Reap the Sonic Benefits of Flagship Technology at a Breakthrough Cost: 12-Outlet Shunyata Hydra Alpha A12 Power Conditioner Offers Reference-Grade Noise Reduction and Isolation
The capacity to fully power entire complex systems, 12 high-grade outlets, six zones of isolation, and the ability to deliver a staggering 60dB of noise reduction: The world has never seen a power conditioner like the Shunyata Research Hydra Alpha A12 for anywhere near its breakthrough cost. Overflowing with patented technologies and cutting-edge parts taken from the company's far more expensive flagship models, Hydra Alpha A12 provides reference-grade performance across all applications. Designed using the company's Dynamic Transient Current Delivery (DTCD) analyzer, it has no limitations with DTCD instantaneous current, and it seamlessly pairs with any component, whether it is music-, film-, or recording-related.
Plus, its forward-thinking architecture whereby each duplex remains isolated allows you to isolate your electronics by zone, thereby eliminating interference and offering separate real estate to separate your high-current, analog, and digital gear. Once you experience the radical differences Hydra Alpha A12 makes to your music and movies – more defined soundstages and grander dynamics, lower noise floors and quieter sibilances, richer details and lusher textures, clearer mids and tauter bass notes – you will never go back. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
True to Shunyata tradition, Hydra Alpha A12 arrives built to impress with an all-aluminum chassis, advanced internal ground insolation, stainless-steel feet, and sophisticated vibration isolation. Rated at a full 20A and measuring 6.3 x 17 x 11.5 inches (HWD), the U.S.A.-made component spills over with proven (and patented) features. Visually, you might immediately notice that its triple-wipe-contact-system Hubbell outlets get support in the form of Shunyata's very own cable-cradle system for optimal grip and protection. Backed by an industry-leading Limited Lifetime Transferable Warranty, the company's Trident-Defense protection system complements trademarked CCI noise reduction, trademarked NIC noise reduction, and proprietary GP-NR noise reduction technologies. Cutting-edge hydraulic electromagnetic breakers, eight-gauge ArNi conductors, massive buss conductors, and wire strands arrayed in unique hollow-tube VTX geometry all come standard.
Firmly committed to utmost excellence, Shunyata also treated each Hydra Alpha A12 with its proprietary Kinetic Phase Inversion Process (KPIP), a step that drastically reduces burn-in time and improves fidelity. Relatedly, many of the electrical components went through cryogenic treatment at the company's dedicated lab. Furthermore, each chassis panel and internal structure tout vibration-dampening materials while the outlets remain isolated from the chassis with dampening gaskets. And all internal modules, filters, and electronics are encapsulated in a vibration-absorbent compound.
You can learn more about the specifics of the distinctive technology below, but we more enthusiastically encourage you to hear just how dramatic an upgrade Hydra Alpha A12 will make in your own system by arranging for a risk-free in-home audition backed by our Satisfaction Guarantee. If you've always wondered if there was anything behind power-conditioning claims or dreamed of implementing a Shunyata unit in your setup, there's never been a better time.
"The fact that Shunyata Research's Hydra Alpha A12 power conditioner and Venom NR-V10 power cords got me that much closer to the state of the art for only about 5% of the cost of my system is a testament to what Caelin Gabriel and his company have accomplished. That makes these products not only an easy recommendation from me, but one of the best values in high-end audio. If you buy them, you'll be acting as a responsible steward of your stereo budget, and increase your enjoyment of your music as you get closer to true ultra-high fidelity."
– Jeff Fritz, SoundStage! Ultra
DTCD (Dynamic Transient Current Delivery) Design
Hydra Alpha A12 is designed using Shunyata Research's DTCD analyzer. DTCD Analysis measures instantaneous current through extremely-low impedance electrical conductors and contacts. Shunyata Research uses it to optimize the design and performance of our power conditioners and power cabling.
