Gray’s Power Company
|Richard Gray’s Power Company|
|Clement Perry, Lew Lanese, Bill Brassington|
|5 January 2000|
Power requirements: 100-135 VAC 60 Hz,
Detachable 14 Gauge Power Cord, 15 Amp IEC
Connector/15 Amp Plug
Dimensions: 5.5" × 9" × 4.75" whd
Weight: 20.5 lbs.
Suggested Retail: $700
Audio Line Source, LLP.
2727 Prytania Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Tel. 800 880 3474, 504 897-6688
Fax 504 891-0102
Can you imagine what your system would sound like if you were able to directly wire it to a local electric company!
Both Bill and Lew beat me to the punch on this product so let them share their thoughts on how good a product it is. However, I couldn’t be more pleased by having just installed them in my rig. I’ve recently introduced, (get this FOUR!) model 400’s in a daisy chain configuration. The more you add, I’m told, the greater the improvements. After a few short experiments I too found noticeable improvements after each was reinstalled (don’t you hate that). Improvements were: The complete lack of strain coupled with a sense of ease. It brought my systems overall performance up to a level I didn’t think possible
Richard Gray ought to rename his 400S’s the "Big Easy" instead. Because that’s exactly what they’ve transformed my sound into.
I’ve Got The Power!
"...designed to provide high current on demand to any audio or video equipment."
I have resisted line conditioners for a long, long time. It’s not that I don’t believe they can make a difference in the performance of a system but rather that I prefer to spend my limited amount of money on audio equipment rather than expensive tweaks. Well, Richard Gray’s Power Company has caught up with me!
Manufactured under license by Transformer Manufacturers, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois, Richard Gray’s Power Company is designed to provide high current on demand to any audio or video equipment. According to Richard Gray:
[It] increases dynamics and performance of AUDIO, VIDEO, HOME THEATRE by providing a short term supply of high-current on demand to satisfy power hungry transients required of the A/C line by your digital and analog equipment, including amplifiers of all power ratings and design...[and] quenches A/C line noise, and internal cross talk between all equipment in the same circuit....
The Power Company provides four AC outlets with each unit. In an audio system all source equipment should be plugged into at least one model 400S. If the amplifiers are physically separated you will need one unit for each amplifier. The units may also be used in multiple arrays to increase power.
Bill Brassington and I attended a demonstration at the Listening Room in White Plains, NY a few weeks ago. Although I was filled with my usual skepticism about such devices, I became a believer first after hearing the notable improvement with Richard Gray’s Power Company 400S’s connected to a high-end audio system and secondseeing the remarkable improvement with the device connected to one of Sony’s newhigh-end 36" WEGA television sets. I ordered three model 400S’s on the spot; one for all my source equipment and one for each monoblock.
Of course you’re interested in how the Power Company affected the sound in my system. I immediately noticed a quieter noise floor, a sense of ease and lack of strain with improved dynamics. The sound was generally more open, less constricted particularly in complex recordings. Bill Brassington found quite similar results in his system (his comments below) as well.
Richard Gray’s Power Company is highly recommended. Take the opportunity to check it out at your local hi-fi emporium.
Bill Brassington Comments
Once again I’ve come across another product that simply defies common audiophile logic. Meaning; how can a power conditioner change the quality of a system to the degree that Richard Gray’s Power Co., device does? He doesn’t talk technical due to patent pending secrets, but what it all comes down to in the end is one thing only, this products works better than any other (the only possible exception is the PS Audio Power Plant but will report on that at a later date). Theoretically, however it can be placed anywhere within a circuit, unlike the Power Plant, to provide high current on demand to all equipment within the same A/C circuit line. In addition, you can (as Perry, Lew and I have done) daisy chain them to get even better results. These hefty little beasts can be fitted to any power amp or system, regardless of the power consumption.
Why so enthusiastic?
Simply put, the Richard Gray Power Company AC Line Conditioner is without doubt a major candidate for best line conditioner on the market. Improvements such as: sense of ease, inner silence, improved detail, greater depth, superior resolution, and dynamics don’t come so easy.
Especially passing through a line conditioner.