I’ve owned my Power Plant Premier for over 10 years now and its been a bit of a rollercoaster, love/hate relationship. A few years into ownership, but after warranty expiration, it developed the clicking-of-death and was eventually sent back to Colorado for repair. I’ve always been a fan of the power regenerators, going back to the P600 which also succumbed to a failure, but I foolishly got rid of it in a move from MA to CA.
Four years ago, along came my first child and for numerous reasons (overly paranoid baby-proofing, dedicated media room becoming a revolving door guest bedroom, etc) I radically simplified and minimized my media room equipment setup, including the removal of the PPP from the system.
Over the intervening years, the PPP has sat, unplugged, in my media cabinet collecting dust, and I have been slowly re-adding equipment and rekindling the passion for great sounding audio (reading Paul’s Posts and these forums are primary culprits for that!), capped off by my first audio show attendance last week and hearing some really good systems at the LA Audio Show.
Fast forward to this week… I finally decided to dust off the PPP to see if it was working (my faulty memory was telling me that it had begun clicking again when I removed it from the system) and get the unit sent back to Colorado for any needed repairs.
I put the PPP back into my system on Tuesday, June 6th, D-Day, which I mark with a marathon rewatching of HBO’s Band of Brothers on Bluray. I was 6 episodes into Band of Brothers when I reinstalled the PPP. As a side note, I work from home, so I was in my media room with laptop out, working away and wasn’t really watching with any sort of focused attention.
I was happy to find that the PPP powered up and appeared stable, 3% THD / 124 volts input and 0.3% / 119 volts output. I returned to watching episode 7 of Band of Brothers, The Breaking Point, and also returned to working on my laptop.
However, I began to notice a lot of distractions while working, causing me to look up and around the room. A cough from a soldier far to the side of the image. The rustling of silverware during an outdoor dinner meal. The shuffling of papers. The crack of a tree branch being stepped upon.
Holy Cow! I was noticing and hearing all sorts of sonic detail that I hadn’t been hearing in the other episodes. I am so glad I finally decided to return the PPP to service as I’d forgotten just how good things can sound with clean power feeding things! Note that I didn’t make any other changes to my system, other then to plug a few things into the PPP, and was listening at the same volume level setting. I think my jaw is still laying on the floor in my media room.
Prior to reinserting the PPP, everything was plugged into a PSA Juice Bar with Punch power cable plugged into a Power-Port outlet. Equipment in use: Anthem MRX-300 AVR, Pioneer 60" plasma TV, Sony BDP-5100 bluray player, Logitech Squeezebox Duet receiver, Amazon FireTV, Motorola STB DVR with B&W Matrix 804/HTM/805 speakers and Meridian M2500 powered-sub.
I have the PPP plugged into a standard outlet, using another Power Punch cable, with only a few sources connected to it: the MRX-300 to Zone 5, DVR and Squeezebox to Zone 1/2, and bluray and FireTV to Zone 3/4.
I can’t believe I had so fully forgotten how good my modest system can sound and am excited to continue making it even better. Perhaps I need to dust off my old Meridian 588 amp, Meridian 596 CD/DVD or Sony S9000 SACD player and see how they’re doing… And now I’m also thinking about the new Stellar GCD to step up my two-channel game and digital music streaming.