Is bigger better?

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It’s tough to have too much power like I discussed in my post about audio clipping.

Which begs the question of why we don’t then install the biggest, heaviest gauge, AC power wiring possible. In this country the biggest practical AC receptacle is 20-amp—the most common is 15-amp. We rarely have the 20-amp variety in our living areas.

Electronics draw what’s needed regardless the size of the attached reservoir. So it would make sense to have unlimited reserves of AC power in the same way we might opt for the biggest hard drive on our computer—just in case, but the fact is, we don’t without calling an electrician in.

Sometimes, however, the bigger power is worth the added expense of running a new circuit. Take our upcoming P20 Power Plant. This beast requires that elusive 20-amp AC receptacle to produce its full 2,000-watt capabilities, yet few will be able to take advantage of all the P-20 can deliver without installing a 20-amp plug. Which is why our engineers figured out a way to have the best of both worlds: a 15-amp and a 20-amp input on the back of the P20. With this innovation, users can immediately enjoy its benefits on their 15-amp circuits while someday opting to add a 20-amp circuit for increased performance.

The reason manufacturers don’t routinely add 20-amp inputs is the power cable connectors are different. (You can’t plug a 15-amp product into a 20-amp circuit for safety reasons).

I’ve put together a video for you on the subject of 20-amp connectors. The video, by the way, is the first with my new shortened intro. Let me know what you think when you watch it here.

And speaking of P20s, one of them just happened to escape our Boulder facility. It’s been located in Toronto at Audio Excellence and will remain there for another week or so. If you’re in the area drop by and ask Adrian to let you pet it.