PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 5 & 10 Power Regenerators

When you think about home-theater gear, what usually comes to mind are things like displays, source devices, processors, amplifiers, and speakers. But these are nothing more than very expensive boat anchors without AC power—and that power had better be clean if they are going to perform at their best. This is where PS Audio comes in with its new PerfectWave Power Plant 5 and 10 AC Power Regenerators.

As with PS Audio's previous power products, both new models are based on the principle of power regeneration rather than conditioning or filtering. In this process, a sine-wave generator feeds a high-current analog amplifier, which produces a 60Hz sine wave with ultra low distortion and output impedance. In addition, MultiWave processing extends the charging time of the sine wave's peak so attached power supplies exhibit less ripple, which is especially effective with power amps, and CleanWave is said to "degauss" magnetically coupled power transformers by varying the frequency and amplitude of the sine wave in small "bubble-like" responses.

The P10 offers 10 power outlets in five so-called IsoZones with separate differential-mode filters to remove any noise generated by the connected equipment, and it can deliver a total of up to 1250 watts of continuous power and 70 amps of instantaneous current. A unique heat-sink design in the P10 provides cooling with no need for a fan, but the P5 is too small to go fanless.

The smaller P5 can deliver up to 1000W of continuous power and 50 amps of instantaneous current from a total of eight outlets in four IsoZones. Both units exhibit 100 times lower output impedance than any previously released Power Plant product.

Both units can be controlled from a front-panel touchscreen or remotely with a web interface via PS Audio's Globalnet, including power on and off scheduling and delays. Especially cool is an onboard THD meter and oscilloscope that let you compare the power from the wall to the regenerated power delivered by the unit.

Of course, this level of power enhancement isn't cheap—the P10 lists for $4500 in the US, while the P5 is $3000. But is that really so much to pay for wringing every last drop of performance from your entire system?

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uavpamplona62's picture

Hi Scott,

Love the site resdesign and your posts. Keep 'em coming.

I believe there is an error in this post regarding the P5's cooling method. You state it's "fan-free", but PS Audio's January 2011 newsletter from Paul McGowan says that the P5 uses both internal heat sinks and a fan:

"For cooling, the P10 is completely passively cooled with massive heat sinks on the sides (hence the weight) and a lot more height (8.75

uavpamplona62's picture

but didn't want to seem like a human spell checker (otherwise known as a pest).

Anyway, I'll await the future review of this gear in Stereophile, Home Theater, or one of the online versions. There seem to be a lot of new advances in this category from manufacturers like PS Audio, Audience, Shunyata, Synergistic, etc.

Thanks for keeping us all informed!

Scott Wilkinson's picture
You may not be a copy editor, but you've got the eye of one! I didn't read far enough to catch the second instance.

BTW, neither of us caught the misspelling "fro," which should be "from." It's corrected now.

Thanks again!

uavpamplona62's picture

Scott,

My pleasure. Just want to help where I can.

BTW, I see the correction in the paragraph below, but then the very next paragraph still includes the error:

"A unique heat-sink design in the P10 provides cooling with no need for a fan, but the P5 is too small to go fanless."

"The smaller P5 can deliver up to 1000W of continuous power and 50 amps of instantaneous current fro a total of eight outlets in four IsoZones, also with fan-free cooling."

I'm not a copy editor. I promise. :-)

Scott Wilkinson's picture
By golly, you're right! I just verified this with PS Audio. The press release about these products talks about the P10 being fanless, but it says nothing about the P5 in this regard, so I assumed it was fanless as well. Just goes to show one shouldn't make assumptions! I changed the text to correct the error. Thanks for pointing it out, and for your kind words!
SoundMaster's picture

Hi Scott!!!

Would you please send me the dimensions and weight of the PWPP 10?

I have been looking for them but haven't been lucky!

I also want to know if it includes a power cord and if it shuts down at voltages above 135v.

Thanks for your quick answer.

Regards!
SRT

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