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post #1 of 60
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PS Audio Power Port



Yeah, that's right, one of those audiophile-grade AC receptacles.

And now I'm thinking of picking up one of those PS Audio Lab Cables (probably the Mini Lab if I do).

Sigh...
post #2 of 60
Jude,
Your walking the fine line! I'm afraid your gone!
post #3 of 60
Yes, he's officially gone off the deep end.

"When we were designing the Power Plants in the very beginning, we researched and auditioned every AC receptacle we could get our hands on. The most popular amongst the audio and video crowd at the time was the Hubbel Hospital Grade, followed closely by either the Marinco or Leviton brands. We discovered a better sounding receptacle, the Arrow Hart hospital grade and have used these in the Power Plants since day one. They are a very good sounding receptacle.

Plugs do sound different; a fact we discovered during our research of which receptacle to use on the (then) new Power Plants."

"Only $49.95" Oh man.

I think I know what sort of "Hospital" it was where the A/V crowd auditioned these plugs.
post #4 of 60
When I went to that site and read the item description, a deep thought came to me
" different baits for different fishes "

and they sure hooked one up ! lol~

I say Jude will be well protected from a direct lighting strike upon his house with this audiophile-grade AC receptacles and that Power supply unit thing he bought like a week ago..

Is there an end to this ? I am sure in time Jude will answer that for us

Tides

PS. wuz up with my new title ? I must have missed something since I been a little busy for past 2 days. Whoever named me Private msg me and clue me in lol~!
post #5 of 60
jude, I sincerely hope you're not speaking to anyone else outside of this site about your purchases, because if you are, I'm afraid we will not be able to help you. And I thought I had it bad with headphones..............but AC receptacles? Whoa!
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Someone was selling one of PS Audio's "Ultimate Outlets" on the NZ auction site www.trademe.co.nz - it was an "unwanted prize, but unfortunately was a 110V/60Hz version (NZ is 240V/50Hz) 'cos it was a nice price as I remember (less than half retail). It didn't sell, but I haven't seen it again - sorry everyone.
post #7 of 60
Ummmm, Jude?

Ok, let's see. RCA caps, a $50.00 electrical outlet, I can't wait to see what's next.

Get some sleep bro! Oh, and step away from the credit card!

Are you and joelongwood having some kind of contest?
post #8 of 60
I bet Jude will get those vibration absorbers and some headphone laquer next...
post #9 of 60
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Originally posted by JMT
Ummmm, Jude?

Ok, let's see. RCA caps, a $50.00 electrical outlet, I can't wait to see what's next.
Oh, guys, don't even get me started -- if you only knew! I came this close to ordering a WATTGATE 381 wall receptacle, and you don't even want to know what that thing retails for.

Okay, outside of the fact that (a) I'm going a bit nuts (just a bit?), and (b) I'm trying to leave little to question in the variables before my audio equipment in the chain, there was some (at least a wee bit of) rational thought attempted as I made this purchase. Let me 'splain (save the rolling of eyes for at least another 30 seconds)....

I have a little Pelican flashlight that I carry with me pretty much everywhere. To turn it on, you twist the headcap to tighten it down -- the headcap screws down making the bulb's metal contact close the circuit. Okay....you still with me? Don't write me off yet... Anyway, I noticed a long time ago (long before I had the idea to buy an expensive outlet) that if I turn the flashlight's head very slowly, there is a point where the contacts are just barely making contact, the bulb turns on, but it's actually very dim. A slight turn of the head to tighten it down fixes it right up, making the flashlight as bright as it's supposed to be. Okay....stay with me one for a few more moments....

Well, the receptacle that my Brick Wall plugs into seems to have a very loose connection. That is, the receptacles don't grip anything I plug into them tightly -- wallwarts I used to plug into its receptacles would always sag. A quick thought back to my twist-head flashlight, and, voila, the monster-gripping $50 receptacle!

Okay, let the eye rollings, confused looks and teasing commence!

