PS AUDIO - PERFECTWAVE AC-3
Brand: PS AUDIO
Category: Cables, Power Cables, 15Amp IEC, Best-Selling Power Cables & Conditioners.
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PS Audio PerfectWave AC-3 Power Cable
The PS Audio PerfectWave AC-3 is the most affordable power cable in PS Audio's PerfectWave series. The AC-3 is a 12 gauge cable, with OFC pure copper, multiple shields, multiple gauge geometry, and custom machined connectors. Its absolutely the best value in a high-end power cable PS Audio has ever designed. The AC-3 sets a new standard.
Perfect AC power is a critical requirement for high-performance audio/video systems. Delivering that power to your equipment, without any loss, is the job of the AC power cable. The low noise, high-speed design of the AC-3 is based on 5 patents and years of listening and engineering. The PerfectWave series brings a new level of refined beauty, power and spacious performance to high-end, high-performance systems. It helps connected equipment enjoy a breathtaking openness, with quick transients combined with a warmth and richness that you have never before experienced. All PS Audio power cables are covered by Music Direct's famous 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!
The PerfectWave AC Series consists of 4 models of AC power cables: AC-3, AC-5, AC-10 and AC-12. The series is based on the work of PS Engineering alongside cable design guru Jay Victor, who has been instrumental in developing audio and power cable breakthroughs for the AV industry.
The Design Philosophy of the AC Series:
Noise Reduction without Magnetic Restriction
In the PerfectWave AC Series gives a remarkably wide open spacious presentation with an equally low noise floor. To lower the noise without using magnetics, we turned to Jay's US patent 7,476,808. This patent is rather technical but involves using increased surface area of the conductor, in close proximity to a specific dielectric, to maximize capacitance and lower noise. A capacitor restricts the flow of higher frequency energy without a magnetic field and so it is ideal for lowering high frequency noise. Once you hear what a PerfectWave AC power cable does for you in the system you'll understand the benefits of lower noise without magnetic restriction.
PS Audio's goal has always been to produce rich and robust performance from our power cables. Years of listening and experimenting with different cable geometries have taught them that building a great sounding power cable involves a lot of blending and tuning to minimize weak performance and maximize all the rich harmonic content your system is capable of delivering.
The proprietary technology used is the use of both flat as well as circular conductors placed together in close proximity to the dielectric. As simple as it may sound, combining the benefits of a flat conductor with multiple gauges of circular conductors woven together with a PE insulator worked out to be the perfect blend of both surface area and core material. This combination provides the PerfectWave AC Series with both low noise and rich, full and robust performance for any connected equipment.
The AC-3 and AC-5 Series of PerfectWave cables are built with extremely Pure Oxygen Free Copper.
The PerfectWave AC Series connectors are built out of a solid block of high copper content brass, and then polished to remove any surface irregularities. The AC-10 and AC-12 are gold plated, the AC-3 and AC-5 are nickel plated and polished.
Hot and Cold
The PerfectWave AC Series employs two forms of welding to fuse the conductor to the machined prong: cold and hot. Cold welding exerts thousands of pounds of pressure to squeeze the two metals together such that the metal structure of the two pieces actually fuse together. To further insure a perfect connection, we then solder each of the machined prongs with high silver content solder in a hot welding technique that creates the perfect bond.
The PerfectWave AC Series
White Paper (PDF, 385 KB)
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