Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Shunyata Research Hydra

Hydra Talos (top, $2995) and Triton (middle and bottom, $4995) power conditioners, which are rather radical redesigns of the Shunyata Hydra.

Within the Talos and Triton are sealed tubes that isolate each conductor and distribute its electrical field over a larger area. The filters of earlier Hydras have been replaced with a surface-mount board containing more than 30 elements. Caelin Gabriel called this "a multiband EQ" that targets certain types of noise from from each audio component. Both units also feature a unified bus-outlet block, which uses the same type of brass throughout. The main differences between the new units are the number of outlets (the Triton has eight and the Talos six) and the size of the sealed tubes.