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Nah, you are getting into the tweaking stage. Most of this stuff doesn't cost that much, so it's ok. If it works that's even better. But, most people who are not audiophiles are going to think that you are some kind of freak. But, who cares what they think w/ their Coby headphones! As long as you are happy with the results. Please let us know if you hear a difference with these tweaks you are making.

That said, I think it's safe to say that the only reason you haven't gone and become a true Insane Audiophile, is because of lack of money. If you were rich, then we can only gasp to think of what types of RCA caps and plugs you would be buying then.

But, this kind of stuff is part of the fun right?
post #11 of 60
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Originally posted by KR...
If you were rich, then we can only gasp to think of what types of RCA caps and plugs you would be buying then.
You mean there are caps that are even more expensive than my Cardas ones? Where? Don't give me any ideas.

Actually, that's a funny thing about audiophiles... When I worked at the hi-fi store many years ago, one of the first things that surprised me was the profile of our typical customer. I expected that the clientele would be mostly the rich and famous. Yes, we did have some rich folks and we did have some famous folks, but, for the most part, our diehard customers were just average cats who spent a disproportionately large amount of their income on audio stuff.

One of our customers was a famous athlete, and he didn't buy our best stuff. He bought a Rega turntable, a bunch of NAD stuff, and some Linn speakers if I remember correctly. He probably made 30 times what our average customer made in terms of income (probably even more now, as his career has blossomed since then) . Yet our average customer was far more likely to come in and buy a $1600 Linn Troika cartridge than the athlete guy. Of course, some of our wealthiest customers also bought some of the best stuff too. The hi-fi store I worked at was a wonderful place... you could come in there in torn and tattered clothes, beat-up sneakers, and a Timex watch -- or a Brioni suit, A. Testoni shoes, and an Audemars Piguet watch -- and you'd be treated just the same. It was a great place! Ahhh, memories......
post #12 of 60
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Well, the outlet where my Brickwall plugs into seems to have a very loose connection. That is, the receptacles don't grip anything I plug into them tightly -- wallwarts I used to plug into its receptacles would always sag. A quick thought back to my twist-head flashlight, and, voila, the monster-gripping $50 receptacle!
You know, Jude... when that happens to me, I just bend the prongs on the wall wart out a little bit so that they fit more tightly in the outlet

PUT DOWN THE CREDIT CARD, AND SLOWLY STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER.

LOL, j/k
post #13 of 60
quote:

"The end result
The Power Port is a certifiable Hospital Grade outlet. This means that the contacts have the "grip of Mickey Mantle" and there's a reduced risk of spark from heavy breathing due to the excitement you'll experience when you audition these outlets -. "

How can you argue with that?
post #14 of 60
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Originally posted by MacDEF
You know, Jude... when that happens to me, I just bend the prongs on the wall wart out a little bit so that they fit more tightly in the outlet
Actually, I had considered doing that, but I figured that that wouldn't necessarily maximize the contact surface area, but would simply increase tension on one side of each of the prongs. I know I'm not going to get many people going "Yeah, that makes perfect sense!" but I'll continue anyway....

The outlets I was looking at ranged in price from $50 to $160 (collective gasp!). Among the features I wanted in the receptacle I chose was "triple wipe" contacts that place pressure from three different directions on each prong for a firm grip and more contact area. Again, I don't expect any of you to buy into my madness...

Did someone say something about vibration absorbers? Don't be surprised if, in my next gear pics, you see something(s) underneath my SACD player. Yes, I kid you not, I have been looking for something to better mechanically "isolate" my player from vibrations... And I'm sure I'll have to explain my thought process on this one when I make a decision on what to go with!

post #15 of 60
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And I'm sure I'll have to explain my thought process on this one when I make a decision on what to go with!
Jude, buddy.....you don't have to explain yourself to us. We understand

I would like to be a fly on the wall when you tell your wife about the $50.00 wall outlet that you bought. "But dear, I save $100.00 by not buying the wall outlet that costs $150.00. I did good, right? Oh, and the wood blocks underneath the CDP? Did I tell you that they are made from the rarest of woods known to man?"
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