AudioQuest’s Niagara 1200 Builds on Success,
Features Two High-Current Outlets and Compact Design
AudioQuest’s new Niagara 1200 Low-Z Power Noise-Dissipation System takes everything that made the multi-award-winning Niagara 1000 such a success, adds a second high-current outlet, and houses it all in a sleek, compact enclosure that lends itself to multiple placement options.
Those familiar with the critically acclaimed Niagara Series, designed by Garth Powell, AudioQuest’s Senior Director of Engineering, will recognize many of the 1200’s technologies and materials. Like its larger siblings, the Niagara 1200 uses capacitor-forming technologies that vastly improve linearity and minimize distortion, ultra-low resistance solid-core wiring optimized for low-noise directionality, and low-impedance AC inlet and outlet contacts with thick Hanging-Silver plating over high-grip Beryllium-Copper for superior current transfer and effective noise dissipation.
Like the 1000 before it, the Niagara 1200 includes AudioQuest’s patented Ground-Noise Dissipation System for a full 18 octaves of Level-X Linear Noise-Dissipation. Common to all Niagara products, the 1200 features AudioQuest’s Non-Sacrificial Surge Protectionand Over-Voltage Shutdown, ensuring that all associated A/V systems are thoroughly protected from AC surges and spikes.
Unlike the Niagara 1000, the more versatile and user-friendly Niagara 1200 can be placed horizontally on a shelf, vertically on one end, or face down with its outlets pointed upward for easy access. Perhaps most significantly, thanks to the Niagara 1200’s second high-current outlet specifically optimized for amplification devices, owners of powered speakers, monoblocks, or powered subwoofers can now enjoy the full benefits of uncompressed power previously available to only a single component with the Niagara 1000.
With two high-current outlets, added placement versatility, and striking looks to match its outstanding performance—all for the same $999.95 price as the Niagara 1000—the AudioQuest Niagara 1200 brings the benefits of highly optimized power management to far more music lovers.
The Niagara 1200 is available now.
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US RETAIL PRICE: $999.95
Note: The Niagara 1200 does not ship with an AC power cable. Products with input current capacity of 15A RMS require power cables no smaller than 14AWG. To take full advantage of the Niagara’s Noise-Dissipation circuit, AudioQuest recommends partnering the unit with a power cable that has been properly controlled for low-noise directionality. AudioQuest’s NRG-Z and up are highly recommended.
Niagara 1200 Features
- Ground-Noise Dissipation System: AQ’s patented technology vastly reduces ground-borne noise without compromising safety or creating low-level ground loops.
- Level-X Linear Noise-Dissipation Technology ensures the most consistent and widest bandwidth noise dissipation possible, without the inconsistent multi-node resonant peaking typically found in most AC power conditioners.
- Low-Z (Low-Impedance) AC Power Input and Outputs: These receptacles not only feature superior grip and lower resistance thanks to beryllium copper, they also include thick Hanging-Silver plating to ensure the lowest impedance at radio frequencies, enabling superior noise dissipation.
- Non-Sacrificial Surge Suppression will accept multiple transient power surges and spikes up to 6000V or 3000A (the maximum that can make it through a home or office electrical panel). Damage from electrical storms or power-line interruptions is virtually impossible. Set it and forget it.
Over-Voltage Shutdown: >140VAC (will activate the main high-current relay to open within less than 0.25 second; automatically resets once the incoming power is within a safe range).
Level-X Linear Transverse-Mode Filter: In excess of 24dB from 20kHz to 1GHz, linearized for dynamic (rising) line impedance with frequency (source) and 10- to 50-ohm load, system current dependent.
Input Current Maximum Capacity: 15 amps RMS (total).
7 AC Ground-Noise Dissipated Outlets in 3 Isolated Groups:
- 2 High-Current outlets for on-demand current to variable-current equipment (amplifiers).
- 3 Level-X Linear Filtered AC outlets (outlets 3 through 5).
- 2 Level-X Linear Filtered AC outlets (outlets 6 and 7).
Power Consumption: Typically, less than 5W at 120VAC input.
Dimensions: 19.61” W x 3.41” H x 7.52” D
Head to AudioQuest’s site to find a dealer near you.
Selected Critical Praise for the Niagara 1000
Winner: 2018 The Absolute Sound Product of the Year Award
Winner: 2018 Rocky Mountain International Hi-Fi Press Award
Finalist: 2017 Stereophile Budget Product of the Year Award
Finalist: 2017 Stereophile Accessory of the Year Award
Stereophile Recommended Component
The Absolute Sound Editor’s Choice
“Kudos to AudioQuest designer Garth Powell for bringing the benefits of power conditioning to a wider audience of audiophiles and music lovers.”
—Julie Mullins, The Absolute Sound, February 2019
“AudioQuest’s Niagara 1000 delivered conspicuously—as in 100% double-blind recognizable—more tangibly real, jumpin’, jivin’, easier-to-follow music than my Brooklyn wall power…. It might be the single most important, most high-value component I’ve auditioned for Stereophile.”
—Herb Reichert, Stereophile, April 2017
“I know not of any other upgrade at any price that gives (relatively) so much for (relatively) so little.”—John Darko, Darko.Audio
“[The Niagara 1000] has a remarkable ability to reduce noise and deliver a calm, musical result that encourages high-level listening.”—Jason Kennedy, HiFi+
“My time with these AudioQuest mains products has been a real ear-opener for me. I cannot recommend them more highly than to say I want them in my system. All I have to do now is convince my wife!”—Chris Kelly, The-Ear.net