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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

QRT

What should my first QRT power product purchase be?

We recommend a QB8 QBASE power distribution unit to give your system a proper foundation.

Can I use my THOR distribution with the new QRT products?

Yes, the THOR can be used in conjunction with QX2 and QX4 power purifiers as well as QV2 AC line harmonizers.  

Can I use more than one QX2 or QX4 in my system?

Yes, in fact, the more units that are used, the greater the sonic benefits.

What are the sonic differences between the QX2 and the QX4?

Each product has a different focus. The QX2 should be used to focus the soundstage. The QX4 should be used to increase the dynamic range, improve the cross talk and lower the noise floor in the system.

Can I use QRT products with other brands of power distribution?

Yes. However, for best results, we would recommend a full complement of QRT products with Nordost power cords. Since the philosophy of QRT is very different from that of other companies, we cannot guarantee the same sonic results.

Do QRT power products use surge protection?

No, the QRT products do not use surge protection. However, the QBASE Mark II model includes a fuse that acts as short circuit protection.

Do I need to connect the external ground on my QBASE?

No, it is not necessary to connect the external ground to have the QBASE work effectively. However, if it is possible to run a ground wire to an external ground rod, you can lower the noise floor in the system.

I have more than 8 components in my system. Can I use two QB8 QBASE units?

Yes, you can use two or more QB8 units in your system.

How do I connect two or more QB8 units together?

Connect the first QB8 unit to the wall using the best possible power cord. Then connect the second unit directly into the outlet labeled “Primary Earth”.  Once these steps are completed, you can connect the components as you normally would.

My preamp has two or more separate power supplies. How do I connect it to a QBASE?

Please contact Nordost technical support at 1 800 836 2750 or info@nordost.com for detailed information.

Where is the best location to plug in my QV2?

The QV2 should be plugged into any unused outlets in the QBASE power distribution unit or other power strip.

How many QV2 units should I use in my system?

It is best to use the QV2 units in pairs.  While adding just one will improve the sound, each pair increment will have greater impact.  The more pairs of QV2s in the system, the greater the increase in sound quality. Many users choose to install 6 or 8 pieces in their system, in addition to the QX2 and QX4 units.

Can I connect multiple audio components to each binding post of my QKORE unit?

If you are using a QKORE3 or a QKORE6, you have the option of connecting up to two components to each “GROUND” or “MONOGROUND” binding post, by using both a QKORE Wire terminated with a banana connector, and a QKORE Wire terminated with a spade connector on each binding post. If you have a QKORE1 or a QKORE6, you may also connect multiple QBASE distribution blocks to the binding post labeled “QBASE GROUND”. However, connecting more than one component or QBASE to a single binding post will compromise the performance of the unit. Please note: You should NOT connect both a distribution block and a component onto the same binding post at the same time.

Do you have to use QKORE Wire to connect QKORE units to your system components, or can you use other cable brands?

The QKORE Wire is an integral part of the QKORE design. QKORE units have been designed and developed with Nordost’s proprietary Mono-Filament technology and solid core conductors found in the QKORE Wire. Other cable brands can be used, but the performance will not be the same, nor will the result be as predictable or as profound, as it is when the QKORE Wire is used as intended.

Can I connect a QBASE into a QKORE3 Unit, or connect an audio component (CD Player, Amplifier etc.) into a QKORE1 Unit?

You should not. The “GROUND” position on both the QKORE1 and QKORE6 is only intended to be used with a QBASE. This position is designed to address problems on the signal ground, on the primary, AC side of your electronics. All other positions are designed to address problems on the chassis ground, on the secondary, DC and audio circuitry side of your electronics.

You should never connect an audio component’s chassis ground (secondary side) to the same post as where a signal ground (primary side) is connected.

How can I connect a component to my QKORE Unit if I do not have any open outlets?

Unfortunately, if there are no open outlets on the back of your component, you will not be able to connect it to your QKORE Unit.

Can I use Sort Kones with my QKORE Unit?

Yes. To use Sort Kones with your QKORE Unit, unscrew the rubber, stabilizing feet and remove the washers to reveal Sort Kone depressions. Sort Kones can be arranged in the depressions found beneath the stabilizing feet (tip-side up). You can use either three or four Sort Kones.

Do QKORE units require power cords?

No. Nordost QKOREs are passive units, so they do not require any power cords.

Can the binding posts labeled “MONOGROUND” on the QKORE6 unit be used for other components, or are they only to be used with monoblocks?

The MONOGROUND binding posts on the QKORE6 are designed specifically for use with monoblocks; however, if your system does not include monoblocks, and you need to connect other audio components that address secondary ground, it's better to use the MONOGROUND binding posts than to connect multiple QKORE Wires on the same (non-MONOGROUND) position.

Can I connect my loudspeakers to a QKORE unit?

No. Do NOT connect your loudspeakers to a QKORE unit. This could result in a short circuit to your amplifier.

Can I connect my monoblocks to my QKORE3?

Yes, but in this case, for optimal performance, you should leave the third binding post empty.

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