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I have enjoyed a PS Audio DirectStream DAC & transport for years now. I used to have them (and my other components) plugged into a P10 power plant and took advantage of an upgrade to their new P15 unit, and immediately the performance of the DAC (as well as my Mytek Brooklyn DAC) was improved...better bass, more depth to the soundstage, greater clarity of voices and especially acoustic instruments.
The PS Audio PowerPlant is definitely a consideration for me. I thought that their model numbers (P10 or P15) mostly depicted how much component load the power regenerator can support - and did not realize that there could be such a drastic difference in sound. PS Audio confirmed this - thank you.
So wondering what are the competitors to PSA Power Regenerators
@jmarshak I second @ejr1953 ! I have a P5 and run my entire system on it using only 32% of its power delivery capacity. If you can swing the P15 that would be great. Don't forget that PS has a trade-in program where you can get rid of older, unused gear and get credit toward new equipment. Good Luck!
I looked at Vibex and its reviews and am honestly not sure about it.
@hifiman5 , I definitely have PSA on my radar from power regeneration. Thank you, this stuff is great. Are you happy with the P5? Have you had a chance to compare to any other conditioner/regenerator?
@jl35 Interesting. Sounds like you have a similar gear set up to mine. Have you compared the Furutech to anything else or running without it?
I USE An AUDIO POWER INDUSTRIES 116-NO LONGER MADE but they were/are very well made and get the job done. Even the Power wedge model (a very heavy power "strip") is also very well constructed.
Some say don't use them on big amplifiers. So I don't. I'm old-school on power conditioners since I don't live where I don't live in a building with a lot of people on their computers, etc. Anything by "Monster" is junk-
I had a unit that completely stopped working behind my TV and just gave it away. Google confirmed I was not alone- everyone that bought that power strip had to replace it. It had pretty colored lighs though.
Thanks to all for sharing your experiences, the information and the advise. It is much appreciated!
I read a bunch of reviews over night and decided to purchase and try the Synergistic Research Powercell 6 with Tesla active power cord. Mainly (because these fit my budget constraints but also) because I love everything that Synergistic makes and all my cables are from Synergistic. The Powercell is arriving today :) !
I am happy to report my results if anyone is interested.
Happy Holidays To All!.
I am running my PS PWT, DAC, Nu-Wave, Pass Pre & Pass amp and Shiit Asgard II headphone amp from a PS P10 regenerator ( I have my Marantz SR7011 for A/V on there too ! ) .
I would have bought a P15 or 20 , but the gent I bought it from was getting a P20 and made me a deal I couldn't refuse and his was only 4 months old !
It is an exceptional product from an amazing company and I did a LOT of "homework" before I made the decision. What sold me was the P10's ability to easily handle the the crazy high current demands of the Pass amp during certain music passages and the overall quality of the varied music no matter the input source/type. Line conditioners just don't do the job ! I'm powering B&W 802D2's and looking at Focal Kanta 2's .
It is my opinion that you would be wonderfully pleased at getting a used P10 or a new P15/P20 for your system.
Happy listening !
Well, I know I won’t rest until I try one of the PS Audio Regenerators, but Synergistic Research Tesla Powercell 6 is now installed in the system (fast :) - I got it locally.
When the system was still warming up, I wanted to hear it for a bit and it sounded pretty good. Somewhat lean but with a lot of new detail, more detail than the Monster HTPS for sure, and definitely already cleaner sounding then without any conditioning. The Tesla powercells come with Active Synergistic Research cable so blends well the rest of my system. Perhaps that’s why it was cleaner (lower noise floor) right away.
I plugged the amp into the powercell also - so three components in separate zones (DAC, Pre, and Amp). I was interested and concerned how the bass response and soundstage would be when all reached equilibrium.
So, after about 1.5 hours of warm up, I am listening again...Excellent! Soundstage is huge and Bass is very good, yet controlled. I think it sounds better then plugging the AMP directly into the wall (which was a slight safety concern for me before).
Overall, I feel happy with, my decision to get the SR Tesla Powercell. The price was much cheaper then the regenerators, and so far, nothing is lacking sonically for me.
Thanks all again for your recommendation!
If I can provide anymore information, please feel free to reach out to me directly.
Happy Holidays and Happy Listening!