Actively Cancel Noise Across the Entire Spectrum (Including Lows), Hear Improved Sound: Eight-Outlet iFi PowerStation Power Conditioner Also Indicates Polarity and Grounding
The first audio product to employ iFi's proprietary Active Noise Cancellation in a whole-system approach, the PowerStation power conditioner addresses the problem of poor mains quality and its subsequent negative impact on sound quality. Designed to actively cancel noise across the entire frequency range, including the lows often untouched by passive conditioners, PowerStation comes with eight outlets – each independently isolated in its own chamber to prevent differential mode cross-contamination. It also gives you instant security in that it includes diagnostics that indicate correct polarity, display whether your system is earthed via Intelligent Ground (and includes an earth socket so you can eradicate hum if it is unearthed), and protect every connected A/V component from shorts, spikes, and surges.
Distinct from passive types, PowerStation uses inverse noise current to cancel out the interference in the mains signal – akin to the technology in noise-cancelling headphones. iFi's Active Noise Cancellation II also proves more consistent than passive reduction methods in that it reduces noise across the entire spectrum by approximately 40dB, taking care of both differential mode noise (caused by switch-mode power amps, for example) and common mode noise (interference brought about by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth). For even better performance, PowerStation arrives ready to interface with iFi AC iPurifiers. Simply plug one into the middle of PowerStation, and it will act as an effective shield and section barrier between your analog and digital connections. Whether used alone or with AC iPurifiers, PowerStation leads to enhanced clarity, definition, dynamics, and spaciousness – all the while avoiding the softening of leading edges, timing, and detail that can occur with lesser devices.
Housed in an anodized aluminum case and replete with strategically placed EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) to damp vibrations, the 4.37-pound unit gets its superb conductivity from 99.9999% pure OFHC continuous-cast copper found in the heavy-gauge internal wiring with multi-layered polymer insulation, solid PurCopper bus bars, and the elements of the AC outlets. A 3x 18AWG IEC cable also comes standard.
Engineered to accommodate both analog and digital, and A/V systems complete with TVs, power amplifiers, and source components, PowerStation will improve what you hear as soon as you plug it into your outlet. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
"Really significant gains came in the form of deeper levels of textural and transient details."
– Hi-Fi+, 2019 Power Product of the Year Award
Active Noise Cancellation II Technology for Active Noise Reduction
Active Noise Cancellation II, the latest version of iFi's proprietary noise-busting tech, lies at the heart of PowerStation. Most power conditioning products engage passive noise reduction through a selection of filters and regulators. While this can be effective, it has inherent disadvantages compared to iFi's active system, which uses inverse noise current to cancel out the noise in the mains signal. The way this works is not unlike the technology in noise-cancelling headphones. Noise in the mains supply occurs at different frequencies, depending on the cause. Passive noise reduction systems are effective at the top end of the frequency spectrum but tend to be less so at lower frequencies. In addition, passive systems need large capacitors to be truly effective, which make the best such products bulky and expensive. iFi's Active Noise Cancellation II is effective in reducing noise consistently across the entire frequency spectrum by approximately 40dB. This is coupled to additional passive filtering on each outlet to eradicate noise at the very highest frequencies (typically caused by wireless transmission systems). The result is a mains bar that delivers highly effective reduction of both differential mode noise (caused by conventional switch-mode power supplies, for example) and common mode noise (including interference caused by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth).
Smart Diagnostics System for Polarity, Ground, and Surges/Spikes
PowerStation's smart diagnostics system helps to avoid potential issues by indicating both correct polarity and whether the system has a ground/earth in place. The lack of an effective earth can cause an audible buzz or hum through the speakers, resulting from amplified low-level mains noise. This can be rectified by attaching an optional ground cable into Power Station's earth socket. iFi calls this circuit Intelligent Ground because it will not create a ground loop (a common cause of buzz or hum) even if the system is already earthed. PowerStation not only enhances the performance of every connected audio/AV component, it also guards the connected equipment from spikes and surges in the mains supply. Instantaneous and repeatable protection ensures that damage will not occur as a result of power fluctuations, providing valuable peace of mind. If the protection circuit is triggered, the PowerStation will only reboot once it is absolutely safe to do so.
- Active Noise Cancellation II technology
- Solid PurCopper bus bars for power transfer
- Individual noise isolation chambers for each outlet
- High-performance PurCopper outlets
- Heavy OFHC Continuous Cast Copper internal wiring
- Polarity and earth diagnostic system
- Advanced surge and transient protection system
- Dedicated chassis grounding system
- 2500W-10A Max 230V~
Surge Protection: max. 30,000A @ 1,000V/10uS
Operating Voltage: 90V - 265V
Dimensions (LWH): 18.8" x 3.8" x 3.0"
Weight: 4.37 lbs.
User Manual (PDF, 448 KB)