Question about Shunyata Power Conditioners

Hi, I recently purchased a couple of cables from Shunyata. First one is the Venom-X speaker cable, and the other is the Venom-X power cable. These are my first Shunyata products, and I am very impressed with them.

I’ve always been a fan of Kimber Kable, Most of my IC are Kimber Select & Hero lines, and I was using a pair of Kimber 12TC speaker cables, before replacing them with the Shunyata. I was actually comparing the Shunyata Venom-X to a pair of Kimber Bifocal XL, which is $1000 more expensive, and I like the Shunyata better especially in the bass department. The Shunyata really adds a nice slam and punchiness to the bass, I returned the Bifocal and kept the Shunyata.

Anyway I’m now thinking about adding a power conditioner from Shunyata. I’m considering either the Hydra Delta D6 or their reference line Denali 6000/s V2.

Has anyone had experience with either or both of these 2 conditioners, and be able to provide some feedbacks on their performance. The Denali is almost twice as expensive as the Hydra Delta, so I want to make sure I’m spending my hard earned dollars wisely.

Also FYI, I have not had heard much improvement of sound when it comes to power cables or conditioners. I currently own a Furman Elite 15i, and mostly Pangea power cables. The Pangea are very affordable comparing to many other brands of power cables. That’s one of the reasons why I purchased them. Mostly for my peace of mind. But I don’t think I’ve ever heard much improvement over stock cables. The Forman Elite is also reasonably priced with a lot of outlets.

I always think that I must have very decent power source in my home already, and therefore I don’t hear much improvement. I’m not a skeptic when it comes to power cables and conditioners, I just simply don’t have many positive experiences with them.

One more thing I want to mention is that I do my own noise test by cranking up my volume control on my preamp to max, with my digital source turned on but not playing anything (of course).   I put my ear right again my speakers and hardly hear any hum or noise at all.   So I concluded that I don't have any noise issue in my system.  This is hardly a scientific experiment and please tell me if this is a stupid test. 😀

Anyway, any comments and shared experiences will be appreciated. Thanks for reading!


I had several passive ones (Bybee Sleuth, Cristal, Acoustic Revive…), but when I installed the Torus AVR16, the journey ended here.

For many years, I ran an original aluminum box Shunyata Hydra 8. Got a good deal on an AudioQuest Niagara 5000. Could detect no improvement vs. the old Hydra 8. Returned it. Ordered a Shunyata Denali V2. A nice improvement over the Hydra 8.

As they say in the reviews... Highly recommended. Have a mix on Shunyata and AQ Hurricane power cords.

Hope this helps.


Thanks @coppy777,  seems like the consensus is the Denali is indeed a better conditioner than the Hydra. 

@xcool I'm a big fan of Shunyata technology as I have a full loom of Shunyata power, speaker, interconnect and Ethernet cables.  I also have the Everest conditioner which you mentioned is out of your price range.

You may want to consider listening to Shunyata's Altaira grounding system.  I've been at a couple demos letting us hear the difference where the Altaira grounding hub was enabled / disabled in the system and the SQ difference was noticeable.  



I've owned the original V1 Denali with Sigma V1 PC's for all of my components and liked it. When the V2 version launched, I've moved the V1 to my AV system and replaced the new V2 Denali and power cords in my audio. I like this much better, One piece of advise for power hungry amps: more often than not, going straight in to a wall socket works best and leave the Denali for your source components. Keep in mind that quality wall sockets make a difference as well. 

Warmest regards