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Rebuild Your AC Power and Hear Unprecedented Dynamics, Clarity, and Soundstaging: PS Audio DirectStream Power Plant P20 Delivers 2,000VA, Features DSD Engine and Uncompromising Purity

A power regenerator like no other, DirectStream Power Plant P20 is an uncompromising beast. Vastly improving upon the company's previous flagship, P10, it weighs nearly 100 pounds, delivers 40 percent more power (a whopping 2,000VA on a 20A circuit), accepts both 20A and 15A power cables, and touts peak power levels of 3600 watts. The reference-setting DirectStream P20 also boasts three times the energy storage, twice the outlets (16 total), lessened distortion, and three times lower output impedance than its predecessor. Able to convert your home's variable AC power into pure DC – and then back into protected, regulated, perfectionist-minded AC – DirectStream P20 gives you and your music enhanced dynamics, see-through transparency, vivid realism, and front-to-back soundstaging. No matter the size or demands of your system. No matter where you live. The American-made DirectStream P20 changes everything – 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.

Regulated to within 1/10th of a volt, DirectStream P20's analog-like DSD generator redefines sonic purity. And DirectStream P20 regenerator‘s precise output is directly connected to its internal sine-wave generator, not a coal-fired plant feeding miles of noisy power lines. Plainly speaking, DirectStream P20's FPGA-based DSD engine delivers the cleanest, lowest-noise sine waves of any regenerator on the market. System performance is further improved by lowering the AC impedance, ensuring dynamic AC regulation, and providing instant, unlimited reserves of clean power of up to 70A peaks. On the inside, aerospace-grade, pure-copper, .25-inch-thick, gold-plated buss bars handle all current paths. It's all done in the service of rebuilding your AC signal from scratch and rendering obsolete any distortion so that your high-end equipment gets the optimal power it deserves. Just like it should be.

You've never experienced a power product like DirectStream Power Plant P20. Schedule a risk-free in-home audition from Music Direct today!

“I noticed a difference most when I moved the preamp from the strip back to the P20—the soundstage expanded, especially in depth, and aural images were a little more precise.” 
—Jim Austin, Stereophile 

“The P20 lets you have your cake and eat it too. Distortion goes way down – and you can see it by the front panel meters, which give you the option to see input and output distortion readings, as well as the quality of the AC waveform entering and exiting the P20.”
—Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio

Much More Than Power Conditioner: Actively Rebuilds AC from Scratch
Power conditioners are passive collections of capacitors, resistors, transformers, and coils of wire that lack the ability to add missing energy back onto the power line. PS Audio Power Plants use active components, like those found in large and powerful audio amplifiers, to store and release energy for peak demands (up to 70 amps), rebuild the AC signal, and produce clean, clear, distortion-free, regulated AC for your equipment. In every regard, P20 brings you closer to your utility's power source than ever before, eliminating all noise and artifacts of the miles of wire and connecting transformers in the way. Think of P20 as superior to your direct connection to the power's source since it fills in what's missing.

Why DirectStream P20 Is Superior to Generators – and Why Its Design Is Better
Unlike a light bulb or electric heater, most stereo equipment gulps power in quick chunks of current. The size of the latter can be classified on a scale called power factor. A power factor of 1 means the voltage and current are being consumed at the same time – as with a light bulb. A lower power factor means the current is delivered in the aforementioned chunks. The lower the number, the shorter and more aggressive each chunk. But power generators are not designed to properly feed them, so when the chunks occur, the voltage levels drop, robbing audio equipment of much-needed power. Chunks of peak current can be as high as 50 amps in a power amplifier – a demand that far exceeds what your home's power can supply. Which is why you need a regenerator like P20 Power Plant, which stores more energy for quick release than is available through your home's wall sockets. When peak demands exceed your home's limit every 1/20th of a second, performance suffers. Add a Power Plant to the mix and the problem disappears. Add traditional conditioners or transformers to clean the AC power, and the problem gets worse. Which is why distortion is measured on P20 Power Plant's front panel. Nasty peak current demands show up as increased distortion – and are exactly what caused the distortion in the first place.

Cutting-Edge Touch Panel Control for Seemingly Limitless Options
Touch the large, full-color display on the front of P20 and a whole world of opportunities blossom. From there, you can measure distortion, both incoming and outgoing, improvement levels, and power consumption. You can also change all your settings such as the turn on/off sequence, adjust the output voltage to the perfect level, turn individual zones on or off, and measure the power quality with either the built-in oscilloscope or the THD analyzer. P20’s front-panel controls offer a wealth of options not normally associated with AC power products, such as the ability to measure the distortion of the incoming and outgoing waveforms plus the ability to actually see the waveforms with the color oscilloscope.

