|Ultralink Powergrid PGX-500 Power Isolator|
|Home Theater AC Power AC Power|
|Written by Andrew Robinson|
|Wednesday, 01 October 2008|
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It’s hard to gripe about a power product that performs as advertised, which is precisely what the PGX-500 did. I suppose you could argue that it might have better noise filtration and voltage regulation and battery back-up, but those all cost considerably more and aren’t really what the PGX-500 is competing against.
Battery backup is important and, if I had a cost no object system, with, say, a server-based music or movie system I would probably want that but I should also expect to pay more. When it comes to giving your components solid protection and basic filtration, the PGX-500 does a fine job. There are also affordable but not audiophile-grade battery backup units you could add to your rig for about $100 that won’t get you where say a Pure Power 1050 will, but it won’t cost you $2,500, either.
With a retail price of $499, the Ultralink Powergrid PGX-500 is a terrific buy. It is considerably less in almost every department from weight to price, but it is very big on performance and value, which many power products are not. The PGX-500 is the first power product that I can wholeheartedly justify for the Everyman, for it does all the things the costlier products do, but doesn’t leave you asking, “Where’d all my money go?” It’s not the greatest noise-reducing power product I’ve heard, but it’s far from the worst. What I like most about it is how simple and understated it is. It goes about its business and doesn’t worry you with its inner workings, letting you focus on the enjoyment rather than watching large flashing displays dip and fall and rebound like news ticker on Wall Street. The PGX-500 just works and affords you a little piece of mind that your investments are protected and performing at their very best. At the end of the day, that’s all a power product like the PGX-500 should do. Without reservation, I recommend the Ultralink PGX-500 to everyone looking for more from systems ranging from simple and affordable to extreme and audiophile. It’s just a true performer and a killer value.