A Power Cable in Name Only: Noise-Reducing Shunyata Alpha v2 NR (20A) Features Eight-Gauge VTX-Ag Conductors, Carbon-Fiber Headshells, and Enhanced Broadband Filters
The Shunyata Alpha v2 NR is a power cable in name only. Featuring a wide-bandwidth CCI noise-filtration system that reduces power-line and component-generated power-supply noise – in addition to built-in, second-generation Zitron technology that measurably lowers dielectric distortion while preserving the integrity of the original audio signal – the U.S.A.-made cable doubles as a power conditioner for the amplifier, preamplifier, or source component to which it's connected. And that says nothing of how its array of patented engineering, exclusive metal treatments, and customized parts translate to unshackled musical performance.
Let's start with its implementation of VTX-Ag in the eight-gauge conductors, which provides significant improvements in dynamics, accuracy, and low-level resolution while preserving the subtle tonal, textural, and timbral signatures that bring music to life. Alpha v2 NR also delivers more precise, time-correct presentations distinguished with an authoritative low end, pronounced contrasts, and transparent soundstages. What's more, carbon-fiber connectors eliminate layers of grain all the while claiming a ridiculously silent background. Also, improved NR v2 broadband filters filter lower in frequency than the original NR filters and are tuned to filter out specific frequencies of noise common to all component power-supply emissions. You'll hear notice increased three-dimensional imaging and greater access to extreme low-level details.
Have a power-hungry amplifier? No problem. Alpha v2 NR's vanishingly low resistance to peak current (DTCD) provides unparalleled performance even when paired with a component that demands gobs of energy. You also get the advantages of Shunyata's Kinetic Phase Inversion Process (KPIP), a groundbreaking conditioning method that not only eliminates the need for time-consuming burn-in on your end but also elevates the overall fidelity of your system. You will hear myriad sonic benefits – blacker backgrounds, lifelike detail, inner depth, explosive dynamics, revealing textures. And you won't have to wait hours and hours for it to happen.
If we take a closer look at the composition of Alpha v2 NR, it starts with an ultra-pure OFE copper tube with a pure silver conductor at the center of the hollow core – all woven into large, eight-gauge VTX-Ag conductors linked to CopperCONN connectors. The latter contain true carbon-fiber headshells with anti-vibration qualities and pure copper contacts that claim higher conductivity principles than common plated brass and bronze contacts. Advanced fluorocarbon dielectrics and sonic welding that mitigates junction points complete a power cord that combines meaningful innovations, objective measurement, an artisan's eye for detail, and discernible science in the name of provable, standard-setting functionality.
For comparison sake, Alpha v2 NR is quicker, livelier, and more explosive than the prior series flagship, Sigma NR. Shunyata has yet again raised the bar on possibilities. Want to hear how for yourself? Select the length you require from our drop-down menu above an experience Alpha v2 NR in your own system with a risk-free in-home audition backed by our 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee.
Advanced Noise Reduction
Noise is an insidious problem that originates from many sources, including audio components themselves. Shunyata Research power cords employ proprietary internal noise reduction filters that intercept noise,preventing it from propagating to other components.NR filters are specifically engineered to be non-reactive and compatible with all power supply designs including high-power amplifiers. This multi-element, wide-bandwidth noise-reduction technology was developed by Shunyata Research's medical division, Clear Image Scientific, to improve the performance of medical imaging systems in cardiology and neurosurgery.
Shunyata Research has developed its own line of CopperCONN connectors that feature solid copper contacts and true carbon-fiber head-shells (Alpha and Sigma models) that have anti-vibration qualities. These connectors are not just beautiful; they functionally reduce micro-distortions due to the carbon fiber's unique energy absorbing vibration reduction qualities.
Dynamic Transient Current Delivery is critical to performance for high performance entertainment systems.All elements in Reference NR Series power cords, including the wires, contacts, dielectrics and junctions, are tested and optimized using Shunyata Research's proprietary DTCD Analyzer. This optimization ensures outstanding low-frequency performance as well as dynamic contrasts akin to a live musical event. More than any other design parameter, Shunyata Research's ability to provide measurable dynamic instantaneous current is unparalleled.
Reference NR Series cables feature an advancement in conductor technology that combines the transient speed and definition of pure silver with the warmth, power, and body of pure copper. VTX-Ag has a core conductor of pure silver with an outer concentric conductor of high-purity OFE copper. VTX-Ag provides significant improvements in dynamics, timing precision,and low-level resolution while preserving the subtle tonal, textural, and timbral signatures that bring music to life.
KPIP 'Blackbird' Process
Reference NR Series power cords are treated with Shunyata Research's proprietary Kinetic Phase Inversion Process. Four days of continuous KPIP processing dramatically reduces burn-in time and significantly improves sonic performance, delivering a relaxed and life-like presentation.
Class-Leading Performance In Each Product Category
The Reference NR Series power cords consistently provide superb performance across a broad spectrum of electronic brands and component types. They truly redefine the performance envelope for all types of components, including amplifiers, preamplifiers, phonostages, D/A converters, disc players, and tuners.
Head-shell: Carbon fiber
Noise reduction: >12 dB @ 1MHz