A few days ago I received my Hydra. For the last week and a half I have been burning-in all brand new equipment in my garage. I am building a new HT room. The equipment that I have choose is as follows: Theta Dreadnaught, Theta Casablanca II and Theta David II transport with Wilson Audio Cub II and Wilson Audio Watch Surround. The cabling is the Analysis Plus Silver Oval Speaker and Harmonic Tech. Magic IC. For power I choose the BMI Whale Power Cords and the Shunyat Hydra. When I received the Hydra at 10:45 A.M. I could not wait to install it in my system. I plugged it in and let it rip. I thought I noticed a difference, but I had to go to work. When I got home, I went out to the garage and put in David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust Gold CD. It diffently sounded different, so I crawled under the table and plugged everything back into the wall. I let it rip again and it sounded more muddled, so I replugged everything back into the Hydra and did my final listening. I was amazed how different it sounded, how much blacker the back ground was, how much cleaner everything sounded. I do not understand how electricity can make a difference, but it makes a HUGE difference. I have read many theads on Audiogon were old timer Hi/Fi people say it is snake oil, they have no idea how good their system could sound. When you don't have an open mind you loose out on what life has to offer. The Hydra is a difficult piece of equipment to breakin I am told. It is also suppost to get much much better as it breaks-in. I have taken it out of my system and have hooked it up to a oil heater and fan, and it has been their for the last 4 days. If you do a search on treads, you can read more information on the Hydra posted on Audiogon. Tomorrow I am going to do the same test with the BMI Whales and stock power cords and let people know what I think of the Whales. I owe that to Brian the owner of BMI, he is the nices guy to deal with. They are suppost to sound very close to the King Cobra V2's but cost $2100 less.
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