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The P5 Power Plant changes everything
Bring back the magic locked away in your system and have it sound just as great day or night with a P5 Power Plant. The second largest of our personal power generating stations, the P5 produces pure and perfect AC and is the power source of choice for almost any size system. Smaller than the P10 this workhorse of a product should be the foundation on which you build your system when a P10 isn’t in the cards.
Our most popular
The P5 Power Plant is by far our biggest selling Power Plant yet. With 4 separate regenerated zones and 1250 watts of pure regenerated power the P5 can handle any size system you want to power. From medium to large power amplifiers to the smallest pieces of source equipment, the P5 will work magic on your system’s performance. More high-end system around the world use the P5 Power Plant than just about any power system in high-end audio today.
The P5′s 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 for up to 1250 watts of pure AC – enough to power medium to large sized systems including the power amplifier and everything else in your audio chain that provides the all important control and source material.
The P5 has a built in oscilloscope, distortion analyzer and full color touch screen on the front panel to give you the ultimate in control of our most popular Power Plant model ever.
Power Foundations are the key
The Power Plant technology was the foundation of our first power product – in 1997 – in the form of the P300 Power Plant. The P300 and its impact on the world of high-end audio is legendary and exemplified the value of leveraging a new approach to dealing with an old problem.
The PerfectWave P5 Power Plant takes your incoming AC power and converts it to DC, and then with patented PS Audio technology, regenerates and amplifies new sine-wave-perfect, high current AC power.
New high current, ultra low distortion AC power created by Power Plant technology delivers stunning performance from your audio and video components.
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.”
Which Power Plant to choose?
Having a Power Plant in the system is the essential element every high-end audio and music lover needs to make sure the sound quality and performance of the system is up to your expectations day in and day out. Choosing the right model of Power Plant depends on a combination of budget and system needs.
Any one of the three Power Plant models is capable of powering an entire high-end audio or video system for most people. There are the rare exceptions where owners have two huge power amps or perhaps a video projector that consumes a disproportionate amount of power requiring the addition of a second Power Plant.
Power Plants can deliver up to 85% of the power coming out of the standard AC wall socket in your home – enough for just about any sized system. Each one of the three Power Plant models provides more power and better sound quality than its smaller sibling starting with the P3.
Quality You Didn’t Know You Owned
Output impedance of a power source is the key indicator of how well connected equipment perform and may be the single most important factor in the way that equipment sounds. The lower the output impedance of the Power Plant, the better the depth, separation of instruments and spatial qualities of the musical soundstage are. It is this critical aspect of the power output that makes all the difference in the world. It is why even the highest-end power conditioners cannot compete with a Power Plant; they raise output impedance as opposed to lowering it. With the PerfectWave Power Plant’s 100 times reduction in output impedance a new level of performance is ushered in; the likes of which have never been heard before.
The user interface is significantly expanded as well. In keeping with the rest of the Perfect Wave series products we provide a touch screen which gives you control of all functions as well as critical evaluation of your incoming and outgoing voltage supply with greater depth and accuracy than before, using a front panel oscilloscope to really see how your AC is behaving.
Built in Boulder
Boulder Colorado is perhaps one of the best places in the United States to live, work and play. Certainly those of us working at PS Audio think so. Boulder embodies a vibrant healthy lifestyle that is reflected in the handcrafted products we build in our own state of the art facilities.
Each and every Power Plant is assembled from the ground up in our local operation by highly skilled artisans that care about every piece that leaves our dock. With over 7,000 Power Plants operating high-end systems all over the world, we have a commitment to excellence to uphold.
We understand that each product we build is an investment our customers make in both the product and our company. Every employee at PS Audio is proud to let the world know it’s “Built in Boulder”.
What’s inside the P5 is amazing
Inside the P5 Power Plant it’s the real deal. Not a collection of coils and filters to help Band Aid the power like you’d find in a conditioner, but a powerful and patented Class AB amplifier delivering up to 1250 watts (peak) and 1000 watts continuous of pure AC to your equipment. The pure sine wave that is used to generate the new AC power is delivered from a low distortion DAC built into the Power Plant along with sophisticated software based measurement and monitoring systems that keep the output of the P5 low impedance, low distortion and lightning fast.