CCI and NIC Noise Reduction
Traditional power conditioners are designed to block incoming noise from outside the home but do not address the noise generated by the electronic components themselves. In fact, most conditioners reflect noise back into other components connected to the power conditioner. CCI (Component-to-Component Interference) is one of the most significant but often overlooked aspects to power system performance. Shunyata's CCI filter consists of a proprietary multi-stage filter that reduces electrical noise and power supply generated interference. Relatedly, the NIC (Noise Isolation Chamber) is a patented technology that reduces high-frequency power line noise. NICs use ferroelectric substances that actually absorb high-frequency noise. This allows Hydra Alpha A12 to reduce noise without any of the negative interactions associated with conventional power conditioner designs.
GP-NR Noise Reduction
When it comes to reducing noise, engineers focus primarily on the AC electrical lines, with little if any thought given to the ground lines. The incoming ground line and the internal power conditioner ground plane can actually act as antennae, drawing in electrical noise that may interfere with the operation of the connected components. Ground Plane Noise Reduction is a proprietary technology developed by Shunyata Research to significantly reduce interference caused by this phenomenon, thereby providing a purer audio experience.
Six Zones of Isolation
Hydra Alpha A12 features six zones of isolation so that each duplex is isolated. This design principle provides for a high level of noise isolation while delivering exceptional audio and video performance.
High-Current Capability and Hydraulic Electromagnetic Breaker
Hydra Alpha A12 is rated at a full 20 Amps of continuous current, ensuring unfettered power delivery to complex entertainment systems, including those with high-powered amplifiers. Advanced electromagnetic breakers in addition to massive buss and eight-gauge ArNi conductors provide exceptional dynamic contrast and bass impact. And while common power conditioners use fuses or thermal breakers for over-current protection. When heavily loaded, they may cause voltage drops, increased contact impedance, thermal noise, excessive heat generation, and current-limiting effects. Hydra Alpha A12 employs a more advanced solution called a hydraulic electromagnetic breaker that operates right up to the maximum current rating without the limitations of fuses or thermal breakers.
Cutting-Edge Outlets and Cable Cradle Support System
Hydra Alpha A12 includes Hubbell outlets that use a triple-wipe contact system and have broad contact areas to grip a plug from three different sides, providing superior electrical integrity. Hubbell outlets feature a solid brass back-strap that ensures a reliable ground connection that may reduce noise and hum. Hydra Alpha A12 also employs Shunyata Research's unique solution for the problem of heavy high-end power cables. The Cable Cradle supports the weight of the power cables, preventing them from pulling away from the outlet.
ArNi Conductors and KPIP Treatment
Proprietary ArNi conductors are made from certified OFE C10100 (Certified ASTM F68) copper. The wire strands are arrayed in a unique hollow-tube VTX geometry that reduces skin effects. ArNi conductors are treated with Shunyata Research's exclusive Kinetic Phase Inversion Process (KPIP) for a period of eight days. On a larger level, each Hydra Delta D6 is treated with KPIP, which dramatically reduces burn-in time and significantly improves sonic performance.
Mechanical vibration can be very destructive to system performance. Hydra Alpha A12 was designed from its inception to include advanced forms of vibration control that improve the recovery of subtle musical detail and nuance. All chassis panels and internal structures are treated with vibration-dampening materials. The outlets are isolated from the chassis with vibration-dampening gaskets that reduce vibration conducted through the AC cables. All internal modules, filters, and electronics are encapsulated in a vibration-absorbent compound.
Many of the electrical components in Hydra Alpha A12 are treated in Shunyata Research's own advanced computer-controlled cryogenics lab. Further cryogenic treatment of the unit is strongly discouraged, and will void your warranty.
Maximum continuous current: 20A
Maximum transient protection: 40,000 A @ 8/50 μs
Input to Output (100 kHz - 30 MHz): > 50 dB reduction
Zone to Zone (100 kHz - 30 MHz): > 60 dB reduction
Zones of Isolation: 6 Zones
Inlet: IEC C19R
Outlets: 12 NEMA 5-20R
Ratings: 600 VAC 105° C
Dimensions (WDH): 17" x 11.5" x 6.3"
Weight: 19.5 lbs.