Filtering noise from the AC line keeps noise from contaminating the audio signal and some filter designs will choke input current, thus limiting peak performance of power amps. Clarus, however, claims it has discovered that some types of filters used for supplying power specifically to analog components – while measurably removing noise from the AC signal – audibly degrade the signal and restrict the sound from blooming. The Clarus solution is the implementation of three separate AC filter ensembles for its new line of power conditioners; one for analog components, one for digital components, and one for high current amplifiers.
The Clarus Power Conditioners will be available in four models; three power blocks and one stand-alone component 2U rack-mountable unit. The Power Blocks are: Duet, a two-outlet model designed for mono-block power amplifiers; Sextet, a six-outlet model and Octet, an eight-outlet model both designed for a mix of analog, digital and high current components. The Bel Canto component model has 8 outlets. Every hospital-grade Duplex Outlet has its own dedicated and isolated AC filter circuit labeled Analog, Digital or High Current, respectively.
Joe Perfito, president of Clarus cable, explained the origin of the new Clarus AC Power product line: “The development of audiophile-quality power conditioners is a natural progression for Clarus. When the 1st prototypes were completed our listening tests began. The results were remarkable. It was if a cloth that spread across the soundstage and over the musicians had been lifted. High frequency detail and vocal quality improved dramatically. The size of the soundstage increased as well as the imaging giving a better definition of instrument placement. Soft passages were incredibly quiet exposing a deep, dark noise floor. Overall tonal balance was smooth with no apparent musical ranges being accentuated or attenuated.”
Expected US Suggested Retail Pricing:
Duet – $1,000
Sextet – $1,400
Octet – $1,800
Bel Canto – $3,000
Availability is expected to begin summer 2019.