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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.

Strangling meaning

One of my readers emailed me worried about Power Plant regenerators. I thought his concern, along with my answer, might be interesting.

The concern is one we get a lot. “All power regenerators limit current. They can only provide a percentage of the total available current in the wall. I am worried about restricting current to my equipment.”

It is true that any piece of electronics connected to the wall has a limit, including power regenerators. And it would seem that at some point the power fed our equipment will get strangled, compressed, run out of gas. I mean, the words we use suggest that, right?

Words can mislead.

When a Power Plant exceeds its limits it shuts down (something they almost never do in real life). There’s no restriction so obvious as the unit turning off.

But, up until that rare occurrence, a proper regenerator does not restrict or limit power. In fact, the opposite is true.

Our wall AC sockets are limited to their rated power before they shut down. Let’s use 15 amps as an example. If we exceed the wall’s rated power, we trip the breaker.

Now let’s add a regenerator between the wall and our stereo system. Suddenly, we’re able to exceed the wall’s 15 amp rating and not by a little.  A regenerator like the Power Plant can deliver as much as 70 amps at peak—more than 4 times the current available from the wall at the top of each cycle.

This is possible because of its onboard storage reserves which the AC system in your home does not have.

So, while the word “limiting” has a frightening connotation to us audiophiles who want nothing to do with terms like limiting, compression, restriction, choke points, etc, its actual meaning is far more benign and the truth is very different.

Once we understand, the simple words we use will no longer strangle meaning.


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.

A diet plan? I’m interested..

Healthy engineering

I am wired to be an audio engineer. From my earliest days, I was devising plans and schemes to work through problems in systematic ways. I built fantastic machines in my imagination. I couldn’t wait to get old enough to build real ones.

My engineering mindset works not just for audio electronics but any type of problem, like the one I was faced with recently.

My doctor is a straightforward lady. She knows I detest coddling. Just spit it out and let me deal with it.

“You’re on the verge of Type II diabetes,” she said. “You can take a simple pill for the rest of your life and be just fine.”

“I don’t want to take a pill,” I whined. “What’s the alternative?”

“Lose the gut,” she replied.

Sigh. I had been working on just such a thing for two decades without success.

Time to kick in the engineering brain. If all the diet plans I tried weren’t working—and they weren’t because they demanded a lifestyle change—there has to be a way to engineer something that would work without upending my lifestyle.

There was nothing off the shelf so, just like in designing audio equipment, I had to engineer it myself. And it worked. I carved off 22 pounds in 90 days without giving up the foods I like and still drinking a glass or two of vino a night.

My doc signed off on the plan and congratulated me on the results. No pills and lots of health and renewed energy.

I was excited enough with this plan that I wanted to share what I discovered and so I wrote a book on the subject. (Hey, it’s still me after all). It’s short, to the point, and offers a step-by-step schematic of how to do the same.

If you want to find out more you can go to my website. Or just pick up a copy. (If you are outside the US this link won’t work. In that case, go to your country’s Amazon like you normally would and just type in The EAT Diet in the search box to find it).

Or, I’ll send you a PDF for free. Just email me if you’d prefer to do that.

Losing that weight was the healthiest thing I have ever done for myself. I encourage you to do the same if you’re not at your best fighting weight.

What’s important is that you stay healthy.