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Perfect Power Distribution for Smaller AV Systems
Designed for smaller audio and video systems, Pangea Audio Premier Quattro® AC Power Distribution Strips were designed 'from the ground up' by Jay Victor for superior audio and video performance.
Quattro features a sealed, all-metal cabinet housing for maximum radio frequency [RFI] and electromagnetic [EMI] noise suppression, plus premium audio-grade 20A/15A [NEMA 5-20] AC outlets. The pure power path with zero current-limiting electronic components in the conductor path uses hand-soldered connections and premium OFC copper or Cardas Grade One Copper internal wiring, depending on the model. The high-grade 20 amp IEC power cable input uses an included heavy-duty 5-ft. detachable AC power cord and has a power on/off LED.
The AC power outlets with advanced polymer insulation bodies use extra-thick contacts made of copper-plated phosphor bronze, gold-plated phosphor bronze, or gold-plated beryllium copper, depending on the model. They firmly grip male AC prongs without letting go.
Three Quattro Models to Choose From
With three models to choose from, Pangea Audio gives you lots of options. Select the model that's best for you.
Pangea Audio Premier Quattro AC Power Distribution Strip offers four premium audio-grade 20A/15A AC outlets, phosphor bronze contacts, and OFC copper internal wiring.
Pangea Audio Premier Quattro SE AC Power Distribution Strip features four premium 20A/15A outlets, gold-plated phosphor bronze contacts, and OFC copper internal wiring.
Pangea Audio Premier Quattro XL AC Power Distribution Strip has four premium 20A/15A outlets, gold-plated beryllium copper contacts, and Cardas Grade One Copper internal wiring.
For more about the features and benefits of Pangea Audio AC Power Distribution Strip technology, read on…
The Story Behind Jay Victor's Design
Legendary engineer, Jay Victor, designed Pangea Audio AC Power Distribution Strips with the audio and video purist in mind. "The shortest path between any two points is always a straight line," observed Jay quoting a very old saying. "I designed the Pangea Audio AC Power Distribution Strips with the straightest possible path between the power in the wall and the audio or video components. There are zero current-limiting circuits or electronic components of any kind inside."
From the metal case works, power outlets, internal conductor wires – and even the solder used – Pangea Audio AC Power Distribution Strips are premium no-compromise designs. Jay also designed the premium AC power outlets featured in these power strips.
The Distribution Strips are available in the four-outlet Quattro series and the eight-outlet Octet series. Each series is available in three versions: entry-level Premier, middle-grade SE, and premium XL.
"The trouble with the most common outlets in most homes is poor design and cheap parts," explains Jay. "They are made from a cheap plastic that's a poor insulator and they use thin, low-grade metals. Hold one of these outlets in your hand. They're flimsy. I designed the new Pangea Audio outlets from the ground up [pun intended!] to be superior in every way to standard outlets in order to make sure you get the best performance possible from your sensitive electronics."
Crazy, "Overkill" Outlet Insulators, Too
"Another problem with standard AC wall receptacles is that they use a cheap nylon as an insulator in the outlets," Jay explains. "From my years developing components for x-ray equipment, I knew of an advanced polymer which has a much lower dielectric constant, making it a far better insulator. It also has a much higher voltage standoff. In fact, I've used it in X-Ray cable connectors that had to handle 250,000 volts."
"Sure, 250,000-volt standoff capability may sound like overkill," Jay admits. "But I knew audiophiles would demand nothing but the best when it comes to supplying power to their sensitive audio gear. That's what I decided to use in the Pangea Audio AC Power Distribution Strips, from the entry level Premier model to the Premier SE and the top-of-the-line Premier XL."
Get A Firm Grip On Your Power
Another pet peeve that Jay has with standard AC outlets is that "almost all manufacturers use cheap thin brass for their AC contacts. Only a select few of those are even nickel plated to prevent corrosion in wet environments. This isn't really an improvement. I believe that nickel plating is detrimental to performance."
For Pangea's entry-level Premier Distribution Strip, Jay used extra-thick contacts made of copper-plated phosphor bronze. For Pangea's middle-grade Premier SE Distribution Strip, Jay used extra-thick contacts made of specially treated gold-plated phosphor bronze.
"In our top-of-the-line Premier XL outlet, I take the design another leap forward with gold-plated beryllium copper contacts," reports Jay. "Beryllium copper is an advanced copper alloy made by combining raw copper with beryllium, creating a metal that's a superior conductor compared to standard copper. Beryllium copper is very expensive, which is why you'll only find this copper in the most advanced, state of the art electronics in the aerospace and computer industries. This is one of the very few outlets in the world to use this exotic beryllium copper."
"The extra-strong contacts that I used in Premier, Premier SE, and Premier XL firmly grip male AC plug prongs without letting go," said Jay.
Versatile 15-Amp/20-Amp Outlet Design
The IEC power input on the Quattro and Octet power strips is a special high-grade 20-amp design. Use it with the (supplied) heavy-duty five-foot power cord or upgrade to the no-compromise power cable of your choice. Pangea Audio also makes some fine affordable 20-amp IEC power cables, too.
