Originally Posted by Garman
j3brow1: Beautiful system and setup! I am just curious are you using AudioQuest Niagara 5000 or 7000 AC units? I understand on protecting your system, but those cost more than the Amps themselves... If your in a high metropolitan area I could see using higher end surge and noise protection but why not put it on your AC line and circuit breaker to your home? I see more and more companies charging huge prices for A/C surge protection and my Engineer friends over at ETC kind of laugh as the markup on that stuff is off the charts.. Hell I am still using a PS Audio unit I got years ago and the parts almost look identical as the ones in the Niagara units. at 4K for the 5000 and 8K for the 7000 seems way over the top for those units. The good news is you can usually find the 5000 units for under 3K or less, and you can get the Niagara 1200 units which use the same circuits for about $995, just not as nice of a box.. lol
Thanks for the compliment. It’s been a labor of love to get to this point, like it is for all of us.
Well, the Niagara’s are special. It’s so much more than surge protection. Personally, the surge protection is an afterthought, it’s nice it’s there, but it isn’t the reason I own them.
It’s all about the SQ improvement.
Im of the mindset that everything starts with the power/current delivery. Just my opinion but my systems got better and better once I paid attention to my power.
Started out 15 years ago with really bad AudioPower (IIRC) conditioner, then PS Audio Power Plant Premiers (better but nothing special), then a pair of PS Audio P10 Power plants (very good), Shunyata Denali 6000T (outstanding), and now the Niagara’s (outstanding).
In the picture, you are seeing one of each, 7000 on bottom and 5000 on top. I could not power my entire system with only one or the other .... 6 amplifiers, 2 DACs, music server, 2 channel preamp, AV processor, Cd/Sacd transport, video player etc.
All the 2 channel gear runs through the 7000 which has additional circuitry (isolation transformers) to further filter the high freq noise. The power banks are identical between the 7000 and 5000, 4 outlets on each unit. The remaining banks are isolated from one another, especially so with the 7000. The digital gear can’t pollute the analog gear etc.
Country or city, no power out the wall can beat what Garth Powell’s units can do.
Current delivery in spades, in fact instantaneous current peaks, much higher than wall output alone. No current restriction or choking dynamics when it comes to Audioquest or Shunyata. It’s really good stuff with solid science behind the products.
I have 400 amp service to my home, with short run to the utility company transformer in my backyard by chance, 125 amp sub-panel dedicated to my media room, with 8 dedicated 20 amp circuits, same phase, w/ 10 gauge wire (currently using 4 of the dedicated lines; rest are to future proof power needs), Audioquest outlets, and Audioquest Hurricane and Shunyata power cords. In other words, I’ve tried to maximize my power delivery. The Niagara’s are the final piece of the puzzle.
In my twisted mind, it all matters.
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