Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.


What if you had just received your brand new PS Audio P20 Power Plant, opened its packing box with high expectations of seeing your beautiful new product, but instead found something else: A small package you are asked to open first.

Before you unseal the mysterious letter-sized envelope you notice there’s something lumpy inside and now your curiosity is piqued. You pull out what appears to be a disposable diaper. What the hell?

That’s when you notice there’s more inside the envelope. A note that reads: “Congratulations on your new P20 Power Plant. We included this diaper because we know once you hear it you’ll shit yourself.”

So, no, that’s not what you’ll find in your new P20. But it is similar to what you would have found in your New York Audio Labs Moscode power amplifier a few decades ago.

This was just one of the many wonderfully colorful antics the late Harvey “Gizmo” Rosenburg pulled off in his all too brief tenure as the star of high-end audio. Harvey even wrote the President of the United States offering to replace what had been reported to be a mediocre system with “better stuff”.

Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Focusing on one at the expense of another

AC power is a complicated subject if quality is to be considered. The number of problems needing attention includes regulation, removal of noise, guarding against surges and spikes, lowering of impedance, isolation, restoring missing energy, attaining the correct level, uncontaminated grounds, ensuring there is enough current (both dynamic and steady state) for the job.

What possible difference can perfect power make when our equipment’s dangling at the end of miles of who cares utility company wiring?

Our audio and video equipment is not at the end of a long wire between the power station and our home. Instead, it is in the middle of a circular loop—a loop shared by our neighbors and their power hungry equipment.

All power products handle some specific aspects well: isolation transformers isolate, power conditioners clean, surge protectors save equipment from damage, regenerators do most of the list but not all.

In the complex area of power delivery, it’s difficult to know which device provides the greatest degree of benefit. If your home is next door to the city power plant you don’t need anything but surge protection. But how far away are you? How many neighbors share power with you? What kind of polluting equipment do they have? Do you need the full benefits of regeneration or the partial and specific benefits of isolation, cleansing, or simple protection?

We’d no doubt like to have it all. You can get close, but there’s no such thing as perfect.

I suppose where I am going with this is a reminder of just how important power purity and plentifulness is.

If you can’t get it out of the wall in pure, unrestricted, undistorted form, uncompromised music can’t reach your speakers.

It all matters.


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