Will PS Audio abandon traditional power supplies?

August 1, 2022
 by Paul McGowan

5 comments on “Will PS Audio abandon traditional power supplies?”

  1. Ooops, Paul. Wouldn’t the decision for audiophile SMPSs of the next generation kill your Power Plant (power regenerator) business? And now I see why you never took the path of most clean battery supplies requiring even more bulky boxes!? 🙂

  2. The analogy used reminds me of classic pipe organs before motors. A bunch of kids in the back room pumping the bellows for all they are worth so that there is enough air pressure for the pipe to sound. They cursed whenever the organist decided to hit a 32 foot pipe, or omg, a 64 footer.

  3. What about all that vintage gear out there with massive transformers that we will be hauling around? I hope this isn’t being done to save on shipping costs and they really do sound as good or better. What about the impedance of large transformers that are supposed to make them sound better? I suspect that this is really about cost savings and not better sound. Few will admit this but it will create controversy and I expect there will still be a market out there for the old school way of doing things that some will say sound superior. Just more audiophile controversy, what’s new?

  4. I recall an interview with Julian at Naim Audio where he maintained that amplifiers have more than audio inputs, and that the power supply was most important, the heart of any amplifier. Given the old adage, garbage in, garbage out, It is easy to be sympathetic to this view.
    I can testify to the difference a good linear PS made to my Origin Live modified Transcriptor Hydraulic over the DC motor’s SMPS. Not just to the sound from the deck, but to AM radio reception on my Onkyo tuner of all things.

    1. Once you’ve heard the sound of a DAC with it’s standard (factory) power supply compared with the improved sound quality of the same DAC when you replace said standard power supply
      with a power supply that has 6 times more current available, then you ‘get it’.

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