After a two year development period, Akiko Audio has launched a power conditioner that doesn’t rely on conventional power filtering techniques. Four internal units are responsible for an active reduction of high frequency noise. ‘Power filtering is undesirable and should be avoided’ says designer Marc van Berlo. ‘ The Corelli exclusively reduces noise, without any negative side-effects such as a loss of dynamics or an unnatural sound. This makes our product unique.’ The Akiko Audio Corelli connects to the power strip or wall socket that your equipment is connected to. The power conditioner is named after the famous Italian violist and composer, A. Corelli. ‘No coincidence’ says the producer: ‘the Corelli is able to render the high tones and rich sounds of violins and acoustic instruments exquisitely.’
Winner of a CE Pro Best Award at CEDIA Expo 2015, the TOT AVR builds upon Torus Power’s TOT Series of toroidal isolation transformers, adding Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR). Torus Power’s TOT AVR provides isolation from the outside power grid for three power outlets through a Plitron-designed and built toroidal isolation transformer. This component is developed to eliminate the electrical noise of sources such as motors, lights, appliances and dimmers to provide high performance AV systems with cleaner power. In their press release, Karma claim “In addition, the TOT AVR’s Automatic Voltage Regulation technology counters the effects of voltage sags, power line surges and brownouts that can stress and shorten equipment life by providing stable voltage within a +/- 10V threshold. AVR detects and automatically compensates for abnormally high or low voltage to ensure that the voltage that powers equipment remains at optimal levels.”
The TOT AVR meets both IEC and Neutrik standards, and shelf or rack mount configurations are available.
Input voltage: 170 – 270V
Output voltage: 220, 230 or 240V ± 10V
Rated output current: 4A
Number of outlets: 3
Power rating: 960VA
Dimensions (H x W x D): 318 mm x 101 mm x 369 mm
Torus TOT AVR typical retail price inc VAT: £2000.00
Availability April 2016
The gordian from Lab 12 is hand built in Greece and is a multifunction power distributor/conditioner with a host of functions to measure the quality of your power supply. It costs 1398€ and Stuart Smith bought a special Hifi Pig edition for this review.