|PurePower APS PurePower 700 Power Regenerator|
|Home Theater AC Power AC Power|
|Written by Ken Taraszka, MD|
|Friday, 01 February 2008|
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The PurePower 700 isn’t designed to be used with a truly large system. This said, I was able to power my entire rig with it without a problem but, depending on your system, it may not offer enough output, necessitating one of their larger units like the PurePower 1050. Eight power outlets is a sizable number, but not enough for my large and complicated system, so I was forced to use a power brick to add my sources, display and amp. The front display is very helpful, although it is pretty small and can be difficult to read.
Not so much a downside as a side note: some of the most high-performance amps from the likes of the most expensive models from Krell (Evolution) and Mark Levinson use some form of power regeneration. Most amps would benefit greatly from a PurePower unit. However, at the elite level, you might bypass using up your regenerated power if you own one of the few amps that already regenerate their own power.
The PurePower 700 offers benefits you simply can’t believe until you try it for yourself. Improved sonic detail, video, protection for your entire system and the battery back-up allowing for proper cool-down of projectors and displays saving bulb life, and you have a product that will not be leaving my system. I had ordered some custom racks for my reference home theater system, and once I connected the PurePower 700, I called to add another shelf to my rack for the unit. I simply cannot imagine running a system like mine without a product like this. Once you get your power “off the grid,” you won’t ever want to go back.
Many power products are out there now for audiophile to buy, even a few power regenerators. None of them do everything the PurePower 700 does. Completely regenerating the power and offering battery back-up, as well as total system protection, make this unit truly unique and a must audition piece for anyone looking to improve an already good to great system. Should you wish to add more battery back-up, PurePower offers additional battery Power Packs that you can add as well, extending the run time when you lose power.
The level of improvement this added to my already exceptional system was akin to a total system upgrade; it did more than I could have imagined a power product could do. Add in all the protection, ability to run on battery power and the fact that I can safely use my system during our frequent Florida lightning storms without worry, and I think it’s a steal. I am keeping this in my system and recommend you get one, too.
Let me be clear, I think this is the single most powerful, effective power product currently on the market. For audiophiles at least, one unit is an absolute must, but I could see someone with demanding amps using a PurePower 1050 simply for amps and a second PurePower 700 for source components. For custom installers, I see the PurePower as a mandate for the design of racks. Keeping products from crashing and running power to them exactly to the specs of the particular gear is a way to cut down on service calls, as well as give the client the most performance for his or her money. In the end, this is the best, most performance-oriented AC power device we have tested at AVRev.com. I now use it in my reference rack, publisher Jerry Del Colliano uses one, and we suggest that, if you want the most from your system, you consider a PurePower 700 for your system also.