Premium Internal Wiring – Including Cardas Grade One Copper
The Premier Power Distribution Strip use premium internal wiring, too. Quattro Premier and Quattro Premier SE have OFC copper wiring, while Quattro Premier XL has no-compromise Cardas Grade One Copper wiring.
Octet Premier uses OFC copper wiring, while Octet Premier SE and Premier XL feature Cardas Grade One Copper wiring. George Cardas of Cardas Audio developed Cardas Grade One Copper 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."
Quattro Series Overview
|Write Your Own Review|
I replaced a Belkin power strip with this power center and I’m very impressed with the improvement. The music emerges from an inky-black darkness with less coloration. Fine details I never noticed before are slowly emerging. I think the main thing is this Quattro is not getting in the way of the music but just letting it flow. My sales guy, Joe, tells me it takes two weeks to break in and I’m listening for only one week. I am looking forward to further improvements in the sound.
|- Bruce P, OK|
|Well Made and Good Sounding|
This power control center is heavier than it looks and it built like a brick. The case is metal - not plastic. My version has the clear Premier SE outlets and I am using a combination of Pangea and Shunyata power cables in this system. The Pangea cable are very heavy but the Quattro outlets grip them firmly. Over the past week what I’ve noticed is my system is sounding more transparent. Like a thin veil has been stripped away from the sound. This wasn’t an improvement I was expecting at all, but its there. Good product, well made with high quality parts. I can recommend.
|- Scott Lee, CA|
|Good Power Center. Has Cardas Copper Inside.|
To be honest I got this power center because the more expensive model has Cardas wire inside. I use Cardas cables in both my systems and Pangea power cables with Cardas wires inside in this $3,000 ‘budget system and I wanted to have everything in my system with Cardas copper. I also purchased the upgrade AC-9 power cable with the 20AMP connector to plug into this Quattro. Like others have stated, this power center is well built and heavier than in looks. The outlets are clear and probably the best I’ve ever seen. I’ve only had it in the system for two days, but I’m hearing greater transparency in the upper mids and treble and the bass has more solidity. I’ll report back after I’ve burned it in for a full two weeks.
|Just Makes Sense|
This product just makes so much sense. When you shell out a bunch of dough on AV gear abd you just basically need a power strip not a power conditioner you don't want to get something low end. Built good, feels solid. No negative effect on the picture quality or sound and I've looked belive me. The price is right.
|Surprised by Improvement|
The Tripplite power center I have been using was not up to the level of the rest of my audio system. I decided to replace it. After a lot of online research I selected the Pangea Quattro. Out of the three models I picked the middle one because it looked like the best deal. The Quattro is well made. The outlet are clear on top so you can see big gold contacts inside. I have a modified Thorens turntable with British intergrated amp and British Epos speakers in my system. Its a good sounding system for my investment. I was surprised by how much the Quattro improved my sound. The bass goes much lower than before and has more impact. I wasnt expecting that. The system sounds louder, too. I don't turn up my volume as high to listen. I am still breaking it in, but I'm sure I made a good choice.
|- SDG, IA|
Well made. Top-grade parts. Built like a brick.
My reviews is in two parts. First, I want to review the construction and then the performance. Most power centers I've seen in this price class are at least partly made of plastic. This one has an all metal case which I know is important for RFI - radio frequency interference - rejection. I know something about RFI because there's a FM radio broadcast tower less than a mile from my house. Years ago the tower caused me to have problems with my tube preamp until I put shielded power cords - not Pangea - on it. This power center comes with a 5ft long power cord and amazing power outlets. They grip my high-end power cables like an alligator. The case itself is heavy with a small blue led light on the top and soft pad on the bottom. I tried to 'listen' to this Quattro by putting it in then taking it out of the system. I can detect very little sonic change. I'm detecting a slight improvement in the deep bass but in the higher frequencies it's like its not even there. I am giving it four stars.
|- Will K, MI|
|Can't go wrong|
I like the way this Quattro looks. Most conditioners or strips look just plain ugly. This one looks techy to me. I like that it has an all metal box - no plastic! The outlets are the best part. Solidly build with plenty of room for my heavy power cords and even my wall-wort power supplies. You can't go wrong with this one.
|- Parris C, PA|
|Good Build Quality|
I like the build quality. Solid like a brick. Great outlets. Doing its job flawlessly after two months.
|- SS P, MO|
|Overkill Yes, But I Love It|
This power center is built like a brick. Solid all metal chassis and amazing quality outlets that grip my Cardas M-Power power cords better than any other strip I've tried. Impressive and overkill, but I love it.
|- Andy O, MD|
|Well Made and Great Sounding|
I have tried a bunch of different power strips over the years and somehow always end up disappointed. I need a power strip or conditioner because there's only one outlet close to my audio gear. My last purchase was a Furman 15i. I thought the Furman did a good job of protection but did not improve the sound. I was maybe even a little worse. AFter replacing the Furman with the Pangea Quattro I noticed a slight improvement in fine detail and soundstage depth. Over the course of a week I think the change became clearer. I tried putting the Furman back in the system but didn't like it anymore. The Quattro just sounded better. My system never sounded this good before. I'm sticking with the Quattro on my audio and I put the Furman on my TV-theater set up.
|- Carson B, KY|