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Upgraded Power Cable Specifically Designed for High-Current Components
Pangea Audio's AC-9 high current power cable has been one of our bestsellers for years. And now this high performance, affordable cable gets a nice performance boost with the AC-9 MkII version, thanks to the addition of premium Cardas Grade One Copper. It's the affordable AC power cable of choice, for hi-fi and home theater amplifiers, powered subwoofers, and other high current AV components.
Despite its name, the AC-9 MkII isn't, in fact, a nine-gauge cable. It's actually a seven-gauge cable, which means it's even heftier than the nine-gauge! (The lower the gauge, the thicker the cable.) This difference is especially noticeable in the bass, where the AC-9 MkII outperforms power cables costing many times more.
"Quite Simply the Best Copper on the Planet"
The original version of AC-9 used 99.99% purity OFC copper conductors. The new MkII version goes a substantial step further, upgrading to a combination of OFC copper and no-compromise Cardas Grade One Copper, which George Cardas of Cardas Audio developed for his own premium cables.
George’s copper is mined in Arizona, then shipped to a New England factory where it is very S-L-O-W-L-Y drawn into conductors in a process that includes reduction annealing between steps to further purify and meld the copper into what George calls "the most amazing audio conductor I have ever experienced. It is quite simply the best copper on the planet."
"The bottom line is that the best phono cartridges manufactured in the world, the best transformer winders, and the best cable manufactures in the world are converting to this smooth sounding Cardas Grade One Copper," George reports.
"It is simply stunning how using a combination of space age technology (reduction annealing) and ancient drawing process (diamond dies and a slow multi stage annealing) can result in such a refined product."
The combination of Cardas Grade One Copper and OFC copper conductors makes the AC-9 MkII an amazing component for the money, outperforming audiophile power cables that cost far more. So throw away the cheap, stock AC power cable that came with your AV component and make the easy, affordable upgrade to AC-9 MkII. It will bring out the best in your system.
Specifically Designed for High-current Gear
The AC-9 MkII has been designed specifically to deliver the high current needed by mono, stereo, and integrated power amplifiers. It's also ideal for powered subwoofers and makes a great choice for use with high-current-demanding line conditioners. Its combination of superior materials, advanced geometry, and noise-fighting shielding enhances the performance of connected components.
Because of their high-current requirements, power amps benefit from heavier gauge conductors than normal power cords offer. Although the AC-9 MkII uses large-diameter conductors, it requires less shielding than power cables that are designed for use with source components. Therefore, the AC-9 MkII offers greater flexibility than other heavy-duty power cables. That makes it kinder to your gear and easier to work with.
"You Don’t Always Have to Pay a Lot to Get a Lot"
"The AC-9 is a perfect example of the adage that you don’t always have to pay a lot to get a lot, notes Sean Fowler in his April 13, 2010 review of the original-model AC-9 for SonicFlare.com. "As I listen to the AC-9, I struggle to think of a time when I heard any other affordable power cord deliver such a natural presentation without committing some kind of damning caveat."
Superior Noise Rejection
The AC-9 MkII boasts conductors made from Cardas Grade One Copper and 99.99% purity OFC copper conductors for maximum conductivity. Its 7-awg construction facilitates high-current power delivery, while its five-way multi-gauge geometry optimizes 50/60 Hz AC power.
Counter-spiraled conductors offer superior noise rejection. Double-shielded provides high-current noise isolation. The 24k gold-plated contacts offer superior electrical contact. Special two-shot molded connector bodies protect vital AC connections from oxidation and corrosion for long life.
One weak link in the power chain that is often overlooked is the IEC connector. We had found a good one for our Pangea cables. It had large contacts and gripped firmly. Then Jay Victor discovered another IEC connector with massive gold-plated contacts that gripped a component's IEC better than anything he had ever seen.
"It's like a death grip," reported Jay. "We need to use it on our high-end cables." We agreed with Jay, and the DeathGrip™ IEC was born.
The Inside Story of Pangea Audio MkII Cables
Pangea Audio's AC-14 was one of the first cables designed from the ground-up as a high quality power cable for audio gear. Veteran cable designer, Jay Victor, designed the AC-14 specifically for source components like preamps, CD players, DACs, etc. Jay kept the price low thanks to his expertise with manufacturing processes and materials and also by using high-integrity molded connectors. Introduced for only $30 for a 1.0-meter length, the AC-14 was intended as a replacement for the cheapo stock cable thrown in the box with almost any high-end audio gear.
