REVIEW – AUDIO-VIDEO SEPT 2008 – Marek Lacki
“…it cannot pass unnoticed, that given the price performance (and workmanship) relationship, especially the GigaWatt PF-1 stands out. Taking into account the price of the power cable, which must be purchased separately for the other strips, it comes at half the price of the competitors.” “This means, that for every zloty spent on the PF-1 we get the most and best sound. And in addition the protection of our valuable gear.”
PF-1 MK2 is the improved version of the advanced filtering power strip designed to power and protect budget audio and video systems. In the PF-1 MK2 better materials and components were used, and the modified construction of the device is based on solutions used in the EVO series of power conditioners. This is a special product in the GigaWatt offering, because it surprises with its solid construction and craftsmanship quality at the given price, and with the positive influence on the sound.
The strip is made using high quality components. The distortion is filtered in a RLC filtering block. It is built using metalized polyester capacitors with low inductance and an IP (Iron Powder) filtering core. All components of the filters are soldered to a massive PCB with large cross-section of the traces, with silver solder.
In this strip we also resigned from using traditional protective elements, like wire or thermal fuses, which throttle the free flow of current to the protected circuits and by this have a negative influence on the sound. Protection against overvoltage and power surges is guaranteed by a multi-stage protection circuit, composed of plasma sparks and new generation of UltraMOV varistors. Those elements, working together with a well designed, modern power grid, warrant a complex protection against overcurrent and overvoltage.
The PF-1 MK2 uses an innovative current distribution system, being a proprietary development of the company. It is based on massive power distribution bars of 2nd generation, made of polished, high purity, cathode copper slabs (Cu-ETP). This system distributes the current directly to each pair of output sockets, using crimped and screw-tightened connections and cabling made from electrolytic copper wires with a cross-section of 2,5 QMM. The use of the star wiring topology and the high conductance and massive cross-section of about 30 QMM of each of the bars warrants an equal and stable power distribution regardless of the load on any of the strip’s outputs.
The massive and durable chassis of the strip is made from metal. This creates a perfectly closed shield, protecting the inside filter and power distribution system from RFI noise. The power strip is also equipped with a LED signalling proper function and power available on the sockets.
The strip is also equipped with a high quality IEC socket, allowing their user to connect any power cable. The power strip is equipped with the power cable LC1-Mk3 with 1.5m length. To fully utilize the maximum potential of the PF-1 MK2 we recommend the usage of the LC3 Mk3 or LC2 Mk3 power cable.
- Available socket types: Standard – AU/NZ (AS/NZS 3112) – EU (Schuko), US (Nema 5-20R),avaibale on request
- Line voltage: 220-240 VAC 50/60 Hz lub 110-120 VAC 50/60 Hz
- Maximum output power : 3,680 W
- Maximum current load: 16 A
- Absorbed impulse current: 13,000 A
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 420 x 75 x 60 mm
- Gross weight: 3.8 kg