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Old 12-12-2016, 09:30 PM
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Default My PS-1 Arrived Today

I don't intend to do an in-depth review here, but wanted to offer up my first impressions of the PS-1. I know from experience that cheaply made switching power supplies can cause noise, be it in audio or video form and have seen it firsthand numerous times. My system consists of two W4S Remedys and one Recovery used on a Mac Mini. After hooking up all these devices I was looking for a linear power supply solution that could support these devices and possibly more without using something like three iFi Power supplies (which I know are switching and more later on this). Enter the PS-1.

I've had my eye on the PS-1 since it was announced on the W4S site and was excited to learn it was now shipping during the holiday sale. The sale included an extra power module so it was a no brainer. The package arrived today and I was impressed by the weight. It's a sign there is a very solid transformer inside and the W4S website confirms this with photos. The rest of the build quality is typical of W4S, no cheap plastic parts here. It's a solid construction and looks great as well.

Digging in there is a standard power cord and enough DC cables to support however many power modules you've ordered. The cables are 1m in length (~40" tip to tip) which should be adequate for most people. There is a manual even though operation is pretty straightforward.

Operation couldn't be easier. There's a power switch, the unit is on or off, the manual recommends turning the unit off when components aren't in use. My unit arrived with two power modules, both set to 5V by default. Since I'm using 9V devices I had to remove the modules and change the voltage. Simple enough. Remove two phillips screws, pull the modules out and simply slide the switch between 5V, 9V, 12V or 15V depending on your application. Done and done.

I haven't done much listening yet and no A/B comparisons, but I intend to do so this weekend. I also have an iFi iPower so I will try to compare that vs the original power supply vs the PS-1.

That all said I think this is a great product. You've got a linear power supply that is modular and supports 4 different voltages simultaneously in a beautiful compact form factor.

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Steve.......I am glad to see your initial comments on the Wyred 4 Sound PS-1. I will be waiting to read your additional comments once you begin to make critical comparisons, particularly against the iFi iPower. Good to hear that the PS-1 power supply is well built from quality materials. Keep us posted.
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I don't intend to do an in-depth review here, but wanted to offer up my first impressions of the PS-1. I know from experience that cheaply made switching power supplies can cause noise, be it in audio or video form and have seen it firsthand numerous times. My system consists of two W4S Remedys and one Recovery used on a Mac Mini. After hooking up all these devices I was looking for a linear power supply solution that could support these devices and possibly more without using something like three iFi Power supplies (which I know are switching and more later on this). Enter the PS-1.

I've had my eye on the PS-1 since it was announced on the W4S site and was excited to learn it was now shipping during the holiday sale. The sale included an extra power module so it was a no brainer. The package arrived today and I was impressed by the weight. It's a sign there is a very solid transformer inside and the W4S website confirms this with photos. The rest of the build quality is typical of W4S, no cheap plastic parts here. It's a solid construction and looks great as well.

Digging in there is a standard power cord and enough DC cables to support however many power modules you've ordered. The cables are 1m in length (~40" tip to tip) which should be adequate for most people. There is a manual even though operation is pretty straightforward.

Operation couldn't be easier. There's a power switch, the unit is on or off, the manual recommends turning the unit off when components aren't in use. My unit arrived with two power modules, both set to 5V by default. Since I'm using 9V devices I had to remove the modules and change the voltage. Simple enough. Remove two phillips screws, pull the modules out and simply slide the switch between 5V, 9V, 12V or 15V depending on your application. Done and done.

I haven't done much listening yet and no A/B comparisons, but I intend to do so this weekend. I also have an iFi iPower so I will try to compare that vs the original power supply vs the PS-1.

That all said I think this is a great product. You've got a linear power supply that is modular and supports 4 different voltages simultaneously in a beautiful compact form factor.
Nice. Let us know what you think as she settles in
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Old 12-20-2016, 11:27 PM
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Haha, sorry! I'm working on re-cabling and where it sits is a bit of a mess. Also haven't had time for A/B comparisons yet, my personal life has been hectic lately. The only stuff I've been listening to lately has been my Christmas LPs, no digital.
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Haha, sorry! I'm working on re-cabling and where it sits is a bit of a mess. Also haven't had time for A/B comparisons yet, my personal life has been hectic lately. The only stuff I've been listening to lately has been my Christmas LPs, no digital.
Any updates/feedback on the new W4S PS-1 ?

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Any updates/feedback on the new W4S PS-1 ?

TIA
Hey, sorry, never got around to doing any comparisons. Using the PS-1 actually right now. It's one of those things that just works so I haven't thought about it. I flip it on when I want to enjoy CDs or music via USB from a Mac mini into a Recovery or Remedy and that's that. Great combo!
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I'm thinking about this unit as well to power my router. The modular nature of this PS appeals to me, which can save a lot of money in the long run.
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Steve, you know I'm only kidding... NOT!! Get those elves to work
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W4S is supposed to release modules rated to 6A for the PS 1 this month which makes it ideal for isolating routers as well. Currently have the PS 1 powering my FMC,s and am very impressed with the unit.
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