The P3 unlocks the magic at a price you can afford
The P3 is the smallest of our personal power generating stations, but
don’t let that distinction fool you. The P3 produces pure and perfect
AC and is the power source of choice for almost any size system.
Smaller than the P5, this workhorse can be the foundation on which you
build your system when a P5 isn’t in the cards.
The P3 Power Plant is our most affordable full function Power Plant
with 3 separate regenerated zones and a 4th, high current filtered zone,
the P3 can handle any size system you want to power. From the biggest
power amplifiers to the smallest pieces of source equipment, this
combination of regenerated AC coupled with a high current unrestricted
filtered zone will work magic on your system’s performance.
With your system powered directly from the output of the P3, dynamics
and openness are unquestioned. A Power Plant is clearly one of the
most important pieces of audio equipment you can own – building a firm
and reliable foundation for your system that will serve you for years to
How it works
The PerfectWave P3 Power Plant takes your incoming AC power and
converts it to DC, similar to what comes out of a battery, 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.
Since the introduction of Power Plant regenerator technology in 1997,
many reviewers as well as many thousands of customers around the world
have experienced for themselves just how critical and unique a Power
Plant is; the term accessory doesn’t begin to describe its value. One of
our customers, a long-time reviewer for one of the established audio
journals, remarked that “Its the first component anyone serious about
high-quality audio should get.”
It’s good to understand the importance of power in a high-end audio
system. Everything we see and hear through our system is really the
power from our home’s wall socket manipulated to make music through our
speakers by our electronics. The quality of that power is critical to
the success of any high-end system.
Regenerated power is what separates the Power Plants from power conditioners
The power that comes out of your home’s wall socket is unregulated,
variable and prone to distortion. Inserting a standard power
conditioner only makes that situation worse or has little remedy for the
Only a regenerator, like that found in the Power Plant, can address the major issues of our home’s power.
To handle the challenge, inside each Power Plant is a massive power
amplifier that delivers the new and distortion free AC to your
equipment. The power amplifier is fed from a low distortion sine wave
generator and controlled from the front panel touch screen of the Power
The internal power supply stores enough energy to allow the power
amplifier inside the Power Plant to deliver massive amounts of energy to
your equipment. Peaks of more than 70 amps can be delivered when a
typical home wall receptacle can only provide 15 amps.
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 is another unique feature to the Power Plants and 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 Power Plant remote control or
front panel can remove this problem from connected transformers
resulting in far cleaner audio.
100 times lower output impedance
Low output impedance is critical to maintaining a dynamic and robust
presentation. Dynamic sags in the power line occur whenever your power
hungry equipment demand power to drive your loudspeakers or projector
causing noticeable degradation in the performance. Placing anything in
the path of the power, like a power conditioner, only worsens the
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 orchestral 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
wide soundstage that does not collapse with volume and a naturalness to
the music that is remarkable.
Complete protection from any power line event
Owners who have invested in a Power Plant can rest assured their
connected equipment will be safe from any power line event such as over
voltage, under voltage, surges, spikes and potentially threatening
The input voltage to the Power Plant is fully protected by
state-of-the-art clamping devices and the output of the Power Plant is
fully regulated so even large voltage swings that would normally damage
connected equipment are made safe by either clamping or regulating. In
most cases, connected equipment enjoys the protection and performance
benefits of fully regulated power, even under extreme circumstances.
In the event of a major surge or spike, the Power Plant will
automatically remove power from all connected equipment and shut itself
down. When power is restored to normal, the Power Plant will safely
turn all connected equipment back on in the sequence owners have set up
Control from anywhere in the world
Using any web browser or mobile device from anywhere in the world,
Power Plant owners can monitor their power, schedule equipment to turn
on and off days, weeks or even months in advance. Once connected to the
internet the Power Plant communicates and reports its status to our
Owners can then go online and schedule events, check the status of
the power line, the voltages and even receive email notifications if so
desired. Owners can also manage all the parameters available through
the web interface, including switching zones on and off, setting up auto
reboot area that will ping our servers to make sure internet
connectivity is maintained and rebooting the device if not, plus a host
of other interactive features and events.
Input naming and customization
With 4 zones available on the P3 it is important to know which piece
of equipment is being powered by which zone so you can access from the
web interface. On a P3 it’s easy. You can name each zone anything you
wish via the online interface.
Once the outlets are named then it’s quite easy to schedule when they
turn on/off or the sequence that they are powered on. For example, you
may wish for all your sources to turn on first, warm up and then when
you decide it’s long enough, your power amps will turn on.
Monitor your system’s heartbeat
You can monitor your power quality of your home and the P3 with its
real time distortion analyzer and power measurement features. Measure
everything that’s going on affecting your system’s performance over the
internet from anywhere in the world.
The P3 will monitor your power line quality and report any problems
to you through the web page, text alerts or emails sent anywhere you
wish. It’s up to you. The P3’s real-time and on-line measurement system
includes surges, voltage levels, power usage and power quality as
measured by THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) on the line.
The data is stored on our servers and available via the web interface
for the P3. Customers can look at power quality over time, or drill
down to specific times of day to find out if there’s a problem involving
the home’s power.
IR and trigger controls
In the back of the P3 there are two mini jacks that can be assigned
as either an IR input or output or a DC trigger transmitter or
receiver. For the IR capabilities, the P3 can be assigned up to 15
separate IR commands for any zone and these IR broadcasts can be
triggered by any number of assignable events. This helps P3 owners
maintain complete control over not only the AC power, but by directly
controlling that same equipment through a remote control.
If you have equipment that needs a DC trigger to turn it on or off
remotely, you can assign one of the mini jacks to be either the sending
or receiving unit for these commands and remotely turn on/off equipment
or have that equipment remotely turn on/off the P3.
Built in Boulder
Boulder Colorado is perhaps one of the best places in the United
States to live, work and play. Certainly those of us working at PS
Audio think so. Boulder embodies a vibrant healthy lifestyle that is
reflected in the handcrafted products we build in our own state of the
Each and every Power Plant is assembled from the ground up in our
local operation by highly skilled artisans that care about every piece
that leaves our dock. With over 7,000 Power Plants operating high-end
systems all over the world, we have a commitment to excellence to
We understand that each product we build is an investment our
customers make in both the product and our company. Every employee at
PS Audio is proud to let the world know it’s “Built in Boulder”.