Double Helix "i" Series AC Power Cords
Double Helix MK2i Power Cord
Item Number: PCMK2I-ST
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*4-1/2' cord with IEC $285.00
*6' cord with IEC $340.00
4-1/2' cord with 20 Amp IEC $295.00
4-1/2' cord with C7 $285.00
6' cord with 20 Amp IEC $350.00
6' cord with C7 $340.00
The Double Helix MK2i AC Power Cord is a major upgrade of our original MK2 design that has been besting exotically priced, conventionally designed audiophile power cords for over a decade. The upgrades incorporated in the MK2i are higher purity copper conductors, better sounding insulation, tighter field-cancelling twist construction, and our new, radically-purist maple AC plug. The combined effect of these improvements far exceeds our expectations. Compared head-to-head with the MK2, the superior audio and video performance of the MK2i is easy to discern. Connect the MK2i to an amp, music source, or power conditioner and everything sounds obviously cleaner and more transparent. Power your HD display, cable/satelite DVR, or blu-ray player with the MK2i and images on-screen are crisper and more detailed, colors brighten and blacks grain depth.
The MK2i continues to use our ground-breaking, proprietary Double Helix shielding/grounding technique, outrigger ground wires, and our purpose built, low-dielectric-absorption IEC connector. If you are already using our Double Helix Speaker Cables, expect our AC Cords to roughly double that upgrade when connected to amps, preamps, power conditions and home theater receivers. Results are equally impressive for turntables, DACs, computers and all other digital sources. Each time you upgrade a component in your signal path with a Double Helix Power Cord, you peel away another layer of AC grunge that unleashes new-found clarity and realism from your favorite music and films.
Design and Performance
The new upgrades include: a) significantly better-sounding conductors with both higher purity copper and better quality dielectric coating; b) 25% tighter twist for better field cancellation and shielding; c) an all-new Mapleshade designed and fabricated AC plug with ultra-thin, hollow, unplated brass conductors that greatly reduce skin effect and a maple body yielding far lower dielectric absorption. The conductors of the Clearview AC Power Cord are identical to the speaker cable; the field cancelling double helix configuration and the outrigger ground wires are also the same. The grounding scheme is a modified version of the speaker cable's approach.
The IEC connector is produced for us to our specification. The design minimizes the dielectric absorption and uses an unusually good-sounding polymer, selected after extensive comparative listening tests. The internal brass conductors are unplated and of the thinnest possible gauge for lower skin effect. The resulting IEC plug has, by a surprising margin, the best sonics we've heard.
The MK2i version of our AC Cord builds on the design of the MK1i, adding a pair of "outrigger" ground wires that run parallel to the Double Helix twisted pair power conductors (about 6" to the left and right of the power wires). Because the outriggers reshape the power cord's field structure in such a way as to reduce interaction between the power wires, the MK2i has noticeably better dynamics, more bass weight, more warmth, and even cleaner treble than the MK1i AC Cord. We think the MK2i's modest extra cost is an excellent sonic investment.
The recommended break-in period for standard Clearview power cords and power strips is 50-100 hours; 150-300 hours for cords and strip with
Upgrade. Feel free to install and listen to our cables immediately, they'll sound really good after about an hour. But you won't hear their full potential until they have been broken-in thoroughly.
DO NOT USE ANY BREAK-IN DEVICES OF ANY KIND ON OUR WIRES!!
Doing so will degrade the sound of our cables. Use only music to break in our wires, preferably music with strong transients (i.e. music with lots of percussion and/or plucked instruments).
Novices sometimes think our wires are uninsulated because they don't see thick plastic insulation on our cables. In fact, part of the large sonic advantage of Clearview power wires is the very low dielectric (that is, insulation) mass we insist on. Our thin insulation design provides for low dielectric mass, low dielectric absorption to avoid interfering with good sound, and excellent protection by using two redundant layers of insulation. The first is a thin, highly durable proprietary coating directly on each power conductor, tested to over 300 volts. The second layer is a loose-fitting sleeve of very low dielectric absorbtion polymer plus air dielectric; this second layer has been tested to over 250 volts
Another Step Up
All Clearview wires are available in a
version, using conductors with our new stress-relieved metallurgy. The
Option yields two primary upgrades:
Decreases brightness and grain in the high frequencies, reducing edginess in the upper treble while actually enhancing detail; this is particularly noticeable with music coming from a digital source (i.e. CD players, computers, and iPods. The breathiness of singers and flutes, the metallic ring of cymbals is better articulated and less abrasive.
is especially beneficial for digital interconnects, significantly reducing listening fatigue.
lowers the noise floor, resulting in a quieter, more blacker background and much clearer room ambience. This makes the most difference in quiet passages: sustained guitar or piano chords sustain longer and resonate more clearly as they fade into silence. Newly discovered details and nuances emerge from the silence between notes on good recordings.
For fans of well-recorded acoustic music, small group jazz, singer-songwriters or chamber music, we recommend
without hesitation. Listening to typically over-processed commercial studio recordings, the improvements will be audible but more subtle.
What an uprade
Put this power cord on my power conditioner.I couldnt believe the difference,especially in my Samsung 4K tv.Everything is better movies,music more detail and better bass response since everything gets plugged in to this.If you cant replace your power cord on the power conditioner then I would at least put micro point brass footers underneath and weights on top to make everything better.Excellent product