Equi=Core 1200 & 1800
Equi=Core 1200, 1800
Award Winning Balanced Power Conditioners
Core power's Equi=Core line of power cords are hands down one of the best values in power conditioning I have come across in quite some time. The 1200 and 1800 can power a single power hungry component to an entire audio system (depending on your system's power consumption). They make use of the proven technology of balanced AC power.
Core Power Technologies has done it right by encasing their balanced isolation transformers inside a high quality aluminum enclosure that measures 11.6"x11.6"x5" high. The 1200 and 1800 have a detachable power cord, which allows you to choose your favorite aftermarket power cord to power the Equi=Core. We prefer the Tweek Geek/Furutech FP-S032 power cable with our special carbon fiber encased housing and rhodium plated copper ends. The combination offers up fantastic noise reduction and more importantly, sonic transparency.
Oh and did we mention the entire thing is made in the USA?
What is Balanced Power?
Our normal AC at the wall outlet consists of three "legs", hot, neutral, and ground. On the hot side, +/- 120v of Alternating Current (AC) is presented, and it is said to possess 120 volts to ground.
Balanced power "splits" the 120v current into 60 volt legs. +60 on the hot and -60 on the neutral. There are still 120 volts present on the circuit, but it is now divided up, with the two AC legs being 180 degrees out of phase with one another.
With the 2 AC legs being out of phase, the noise riding both of the AC legs is cancelled out (remember they are out of phase from one another), but 120 volts are still delivered to your audio components. This is what makes balanced power such an effective noise reducing agent.
Which model is best for my Component/System?
To determine which Equi=Core might be best for your audio component of system you will need to know the total power consumption in watts of your component or system. The total power conumption cannot exceed the wattage rating of the Equi=Core model you are considering.
Tips on figuring out power consumption:
- Look in your owners manual for power consumption ratings.
- Take a look at what size mains fuse is used in each component. To calculate power consumption in watts, multiply the amp rating of the fuse times the voltage rating of the circuit feeding your audio system (in the US it is 120 volts).
- For example, you have a component with a 5 amp fuse, and a component with a 3 amp fuse.
5 amps X 120 volts = 600 watts and 3 amps x 120 volts is 360 watts. The total consumption would be 860 watts. The Equi=Core 1200 would make the most sense in this case.
Powering an entire system
The great thing about the 1200 and 1800 are that you do not need an additional power distributor. Each is capable of powering up to 8 components with the 4 Hubbel duplex receptacles. Your components plug right in as they would any power conditioner.
Our experience with the Equi=Core, and our inability to leave well enough alone, has enabled us to improve the already terrific performance of the Equi=Core 1200 and 1800.
Upgrading the AC Receptacles
The most significant upgrade is replacing the Hubbel duplex receptacles with the Furutech GTX-D NCF AC receptacles. They are the most neutral, quiet and transparent we have used so far. The cost for this upgrade is $1250. This is an eye opener. Transparency, smoothness, neutrality and resolution.
Upgrading the Internal Wiring
We use the Furutech FP-S032N 12 awg wiring to wire each receptacle. The cost is $125. This is subtle but does add a little more transparency with better bass.
Call us today at 303-653-6341 to discuss pricing of upgrades to EQUI=Core products.