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    Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    All of us at Shunyata Research are proud to introduce the most consequential two series of products in our company's 25 year history. The Shunyata design team have created the new Theta and Gamma Series of cables to upend all price, performance and material value standards in the cable industry -- full stop. Theta and Gamma Series cables are in an entirely different league in terms of technology and performance. The Theta and Gamma Series of cables include interconnects, power cords, speaker cables, the full range of digital cables and phono cables.
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    For the first time, our design team have applied the PMZ (Precision Matched Impedance) technology previously used only in our digital cables -- to the Theta and Gamma interconnects with incredible ​results. Our Theta model power cords and speaker cables feature VTX-Ag conductors which combine the best qualities of silver and copper. To complete the performance package, Caelin has improved the Kinetic Phase Inversion Process to a Version 2 standard, which has had an incredible effect on performance. To say that the Theta and Gamma Series merit your immediate attention would be an understatement.

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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Thanks Mike,...

    To avoid churn and "FUD", where do these sit in the line relative to Delta v2, Alpha v2, Sigma v2, and Omega?

    Also, the middle cable in the photo above appears to be a non-STIS termination so interested in details on that as well.

    When will their webiste be updated with details?

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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Quote Originally Posted by SCAudiophile View Post
    Thanks Mike,...

    Also, the middle cable in the photo above appears to be a non-STIS termination so interested in details on that as well.

    Thanks...
    I think that’s the ground cable/lead for a phono cable, if I were to guess…not sure why one would need an STIS termination for that cable. The CGC/SGC-type ground cables for use with Altaira are in the lower left photo, and use the STIS termination system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puma Cat View Post
    I think that’s the ground cable/lead for a phono cable, if I were to guess…not sure why one would need an STIS termination for that cable. The CGC/SGC-type ground cables for use with Altaira are in the lower left photo, and use the STIS termination system.
    I thought so too regarding it being a ground cable. Having had cables with both those minimal spades on them vs. the STIS terms with larger, better metallurgy, contact, etc...I am keen to hear details.

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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Quote Originally Posted by SCAudiophile View Post
    I thought so too regarding it being a ground cable. Having had cables with both those minimal spades on them vs. the STIS terms with larger, better metallurgy, contact, etc...I am keen to hear details.
    Yep, understood; I also noticed that what appears to be a new model speaker cable in the middle photo panel below, also uses non-STIS spades.

    OTOH, the pair of Venom-X speaker cables I bought for use with my GR-Research X-LS Encore speakers uses the STIS system (I need bananas for connecting to Danny’s tube connectors on the back of the speaker).

    So, with that, I don’t know how the decision is made as to which type of termination methodology, “traditional” vs. STIS, is to be used for which type of cable, so you’ll have to check with Mike or Richard about specifics regarding that. I can only hypothesize based on what is shown in the product shots.
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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    The Delta V2 is discontinued as well. Curious how the Theta and Gamma fit into the new product tiers. Or whether there's going to be Delta V3.

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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Shunyata's website now has a page for the Theta interconnects. From that page: "Compared to Shunyata Research's more affordable Gamma cables, Theta's larger gauge VTX-Ag™ conductors add weight, dimensionality and room-filling scale-to-sound when using more costly electronics and speaker systems." Although the gamma series aren't listed yet, the Theta interconnect appears to be positioned between the Alpha & Venom-X series. Neither series are listed under the power cables yet, but there is also a Theta S/PDIF in the "Digital Cables" category similarly positioned between the Alpha & Venom-X series.
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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Theta and Gamma power cables are up on the Shunyata website. Delta v2 has been dropped from the product lineup.
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    Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    I was talking to Grant yesterday. Both new models sound like great cables. He’s been demoing them at home. Can’t wait to get some in to try.


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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    I can't pick a Sigma from an Alpha, or a Delta for that matter. I've got a hunch that Theta is going to be more expensive than discontinued Delta, and Gamma cheaper than Delta.
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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    MSRP's on some of these are up on The Cable Company site now, so you won't have to guess. Looks to me like they fit between the Venom and Alpha lines, replacing the Delta line - at least from a price standpoint.

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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Quote Originally Posted by GSOphile View Post
    MSRP's on some of these are up on The Cable Company site now, so you won't have to guess. Looks to me like they fit between the Venom and Alpha lines, replacing the Delta line - at least from a price standpoint.
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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    I've got a hunch that Theta is going to be more expensive than discontinued Delta, and Gamma cheaper than Delta.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GSOphile View Post
    MSRP's on some of these are up on The Cable Company site now, so you won't have to guess. Looks to me like they fit between the Venom and Alpha lines, replacing the Delta line - at least from a price standpoint.
    Looking their web page, If I were to hypothesize, Gamma replaces Venom (not Venom-X) product line, and Theta replaces the Delta product line of cables.

    Next cable models moving up the product line heirarchy would be Alpha, Sigma, etc.
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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Unclear to me what problem they are trying to solve with these new lines. Some technology has been removed in some cases - like Zitron - and others... Perhaps they need to update the marketing language...
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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Quote Originally Posted by ack View Post
    Unclear to me what problem they are trying to solve with these new lines. .
    Simple: they sound better than the previous model line-up.

    Also, I just went to Mike's page for these cables at Suncoast Audio and it looks like Gamma's MSRP is close in price to the discontinued Venom line, and Theta is close in price to the older Delta line-up, so Shunyata has done a commendable job of keeping the price tiers of the Gamma and Theta lines very similar to the discontinued Venom and Delta lines.

