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Clarus Concerto
& CODA Combo
Take Audiophile
Performance
to Next Level
By Arlen Schweiger
MY CONNECTION WITH
audio manufacturer Clarus
goes back to the Gordon J.
Gow company's launch as a
premium sister brand to cable
specialist Tributaries, and this
review opportunity stemmed
from recent redeployment
of some audiophile gear -
including lots of Clarus cabling.
By addressing power conditioning
and DAC technologies,
could it sound much better?
Nearly a decade ago,
president Joe Perfito had
sent me review samples of
Clarus' Aqua and flagship
Crimson products, everything
from bi-amped speaker cables
and balanced interconnects
to digital audio and power
cables and had me hang on
to them for use in a reference-type
of system. When I
revived my old Anthem Statement
D2v preamplifier and P5
amp, plus Paradigm Studio 20
v5 stand-mount loudspeakers
recently, the Crimson cables
served as the backbone to
the 2-channel setup.
With everything plugged
into a Tributaries T100 power
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unit, it was like breaking in
a new system. Employing
sources such as an Integra
Blu-ray disc player, Nuvo
wireless streaming unit, old
Technics turntable and my
laptop, I wanted to hear
what differences swapping
in more Crimson cables (to
connect the Nuvo and a
Cambridge phono preamp
to the D2v) and connecting
everything to a Clarus
Concerto power unit would
do. For linking my laptop
and streaming Qobuz and
Tidal, I also asked to sample
the CODA digital-to-analog
converter (DAC)/headphone
amp still relatively new to
Clarus' portfolio.
The potential of an allClarus
system chain intrigued
Perfito, who noted the
technology and engineering
consistency alone ought to
create a difference. Well, I
can confirm that was evident
and much more.
Concerto Features
& Setup
Build quality is a hallmark trait
Similar to its cable products, Clarus's Concerto showcases the
company's build quality and attention to detail, such as the
layout and labeling of its rear panel.
of Clarus and the $3600 Concerto
and $300 CODA don't
break from this mold. Let's
start with the 19-pound Concerto,
a 2U rack component
that replaced the 1U Tributaries
unit that was simply being
strained in my system.
The company's website
sums up its power product's
engineering as incorporating
three separate and unique
AC filter designs for analog
components, digital components
and high current
amplifiers. To help lower
noise floor and improve
dynamic range, the Concerto
relies on proprietary Common-Mode
Filters to provide
clean AC power for analog
components and Differential-Mode
Filters for digital
components.
Clarus Core or " C-Core "
Technology is engineered
in all analog, digital and
high current filters, which
the company says provides
exceptional levels of magnetism
as well as eliminating
mechanical stress and " significantly
reducing audible
noise emission that occurs
when the signal frequencies
applied to the core are in the
audible frequency range. "
The Concerto incorporates
vibration dampening material
and under/over voltage
protection. An 80-squareinch
piece of material tuned
to absorb 60Hz is attached
inside the top cover.
If input voltage drops
below 90VAC or rises above
135VAC an alarm sounds followed
by an auto shutdown.
When the input voltage
returns to 95VAC/130VAC,
Concerto returns to its original
operating state. Concerto
is made with sophisticated
auto re-setting thermal metal
oxide varistors (TMOVs)
for surge protection.
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