Shunyata Alpha NR "Settling In Process"?

I have just recently taken receipt of a full loom of Shunyata Alpha NR cables and was curious to hear from other Shunyata NR users what their experience has been with regard to the NR series settling in process. I know Shunyata purports that their KPIP process eliminates the need for extended break-in time however at this point (less than 20 hrs),.
I'm hoping these cables start to sound better soon. Thanks    
"The last thing I would ever do is buy something knowing it 'needs different types of cables to sound the best they can.' "

Then do you buy something knowing that it needs the same types of cables to sound the best it can?

Your post is, at best, idiotic.
I buy knowing it sounds good with what I have. Your reasoning is, at best, nonexistent.
tvad, Yep, as strange as that may sound, my Shunyata jumpers are indeed directional. I took ghosthouse's recommendation and went with the Nordost method and sure enough, i did hear a slight increase in resolution.    

Seeing this after 2 years. Interesting.

I’ve heard the Delta NR V1 (owned it), the Alpha NR V1(auditioned it) and owned the Sigma NR V1 (bought it).

I can’t agree with MillerCarbon and I’ve had every single generation of Shunyata power cords and 3 generations of speaker cable. I find the Shunyata highly musical, although I found the Sigma NR V1 the best of the group. To me, the Delta NR V1 was a bit too "tight" through the upper midrange, causing a reduction of the ambience retrieval that starts in the upper midrange and goes thru the lower/mid highs ( 4-8k). It sounded clamped down, even in conjunction with the Sigma.

I should note I’d previously had a Sigma Analogue and I have to say, it did not float my boat at all. I can’t explain why: it just never did anything.

Right now, I have a Sigma NR V1, A python ZiTron, a Cobra ZiTron, a Venom NR V2 and a Delta NR V2. I haven’t switched from Shunyata power cords in 18 years, and i’ve owned Nordost Valhalla, Tyr, Frey and Hemidall speaker cables and power cords. The Nordost is great, but just not as musical as the Shunyata, to my ears. Nordost has fantastic highs (a bit better than Shunyata), but Shunyata has great articulation on voices (Ella Fitzgerald sounds much better on Shunyata than Nordost: you can hear her throat tones, her moistening her lips, the pushing out of air when she start a word such as "push". You hear the aspirants). Nordost still has not quite enough meat on the bones.

As for Synergistic, I’ve had those, too, although it was 6 years ago. The interconnects seemed designed to compliment each other. I was given one for the preamp/source and a different one for the preamp to amp. The sound of one was "fattened up". It was clearly a compensation for the one earlier in the chain.

I stuck with Shunyata. I’ve owned top of the line MIT, top of the line Transparent (not the $30k stuff, just the Reference (circa 1995), MM1 and MM2 cables (2007-9). THEY lacked transient snap, although they had a great midbass and so, they made classical music sound majestic - if slowed down, rhythmically.

The Shunyata is the most accomplished of all the ones I’ve owned, although I think their highs are not the absolute best. They image great, soundstage great, have exceptional dynamic range, contrast and nuance. A flute, played through Shunyata in the Miraculous Mandarin (Mercury Living Presence), will bring you to tears, so delicate is the sound. Plucked harps, string sound and glockenspiel are gorgeous - except when the recording of it is not. And they are musical the way it sounds in Carnegie Hall or the Met or the Hartford Symphony Hall (the Bushnell). I haven’t hear the Musikverein in Austria in decades, but I’m sure it is still magical. Shunyata and Transparent’s musicality is closest to that Hall (one of the very, VERY best in the world!)

I once compared the Sigma NR V1 power cord to Nordost’s Odin, and did this at a local dealer’s I frequent. The Shunyata conveyed the power of Merry Clayton’s voice in the Rolling Stones’ classic "Gimme Shelter" much better than the Odin. It had grit (which Merry Clayton’s voice SHOULD have) and power. The Odin was quite good, but not a match for the Sigma NR V1.

So, all in all, having lived with every generation, unless MillerCarbon has more experience than me with Shunyata, I’d say he’s heard it poorly set up (even if it was in his home). I never let my Shunyata cables touch the floor, or even other cables. I haven’t in almost 30 years. It makes a difference and if you can’t hear it, it’s just that your system isn’t resolving enough or It IS - but you’ve got power cords lying on top of interconnects/speaker cable, thereby injecting dirt into the sound. Or your room acoustics or electricity is somehow sabotaging the sound.

And that’s my story. Oh, by the way, the Delta NR V2 is MUCH better than the NR V1 (which I didn’t cotton to after having had it for several months, so I sold it.) The soundstage on ALL the cables mentioned in this thread are excellent and voluminous. The Delta NR V2 in particular, has ambience retrieval quite a bit better than the NR V1 version. I could recommend that.

But I generally don’t go below the reference level, although i have a Venom NR V2 in house and have for the past 12 days. The problem is, when I went to change it to a different component, the IEC plug wouldn’t stay placed into a few of my components. Don’t ask me why: it just fell out. So, not for me. (Might just be a factory build error.) But then, it also doesn’t have the VTX hollow core construction, either, and I can hear it. I’m sure it’s great, but I’d start at the Delta if I were buying a current iteration of Shunyata power cords.

As for the Alpha? My only issue with that was that my ears heard a "lightness" in the upper bass/lower midrange, which made Black male singers sound a little "emaciated" or, less "gritty" and throaty, if you will. Since this is in the "power range" of music, I didn't spring for the V1 version. I'm told the V2 is superior, so...