP process meets their intended goal. I believe the performance limits of the Sigma USB cable represents the culmination of multiple scientific discoveries Caelin Gabriel has implemented in the Shunyata Sigma line of cables.

    It has been my experience the Shunyata Sigma USB cable consistently reproduces a more accurate, involving and believable audio performance than the Wireworld Platinum Starlight USB cable it replaced. By comparison the Shunyata Sigma USB cable has considerably more to offer owners of high-end sound systems, albeit at a price premium ($2000.00 for 1.5 meters) compared to the Wireworld Platinum Starlight USB cable ($850.00 for 1.5 meters). Despite the price difference between the two USB cables, it is evident the technology behind the Shunyata Sigma USB cable makes good on its promise to “do no harm”. It is a worthy contender when considering the performance level you wish to achieve. Shunyata Research has completely erased the nonsensical idea that wire is just wire. If one's sound system easily uncovers differences in resolution and detail, and these differences can be readily identified when swapping cables, then you are a perfect candidate for installing the Sigma USB cable in your sound system. The Shunyata Sigma USB cable is serious. My comment to everyone is be prepared to be astonished.

    Shunyata Sigma USB cable



    Owning the Shunyata Sigma USB cable served as a catalyst for me to purchase the Shunyata Sigma SPDIF digital cable in August that is now installed in the studio sound system between the Aurender N10 music server and the Esoteric K-01X coaxial DAC input. Once again this Sigma series digital interconnect raised the performance bar over the Wireworld Platinum Starlight digital cable that had served as my reference cable for several years. The clarity and transparency of the studio sound system were improved considerably once the Sigma SPDIF cable was installed. Shunyata Sigma series cables are the real deal.

    Shunyata Sigma SPDIF digital cable
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    Re: Shunyata Alpha USB Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Puma Cat View Post
    In my system, no question, I prefer the Shunyata Alpha USB over the AQ Diamond and by quite a ways. Had the Diamond as my reference for better part of 5 years. IMHO, the Shunyata Alpha smokes it. They're not even in the same zip code.
    As Mike pointed out, personal preferences and system are likely to affect anyone’s choice. Arguably Harbeth 30.2 + Schiit Gungir is hardly a high resolution system taking advantage of the AQ Diamond’s capabilities. Therefore I would be careful to pass too strong judgment. YMMV.


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    Re: Shunyata Alpha USB Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    As Mike pointed out, personal preferences and system are likely to affect anyone’s choice. Arguably Harbeth 30.2 + Schiit Gungir is hardly a high resolution system taking advantage of the AQ Diamond’s capabilities. Therefore I would be careful to pass too strong judgment. YMMV.


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    I'm not going to dignify this comment with a response.

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    Re: Shunyata Alpha USB Review

    It’s amazing what Shunyata has been able to do technology wise with their latest cables.

    The resolution obtained from Shunyata latest cables regardless of one’s personal subjective taste is impressive.

    The flagship AQ cables all use silver to lower distortion and increase resolution. This however comes at a cost.

    AQ also uses DBS system to further lower noise floor.
    Whereas Shunyata on the Alpha and Sigma lines uses their Zitron circuit that doesn’t require a battery to provide a similar benefit.

    Known for their power cables and products; Shunyata has certainly steeped up their interconnects, speaker cables and now network cables with their Alpha and Sigma lines.

    Certainly State of the Art

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    Re: Shunyata Alpha USB Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    As Mike pointed out, personal preferences and system are likely to affect anyone’s choice. Arguably Harbeth 30.2 + Schiit Gungir is hardly a high resolution system taking advantage of the AQ Diamond’s capabilities. Therefore I would be careful to pass too strong judgment. YMMV.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Puma Cat View Post
    I'm not going to dignify this comment with a response.
    What do you call this - reads like a response to me