The second largest of PS Audio's venerable line of AC power regenerators, 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.
You donít need to compromise anymore
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. For more than 13 years the Power Plants have been producing perfect
AC all over the world, helping audio- and videophiles and people who simply
want better results from their investment achieve the best their equipment can
Why do you need a Power Plant?
Everything we hear in an audio system is, in one form or another,
modulated AC power. Everything we see in a video system is also built on AC
We can put one band-aid after another on what the utility company sells us,
but ultimately our love of listening to recorded music in the best form possible
is limited by the quality of that one source.
It's the foundation on which an audio/video system is built.
And what we've learned as an industry over the 50+ years that high-end audio
has been evolving is: that power we buy is none-too-reliable, and unfortunately
far more often than not, very poor quality. The PS Audio Power Plant is an
affordable reboot of that limitation - using the supplied power only to
run, it provides a stable and near-perfect AC sine wave, freeing up your
components to do their best work. It has been called the single most important
piece of equipment in an A/V system. With a PS Audio Power Plant as the
essential building block, your system will always be able to perform at its
Foundations of power
The Power Plant technology was the foundation of PS Audio's first product - 13
years ago - in the form of the
P300 Power Plant . It began PS Audio's return as a company and their exploration of
the value of a new approach to dealing with an old problem.
The PerfectWave 10 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."
Built in Boulder
In the era of the P300, PS Audio was a direct-sales company; that is,
they sold direct to customers. As demand for their designs grew they expanded in size
and took on a global dealer network to meet the demand. A variety of pressures
in that transition necessitated PS building some of their products overseas - in
China, to be specific. This has worked very well in a number of ways, most
importantly in being able to meet surging demand while keeping prices stable.
But inevitably PS Audio gave something up, and now they're getting it back:
incorporating innovations that are the result of continued research and the
experience that comes from having more than 5000 Power Plant Premiers in use
around the planet, with the Perfect Wave series of products they're happily
able to return their labor expenditure to US shores. Both the P5 and P5 are all
hand-assembled and tested in their state-of-the-art plant in Colorado. With this change comes
tighter control and a boost to their local economy over this past year, just in
The PerfectWave Power Plant; a major
Besides being domestically built by hand, what else is new in the P5?
The P5 is the second largest, and one of the most remarkable Power Plant ever
built. It will handle even wider voltage fluctuations than any Power Plant
yet, up to 280 volts for their overseas models and up to 170 volts for their
domestic pieces, enough to deal with even the most unstable supply your utility
throws at you. You can throw virtually anything at the Perfect Wave series Power
Plants and still expect your A/V system to perform its best.
Compared to our previous state-of-the-art, the Power Plant Premier, the
P5 boasts twice the magnetics, twice the energy storage and four times the
number of output devices, which provides a stunning reduction in output
impedance. In fact, the output impedance of the P5 is now 100 times lower
than any Power Plant ever built.
Quality You Didnít Know You Owned. (And Control You Didnít Know You Could Use.)
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
Plantís 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.
The P5 helps keep your system running
and everything green
PS Audio's 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 Audioís unique Globalnet servers.
Once your system is powered by a P5 Power Plant all you or 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
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 PS Audio's servers and available via the web interface for the
P5. Customers and their designated dealers 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. Our research over the years has shown that
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'e 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.
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' no problem either. The P5 can easily send IR commands on schedule as
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' easy. You can
name each zone anything you wish via the P5' easy to use graphical interface
available online or through the front panel touch screen.
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
The P5 is setup to generate email and text alerts to any
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
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.