All one needs to do is simply pick up the P5 and compare its 35 pounds of solid brute force to that of a any other power conditioner to understand what’s going on. Having your own personal low distortion, analog based power generating stations in your home is not something that can be accomplished through any means other than serious electronics converting your home’s wall power to perfect AC.
Keep your system running and everything green
Our new network technology on board provides unprecedented control and monitoring of all your connected devices. Automatically reboot routers, modems, and network devices when Internet dropouts occur. Schedule devices to power on and off automatically optimizing power consumption in your system. Receive emails automatically when power occurrences occur, as the PerfectWave Premier P5 is automatically reacting on it’s own; all made possible by PS connected technology and PS Audio’s connected servers.
Once your system is powered by a P5 Power Plant all you need to do is go to the web through any web enabled device, including a Blackberry or iPhone, and access the P5’s control panel if you wish. From the P5’s control panel any connected equipment can be rebooted, turned on or off, or have its status checked. It’s that simple.
Monitor your system’s heartbeat
You can monitor your power quality from the front panel of the P5 with both its real time distortion analyzer and working oscilloscope. Measure everything that’s going on affecting your system’s performance. You can also monitor and control your P5 over the internet from anywhere in the world.
The P5 will monitor your power line quality and report any problems to you through the web page, text alerts or emails sent anywhere you wish. It’s up to you. The P5’s real-time and on-line measurement system includes surges, voltage levels, power usage and power quality as measured by THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) on the line.
The data is stored on our servers and available via the web interface for the P5. Customers can look at power quality over time, or drill down to specific times of day to find out if there’s a problem involving the home’s power. Sagging voltages, high distortion and multiple brownouts are occurring more than one might think. With the installation of a P5 in the system, you can accurately record events and present them to the utility company for repair or just keep a log.
With a P5 system installed, not only can you check system and power line status from anywhere in the world, get emails sent to you from the device (if you want) and be assured you’re always connected to the internet, but you will also be able to go a lot greener than ever before.
The P5 will allow you to schedule system ‘vacations’ or down time so you’re not burning power when you don’t need to. This can be in the middle of the night, or when you’re on vacation and when you’re ready, the P5 turns everything back on for you zone-by-zone. Perhaps there are a few critical components you want to remain on, but others are OK to shut down and save power. No problem.
To access this feature there is a simple graphical calendar. Simply click on the dates you want the system to turn off and the dates you want it to come back on and everything will be ready for you upon your return. You can schedule your equipment (some or all) to be warmed up and ready to. And if your equipment needs an IR command to actually get it out of standby, that’s no problem either. The P5 can easily send IR commands on schedule as well.
Input naming and customization
With 5 zones available (on US units) on the P5 it is important to know which piece of equipment is being powered by which zone so you can access from either the front panel or the web interface. On a P5 it’s easy. You can name each zone anything you wish via the P5’s easy to use graphical interface available online or through the front panel touch screen.
Once the outlets are named then it’s quite easy to schedule when they turn on/off or the sequence that they are powered on. For example, you may wish for all your sources to turn on first, warm up and then when you decide it’s long enough, your power amps will turn on.
Some power quality problems can be serious, such as repeated brown or blackouts, high levels of surges or equipment downtime. Many customers will want to know right away if their home has a problem so they can take immediate action.
The P5 is setup to generate email and text alerts to any designated recipient.
IR and trigger controls
In the back of the P5 there are two mini jacks that can be assigned as either an IR input or output or a DC trigger transmitter or receiver. For the IR capabilities, the P5 can be assigned up to 15 separate IR commands for any zone and these IR broadcasts can be triggered by any number of assignable events. This helps P5 maintain complete control over not only the AC power to your system, but by directly controlling that same equipment through a remote control.
If you have equipment that needs a DC trigger to turn it on or off remotely, you can assign one of the mini jacks to be either the sending or receiving unit for these commands and remotely turn on/off equipment or have that equipment remotely turn on/off the P5.
Time to step up to the best
Now: if you haven’t yet been witness to the powerful effect a PS Audio Power Plant can have, its time to get to your dealer and see and hear how good the system you own can really be.