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While I can't comment on
the internal construction, I
can say the external build
quality is stout. The layout
of the rear panel is nicely
appointed, thoughtfully and
sturdily designed.
Thankfully Clarus has its
own cables to use as test
subjects - the power cables
are thick like snakes and the
terminals have bulky encasings.
The Concerto provides
banks of diagonally paired
outlets, which I found provide
much more breathing
room compared with a single
bank of side-by-side outlets.
I filled up the outlets,
which are well labeled to
best utilize them - two " High
Current " supplied by a 30A
C-Core filter for amplification
components; four for digital
components; and two for
analog. The dual high current
bank was ideal for the P5,
which employs two Crimson
high current power cords,
and overall I thought the
outlets much more securely
held the prongs. I connected
other Crimson power cables
from the D2v and Integra
player to the digital outlets;
and the stock turntable and
phono preamp power cords
into the analog outlets (the
Nuvo is in the wall outlet).
Clarus does not supply a
power cord with Concerto.
Perfito explained that to ensure
maximum performance,
a Clarus power cord should
be purchased separately.
The front panel also made
for a nice match with the
Anthem gear. The LED display
displaying the voltage
can be dimmed 3x and down
to just a pair of blue dot
indicators; the T100 can dim
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the front blue LEDs too, and
I like they maintained that
across brands. The D2v and
P5 use blue LEDs as well, so
in my rack the three products
can pass as companion
pieces almost (the amp and
preamp also have rack ears).
After plugging everything in,
I powered on the Concerto
and the outlets fired up.
Clarus CODA
Features & Setup
For this review's purpose, I
used the CODA with my HP
laptop running Windows,
and connected the thumbdrive-size
DAC via its 3.5mm
jack either to my 2-channel
setup using an RCA Y connector
to a Crimson analog cable
into the preamp. I also used
the DAC connected to decidedly
non-audiophile JLab
earbuds for daily listening/
streaming in my home office.
The CODA employs the
ESS Professional Series SABRE
DAC with Hyperstream
II modulation, according
to Clarus. The small device
supports USB 1.1 and 2.0
and can natively handle up
to 32-bit/384kHz PCM and
DSD up to 5.6MHz.
Clarus says the product has
tight power supply regulation,
while a high-precision audio
grade clock reduces jitter. The
CODA's class G headphone
amplifier provides class AB
performance, according to
the company, with ultra-low
power consumption optimized
for mobile use.
Setup takes about a
minute on Windows after
inserting the device into
a USB port. In the sound
settings, I picked Clarus
CODA from the output
device menu, and then really
the only other selection
is default format from the
device properties' advanced
menu. You'll see the dropdown
give a couple dozen
options between CD-quality
16-bit/44.1kHz and that
32-bit/384kHz max; I went
with 24-bit/192kHz since my
high-res files and streaming
services run 24/96 or 24/192.
And that's it. As you start
to play tunes, the CODA's
LED status indicator will
turn from standard-res blue
(<48kHz) to green for highres
(>48kHz) and magenta
for MQA (Master Quality
Authenticated) decoding,
depending on content quality.
The device also has external
buttons to raise/lower volume
and deploy one of three
programmable digital roll-off
filters; CODA is the only USBDAC
with these features.
Covering Android, iOS,
macOS and Windows 7-10
platforms, Clarus keeps an
extensive library of CODA
setup and user guides on the
Clarus website that cover
deployment optimization
with Qobuz and Tidal plus
popular audiophile tools
Roon and Audirvana.
Performance
& Conclusions
The objective was to see if
an already high-performance
system could benefit from
better power, cabling and
DAC technologies, and all I
can say is the system seems
to get better every time I
power it on. More definition,
dynamics, detail and
depth ... and the overarching
characteristic being clarity,
would be the bullet points
SPECS
Concerto
8 outlets labeled High
Current (2x), Digital (4x)
& Analog (2x)
High Current outlets use
30A Clarus-Core (C-Core)
filter
C-Core filters also used
on analog outlets; digital
outlets offer proprietary
multi-level filtering
Under/over voltage protection
for when voltage
drops below 90VAC or
above 135VAC
Vibration dampening
material incorporated
Ground & polarity LEDs
to indicate connection is
in phase and properly
grounded
Protection fault LED
lights if surge suppression
circuit is compromised,
unit will shutdown safely
$3,600 MSRP
CODA
Employs ESS Professional
Series SABRE DAC
with Hyperstream II
modulation
Natively handles 32-bit
384 kHz PCM and DSD
up to 5.6MHz
Volume up/down buttons
on side panel, also used
for three selectable digital
roll-off filters
LED indicator status of
blue (standard-resolution
<48kHz), green (high-res
>48kHz), magenta (MQA
rendering)
Class G headphone amplification
Thumbdrive
size, comes
with storage case
$300 MSRP
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