|Transparent PowerWave 8 Surge Protector|
|Home Theater AC Power AC Power|
|Written by Andrew Robinson|
|Thursday, 01 May 2008|
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The MusicWave 8 is a wonderful component and a good starting point (or end) to fine-tuning your system, but there are a few items that I took note of that you should know about. The included Transparent Power Cord is unruly straight out of the box and needs time to relax to allow for better cable management. Proper cable management is essential, especially when it comes to power. If the back of your rack looks like a rat’s nest, then you’re not going to get all that the PowerWave 8 has to offer. This doesn’t go just for the PowerWave 8, but also for all power products. The PowerWave 8 performs better when used with third-party or beefier cables. It does fine with stock, but every incremental improvement you’re willing to make gear-wise will result in improved audio/video performance. If you’re looking for a vast night and day difference in sound quality out of the PowerWave 8, you’re bound to be a little disappointed, but you’re also bound to have a system that isn’t ready for fine-tuning, either. The PowerWave 8 is a component that will enhance your system’s performance, as well as protect it, but it will not provide an outright fix.
Power and the need for costly power equipment, be it cords or conditioners, are somewhat of a mixed bag in the audio community. Some are good, while others are purely snake oil. You can’t argue with the fact that clean, quality power is crucial to getting the most from your system, be it audio or video. However, many manufacturers over-promise what their “black boxes” can do, often falling short of the goal. The PowerWave 8 from Transparent doesn’t really fall into this trap, in that it doesn’t actually promise anything other than to protect against surges, reduce noise levels and protect your investment in your gear. This said, at least in my systems, the PowerWave 8 overproduces. It takes a Zen-like approach to the problem without adding a ton of bells and whistles that coerce you into thinking it’s doing more than it actually is. For what it is, the PowerWave 8 does its job beautifully. While the buy-in might be a bit steep for some at $995 retail, its target market, consisting of enthusiasts who want that last ounce of performance out of their systems, are bound to love it as I do. The PowerWave 8 represents yet another great product from the folks at Transparent Cable.