PS Audio very kindly provided me a P10 Power Plant Regenerator for review back in March, and after having the unit in my reference system for last few months, I have to say that I’m deeply impressed with it’s capabilities.
I had been skeptical for some time back in my early audiophile-teen days about the difference cables, sockets, or AC-treatment could ultimately offer when it came to audible sonic benefits, but as the old saying goes: The proof is in the pudding. The more I experimented with various brands of AC power cables, the more I became aware that they made varying degrees of difference (sometimes major, sometimes subtle) to either the flavour of the sound the system was delivering (in the disappointing cases) to simply allowing more of the music to come through without colouration (in the best cases).
Obviously YMMV, but I believe what I hear, and I’m firmly in the cables-make-a-difference camp, and now I’m entrenched in the AC-power-treatment-matters camp (you’ll never get me out).
I’ve now used it in two different homes (I moved to a larger place in May) with vastly differing quality in the incoming AC power between the two domiciles. In a perfect world we would all have our own power pole, and transformer for our AC needs, but alas, we do not live in such a world (at least I don’t). When I first installed the P10 I was reviewing CH Precision components with Dynaudio loudspeakers, and I did all my initial listening sessions using my own PS Audio Dectet Power Centre – which in itself was a major step up from the standard power strip I had been using for years – but upon inserting the P10 into the AC-power supply chain I wasn’t prepared for either the drop in the background noise floor, or the increase in perceived transient speed, effortless dynamics, and flesh-and-blood realism that the P10, and it’s clean, regulated power was injecting into my gear.
I’m now onto my third iteration of systems being fed by the P10 (with three PS Audio AC5 Power Cables, and Power Port Premier AC Upgrade Receptacle also in use), and it continues to earn both my respect, and gratitude every time I swap it into the system from the Dectet. PS Audio’s power-regeneration technology has to be experienced to be fully appreciated.
I’ll be writing about the P10 in more detail in the future as I continue to explore it’s capabilities – especially with large, power-hungry mono block, and stereo power amplifiers that traditionally I would have plugged directly into the wall – within the context of a reference power supply for not only personal system, but the vast array of gear that comes through my home for review.