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    PS Audio Stellar Power Plant 3

    I'm considering replacing my Monster HTPC 7000 with one of these. I'm currently connecting my streamer, dac and preamp to the HTPC 7000, which is what I would do with the regenerator. My power amps and speakers are plugged into dedicated 20A circuits (one for each channel).

    Anyone have experience with this PS Audio device? Do you think I'd see any improvement with the PS Audio vs my current conditioner? The HTPC has a non-detachable power cord. I've been contemplating replacing it with a DIY cord, but don't want to do this if I'm going to trade it in.

    I think my power is fairly clean. The pole transformer is right outside my house and looks like it feeds three houses, one of which has been unoccupied for a couple years. But we do have occasional lightning. Voltage varies between 122 and 124 (according to the display on my HTPC 7000).
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    Re: PS Audio Stellar Power Plant 3

    No one switch from a conditioner to a PS Audio Power Plant for source components?
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    Re: PS Audio Stellar Power Plant 3

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    Several years ago I switched from a Shunyata Hydra conditioner to a PS Audio power plant. I found that the backgrounds got blacker and images were better defined. I've since upgraded two different times to get to the P20 Power plant I currently employ. These are well designed, effective enhancements. How they would compare to the latest conditioner technology I do not know. That said, I don't ever see me going back to a passive conditioner from the Power Plant.

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    Re: PS Audio Stellar Power Plant 3

    When I had the P10, things also got quieter in addition to what Cincy mentions above.

    I also had my amps plugged in and one day tripped/reset the P10 do to power demand so ended up back at distribution.

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    Re: PS Audio Stellar Power Plant 3

    Thanks for the feedback. Have either of you (or anyone else) used the Power Plant just for front-end components (up through pre-amp) only, with power amps directly to the wall? It looks like you both have very revealing systems - do you think the improvements you've described would be noticeable on a lower-priced system.

    My power conditioner may have been ok in its day, but it's now 20 years old (although it's been in storage for much of this time), so I would think a newer device should be noticeably better.
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    Re: PS Audio Stellar Power Plant 3

    Quote Originally Posted by JayT View Post
    Have either of you (or anyone else) used the Power Plant just for front-end components (up through pre-amp) only, with power amps directly to the wall?
    Not exactly. At one time I used two separate smaller P5's - one for my amps and one for the front end. Each was plugged into a separate dedicated 20A circuit. I believe you would hear audible improvements in any system by cleaning up the input power.

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    Re: PS Audio Stellar Power Plant 3

    Hi JayT,
    I notice that you now have a power plant 3. Recently I experienced a PS-audio premier generator in my system and I expect a PS-Audio Stellar P3 and P15 for further evaluation. How did you experience the step between the older and newer series? I intend to use the P3 for my front gear (Trinnov, NAS, network components) and the P15 for the VACs. I am very curious to the improvements. Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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    Re: PS Audio Stellar Power Plant 3

    Next week I will get both a P3 and P15 for a while to experience if there is an improvement in the performance of my system and if so what and how much. I will test the P3 on my front-end (Trinnov, Synology NAS, switch and router) and the P15 on my VACS. If the latter results in an significant improvement I will also try what happens when adding the front-end also to the P15. My Christmas holiday will be well spend. Hopefully I do not need to spend too much after the holiday. Will keep you informed about my experience(s)

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    Projection: JVC DLA-RS55 | Stewart LX123HST13
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    Re: PS Audio Stellar Power Plant 3

    The P3 stayed, the P15 returned to the distributor. A friend of my tried the same P15 in his situation and ordered a P20. So, it really depends on your own situation if regeneration works for your front-end and/or amplifiers.
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    Dedicated room: Confidence Mansion
    Electronics: Trinnov Altitude32 | VAC Signature 200 IQ mono’s | Parasound Halo JC-1’s + A51 | Synology DS918+/DX517 (48TB) | Oppo BDP-105D
    Speakers: Von Schweikert VR10-MKII system | Dynaudio Confidence C4 | Velodyne DD-18
    Projection: JVC DLA-RS55 | Stewart LX123HST13
    Various: Artesania Exoteryc 3L + Aire racks | Schnerzinger Emi + Giga Piccolo A3 | PS Audio Stellar Power Plant 3 | iPad Pro 12.9” (2018) | Roon
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    Re: PS Audio Stellar Power Plant 3

    A ps audio regen conditioner makes a positive change. Most other conditioners may help but not to the level of there’s. How ever a digital audio dac s being the operative part one must listen and observe. I use mine for all except amps and TT s. Even my headphone amps yield better noise levels. The only draw back of them Asside of some dacs is grounding isolation. As they produce there own new power one must modify there internal grounding to achieve true ground isolation.
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