Just recently realized my older Power Plant 600 is all but DOA. Its still working but can only output 104 volts at the standard 117 output setting, and 110± a volt at 120 volt output setting. Repairs are $600 + shipping both ways and thats if its a standard repair, from tech support it could be more… I think. Problem is the unit is only worth about this much give or take a $100. I’ve seen one or two up for sale at around $600-$700 max.
So the question is, should I belly up to the bar and pay for repairs, or should I invest in a newer one, like the PP 3. I only use mine for source gear so the AC requirements are minimum. Are the newer ones really that much better in performance and features to warrant a more substantial investment?
One last thing to consider. I’m in the process of building a tube phono stage that for what ever reason was designed to be run on 120 V + AC, and if it doesn’t get that much current it doesn’t perform correctly. Had I known this before I wouldn’t have started the project. How many people in the US can actually claim a true 120 volts AC in their house? My guess is less than 10%. We do have it here, but unfortunately my old PP will not reproduce it.
Thanks for considering the question. Look forward to any sage advice on the subject.