Reference Power Station AC-3500P

(2 customer reviews)

$3,000.00

  • Highly efficient centralized parallel filter
  • Dampened sub chassis
  • Balanced power distribution
  • High-end schuko sockets
  • High-current power inlet (IEC C20)
  • Overvoltage protection
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Description

The Referenz Power Station AC-3500P reliably suppresses all unwanted interference from the power system. The Active Power Distributor implements a highly efficient parallel filter perfectly attuned to the audiophile’s needs. The filter leads off all interference from both the power system and the connected devices themselves without restricting the supply. Add to this the dampened sub chassis that reduces mechanical vibrations of the filter components caused by the 50-Hz grid frequency. In addition, the star-shaped distribution topology ensures uniform supply of all connected units. This way, the Referenz Power Station AC-3500P becomes a key factor to a fine yet powerful sound. The technical design is housed in a stout metal enclosure with a front panel of silver or black anodized brushed aluminum. Six high-quality power sockets are available at the rear panel. The centrally placed high-current power inlet (IEC C20) allows for easy replacement of the supply cable – for example, with a longer one. The built-in surge suppressor protects your precious devices from voltage peaks, and you can conveniently switch all power sockets on and off using the power key on the front panel. An indirect LED light located at the front-panel bottom shows the current operational status: white is for the standby mode while blue indicates that the Power Station is on and the power sockets are active.

  • Brushed-aluminum front panel
  • All-pole disconnection
  • Metal housing
  • Outputs: 6
  • Power inlet: IEC C20 socket
  • Supply voltage: 100-250V AC / 50-60Hz
  • Operating current (max.): 16 A
  • Input power (max.): 3,680 W (230 VAC, 16 A)
  • Dimensions: 450 mm × 370 mm × 160 mm (W × D × H)
  • Weight: approx. 12.8 kg

BACKGROUND

Where does fine sound begin? Where does it end? Audio enthusiasts have kept asking those questions for ages. As a matter of fact, physical conditions have a considerable impact on the sound quality produced by audio systems. In this, power supply is one of the key factors. In principle, we listen to domestic current modulated by a music signal. This useful signal mixes with modulations or interference from other consumers at your home or even your neighborhood all the time – and this is where sound degradation starts. Countless consumers – in particular, digital devices – and switched-mode power supplies (SMPS) cause heavy distortion in the power system, and their number is still rising. This distortion poses serious problems for your hi-fi components, overlaying your sound like patches of acoustic mist. As the number of hi-fi aficionados running their own power plants is obviously quite low, most devices will almost certainly be fed from a grid under heavy load. So to most of us, this means that sound begins at the power outlet or maybe the fuse box – everything upstream is beyond our control. 

PARALLEL FILTER

Therefore, we are bound to filter out interference from the supplied power; traditional filters, however, are notorious dynamics “guzzlers”, which is particularly true for serial circuits: inductors inserted into the feed line definitely increase the transition resistance and hamper dynamic pulse currents. The Referenz AC-3500P pursues a different approach: it implements a highly efficient parallel filter perfectly attuned to the audiophile’s needs. The filter leads off all interference from both the power system and the connected devices themselves without restricting the supply. Add to this the dampened sub chassis that reduces AC-3500P mechanical vibrations of the filter components caused by the 50-Hz grid frequency. In addition, the star-shaped distribution topology ensures uniform supply of all connected units. This way, the Referenz Power Station AC-3500P becomes a key factor to a fine yet powerful sound. 

MORE FEATURES

The technical design is housed in a stout metal enclosure with a front panel of silver or black anodized brushed aluminum. Six high-quality power sockets are available at the rear panel. The centrally placed high-current power inlet (IEC C20) allows for easy replacement of the supply cable – for example, with a longer one. The built-in surge suppressor protects your precious devices from voltage peaks, and you can conveniently switch all power sockets on and off using the power key on the front panel. An indirect LED light located at the front-panel bottom shows the current operational status: white is for the standby mode while blue indicates that the Power Station is on and the power sockets are active. 

2 reviews for Reference Power Station AC-3500P

  1. dvdboulet

    The sound advocate just published part II of their review. Looks like living with the Inakustik 3500P power station (and air power cord and speaker cables) only more firmly resolved their conclusions:

    https://www.thesoundadvocate.com/2020/02/report-inakustik-ac-3500p-power-station-and-ls-4004-air-speaker-cables/

    I just received my own Inakustik 3500P (didn’t buy any air cables as my budget didn’t have room this go-around) and even in the first few hours my impressions match Howard’s. Just having hooked it up today (replacing an Ansuz Diamond Power Distributor), I’m already stunned and amazed: music is focused, unrestrained, clear and uncolored with low-level detail suddenly visible like never before but without any glare or brightness (improving imaging and ambient decay and “hall” like I’ve not heard before in my system)… and the mid-range has a more easy, palpable, liquid character that’s kept me glued to my listening spot for the past few hours since introducing the 3500P. Oh 🙂 and bass has a more realistic character as well… I’m having a hard time believing that my 16/44.1 music collection can sound this good (and with the 3500P having been just un-boxed and plugged in). Looking forward to a few weeks of listening and getting back here with an in-depth review! -Dave

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