Using a PowerPlant in a nuclear power plant

How much do you think you could improve the PowerPlant’s performance if you were to plug it into the first compatible feed available from a nuclear power station’s primary feeds?

That’s easy…



Except the fact that the leads coming out of the generator are usually 360,000 volts. :exploding_head:

I meant the first 120V/230V 50/60Hz line after the minimum number of transformers from the generator.

I was just yanking your chain :grin:

Actually… Why not tap into the 360 000 V reserve and drive some Infinity Kappa 9’s with overkill custom crossovers and with the resonant tank circuit at full power?

23kv, been there done that.

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What system were you driving?

The problem with playing audio equipment in a nuclear power plant is the large amount EMF that is generated by turbines and other heavy equipment. The irony is that so many audiophiles have invested $10,000 or more in cables to cope with such an environment, money wasted in their domestic setting, but when they finally get to the nuclear power plant they can’t get a decent mains power supply.

I once had the dubious pleasure of operating an 8-track tape machine sitting next to an Avon jet engine running at full power in a sealed container, driving turbines attached to pumps that were shifting millions of gallons of Brent Crude from the North Sea to Aberdeen. The 8-track was not to listen to a selection of Neil Diamond tracks, but to measure the jet engine’s vibrations. This involved gluing on transducers and wiring them up in quite extreme heat and noise. After that, there were three more such engines to test, the pumps and other associated things.

All that said, we got very accurate data off the recordings without clean power. There wasn’t clean anything. You should try getting a clean contact to stick a metal transducer to the side of a roaring and rattling jet engine.

I would suggest that anyone worrying about the mains supply in any heavy industrial environment hasn’t got their mind on the job at hand and such distractions could with a bit of bad luck result in a nuclear winter.


Cooper-Bessemer KSV-20’s 2 pair.

Wow, that’s some interesting set and setting.

I’ve been at a NPP when a secondary side pressure relief valve lifted. You’ll never get a bass with any subwoofer!

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People worry about resonance in loudspeaker cabinets. We were looking for resonances that could blow an oil rig apart. I was only 17 at the time, I soon decided on a slightly less dangerous career.

P.s. that particular job was on Ninian Central, that amongst other things pumped oil from the Ninian, Brent and a couple of other oil fields. It was the largest rig at the time, according to wiki 600,000 tonnes and the largest moveable man-made object. The deck was about 15 stories high. The maddest thing we did was trying to right the Alexander Kielland rig which capsized in the Ekofisk field, using computer controlled hydraulics, in 1981. Very original.


Well, damn, I didn’t think of the hum issue in a nuclear plant.
My point obviously is to have the least contaminated source of power, assumably near to the site of generation since it gets worse with every mile, every transformer, no?
Since we’re at it, let’s assume we have a thick silver cable as our dedicated line and we have an earth ground led straight to the bottom of a lake, and… what’s missing?

Go live in Finland. Hydro-electric power, no EMF/RFI, lovely views. There are lots of audiophiles over there.

Ohhh, actually…
Here I am.

No joke? I have noted the number of Finnish audiophiles, especially on UK forums. I love the cold, my wife hates it, so I got to Norway, Iceland etc on my own and she goes to South-East Asia. She agreed to go to Greenland and then Covid hit. I even went to Iceland to hear a live performance of a piece by Kalevi Aho. Just got an email today from a friend to go to his concert on Thursday, he’s a fan of and performs works by Magnus Lindberg, although yet to record them. My business partner went on holiday to Finland, I will drag the wife there at some point.

I think the ideal power solution are those little personal hydro units I’ve seen Icelanders use at the foot of their local waterfall, of which there are thousands. Some also have personal thermo units.

Thermo plants are quiet. Here’s my son having a short nap on one. Can’t do that in a nuclear power plant.

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Do you have any papers or resources that show the comparative measured values for THD, spectral noise, any hum, etc, for different energy plants?

Nuclear, hydro or PS Audio power plants?