Soon after the Pangea AC-14 was introduced, something unexpected happened. Audiophiles around the country began reporting that the inexpensive AC-14 sounded better than other upgrade power cables costing five to ten times the price. Word of the AC-14's excellent performance spread quickly among audiophiles. Over the next few years, more than ten thousand AC-14 cables were sold.
Birth of the AC-9 and Beyond
Pangea Audio's AC-14 was quickly followed by the AC-9. This massive seven-gauge cable was designed for the high-current demands of power amplifiers, powered subs, power conditions, and more. More advanced Pangea Audio cables soon followed. These newer cables featured better shielding and higher grades of copper for even better performance. These cables sold incredibly well until suddenly and without warning the Japanese manufacturer announced they were ceasing production of the two higher grades of copper used in these newer Pangea cables.
Now, what to do?
An American Solution to the Japanese Problem
With the Japanese copper unavailable, Pangea Audio discovered another form of premium copper that was being produced by industry legend George Cardas, founder of Cardas Audio. Some years earlier, George was unhappy with the quality of the copper conductors available for his high-end cables. He decided to produce his own high-end copper, which he calls Cardas Grade One Copper.
Starting with the best available electrolytic copper mined in Arizona, Cardas very S-L-O-W-L-Y draws the copper into conductors in a process that includes reduction annealing between steps to further purify and meld the copper into what George calls "the most amazing audio conductor I have ever experienced."
So what started out as a problem for Pangea Audio with the loss of premium Japanese copper has turned out to be a huge benefit now that the company has upgraded to no-compromise Cardas Grade One Copper.
Pangea Audio Power Cables
Pangea Audio power cables offer the perfect balance of power, shielding, and flexibility for audiophile components. These cables have been designed, not from the AC wall outlet to the component, but the other way around – from the component to the wall outlet. The result is a cable that not only fully satisfies the 'real power requirements' of audiophile components, but which also delivers improved performance for both power and component isolation.
Pangea's 'component to the wall outlet' design results in a better cable that's designed just for the component you want to power. The cable gives you precisely what you need - no more and definitely no less.
Note: Each Pangea cable is individually handmade to strict design specifications.
|Write Your Own Review|
|Best Value Power Cord - Period|
The AC-9s are essential for amplifiers, but they made every component that I have sound better. These are the best power cords that I have ever tried and I've tried a few over the years. BTW a friend is using this cable on his tube preamp and swears its a major upgrade. I have yet to try that one on my pre.
|- Theodore P, NJ|
Profoundly robust! The manufacturing quality as amazing for the price. I've seen $1000 power cables that weren't as well made.
|- Hopper, NE|
This cable is a huge bargain. I was shocked when I opened the box and found the cable to be about 7\8 of an inch thick. Excellent quality at a bargain price. Using it for my surge protector and it really improved the sound of my system.
|- Robertson, MI|
|Best Upgrade Ever|
Probably the best upgrade to my audio system on a dollar for dollar basis. I was shocked at the immediate improvement. I was skeptical that power cables had this impact. BTW- I just added the ac 14 for my dac.
|- Lin M, NJ|
I use it with my Velodyne DD subwoofer. Now sounds better than ever. A perfect match.
|- Kwong K, CA|
|Best Power Cord Ever|
The AC-9s are essential for amplifiers, but make every component that I have sound better. These are the best power cords that I have ever tried.
|- Bronson J, TX|
|Can't Beat It|
Great power cord at decent price. Sound greatly improved with clarity and detail not heard from stock cord. Highly recommended!
|- A-Guru, KS|
Excellent workmanship and high grade component parts make this cable a fantastic value. I am very pleased with my purchase. The cable blocks enough EMF and RF from re-entering into my unit that I can perceive much quieter backgrounds in my music.
|- Hopper 6, MD|
|Quality isn't a good enough word to describe it!|
This cable is as thick as a garden hose and makes the stock power cable for my Soundcraft Halo 22 look wimpy to say the least. My amp is definitely getting the power it requires now for sure. A beast of a cable no doubt!
