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Virtual updates

In the late 1990s, at the beginning of our work on AC regeneration that became the Power Plant, one of our reasons for getting involved in the first place was a desire to replace the power supplies in high-end audio equipment.

It had been clear to me for years that internal power supplies in audio equipment were woefully inadequate—not because they didn't deliver sufficient power (they did), but because they weren't well designed. At a minimum, they required bigger power transformers and far more power supply capacitors.

The problem I faced was simple. The notion of fixing/improving existing power supply deficiencies couldn't possibly manifest itself in a reasonable business model unless I wanted to open up an aftermarket modification service.

I did not wish to do that.

No, what I wanted to do was build a device that could instead offer a virtual update to an existing product. Kind of like Stan and I did when we first began PS Audio back in 1974—selling an add-on phono stage that replaced the unit's internal one.

Tomorrow I'll walk us through some of the thinking processes that went into this 24 year-long adventure.

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