Shunyata Research's Venom Series V16 Power Conditioner Offers Stellar Noise-Reduction Technology, Making it Ideal for Complex Audio Systems or High-End Home Theater
Shunyata Research's Venom Series V16 Power Conditioner offers clean power and innovative, noise-reduction isolation zones, making it perfect for complex audio systems or high-end home theater setups. The V16 was designed with the company's latest advances in vibration management, dynamic transient current delivery, and the trademarked Component-to-Component Isolation (CCI) noise-reduction technology. The V16 incorporates many of the features in Shunyata's more expensive, award-winning power conditioners, making it a tremendous value.
The Venom Series V16's proprietary noise-reduction technology and exceptional 16 outlet capacity make it an ideal choice for home theater or complex music systems. The V16's technology and exceptional build quality provide a level of performance that is unavailable even from products priced two to three times higher. With the V16, the team at Shunyata has designed an ideal component to illustrate the company's meteoric achievements in performance and value.
Traditional power conditioners are designed to block incoming noise from outside the home, but they do not address the noise that is generated by the electronic components themselves. In fact, many conditioners actually reflect noise back into other components connected to the power conditioner. Component-to-Component Isolation (CCI) fully addresses one of the most significant but often overlooked aspects to power-system performance. The V16's CCI architecture consists of a proprietary multistage filter that reduces electrical noise and interference generated by a component's power supply.
The Venom Series V16 excels for dozens of reasons, including its capacity to create dual-isolation zones. The Venom V16 is rated for a full 20 amps of continuous current, allowing it to handle very demanding home theater systems, including multiple high-power amplifiers. It features two independent noise-reduction isolation zones, each with an eight-outlet array. This allows for partitioning between source or application use. For example, you could use Zone A for digital and Zone B for analog in a home audio system. Or, you could use Zone A for visual and Zone B for audio equipment in a home theater system. This versatility offers precise, unprecedented control in noise-reduction capabilities — all at an astonishing value.
The Venom Series V16 benefits from more than 20 years of scientific research, innovation, and design progression. Shunyata's technology is backed by decades of proven research, and the company has been honored with numerous awards. In a review in The Absolute Sound that described his history with Shunyata products, Neil Gader wrote, "The overall effect was akin to the way your eyes seem to perceive a more vivid array of colors and contrasts on the sunny day following a cleansing rainstorm."
You can learn more about the distinctive technology in the sections below. We enthusiastically encourage you to hear just how dramatic an upgrade the Venom Series V16 will make in your own system by arranging for a risk-free, in-home audition, backed by our 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee. If you've often wondered whether there was anything behind power-conditioning claims, or if you've always dreamed of implementing a Shunyata unit in your setup, there's never been a better time to hear the difference that clean, proper power can make.
Venom V16 requires a 20-amp power cable, sold separately.
Shunyata Research's ArNi conductors are designed to be the finest-quality wire available for power and audio purposes. They begin with the highest purity copper available — OFE C10100 (or Ohno single crystal). Then they are formed into "virtual hollow tubes" that Shunyata refers to as VTX (a trademarked name). The core of the conductor is completely hollow, forcing the current to only travel through the periphery of the conductor, thereby eliminating skin effects and random eddy currents. Every ArNi wire undergoes Shunyata's proprietary Kinetic Phase Inversion Process (KPIP).
Kinetic Phase Inversion Process (KPIP)
Shunyata's proprietary Kinetic Phase Inversion Process was developed to significantly reduce the amount of time required to burn-in cables and power conditioners. It also has a performance-enhancing effect above and beyond simple burn-in. Four days of continuous KPIP processing dramatically reduces the ups and downs of new equipment burn-in while significantly improving sonic performance — delivering a more natural, lifelike presentation.
Over-current protection is a requirement for today's high-current audio power distributors. The vast majority of manufacturers use an inexpensive thermal fuse or breaker. Both are specifically designed to heat up as the current level rises. This causes voltage drops, increased contact impedance, thermal noise, excessive heat generation, and current-limiting effects. The engineers at Shunyata devised a better solution: a hydraulic electromagnetic breaker that utilizes low-impedance relays, and a sensing coil that reads the current level without heating up or limiting current. They can operate right up to the maximum current level without heating up or limiting instantaneous current. They are rarely used in other companies' products because they cost 10 to 20 times that of a common fuse or thermal breaker.
Based on years of research, Shunyata has created its own vibration-dampening solutions. As any experienced audiophile knows, mechanical vibration can be very destructive to system performance. Shunyata power conditioners are designed from inception to include advanced forms of vibration control that improve the recovery of subtle musical detail and nuance.
All Shunyata chassis panels and internal structures are treated with vibration-dampening panels. Each outlet is isolated from the chassis with a vibration-dampening gasket that reduces vibration conducted through the AC cables. All internal modules, filters, and electronics are encapsulated in a vibration-absorbent compound.
Shunyata Research operates its own on-site Cryogenics International computer-controlled cryogenic plant. Liquid nitrogen is used to reduce the temperature of the contents to -320 degrees Fahrenheit. A computer monitors and lowers the temperature by a single degree at a time to prevent thermal shock. Shunyata utilizes this process to improve the performance of connectors and various electrical components that are used in its power products and signal cabling.
Shunyata Research has established a stellar reputation for its products' reliability and durability. Shunyata products are completely non-reactive and run cool to the touch. They do not hum, vibrate, buzz, or generate heat, and they do not require any ventilation. Despite heavy-use applications in recording studios, medical labs, and home environments, Shunyata products maintain an almost zero failure rate. Many Shunyata Research products are covered under a limited lifetime warranty that can extend beyond the original purchaser.
In an era of products that are mass-produced, Shunyata Research invests in training career craftspeople who build products by hand at a factory in Poulsbo, Washington. Exceptional fit, finish, and attention to detail have become hallmark traits of Shunyata products. The company's deep commitment to building reliable products designed to last a lifetime elevates its products to the top of their class.
Safety and quality control are absolutely essential at Shunyata Research. Before anything leaves the factory, a team tests each product thoroughly and carefully for safety and quality. This helps explain the long-term success of Shunyata products in professional recording, medical, scientific, and consumer settings.
Maximum Voltage: 90-125 VAC r.m.s. unregulated
Maximum Continuous Current: 20A
Max Current/Outlet: 15A
Maximum Transient Protection: 40,000 A @ 8/50 μs
Over-Current Protection: Hydraulic Electromagnetic Breaker
Wiring System: 12 gauge ArNi VTX Buss System
Ratings: 600 V 105° C
Input to Output (100 kHz – 30 MHz): > 40 dB reduction
Zone to Zone (100 kHz – 30 MHz): > 50 dB reduction
Isolation Zones: 2 zones
Outlets & Connectors:
Inlet: IEC C19R
Outlets: 16 NEMA5-20R
Construction: Aluminum and steel chassis; Anodized, aluminum faceplate
Dimensions (WDH): 17.0" x 9.0" x 4.6"
Weight: 9.5 lbs.