Shunyata Research Sidewinder Power Cord Speaker Cables

4.4/5 (5 Reviews) MSRP : $280.00


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Power Cable


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Zaikesman a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Worked best with amps/preamps in my system, but particularly tubed power amps. Also good for feeding main power conditioner/distributor from the wall and for turntable motor drives. Not as successful for digital sources, but Shunyata makes other cords for that. Although this cord has a definite sonic character and is not without flaws, I did like it better than the newer, closest replacement for this now-discontinued model in the Shunyata lineup, the less expensive ($175 new list) but lighter-guage Diamondback, making the Sidewinder a good used buy for those desiring its strong suits.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Used/Audiogon



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Karlcarl a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I am puzzled. Years ago, when I bought this cable, it seemed to do its business. Solid bass etc. There's been an annoying hardness in the treble of my system for a long time now. Guess what? I've been using Sidewinder with my Copland 288 CD-player. I replaced it with a cheap and simple powercord. Part of the problem disapperared. I don't know what has happened, but I'm not putting it back.

I'm using Ensemble powerflux on my Audio Analogue Puccini, which seems ok.

By the way, Puccini amp and Copland cd are supposed to be sweet-sounding products!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Purchased At:   cable co.



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ivan a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Compared with other famous "powerful" power cord like Harmonic Tech Pro AC11, NBS sigature III, NBS Monitor III, Sidewinder is the most powerful, clear, fast and good control on flashing bass. It sounds very real with no artifical favoring nor thickening at the low like NBS. The result is extremely accurate music production for extreme dynamics with an uncolored sound. Punch is excellently produced and especially suitable for rock, pop, jazz and heavy drum. It helps the power amp with speed and well focused power.

However, it is not best suited for devices other than int. or power amp. To plug it for CD or DAC will result a too thick and fat sound without an adeqate tonal balance. For the same reason, I guess it will not be good for tube amp or thick sound amp like McIntosh or Krell

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $320.00

Purchased At:   Hong Kong



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by larry a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I agree with the previous posting although I haven't used the new Sidewinder which replaced the $395 list Mamba....I have three (3) Black Mambas in my system...one on the Wadia 830 and two on the BAT VK500 solid state power amp which is dual mono....the most dramatic change was on the digital front end, stripping away electrical junk that allows the Wadia to realize more of its potential....a significant but subtler change on the amp, which made it even more musical sounding than before....this gear supports Martin Logan SL-3 speakers. 5+ rating on digital gear and 3+ on amps.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sam a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Anyone with @$4-5000 system should start to use after market
IEC power cords, they really make a difference in better systems. Start with CD player first, allow cable to break
in for several days of continuous playing, and you will
be surprised at the detail unlocked. Sound is more dimensional, less digital sounding, fine detailing is
now revealed, everything is in better focus. Proceed with pre-amp next then amp. Sidewinder at $280 is great for $5000 system if you have betterm system of course go for Black Mamba or higher. There are many brands availbale now,
you may want to call Cable Co. first and arrange home trail
of several cords. BTW I went with Sidewinder after trail
with Cable Co. My System:

Musical Fidelity X-Ray CDP
0.5m Silver Audio Hyacinth
MF X-P100 pre-amp
0.5m SA Hyacinth
MF X-AS100 amp x 2 (bi-amped)
8ft AP Oval 9 double runs (bi-wired)
PSB Silver-i speakers

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000




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