Torus Power and mains conditioning: do high-end mains conditioning solutions really improve sound quality? Or, is it just another case of snake-oil and sales-speak?
The debate around mains electricity conditioning is a hot topic amongst the audiophile community; some will state vehemently that mains conditioning has provided a noticeable improvement in their Hi-Fi and A/V setups. Others, actively deride the concept as being nothing more than “snake-oil”
It’s time we addressed the topic, and in the process, examined some of the most credible mains conditioning solutions from Canadian specialists Torus Power…
Mains Conditioning – What’s That All About Then?
The energy coming out of your speakers, or for that matter your headphones, once originated from a power station many miles away. In that journey from power station to your home, and then from your home wall outlet to your Hi-Fi equipment, that mains electricity could have been susceptible to a great deal of interference.
Whilst it’s true that it would require something on the level of a lightning strike to disrupt the mains energy on multi-KV overhead lines, a lightning strike or freak event could create dangerous and damaging voltage surges. Once in your home, lighting dimmers, ethernet mains systems and even fridges and domestic appliances could create nasty and unwanted mains interference.
What does mains interference sound like? Well, we’ve all heard that nasty mains hum or high pitched buzzing that can come from dirty power sources. Wouldn’t it be great to have a guaranteed clean source of mains electricity, free from any hum, buzz, pops or clicks? Well, thanks to Torus Power, you can!
Torus Power is a Canadian company specialising in high-end, power conditioning solutions for the serious audiophile and A/V enthusiast. Available at a range of price points and feature sets, Torus Power mains conditioning solutions aim to eliminate the problems which can come from “dirty mains”.
The core technology at the heart of Torus Power units is an isolation transformer; isolation transformers are an extremely mature technology and one with well proven and documented benefits. Isolation transformers, claim Torus Power, dramatically improve the performance of all audio and video systems.
Connect audio equipment to a Torus Power isolation transformer and it comes alive – with more dynamics, improved imaging, and cleaner, enhanced bass. Video is crisper, with darker blacks, and brighter colours.
Torus Power’s “secret ingredient” is what they call “Plitron Toroidal Isolation transformers”. Virtually all of the power line noise artefacts are eliminated through the Toroidal Isolation transformer, using patented Plitron NBT technology. The Toroidal Isolation transformer provides high levels of instantaneous current; this means that when a big crescendo comes up in your music, there’s enough energy provided to your components to allow the music speak as it’s meant to.
Torus Power, describe using one of their mains conditioners as “like having a clean power source directly adjacent to the plugged-in components”. Not only, do they provide clean, filtered mains power, Torus Power toroidal isolation transformers also protect connected equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, such as severe lightning strikes and brownouts.
Torus Power – A Solution For Every Application
A wide range of Torus Power mains conditioners are available: ranging from the TOT Mini, which offers basic noise filtering and isolation, right up to the mighty Torus AVR 4 UK, which provides voltage regulation, ethernet connection and much more.
If you’ve spent a substantial amount of money on your Hi-Fi system, then a Torus Power isolation transformer is a great way of not only getting the best from your Hi-Fi but also protecting your investment.
If you’d like to discuss which Torus Power solution is right for you, please get in touch with us; we’d be more than happy to advise on the right Torus Power solution for your home Hi-Fi or AV setup.