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" The Pangea P-100 is for those who want to wrest the very best from their budget gear. "
"The Best Hundred Bucks You Could Spend"
We've sold thousands of Cambridge Audio DacMagic and Musical Fidelity V-DAC USB DACs over the years. Our customers love their outstanding performance for the money. Being audiophiles, the folks at Pangea Audio wondered how they could make these DACs sound even better. Using better cables makes a big difference, but they wanted to dig even deeper.
The answer to better performance from these components is the Pangea Audio P-100, a new highly regulated power supply created by legendary audio designer Peter Madnick exclusively for Pangea Audio."If you own one of the Cambridge Audio or Musical Fidelity models listed above, then I suggest that $99.99 for a Pangea P-100 is the best hundred bucks you could spend," says Sam Tellig in the February 2012 issue of Stereophile. "Dynamics improved. The little V-DAC MkII sounded bigger… The Pangea Audio P-100 is for those who want to wrest the very best form their budget gear."
Just Plain Better in Every Way
Compared to the power supplies that come with the DacMagic and V-DAC, the P-100 boasts better filtering, better regulation, and a much lower output impedance. You might say that the P-100 is just plain better in every way. And the circuitry is housed inside a noise- and vibration-resistant compact steel chassis. All of this dramatically cleans up the power flowing to the DAC, resulting in a noticeable upgrade in sound quality.
A No-Brainer to Use
The P-100 couldn't be easier to use. Just substitute it for the AC adapter that comes with the DacMagic or V-DAC. In fact, you can use the P-100 with any Musical Fidelity V-Series components for a nice performance enhancement, and that includes the new V-Series II products. And if this isn't enough excitement for you already, the P-100 will also upgrade the Cambridge Audio Azur 540P and 640P phono stages.
The P-100 is 220V/240V compatible and includes all the cables you need for connecting to the DacMagic (plus 540P and 640P), and V-Series/V-Series II components. Each cable is 1.0M long and clearly labeled. The P-100 also comes with both UK and Schuko IEC-style power cables. Get listening, and have a blast.
Update: January 25, 2012:Our engineers have discovered the P-100 will also power the older Musical Fidelity X-Series components with the round faceplate -- including X-10D, X-CANS, XLPS, etc. Use the cable marked for the Cambridge Audio DacMagic for these devices.
"If you own one of the Cambridge Audio or Musical Fidelity models listed about, then I suggest that $99.99 for a Pangea P-100 is the best hundred bucks you could spend."
"Compared to the wall wart supplied with the V-series gear, the Pangea kicked up the performance of the Musical Fidelity V-DAC MkII a notch. Or two. Or three. Who knows how many notches?"
"Seriously. Dynamics improved. The little V-DAC MkII sounded bigger. Da. It sounded like a DAC with a big power supply. The noise floor was lower. Low-level details became more apparent, more clearly delineated."
"The Pangea Audio P-100 is for those who want to wrest the very best form their budget gear."
- Sam Tellig, Stereophile, February 2012
The Pangea Audio P-100's designer, Peter Madnick, has designed an amazing range of audio products, from the inexpensive Audio Alchemy DACs and preamps, to the astronomically expensive Constellation Audio products. We contacted Peter about his new P-100 power supply.
"What gave you the idea for this new product?"
"I heard intriguing things about the performance of the DACMagic and that Cambridge Audio had sold more than 40,000 units. I thought there might be a market opportunity for a device to improve the sound. One look and I knew I could design a far better power supply than the one supplied by the manufacturer. After all, I've been designing audio power supplies for more than twenty-five years."
"How is the P-100 better?"
"Without giving away too many secrets, let me just say that I used better filtering, regulation and also the P-100 has much lower output impedance. All this dramatically cleans up the power flowing to the DAC. Audio circuits always sound better when they are fed ultra-clean power."
"What was the trickiest part of making the P-100?"
"Finding the right transformer was the hard part. We tested many before we found one that exceeded our specs for both electrical and mechanical noise."
"How did the P-100 evolve to also work with the Musical Fidelity V-DAC?"
"After discovering that P-100 made a substantial improvement in the sound of the DACMagic, I wondered what else we could mate it with. Musical Fidelity was selling thousands of V-DACs, so I added additional taps to the transformer and, presto, I had a marvelous V-DAC upgrade, too. We supply cables with the P-100 so the customer can use it with either DAC – or any of the Musical Fidelity V-Series components."
"What does it mean when you say that the P-100 is a 'regulated' power supply?"
"Regulated power supplies contain ICs which limit their output voltage to a precise value despite the incoming voltage, thus making them stable regardless of drifts in the incoming AC line voltage. In the case of the P-100 these regulators are linear devices instead of digital, thus reducing the amount of high frequency noise coming along with the regulated DC voltage."
"Does the transformer act as a power line filter both ways? In other words, does it filter noise from coming into the component and also from leaving the component and getting into other audio gear in close proximity?"
"The P-100 has a power transformer to reduce the incoming AC line voltage to the levels we need. More importantly, the P-100 contains a common-mode choke. This essentially consists of two identical low pass filters, one on each side of the low voltage AC line, coupled to each other in a way that attenuates high frequency noise going in both directions. Thus, we reduce any noise attempting to come in on the AC line, as well as noise coming back from the power device trying to go out to the AC line."
Audio Advisor Review - Pangea Audio P-100 Power Supply