Shunyata Research Hydra Typhon

World's First Two-Chassis Power Conditioner

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Shunyata Research Hydra Typhon
Shunyata Research Hydra Typhon

The Typhon also subtly clarifies a few other aspects of music playback: tonal colors and textures are more vivid, fine details are more apparent, transients are cleaner and less smeared, and micro-dynamic shadings—which seem to be so important to reproducing “artistic expressiveness”—also come through more readily. What this all points to, in my estimation, is a reduction in underlying noise across the board. Essentially, the Triton/ Typhon combo enhances what your electronics can already do, not only by feeding them a cleaner A/C stream but also by reducing the noise those electronics feed back into the A/C line. If your system already has a good measure of the qualities you are looking for, you’ll get more of them with the Triton/Typhon pair.

Realizing the benefits of the Typhon/Triton pair takes some time. Just as most of us would not unpack a new piece of electronics and immediately set about conducting quick side- by-side comparisons against warmed-up, familiar gear already in the system, the Typhon, too, should be integrated into a system with some “settling time.” Shunyata recommends plugging it in to an active Triton for at least five days before critical listening. I plugged the Typhon into the Triton and left my system on for eight days before I did any critical listening.

When I first sat down to listen closely, the Typhon’s effect seemed subtle. As I mentioned, the typical cues we listen for with the introduction of a new piece of gear, such as a shift in tonal balance or macro- dynamic emphasis, are not there with the Typhon. Rather, the benefits of the Typhon become readily apparent when you pull it out of the system for a few songs and then plug it back in. Those qualities I mentioned (depth, spatial clarity, vividness of tone colors, etc.) were all better with the Typhon plugged in. I like the improvements so much that I would feel a bit short-changed without the Typhon, especially after living with it for over a month. Adding a Typhon will probably not transform a mediocre system into a “giant-killer,” but it will elevate an already good system another notch in musically meaningful ways. I imagine that most audiophiles who would contemplate purchasing two $4995 power conditioner chassis (and two good 20-amp power cords) have already invested a great deal of money in their systems and would truly appreciate the next level of realism the Triton/Typhon combo brings to the equation.

As for those optional spiked Stainless Steel Feet (SSF), they simply screw into the sockets of the stock rubber feet they replace. I tried them only with the Triton because the Typhon was sited in a rack without enough clearance to accommodate the Typhon with the 1.25" SSFs installed. At $195 for a set of four, the SSFs are a good way to deploy the Triton directly on a floor—better than the stock rubber feet. The Triton’s ability to help my system’s electronics make leading edges sound more defined was improved when the SSFs were installed. Since the Triton is situated on a wood platform in my setup, I also tried a set of three Aurios Pro Max bearings between the Triton’s chassis and the platform. This yielded greater overall clarity than either the stock rubber feet or the SSFs. Since these sorts of individual tuning options can vary greatly from system to system, listen carefully for your own results if you experiment with Triton/Typhon footers.

In conclusion then, if you already have a Triton main unit and would like to ratchet up your system’s performance even more, adding a Typhon is a worthwhile option. If you do not already have a power conditioner and are comfortable with the $4995 price tag for each unit, the Triton/Typhon combo very much deserves your consideration. The Triton can get you started and the Typhon can be added later. The benefits the pair brings to bear serve the music well and do so without any negative effects. Highly recommended—especially for those with relatively high- resolution systems.


Connection: One 20-amp receptacle
Power rating: 2400W (120VAC)
Dimensions: 17.25" x 5.75" x 16.50"
Weight: 43 lbs.
Price: $4995 (requires a Typhon Umbilical cord)

Shunyata Research
26273 Twelve Trees Lane NW, Suite D
Poulsbo, WA 98370
(360) 598-9935

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