The Clarus Power Conditioners will be available in four models; three Power Blocks and one 2U-component rack-mountable unit. The Power Blocks are: Duet, a two-outlet model; Sextet, a six-outlet model and Octet, an eight-outlet model. The Clarus Power component model has 8 outlets.
Clarus®, the high-end audio cable brand that is a “sister” company to Tributaries A/V cables, is introducing its first-ever line of AC Power Conditioners: Duet, Sextet, Octet and the flagship Clarus Power. These new models represent a complete reevaluation of all possible advanced technologies, high-performance materials and component parts traditionally used in this product category.
The development of the Clarus Power line of products is a result, in part, of Clarus’ development and application of advanced filtering circuits to include proprietary Common-Mode Filters, Differential Mode Filters and Ferrite Beads. These revolutionary filtering circuits provide dead quiet which allows the audio signal to bloom.
Pricing for the four models: Duet, Sextet, Octet (shown above) and Clarus Power will range from approximately $600 to $2,500. Availability is expected to begin fall 2018.
As with all Clarus products, these entirely new designs are evaluated with test instruments, but final decisions are made only after they are subjected to extensive listening tests and comparisons with reference designs, keeping firmly in mind the sound of live music. It’s no coincidence that the designer is a renowned engineer, as well as a musician who frequently attends a wide variety of live performances, and a life-long Audiophile.
Joe Perfito, president of both Tributaries and Clarus cable brands under Gordon J. Gow Technologies. Inc., explained the origin of the new Clarus AC Power product line: “It all started with the development of the Clarus Crimson power cord in 2011. It was a revelation! The soundstage of the vinyl recording improved dramatically, along with instrumental detail and a much better bass response. How is it possible that a 6-foot power cable between a preamp and a wall socket could dramatically improve the sound of an audio system? There are lots of theories to explain it, but they are only theories — nothing scientifically provable. The only thing I know for sure is it did make a difference. I was so impressed that I asked Jay Victor to design the Tributaries Series 6 and Series 8 Power cables in 2013.
“By this time, we had been successfully selling the Tributaries T100 & T200 Power Managers for six years. These products were designed to be a method of distributing AC power to the various system components, along with safety features such as surge suppression, under/over voltage protection and some line filtering.
“After my experience with the power cables I did a listening session with my McIntosh components plugged into the Tributaries T100 and then directly into the wall socket. I was pleasantly surprised to hear a sound improvement using the T100. Knowing that the filters in the T100 were modest, I wondered how the system would sound if we engineered a power conditioner with the highest quality and highest performance filters we could design.
“All these experiences led to the idea of developing a line of exceptional AC Power Conditioners that would substantially outperform the Tributaries T100 and T200. With that significantly increased level of performance the new power conditioners had to be our high-end ‘Clarus’ products.”
Jay Victor, the renowned engineering expert behind the development of Clarus’ new power product line is also the engineer that developed all Clarus and Tributaries audio, speaker and power cables. Holder of 50 patents, Jay has managed the design and implementation of numerous products for high-profile manufacturers serving the high-end audio market. He is also a musician, playing piano, guitar and bass guitar, and enjoys live concerts whenever possible.
His prior background included 12 years of intensive engineering work as a Mechanical Design Engineer for X-Ray cables and wire harnesses, proprietary connectors and scientific test instrument designs. His Electrical Engineering counterparts, as it turned out, were often audiophiles, and coincidently led to many audio-related “side projects”.