|- LINDA R, FL|
This is actually a double review. I first tried the Pangea AC-9 power cable on my MartinLogan Descent subwoofer. The improvement was immediate and shocking. Suddenly I had bone-crushing bass. I went back and forth between my old cable and the AC-9 and the difference was ridiculous. Now for the second part of my review. I noticed on one of the online forums that some guys were recommended the heavy duty AC-9 cable for their DACs, preamps, etc. So I tried it on my CAT tube preamp and guess what? It sounded better. I bought another AC-9. I could go on here, but recommend you try this test yourself. I bet you'll be surprised.
|- Les E, CA|
I've had the AC 9 for about 6 months and I thought I'd do a follow up review. First off, I like it better now than when I first bought it! It's actually one of the best upgrades I believe you can make. You want to know how good? Just for the heck of it, I took it out and replaced with another broken in power cord from another well known and expensive cable company. The effect was immediate. No comparison. The music was flat and lifeless. Within 15 minutes, the Pangea was back. The only way it gets changed again is if I replace with the Pagea SE MK II. Thanks again.
|- Tom T, IL|
|Better Than I Imagined|
I replaced a very well known cable. So I expected, at best, a lateral move. The Pangea was a huge improvement in every area for one third the price. The typical A+ customer service from Audio Advisor was the icing. Highly recommended.
|- Tom T, IL|
I use this power cord on my NAD 326ee integrated amp. Also use the Pangea Audio AC 9SE MKII Signature Power Cable on my Classe CA 400 amp, Pangea Audio AC 14SE Signature Power Cable on classe CP 45 preamp with thiel 3.6 speakers and the results are improved across the board. Also use Pangea Audio AC 14 XL C7 Power Cable w/ C7 Connector on bluesound node with good results. These cables are one of the best bang for buck I have ran into. Less background noised, improved transparency/ treble clarity/ bass response; the list goes on. Highly recommended and a bargain at these prices.
|- Keith W, MD|
|Rich sound, laid back but a little too muddy/muffled|
I like the overall tonality of this cable. It is rich and full-bodied. But it is far from neutral. On video sources, it puts extra body and heft to sound effects. For example, a paper sack being crumpled up or a door closing, it makes those inanimate objects sound bigger, thicker and larger than life. Further, this cable is definitely laid back in character. Most detrimentally, it is a little muddy in the mid range. I hear this most as muffling dialog on video sources such as DirecTV and blu-ray discs, making actors sound like they are mumbling. These observations are made listening to this cable powering a Krell integrated amp and in direct comparison to a Cardas Golden power cord, which it temporarily replaced. Yes, Im going right back to the Cardas. For the money, this power cord is impressive - the Cardas costs about 4 times as much. However, I would only recommend this power cord for components which are lean and forward sounding, as they might benefit from its rich, laid back character. But even on a Krell, it goes too far in that direction for long term satisfaction.
|- David R, CO|
|Skeptical No More|
Swapped the 14SE on the Furman Elite 15 to a meter of this. Wow. Bigger difference than I ever imagined, instantly. ....should have done this first. Cable is flexible but firm. Pangea and AA rule!
|Space saving, RF rejecting upgrade|
I started looking at these cables because a friend had recommended them to me. I have a pair of 300wpc stereo amps, so the 7awg thickness of the cable caught my eye. The construction and quality of materials intrigued me even further. I appreciate that these cables are shielded so well. In my set up, with numerous components and more cables to make a large Italian family spaghetti dinner with, being able to choose my lengths is an important feature. It didnt just stop with the AC-9, I was able to clean up the back of my set up using Pangea cables for my amps, AVR and players using power, interconnects and HDMI cables of various lengths and strengths. All are shielded with quality materials! The back of my set up has gone from a spaghetti dinner to a clean display! Thanks Pangea!
|- Geoffrey L, WA|
|The AC9 is my reference power cord.|
The AC9 has dramatically improved anything that I have used it on especially power amps, but even sources. I highly recommend trying these. I have not heard the SE version. The AC14 is worse than stock on everything that I tried it on. I have tried both models on 2 different systems with similar results. The improvements from the AC9s 7 gauge are amazing.
|- Brian S, CA|
|Choked Amp no more!|
I am running a B&K ST 1400, with a HiFi-Tuning Ceramic $80 fuse, Maestro outlet $90, but using a Monster Proline 100 $20 maybe. Thought about upgrading, and looking for a new Amp. After choosing to go with the AC 9 MKll, its as if I now have a new amp. No restrictions, free flowing, crisp and clean, and running cooler. Looks like the B&K is gonna stay.
|- GEORGE MAJEWSKI, WI|