AC-3 review


#1

i received my first PSA product today, the AC3 power cable. I have a modest starter system with Denon X2000 receiver, Polk Monitor 60’s, and a MacBook Jitterbug-Dragonfly Red driving Tidal. Speaker cables are Emotiva XSS. Lastly I am using an Emotiva CMX-6 Strip/Line filter.

Traditionally more effort has gone into my car…don’t laugh. My car has an Audison 5 channel processor with independent 31 band EQ, time alignment and active crossover. Front stage is 6.5 component woofers and teeters that are driven each with the active crossover and then the sub. Why did I just share that… you have no idea how long I’ve spent tuning my car for SQ. Audison has an auto EQ… it is ok… but like Audyssey in general sucks because it makes everything too bright and lifeless. But it gets you really close on the L/R EQ part… you just have to go in and finish it up. I am used to playing with phase of multiple drivers and I can hear differences of 1 db on a 1/3 octave band; I’ve practiced that over and over. I also am used to tuning the image and soundstage.

Basically i’m a good judge at hearing small changes in music… well the AC-3 was not what I would call a small improvement. It’s rather significant… the sound is fuller with much more weight , everything seems to be in better balance, and there is much better coherence. The bass sounds quite different… the stock cableat first sounds like there is more bass… but after repeated comparison, it sounds like the midbass and bass sections are better connected in the AC-3 resulting in more impact. The stock cable almost sounds like things are out of phase with each other. Especially electric guitar has a mid scoop sound lacking detail while the AC-3 has more body.

Overall great job PS audio! Very happy! I have found over and over again each component matters in audio, you don’t hit a wall that restricts progress from being made in another component; this is just a rampant fallacy just like cables don’t matter;)


#2

Thanks for sharing. Nothing wrong with focusing on a car system if that is where you do most (or just a lot) of your listening.


#3
cxp said i received my first PSA product today, the AC3 power cable. I have a modest starter system with Denon X2000 receiver, Polk Monitor 60's, and a MacBook Jitterbug-Dragonfly Red driving Tidal. Speaker cables are Emotiva XSS. Lastly I am using an Emotiva CMX-6 Strip/Line filter.

Traditionally more effort has gone into my car…don’t laugh. My car has an Audison 5 channel processor with independent 31 band EQ, time alignment and active crossover. Front stage is 6.5 component woofers and teeters that are driven each with the active crossover and then the sub. Why did I just share that… you have no idea how long I’ve spent tuning my car for SQ. Audison has an auto EQ… it is ok… but like Audyssey in general sucks because it makes everything too bright and lifeless. But it gets you really close on the L/R EQ part… you just have to go in and finish it up. I am used to playing with phase of multiple drivers and I can hear differences of 1 db on a 1/3 octave band; I’ve practiced that over and over. I also am used to tuning the image and soundstage.

Basically i’m a good judge at hearing small changes in music… well the AC-3 was not what I would call a small improvement. It’s rather significant… the sound is fuller with much more weight , everything seems to be in better balance, and there is much better coherence. The bass sounds quite different… the stock cableat first sounds like there is more bass… but after repeated comparison, it sounds like the midbass and bass sections are better connected in the AC-3 resulting in more impact. The stock cable almost sounds like things are out of phase with each other. Especially electric guitar has a mid scoop sound lacking detail while the AC-3 has more body.

Overall great job PS audio! Very happy! I have found over and over again each component matters in audio, you don’t hit a wall that restricts progress from being made in another component; this is just a rampant fallacy just like cables don’t matter;)


Thanks for posting this fine review!

#4
stevem2 said Thanks for sharing. Nothing wrong with focusing on a car system if that is where you do most (or just a lot) of your listening.
I used to listen more in the car, but i'm finding myself listening more at home. laugh

#5
Paul McGowan said
Thanks for posting this fine review!
Thank you for making an awesome product.

Short version of review…the music is moving closer to being felt rather than heard.