    Regarding technology, I don't know if Xitron is being utilized in these new designs or not, but I the product info states they are all treated with the new KPIPv2 processing, replacing the original KPIP protocol, and my hypothesis is that KPIPv2 has a significant impact on their functionality and audio qualities.

    Shunyata Research is after all, a "research" company, & research never stands still; the new KPIPv2 process is an example of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puma Cat View Post
    Simple: they sound better than the previous model line-up.

    Also, I just went to Mike's page for these cables at Suncoast Audio and it looks like Gamma's MSRP is close in price to the discontinued Venom line, and Theta is close in price to the older Delta line-up, so Shunyata has done a commendable job of keeping the price tiers of the Gamma and Theta lines very similar to the discontinued Venom and Delta lines.
    How could you possibly know that when they haven't been released yet? That's just a biased assumption on your part.
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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    How could you possibly know that when they haven't been released yet? That's just a biased assumption on your part.
    I agree. Pure, utter speculation w/o any data whatsoever, and manufactured factualization at this point. Let's see how it all eventually evolves.
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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Quote Originally Posted by ack View Post
    I agree. Pure, utter speculation w/o any data whatsoever, and manufactured factualization at this point. Let's see how it all eventually evolves.
    We'll all find out when reviews are published comparing Venom & Delta with the new model.

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    I would very much be interested in those comparisons, since I own the Venom and Delta v2 in various capacities between my two systems. The RCA Delta v2 in particular is extremely fast and low in coloration, with the Alpha v2 slightly above it. The Venom was easily superseded by the Venom-X. Come to think of it, in my systems I am using Venoms analog and power, Venom-X analog, Delta v2 analog and power, Alpha v2 analog and power, plus Sigma XC. So looking forward to some real data...
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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    In reading again the more-expensive Theta's specs, I am thinking there is little chance they will outperform the Delta v2, and I feel the price differential is going to prove fair. Starting with the cords, the Deltas use those nickel-plated CopperConns, the Theta still brass. For the RCA analogs, the Theta eschews the ΞTRON circuit but has a shield which may add capacitance. Doesn't seem like I would personally care to explore further and am glad I loaded up on a few of Delta v2 products...

    To pivot a little, the interesting and curious thing for me was when I plugged in Delta v2 NR cords into my turntable's speed controller and motor, replacing the Venom V10 NRs I had in there - why did timbre improve a little? Did a presumably better noise reduction result in more stable platter speed? Or did less noise from the speed controller bleed into the rest of the system? Both?

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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    I think the answer is definitely the first, that better NR and power delivery resulted in better motor function, and very likely "both."

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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Quote Originally Posted by Puma Cat View Post
    the product info states they are all treated with the new KPIPv2 processing, replacing the original KPIP protocol, and my hypothesis is that KPIPv2 has a significant impact on their functionality and audio qualities.

    Shunyata Research is after all, a "research" company, & research never stands still; the new KPIPv2 process is an example of that.
    What irritates / annoys is that the new budget lines are the only ones treated with the new v2 process. I’m fine and understand that the Alpha/Sigma v2 Lines that came out in 2020 didn’t have it (it just wasn’t there back then), but having purchased a full Omega signal loom which only came out last year is frankly a bit insulting to the customer. Now, if KPIPv2 only speeds up the break in process, that‘s totally fine. But if it improves sonics, the timing of one year release difference, a ca 10fold price difference and including the better technology in the entry level product and not in the top of the line is in my opinion frankly a No Go!

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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Quote Originally Posted by MusicLover View Post
    ..Now, if KPIPv2 only speeds up the break in process, that‘s totally fine...
    That's my reading of it. Makes no difference to me KPIP v1, v2, v3 or whatever. It's not an attribute I care about.
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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    That's my reading of it. Makes no difference to me KPIP v1, v2, v3 or whatever. It's not an attribute I care about.
    Exactly what I thought initially.

    On the Shunyata website though it says: „When compared to the original process, KPIP v2™ represents a dramatic performance upgrade on par with a component-level upgrade.“

    I‘m also surprised that the PMZ (= superior wire extraction process) that was first featured in the Omega digital cables three years ago if I remember correctly finds it‘s way now into the entry level series. Why not in the Omega signal cables?! I‘m a bit puzzled to be frank and reached out to Shunyata why that is the case.

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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Does anyone have experience with these new cables yet? In particular, I am curious how the Theta line compares to the Venom-X.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Waiting on our demos. We did have experience with them at axpona in our room. They are another league better than Venom X (which we have in the store). The Theta sounds like “Omega Lite”. Very similar characteristics to the big boys.


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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Waiting on our demos. We did have experience with them at axpona in our room. They are another league better than Venom X (which we have in the store). The Theta sounds like “Omega Lite”. Very similar characteristics to the big boys.


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    High praise, indeed. I might just have to check these out when funds allow for an upgrade.

    Thanks, Mike!

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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    So what do I do. Buy a new Theta PC. Or wait for an open box Alpha v2 PC on Music Direct?
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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    So what do I do. Buy a new Theta PC. Or wait for an open box Alpha v2 PC on Music Direct?
    Music Direct tranships Shunyata product to Australia in clear violation of their dealer agreement? Interesting.


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    Re: Shunyata Theta and Gamma Series Announced

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Music Direct tranships Shunyata product to Australia in clear violation of their dealer agreement? Interesting.
    They used to, but not any more. I have a US shipping address to bypass that problem.
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