MultiWave and CleanWave Technologies Throw Large Soundstages
One of the major advantages of generating new power from old is the ability to also generate new waveforms that enhance the capabilities of the power feeding your equipment. MultiWave extends the peak charging time of the sine wave so connected equipment has more energy storage and less power supply ripple. Turning MultiWave on is like adding a larger capacitor bank to your connected equipment’s power supply. The audible results are dramatic and produce a bigger soundstage that sounds far more natural than with a simple sine wave. CleanWave helps connected equipment demagnetize their transformers. AC power is never quite symmetrical, and the small asymmetry that occurs can magnetize connected power transformers. Activating CleanWave from either the P20 remote control or touch screen can remove this problem from connected transformers, resulting in far cleaner audio.

Incredibly Low Output Impedance Leads to Wowing Dynamics 
Low output impedance is critical to maintaining a dynamic and robust presentation. Dynamic sags in the power line occur whenever your power-hungry equipment demands power to drive your loudspeakers or projector, causing noticeable degradation in performance. Placing anything in the path of the power, like a power conditioner, only worsens the problem. A Power Plant, on the other hand, regulates the power and provides a constant output irregardless of the dynamic demands of power-hungry equipment or your neighbors. When your power amp is asked to produce loud levels, you want to make sure it has all the power it needs. Power Plants have such low output impedance that even the hungriest of amplifiers won’t be starved for clean AC power. The results of feeding your equipment with low output impedance are dramatic: Unrestrained dynamics even under the loudest passages, an open soundstage that does not collapse with volume, and a naturalness to the music.

In a Nutshell: What Power Plant P20 Does
DirectStream P20 takes your incoming AC power and converts it to DC and then, with patented PS Audio technology, regenerates and produces new sine-wave-perfect, regulated high-current AC power. In the process of regeneration, any problems on your power line—such as low voltage, distorted waveforms, sagging power, and noise—are eliminated. It’s important to remember everything you see and hear through your system is really the power from your home’s wall socket manipulated to make music through the speakers by the electronics. The quality of the power is critical to the success of any high-end system.

The Difference Between Power Plants and Power Conditioners
Most power conditioners on the market are passive filters. This means there are only passive parts inside such as capacitors, resistors, transformers and coils of wire. Power conditioners do not have the ability to add missing energy back onto the power line to correct for the serious issues in the AC, nor can they lower output impedance—critical to high-performance audio. While some high-end power conditioners provide a significantly better sound and performance, they are unable to address the fundamental problems found on the AC line. This means they cannot ensure your listening and viewing experience will always be the same. By relying on passive means to help the AC power, you relinquish the security and reliability of a system running from a PS personal generator.Power Plants are personal AC generators that provide hard-working results from the AC power line. Power regeneration uses active components, like those found in large and powerful audio amplifiers, to rebuild the AC power and produce clean, clear, distortion-free, regulated AC to the equipment. Power Plants also provide excellent protection and cleaning of radio, cellphone, and computer interference. More importantly, regeneration provides a steady, regulated, ultra-low impedance source of pure AC unaffected by the equipment’s demands for power. 

How a Power Plant Improves Your Power—and System Performance
The key to the Power Plant’s success and what makes it unique relates to the way it makes the power better. Instead of simple filtering as a legacy power conditioner does, the Power Plant actually repairs the main power issues actually caused by the equipment itself: Dynamic fluctuations that occur with nearly every power amplifier or receiver. When a loud musical passage is reproduced, the power amplifier draws more power from the wall to feed the loudspeakers. When this occurs, the voltage at the wall decreases in direct relationship with the loudness of the musical passage. Louder is worse. Traditional power conditioners only worsen this already bad situation. If, on the other hand, the system is powered from a Power Plant AC regenerator, the problem is eliminated. Dynamic voltage fluctuations are stopped completely, the power amp receiving regulated, steady AC power regardless of the demands from the power amplifier.

  • Built in Boulder, Colorado
  • 2000VA output
  • 70-amp peak delivery
  • Passively cooled
  • 40% more power than P10
  • 3x lower impedance than P10
  • 16 outlets
  • 15-amp & 20-amp AC inputs
  • 120 volt regulated
  • 100% regenerated AC
  • MultiWave technology
  • Pure Sine Wave
  • Integrated oscilloscope
  • THD meter
  • Improvement meter
  • Power meter
  • Control over the web
  • Adjustable output voltage
  • Color touchscreen
  • Field upgradable
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