Review Shunyata Venom V16 Power Distributor

I know I am new here, but I wanted to share my experience.

I just got the newly released Shunyata Venom V16 power distributor. I also acquired the Shunyata Reference line Delta v2 XC C19 cable to power it. I also purchased the optional SSF-38 shock absorbing feet. This is replacing Audioquest’s Powerquest 3 linear filter power strip.  I know, it’s quite a large jump.

I still have a few more days of burn-in to truly get critical, but right off the bat, day one, this product obliterated the Audioquest’s gains. The sound stage expanded to a degree where the desktop speakers vanished. You could be staring straight at the speaker and swear it wasn’t on. It created a sound “bubble” in the space where sound appeared to travel in three dimensions. The micro details became louder and had more depth. High notes carried further. Piano notes had even more realistic metallic reverb. You could definitively hear when a piano key was struck harder than another. You can hear the shuffle of the player's feet as they work the pedals. Mid-bass tones/instruments no longer affect vocals, as the singer's voice was separate. Words are clear, concise, and sound more life-like. In older songs, you can hear track hiss get louder as a new track is being added into the song. The bass got tighter and more forceful. Then there was the emergence of new bass rhythms that I hadn't heard before in some songs.

Here is the system I am currently using.

Audioengine A2+
Audioengine S8 subwoofer.

The A2+ is being powered by Kimber Kable Summit Palladian
The S8 subwoofer is being powered by Kimber Kable Ascent

I am running these through an Acer Helios 300 Predator using Foobar2000 via USB:

Audioquest FMJ Jitterbug
Audioquest Dragonfly Cobalt
Audioquest Yosemite

From the A2+ I am running Synergistic Research’s Foundation RCA interconnects to the S8 subwoofer.
From A2+’s powered speaker to the passive speaker, I am running a vintage, modified Audioquest CV-4 using their Suregrip 500 series banana plugs.

The laptop is running Shunyata Research’s Venom V14 Digital cable. I am also using Audioquest’s NRG Edison power socket and PS Audio’s Noise Harvester.

A few months ago, I had a full Audioquest loom, using their NRG X,Y, and Z product line. Audioquest refuses to allow their higher end power cable line to have C5 and C7 connectors. As a result, I became somewhat disappointed in Audioquest. It was as if you only get a real glimpse of what they offer if you buy their top-most products and they limit you on what areas you can upgrade. Anything beneath that line is essentially a “broken” version of their better cable, in order to ensure it doesn’t sound superior to the model above it. This led me to seek out other manufacturers. I discovered that even though other companies like, Kimber Kable, Shunyata Research and Synergistic Research also diminish their lower product lines, they don’t do so by damaging the audio signal. They typically reduce the amount of tech, but still use their best technical advances so as not to hurt the signal on purpose. In other words, Audioquest breaks their promise of, “Do no harm.” That doesn’t mean I dislike all Audioquest products. As you can see, I still have some of their product line within this setup and will keep it in the system. Besides, I like having a varying degree of manufacturers to balance all the different “house” sounds. :)

 In about a week or so, I am changing out the AQ Yosemite and AQ CV-4 for Synergistic Research’s Foundation cables. This way I will have a full loom in the direct audio chain.

I have to say, folks have underestimated the A2+, they are extremely well engineered. :)



Thanks! I discovered how not only vibration is a strong source of distortion, but general EMI even with "shielded" cables.

I have an in-law who was going to 3D-print some cable risers and separators, but that seems to have fallen by the way-side :(.  Maybe one day it'll happen.  I am sure it will be better than cardboard. ;)

I agree with Carbon Miller about how even the most subtle vibration can throw the music "off." Of course, one can become completely obsessive about this, but it doesn't hurt to try some minor "mods" such as putting Blue Tack on an outlet cover (and my outlet covers are made by Furutech to match their outlets). But I wonder...

Perhaps a Delta would suit me more than the PS10. It might have some "protections, " as one ascends the line into the Reference level I don't yet know about.  This can be a beautiful hobby if we learn things even as we are immersing ourselves in music. And educate our ears at the same time!




Hi. I know this is an older post but what is the difference between a power distributor like the Venom V16 or like the Denali Power conditioner or other mods. 


As with many other aduiophile companies, they essentially take their best technology and begin stripping it down to make lower models. The Denali uses their best electric outlet sockets.  There are 6 separated zones, instead of 2 on the Venom V16. The Denali uses much more advanced filtering techniques.  On the main power cables, they use thicker wire, 8 and 10 gauge internal wires. Also, there are additional shielded cables that run within those 8 and 10 gauge mains (they're hollow to reduce skin effect).  The internal components are sealed in an oxygen free environment to prevent corrosion overtime. It runs the mains through a tube of material that bleeds off any excess noise or signal. It also uses a technology where energy is stored as a reservoir to reduce any form of delay in electric transfer. 

The Venom V16 removes all that tech and a few amenities and leaves it with their high-end base tech. Such as their cryogenic process, the use of hollow copper mains, but they're 12 gauge in this case and no internal shielded wire running though it. It uses internal tech to mitigate frequency crossover and noise from entering any of the internal components. It uses a chassis ground system for external use. It also has very good vibration control.

Both the Denali and the Venom V16 require a 20amp power cable. IN my case, I went with Shunyata's Alpha XC, although they recommend the Delta XC. However, I determined that with the Delta XC, it was not able to provide power fast enough to provide the best performance to my powered speakers.

I was using Audioquest's PowerQuest 3 power conditioner prior to this and the Venom V16 destroys it, performance-wise.  I imagine the Denali would decimate the Venom V16 in terms of performance and it darn well should for $4000 more dollars.

When you break it all down, what you're paying for is a lowered noise floor and better dynamics. 

@guakus   Thank you so much for breaking this all down for me I really appreciate it. I want to ask u another question. I have a Krell FPB 600. Would I recommend that an amp also be plugged into a power conditioner? Same question for my ARC Ref 6 pre amp. Thanks again. Mike.