Best way to distribute power from my regenerator?


#1

Just found this forum, and figured I better ask this question here, because PSA experts have the best chance to know the answer.

I have a regenerator, PS Audio Power Plant P3, powering my hi-fi system. It works great and improves the sound of my system a lot. But I also have a headphone system in a different part of the room, and it would also benefit from a regenerator (my tests prove this). But I don’t have a second regenerator, and there is even no space to place it near the headphone system. So, I want to run a single long power cord from the regenerator to the headphone system, and then distribute the power between several components there (USB-SPDIF convertor, DAC and headphone amp).

I looked at Dectet Power Center, and it seemed to be ideal for the task, because it could provide some degree of isolation between the different devices I have. But, the manual of Dectet says:

We do not recommend connecting any other power conditioning product before the Dectet Power Center

And the manual of my Powerplant P3 says:

We discourage the use of any other power conditioning equipment before or after the P3 without considerable evaluation.

This makes me wonder weather combining P3 and Dectet in one system is a good idea, or I should better look for a simple power distributor which does not do any kind of filtering. What would you advice? Thanks in advance!


#2

An excellent question.

My first thought was to simply use a decent quality power cord, recognizing it may pick up a bit of noise on the way and then a good quality passive outlet strip. But a Dectet may be perfect for filtering out any baddies which entered the cord during the trip, as well as providing a way to distribute power. The Dectet appears well suited as it only filters (removing common mode and differential mode noise) and does not restrict power in any way.

I would do it but defer to PS Audio if Paul or someone else there disagrees. I am curious to learn what they suggest.


#3

Equipment isolation is important for me, when I had a Dectect it did an excellent job, but I did not have it on the load side of a conditioner.

I do however use a UPC-200 on the output of my P300 in dual zone mode to provide isolation of my source components that are connected to it.


#4

I think it would be fine to do it with the Dectet. We argue against it for the sake of purity, meaning a second Power Plant is better than an extension cable and plug extender. That said, if the second regenerator isn’t in the cars, this is the next best alternative by a long mile compared to just plugging into the wall.


#5

Many thanks for all replies.

Paul McGowan said

I think it would be fine to do it with the Dectet. We argue against it for the sake of purity, meaning a second Power Plant is better than an extension cable and plug extender. That said, if the second regenerator isn’t in the cars, this is the next best alternative by a long mile compared to just plugging into the wall.


Yes, I definitely considered getting the second regenerator. But, apart from space concerns, there are 2 additional considerations:
  • The length of the cable required is about 3 meters, so does not look out of the ordinary.
  • In the future I'm planning to run a dedicated power line (with a high quality cable) from the switch box at the entrance of my apartment to my hi-fi system. But running a second dedicated line to headphone system is not feasible.
With this configuration in mind, using just one regenerator seems to make sense. I assume that even a regenerator cannot fully eliminate the problems caused by a poor wire in the wall (e. g. insufficient gauge limiting the power). Please correct me if I'm wrong.

#6

Power Plants have substantial storage capacity that lowers impedance so they can handle peak current demands that your house wiring could not, regardless of its gauge.