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Power — 01 June 2011

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The difference between the P5 and P10 Power Plants

Since 1997, when the world of high-end audio first learned about the amazing Power Plant regenerators and how important perfect AC is to your system, thousands of people all over the world have been enjoying the benefits and singing the praises of Power Plants.

Power Plants, as a new category, spawned an entire new branch of high-end audio, the AC power market in 1997. 14 years later there aren’t many high end music systems of any consequence that don’t use some sort of high end AC power device or cable to feed it; so important is AC power.

Just what is a Power Plant?

It may be easier to start with what a Power Plant is not. A Power Plant is not a power conditioner or filter. Power conditioners and filters do just what their names imply: they condition and filter.

A Power Plant does just what its name implies: generates new AC power just like the power generating station powering your home right now.

This fundamental difference sets the Power Plant technology apart from any power conditioner or filter in the world.  By installing a Power Plant you can power your system and guarantee the cleanest, purest power on the planet.

Why do you need one?

You’ve spent anywhere from a significant personal investment to a small fortune on your love of music, on your desire to have the best home theater experience possible. And – even though the best equipment has power supply regulation built in – your utility company isn’t helping you. You NEED good, stable, reliable AC but unfortunately the power coming into your home is distorted, dirty, unregulated and deteriorating the performance of your system. Now you don’t have to worry about that anymore.

The PS Audio’s Power Plant AC regenerator takes the power you’re given from the utility, converts it to DC and then regenerates brand new and perfect power once again.

You cannot condition or filter these problems. To eliminate the problems inherent in our home’s AC power you need a regenerator to build brand new power out of the original and that’s just what a Power Plant does.

This unique device rebuilds the AC in your home by first converting the AC to DC and then back again to perfect AC.  Once rebuilt, the output of the Power Plant feeds everything in your system and provides regulated, low distortion sine waves from the AC wall socket.

By now of course, many reviewers as well as many thousands of customers around the world have experienced for themselves just how critical a Power Plant is; the term accessory doesn’t begin to describe its value. One of our customers, a long-time reviewer for one of the established audio journals, remarked about the Power Plant Premier that “Its the first component anyone serious about high-quality audio should get.”

The two models of Power Plants

There are two models of Power Plants available, the PerfectWave Power Plants P5 and P10.

The P10 is 72 pounds of pure muscle and beauty and is designed to power your entire high-end system.

The P5 is also a beauty and matches quite nicely the PerfectWave audio products.  At 37 pounds this is no lightweight, but it’s also not a back breaker like the P10.  So what’s the difference between the two?  Power and cooling.

The power of a Power Plant is generated from a fully discrete class AB high-end audio amplifier – no class D or switching anything is used in a Power Plant, nothing but pure analog power amplification.  So, the circuitry of the P5 and P10 power amplifiers are identical.  The differences in power are all handled by more capacitance and more magnetics in the P10, relative to the P5.

For cooling, the P10 is completely passively cooled with heat sinks on the sides (hence the weight)  and a lot more height (8.75”).  The P5 has heat sinks inside for cooling but because it’s the same height as a PerfectWave DAC or Transport, there’s just a lot fewer of them – requiring a quiet fan inside that kicks on when needed.

Which one do you choose and why?

If possible the P10 should be the first choice if you can afford the space and the extra dollars.  The P10 can handle any size system from small to quite large. It is somewhat better sounding than the smaller P5: more authoritative and more powerful in its presentation of music.  The P10 has a significant increase in both magnetics and capacitance in its power supply and delivers slightly more power than a P5. Choose the P10 when you do not want any sort of limitations placed on your system’s performance.

The compact P5 is perfect for most high-end two channel or home theater systems from small to medium large in terms of power delivery and gives 80 to 90% of the performance characteristics of the P10. Choose this option when space and budget restrictions are a factor.

Specifications

P5 Specs

Dimensions 17” W x 14” D x 4” H

Weight 37 lbs

Nominal Input Voltage 95-145 (US) 200-285 VAC (Europe/Asia)

Maximum Continuous Load 1000VA (US) 1500VA (Europe/Asia)

Maximum Peak Load 1200VA (US) 1800VA (Europe/Asia)

Dynamic Power Delivery 0.5 second> 3600VA 9US) 5000VA (Eur./Asia)

Voltage Regulation +/- 0.5V (US) 1Vac (Europe/Asia)

Output Distortion Input 220-240VAC 1200VA Resistive Load <0.9%

Output Distortion 230V 240VAC 1200VA Reactive Load <0.9%

Output Distortion Input 110-130VAC 1200VA Resistive Load <0.5%

Output Distortion Input 110-130VAC 12000VA Reactive Load <0.5%

Output Impedance <0.015 Ohm

Noise Reduction (all zones) 100KHz-2MHz >80dB

Efficiency @ 1200VA Resistive Load > 85% Reactive Load > 85%

Input Frequency 45-66Hz

Under Voltage Limit Continuous= -10% of setting, 15 Sec Duration= -15% of setting

Over Voltage Limit Continuous= 5% of setting, 15 Sec Duration= 10% of setting

Protection Modes L-N, L-G, N-G

Energy Dissipation 2440J (US) 3670J (Europe/Asia)

Peak Current Surge 144,000A (US) 84,000A (Europe/Asia)

Max Surge 6,000 Volts

Clamp Level 330V (US) 800V (Europe/Asia)

Telco Protection 320 Joules 395 volts

Coax Insertion loss <1dB

DC Trigger config Tip Positive

DC Trigger Voltage 5-15 volts dc

P10 Specs:

Dimensions 17” W x 14” D x 8.5” H

Weight 73 lbs

Nominal Input Voltage 95-145 (US) 200-285 VAC (Europe/Asia

Maximum Continuous Load 1200VA (US) 1800VA (Europe/Asia)

Maximum Peak Load 1500VA (US) 2000VA (Europe/Asia)

Dynamic Power Delivery 0.5 second> 3600VA (US) 5000VA (Eur./Asia)

Voltage Regulation +/- 0.5V (US) 1Vac (Europe/Asia)

Output Distortion Input 220-240VAC 1200VA Resistive Load <0.9%

Output Distortion 230V 240VAC 1200VA Reactive Load <0.9%

Output Distortion Input 110-130VAC 1200VA Resistive Load <0.5%

Output Distortion Input 110-130VAC 12000VA Reactive Load <0.5%

Output Impedance <0.0015 Ohm

Noise Reduction (all zones) 100KHz-2MHz >80dB

Efficiency @ 1200VA Resistive Load > 85% Reactive Load > 85%

Input Frequency 45-66Hz

Under Voltage Limit Continuous= -10% of setting 15 Sec Duration= -15% of setting

Over Voltage Limit Continuous= 5% of setting 15 Sec Duration= 10% of setting

Protection Modes L-N, L-G, N-G

Energy Dissipation 2440J (US) 3670J (Europe/Asia)

Peak Current Surge 144,000A (US) 84,000A (Europe/Asia)

Max Surge 6,000 Volts

Clamp Level 330V (US) 800V (Europe/Asia)

Telco Protection 320 Joules 395 volts

Coax Insertion loss <1dB

DC Trigger config Tip Positive

DC Trigger Voltage 5-15 volts dc

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  1. Minor error….

    Output Distortion Input 110-130VAC 1200VA Resistive Load <0.5%

    Output Distortion Input 110-130VAC 12000VA Reactive Load <0.5%

    12kVA? I guess mistype for both P5 and P10.

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