|Transparent Audio PowerIsolator 8 Power Conditioner|
|Home Theater AC Power AC Power|
|Written by Bryan Southard|
|Saturday, 01 April 2006|
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The PI8 does about everything you can ask from an AC power-conditioning product, if improved performance is your primary concern. One knock I can point out is that the PI8 will protect you from surges and spikes, but it doesn’t have any form of battery back-up to protect components like your digital projector from sudden power outages, which potentially can destroy your expensive bulbs.
Untreated AC power is robbing the performance of your quality AV components and, as much as you want this to be someone else’s problem rather than yours, most likely there is no such luck. Exactly what level of improvement you’ll achieve depends on how bad your incoming power is. The results that you can expect to see will likely parallel my findings.
The Transparent PowerIsolator 8 provides complete surge protection without the typical drawbacks you see from commercial surge products. This will be particularly welcome in high-risk areas of the country. Because the PowerIsolator 8 has four pairs of noise-isolated outlets, you can connect your digital players and amplifiers without fear of cross-talk and noise transfer. Other products recommend that you don’t mix them, limiting what you can actually connect without degradation.
With its simple cosmetics and superb build quality and performance, the PowerIsolator 8 is my choice to compliment my reference system. As you can tell by the components that I possess, I demand the very best money can buy and the PI8 is exactly that. If you are looking to improve the performance of your AV gear and want a product without compromise, give the Transparent PowerIsolator 8 a listen in your home. And when you do, go ahead and clear a spot in your rack for the audition, because the PI8 is not likely to leave.