Quantum's ElectroClear Outlet Pods
You Can't Keep A Good Man Down
Mike Silverton
8 March 2001


Quantum Products Inc.
943 Euclid Street, Suite A
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: 800.809.5480
Fax: 310.859.5563
Web: www.quantumqrt.com

Onward and upward. Bill Stierhout of Quantum Products, Inc. calls his new "parallel AC line filter" ElectroClear. What we have is a sealed plastic box, black or white, about 2 2 4 inches, consisting externally of a conventional three-prong male that goes into the wall outlet and a three-hole female into which the purchaser plugs one device. An ElectroClear's six ounces suggest internals consistent in paucity with that of Stierhout's freestanding Quantum Symphony podlet, two of which I've long had in use along with a later-acquired Quantum Symphony Pro. Forget weight and parts count, dismiss them from your mind. With Quantum, effect is the thing. It's there or it isn't. I have reported in these cyberpages, with regard to Stierhout's Quantum Symphony podlets, that yes, it's there, no question about it. They've brought what passes for pleasure to a dour geezer's life. (Innards -- one's herniating own and those of one's audio components -- put me in mind of certain Japanese CD players I've owned the oof!-evoking heft of which serves primarily as earnests of quality.)

I suspect that most of us are more sensitive to visual differences than we are to auditory. Why that should be suggests a topic for another little essay. As to the sound-only ambiguities that have whipped up teacup tempests, do but consider the raging debate between electrical engineering types and audiophiles over the virtues of specialty cables, say. I've long heard them making a significant contribution to my sound system's quality, and yet I know people with solid credentials who judge me a gullible fool for holding such views, and worse, a villainous fool for publishing them. (Stuff your diplomas, guys, I hear what I hear.)

Anyway, to return to perceptions of visual difference, for an expeditious test of a line conditioner's clout, try it out on your TV. Mine enjoys no dedicated purification treatment. With an ElectroClear newly in place, I thought I detected a slight improvement in picture quality with regard to "noise" and color but decided later in the day, the beauteous Felicity concurring, that the ElectroClear into which I'd plugged the TV accomplished little to nothing. I emailed Stierhout, telling him I thought it best to ship the ElectroClears he'd sent me to another reviewer who might succeed where I had failed. Stierhout's reply makes me blush. He suggested removing my two Quantum Symphony and one Quantum Symphony Pro podlets from the sound-system mix, since these can -- and indeed do! -- exercise their potency within a rather generous space.

The Quantum Symphony pieces removed, the TV picture, absent its ElectroClear, took on some rather obvious "noise." With the ElectroClear re-installed in the TV's outlet, the picture returned to its creamy coherence. Once again, those lovely, grain-free colors.

Stierhout recommends installing ElectroClears in used and unused outlets, since, like their more powerful Quantum Symphony kin, they incorporate what he calls QRT (Quantum Resonance Technology), i.e., the beneficence my Quantum Symphonies broadcast throughout our small loft. He recommends especially that one plug the refrigerator, computer, lamps with dimmers and suchlike into ElectroClears, since these are among a household's "noisiest" appliances. Given an ElectroClear's $60 per pop ticket, saturation coverage can get expensive. However, if you own no other of Stierhout's QRT products, I judge from my TV test that you'd profit from the acquisitions. The ElectroClears come, I believe, six to the box. (I received three.)

A shame-faced word on why I've not checked out ElectroClear specifically with my sound system, as Bill Stierhout would have preferred. First, as suggested above, my three Quantum Symphonies have all relevant bases covered. That's conjecture, this is fact: the ElectroClear is intended to go directly into a wall outlet, and the outlets to which I've got my audio gear connected won't cooperate. Our electrical service consists of metal track attached to brick walls. Outlets normally align vertically, the blade slots above, the ground hole below. Ours lie horizontally along the track; the two servicing my Levinson mono amps are too close together to permit the inclusion of side-by-side ElectroClears. Besides, I demonstrated to myself and the beauteous Felicity that an ElectroClear works as advertised on our TV. And that was only one. Had I ElectroCleared the appliances Stierhout proposes, I'm certain that the effect (absent my Quantum Symphonies) would have been all the more obvious.

In short, recommended.























































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