Chord Company has applied its expertise to power distribution for the first time. The Wiltshire cable specialist has unveiled its new Powerhaus distribution devices, representing an uncompromising synthesis of design expertise, versatility and high-level build quality.
Based on an original design and available in two performance levels, the S6 (Studio, £1,000) and the flagship M6 (Master, £2,000), the six-way Powerhaus distribution devices are the result of one of the longest product development phases the company has ever undertaken, following initial research undertaken as early as 2003.
Powerhaus is available in both UK and Euro specifications benefit from a unique version of the company’s proprietary ARAY technology, Mains ARAY, which has been specially advanced for power distribution.
Virtually every component utilised inside the Powerhaus is uncompromising and has been manufactured specifically for its intended purpose. Accordingly, both the M6 and S6 avoid the use of noisy filters, neon power indicators and switches, all of which reduce sound quality. Their solid aluminium construction also minimises the effects of microphony.
Chord Company’s research showed that the best wiring configuration for sound quality avoided star-wiring, instead favouring three isolated bus bars running in parallel, limiting contact and subsequently reducing high-frequency noise (whilst remaining outside of the circuit). Separating the earth bus bar from the live and neutral also brought further sound quality improvements during testing.
The flagship M6 offers the best outright performance and utilises three hybrid Mains ARAYs fitted in parallel (rather than in series). The S6 retains many of the M6’s core features, yet introduces a lower price point, despite “offering a significant improvement over standard mains distribution blocks”.
The Powerhaus blocks benefit from selected, high-quality, heavy-gauge cables throughout, with sockets chosen not just for their reliability, but also their sound performance. A high-performance 16-amp IEC inlet allows the Powerhausblocks to cope with even the most demanding home audio systems.