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Stereophile "Recommended Component" 2006
Get "Stronger Music and Blacker Silence"
Don't plug your sophisticated hi-fi or home theater component into a $1.89 mass-produced wall receptacle. Replace that dubious duplex with the PS Audio Power Port. The Power Port is a custom-built, hospital-grade, isolated-ground, 15-to-20 amp receptacle that can make an improvement in your audio/video system's performance and ensure a life-long level of performance.
The Power Port earned inclusion in the coveted Stereophile "Recommended Component" listing for April 2006. Stereophile's Art Dudley tried the Power Port with his amp and CD player and marveled at the resulting "stronger music and blacker silence, with a slight overall improvement in listening ease." Art notes in his November 2003 "Listening" column that he was so impressed with the performance that "all the AC receptacles in my home that feed hi-fi components have now been changed over to PS Audio Power Ports."
One Serious Duplex Receptacle
From materials to engineering, the Power Port is one serious duplex receptacle. The perfectionists at PS Audio give each of the contacts 15 separate coats of nickel and 15 separate hand polishing operations to eliminate oxidation and tarnishing problems for an incredibly reliable connection. The Power Port is a certifiable Hospital Grade outlet. Its contacts have the "grip of Mickey Mantle" to make sure sufficient tension is maintained on any male plug inserted into the Power Port.
The Power Port also has an isolated ground. That means the ground connections of your AC plugs are not common to the strap that affixes the outlet to the wall housing. In many homes, the boxes that contain the receptacles are grounded through the house wiring or the metal pipes that contain the wiring, leaving you little or no control over grounding. The Power Port is fully isolated. You can even get fanatical if you want to and separate the top and bottom receptacle of each duplex Power Port. This allows you to run a separate dedicated circuit to the top plug as isolated from the bottom plug. Use the top plug for digital, the bottom for analog, for example.
Power Ports are easy to install and will prove to be one of the best improvements you can make for such a small investment of both time and money. Full installation instructions are included, but here's the gist of it. Turn off the power to the outlet. Remove the cover plate and pull the existing receptacle out from the box. Disconnect the wires, then connect them to the Power Port. Reverse the removal procedure and you're done.
The Power Port is completely UL listed and safe to place in any home. Power Port is 20 amp ready, but can be used in any 15-amp circuit, too. You can run anything from a 10-amp to a 20-amp circuit and still be perfectly legal and approved. In fact, you can even run a 15-amp circuit on the bottom plug and a 20-amp on the top plug, or vice versa.
"Switching my amp and CD player back and forth between the upgraded [Power Port] receptacle and a nearby one in original condition yielded the same differences consistently with all kinds of music: stronger music and blacker silence, with a slight overall improvement in listening ease. Not a big difference, but a consistent difference, and always a step in the right direction."
"Replacing the outlets that feed my Quads had an even bigger effect, which surprised me. Whether those original outlets happened to be in worse shape science be damned, but I'm not about to switch receptacles back and forth on the same wires and outlet box is nearly impossible to tell. Yet I was sufficiently convinced that I asked PS Audio if I could buy some more Power Ports for my other system."
"All the AC receptacles in my home that feed hi-fi components have now been changed over to PS Audio Power Ports."
- Art Dudley, Stereophile, November 2003