PS Audio PowerPort *finally* arrives.....too late....
I ordered the PS Audio PowerPort (see first post of this thread) on July 11, 2001, and received a confirmation e-mail stating that I'd receive another e-mail to tell me when it shipped. When I didn't receive the shipping e-mail after a week, I wrote them two
e-mails to cancel the order. I'm sure it was an honest oversight on their part, but it appears my cancellation e-mails were disregarded, and the PowerPort finally arrived today (August 2), but just a bit too late (I just bought my own hospital-grade Leviton receptacle). Anyway, I called PS Audio today, and they kindly apologized for the inconvenience, and it appears they will be taking care of the return (they were very nice, and I'd deal with them again).
Anyway, it's here now, and I had a chance to cursorily compare it to my Leviton receptacle (see pictures below to see both), and here are my opinions based on just a very brief, not-installed observation (the Leviton is
PS Audio's PowerPort is a very nice unit. Based on the packaging, I believe it is essentially a Hubbell hospital-grade receptacle customized to PS Audio's specifications, with special plating and branding (there may be other customizations not immediately visible to me). One of the things that PS Audio says it specs is a fancier, hand-polished multi-layer plating to improve contact area -- admittedly, the plating in there does look good, and shinier than in my Leviton.
I decided to try inserting my hospital-grade cord, as well as a few other power cords, in the PS Audio PowerPort to see how hard it gripped the plugs, and it doesn't feel to me as though the PowerPort grips any of the plugs any harder than the Leviton. This was one of my primary concerns, because the wall outlet I was previously using came with my house when we built it in 1996, and had such a feeble grip on my Brick Wall's
plug that I questioned the integrity of the contact.
There are actually some things about the Leviton I like better than the PowerPort. First is the face plate -- if you look at the pictures below, you'll see that the Leviton has a smooth face, designed that way so as not to collect dirt and debris. If you look at the pictures, you'll also notice the sides of the Leviton have what Leviton calls an apron barrier to prevent accidental contact between terminal screw heads and metal box -- notice that the terminal screw heads on the PS Audio PowerPort are closer to the unit's edge. I also like the Leviton's groovy orange color better (though my interior designer wife is probably glad it's under my desk and covered by the plugs). Finally, the Leviton can be bought at Home Depot stores and, at $13.61, cost me $36.64 less than the PowerPort (priced at $49.95 plus shipping).
It's very important to note that I did not have the PowerPort installed (since the Leviton was already installed), so I didn't listen to my system with it. My observations above are merely from physical inspection of the PowerPort.
Okay, like you, I can't believe I wrote quite this much about AC receptacles. But, hey, I'm a tweaker-type now. So this stuff means something to the likes of me. And, yes, I ProGolded
the Leviton before it was installed, and also the plugs that are plugged into it!
So, mbriant, I am now only as crazy as you.
And, Neruda, JMT, chych, flashbak, Tides, joelongwood, and MacDEF, stop rolling your eyes! Leviton 5362-IGS (the orange one)PS Audio PowerPort