The SideWinder VTX
power cord is the most compelling example of what can be achieved when combining DTCD measurement analysis with twelve years of research and custom parts engineering. Every facet of the SideWinder VTX
power cord has been optimized and measured for ideal peak-current delivery and isolation from high-frequency noise. Despite its reasonable cost, the SideWinder VTX
uses the same complex wire-geometry that goes into in Shunyata Research's more expensive power cord models. The SideWinder VTX
also benefits from a new conductor that was originally developed for Shunyata's PowerSnakes Signal Cables. The VTX conductor is formed from many small wires that are joined to form a hollow core, or tube-like conductor. This one-of-a-kind conductor represents an ideal because of reduced internal distortion and skin-effect. The SideWinder VTX
also incorporates all of Shunyata's accumulated parts and material exclusives such as CDA 101 copper, custom-manufactured SR-ZP connectors and Shunyata's own Alpha-Cryogenic treatment.
Creating a product that could significantly out-perform Shunyata's multiple-award winning Venom3 power cord required an enormous investment of research, measurement and accumulated knowledge of the key performance elements in peak-current power transfer. The SideWinder VTX
power cord is the embodiment of Shunyata's success and advances in these areas. APPLICATIONS -
The SideWinder VTX
is an ideal power cord for all digital, analog, line and source components, mastering decks, reel to reel, phono and line pre-amps will also reap obvious benefits. The SideWinder VTX
is an exceptional stock cord replacement for amplifiers and other high-current devices, such as recording panels, powered speakers and subwoofers. SHUNYATA RESEARCH'S ON-SITE CRYOGENICS LAB AND PROPRIETARY ALPHA CRYO PROCESS -
A normal cryogenic process consists of the treated materials being lowered to an extremely low temperature through the use of liquid nitrogen. Ideally this process is controlled by a computer that regulates the temperature descent and ascent in slow and controlled increments to avoid cryogenic shock to the material. Cryogenic shock can cause the material being treated to crack, shatter or incur severe internal molecular damage. Shunyata Research uses the finest computer-controlled laboratory grade equipment available. This device lowers the temperature in single degree increments. Then, there is a stabilization period before the temperature is again lowered. This continues until the temperature has reached a frosty -320 Fahrenheit. The normal cycle for a treatment is 72 hours.
During the past 7 years, Caelin Gabriel has been researching methods to enhance the cryogenic process specifically as it relates to electrical conductors. Many of these experiments involved modified atmospheric conditions involving the use of various inert gases and combinations of gases in an attempt to improve upon the effects of conventional nitrogen based cryogenic treatments.
The result is a proprietary process that creates an ideal atmospheric environment for the cryogenic process to occur. This enhanced treatment is called the Alpha Cryogenic Process. This process is applied to all Shunyata Research conductors, connectors and current carrying metals.
Michael Fremer interview with Caelin Gabriel and a tour of the Shunyata factory
? VTX (Virtual Tube Geometry)
Shunyata Research has developed what might be the world's perfect signal cable geometry. VTX wire geometry simulates a hollow conductor, which minimizes inherent inductive reactance and skin effect.
? CDA-101 copper is the highest purity copper available in the world. It comes with signed certifications that verify its authenticity and purity. This is the only type of copper that Shunyata Research uses in its electrical products, from signal cables to power cords and power conditioners.
? Unrivaled Shunyata Research Craftsmanship
ALPHA CRYO Process
? Shunyata Research cryogenically treats all wire and electrical contacts used in the production of its signal cables. A state-of-the-art computer controlled chamber is used to lower the temperature of the contents to -320 degrees fahrenheit. The exclusive, Shunyata Research developed, Alpha Cryogenic Process uses a proprietary combination of gases to enhance the cryogenic treatment. CONSTRUCTION -
? Dual counter-rotating HELIX Geometry
? 140 individual conductors
? 12 AWG