Used to have dedicated power but moved my listening room and with a fully finished basement couldn't change the power supply. Tried PS Audio Powerplant, Shunyata Hydra and Running Springs Haley, and the Haley, the cheapest of the three by far, smoked the other two. Deeper bass, more clarity, smoother sound. My opinion, a friend's and my wife's. Running Springs makes terrific products; try them if you can.
I agree with above post. RSA products are the real deal. I also like the Mongoose pc that is recommended. I have a Haley FYI.
RSA Dmitri is the real deal for me.
Power conditioners are like cables- you've got to listen to them in your system to see which approach works for you. That said you've got to audition a synergistic Powercell.
Two words. Sound Applications. Though expensive your ears and system will thank you. Teamed with Oyiade receptacles, Elrod power cords and 20 amp dedicated ac you'll be in audio heaven.
Definately try as many as you can,most audio stores will let you audition at home.For me I've been thru a few conditioners
and have discovered the Torus PIUs,if you can I'd put this on your short list.I don't have to keep looking,upgrading my conditioners anymore.I find it odd that some companies come out with one pc,then part II ect.Torus have units that go by how much power your system would like 10a,15,20 up to 100a.
And besides that they give more power in reserve when the system requires it,up to I believe 400a of dynamic power
short term).Having reserve power in reserve makes a Huge
difference when your amps call for it and especially with your music.Music,afterall is DYNAMIC isn't it.
All the people I know that have tried the Torus,it hasn't
left their room.I would if you can put a Torus on your audition list.
Have the PS Audio Premier Powerplant on the entire front end and it's all like/no dislike in what it does for the sound. I don't find as some say, that it has a sound quality "like a component or wire", what I do find is it just quiets the mains down "like Midnight playing" and it seems to make the background blacker to me. That alone makes the price of entry well worth the expense. Every once in a while we take it out of the kit just for a little reality check. One thing to note, the effect of taking a power conditioner like the PS Audio out is more recognizable and profound than putting it into the system in my experience.
Cleaning up the mains is a big part of good sound.
Happy (mains) Listening!
Shellie nailed it. You have to try power conditioners in your own system in order to determine the best match. Find the products you want to demo, narrow it down to 3 or so, then find a dealer or dealers who will loan them to you for an audition.
Opinions and reviews can help you narrow your choices, but by no means rely on them for a purchasing decision.
Probably hard to go wrong with Synergistic Powercell, Audience Teflon, or RSA conditioners. I'd certainly have those on my short list, which they are. But as someone who recently had dedicated lines installed, you might consider doing that first as your preference in conditioners might change once given a dose of clean power. Many would say you might decide to nix the conditioner altogether, but that's individual specific. Make sure you consult the good folks here before getting the dedicated lines installed, as I'm sure many electricians aren't schooled in the finer points and could end up hurting performance, cause problems, or both.
Best of luck.
I have tried many, many power conditioners, and have never met one I liked. They all do change the sound...and one might change the sound to something that pleases you. However, I have found that although one or two might do some things write, they all do something wrong as well. I have never come across one that after I've lived with the "improvements" for a week or so, and then removed it from the system, have not returned the unit for a refund. Listen carefully and test it yourself.
I have borrowed an Isotek Sigmas for the weekend. In my system the change is dramatic - question seems to be though is the change a good one. Sounds like many put in conditioning and then find when they take it out prefer it after. My sense is the usual more quiet background, more detail, more bass - my ears are saying what's not to like. This unit is about $3,000 new so not cheap - would like to demo some of the others but may just need to take a flyer and pick one.