- 22 posts total
- 22 posts total
Thank you for posting this review on the Venom V16 power distributor. I have been looking for reviews on this product. I am now leaning toward pulling the trigger with the options you selected. I am using Synergistic Research Foundation cables (speaker, jumpers, and interconnects). I think this will be good match for those cables.
Very nicely done review, thanks! Good job telling us about your listening impressions. This more than anything else is what we need. As you’ve noticed there are some here who will ignore and skip right over all the great positive contributions just to nitpick and attack any little thing they can find. Ignore them. Keep up the good work.
I first learned the value of power conditioners 30 years ago but even now all these years later we still find people missing out. This upgrade, going from a decent power strip to a genuine power conditioner, is pretty typical of what a lot of people would do. In other words, a lot of people will find this useful. Thanks again for taking the time to write it up.
After about a month of use, it has settled in and performance is consistent. There is however something that it does not protect against and that is ground loop noise from ungrounded or poorly grounded devices.
I am an illustrator and sometimes I use a light table or my electric eraser. When I use the light table, it makes a loud popping noise on the speakers. The electric eraser also makes noise on the speakers when I use it. These are ungrounded, and both are on the 2nd zone away from the power cables that power the speakers. So the Venom V16 will not protect against those types of devices if they are connected. To be fair, this happened on the Audioquest Powerquest 3 as well. It was even worse because those tools were connected to a power strip that was connected to the Powerquest. Also, I had a Panasonic Point-O-Matic pencil sharpener that does have a ground that also made noise on the line when in use. So I moved it to a different socket. It seems I should do the same with the light table and eraser, but there are no sockets near there and I use these at the same drawing table (the pencil sharpener doesn’t need to be by the drawing table.)
Thanks! I was very excited to have this. It seems Shunyata hadn't sent out any review product for folks to review. I had been in constant contact with someone at Shunyata before I got it, so I had the inside scoop; so-to-speak.
Since these discussion boards are searchable in any search engine, I thought it was a good idea to write up a review. :)
I like, "someone at Shunyata" because when I bought my Cobra there was no "someone" there was only Caelin! He brought it out, we tried it, that was it. You get a LOT more for your money nowadays! Hard to say for sure without comparing but my guess is you got more for your $2k than you could have got for just about any amount of money back then.
The improvements you noted with dynamic shadings, micro-dynamics, together with the lower noise floor revealing greater detail, these kinds of improvements just go on and on. As you notice there are other things that still create noise even with a conditioner. That is just the way it is. No matter what you do there will always be some simple thing that makes it even better still.
If you want to blow your mind some time, try flipping off a lot of the breakers in your panel. You can also unplug stuff but this is a lot easier. Listen with breakers off and you will hear a lot of the same improvements you get with the Shunyata. Mostly due to eliminating a lot of RFI, and this will give you some idea the effect of RFI on sound quality.
Another one is vibration control. You mentioned getting the optional feet but not what difference they made. Were you able to listen with/without for comparison?