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iFi announces active noise cancelling PowerStation

By | August 1st, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Power to the people. Channelling the John Lennon song of the same name (or maybe the Robert Palmer / Duran Duran supergroup?), the UK’s iFi Audio has announced the PowerStation: a power strip with in-built active noise cancellation (ANC) that’s functionally none too dissimilar to noise-cancelling headphones: detect, invert, apply, cancel.

The PowerStation’s ANC tech appears to come from a second-generation take on the AC iPurifier, previously released by iFi as a standalone product. And like the AC iPurifier, iFi’s power strip will inform users of the absence of a ground connection (which can be corrected with a simple cable attachment) and of correct polarity — useful for territories like the EU where a mains plug’s position can be rotated 180 degrees.… Read the full article

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iFi Audio announce AC Purifier

By | December 18th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Here’s something Statesiders and Europeans can try at home for nought: unplug your amplifier/DAC/whatever from the wall, rotate its plug head 180 degrees, re-insert and listen again. Does it sound better or worse than before? Now rinse and repeat for other devices in the playback chain. I went backwards and forwards on my Technics’ SL-1200G turntable’s mains plug polarity some weeks back, astonished to note that one orientation sounded better than the other.

I might have saved myself some time had I access to iFi Audio’s latest power product, the AC Purifier (US$99/€119/£95).… Read the full article

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