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Squeezebox Touch Regulated Linear Power Supply

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 16 customer ratings
(16 customer reviews)

From: £225.00

  • Transforms the touch
  • 5V DC fully regulated
  • Up-grades available
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Just plugged in the squeezebox power supply. Wow. I can hardly believe the difference. Truthfully, I was in the fence of selling the touch because the sound was so thin and harsh. That’s history now. The sound is completely transformed. This is an incredible bang for the buck. Thank you! Mr J. Perry 14|12|12

5 STAR REVIEWED BY HI-FI CHOICE, HERE IS THE REVIEW.

The Logitech Squeezebox Touch is fast becoming the number one music streaming device for serious audiophiles and even novices to computer audio. It is relatively in-expensive and for what it does an absolute bargain. It does however have 1 major problem, it is powered by a small wall wart type smps (switch mode power supply).  It has long been known that SMPS injects interference into the mains supply ruining the sound quality, thus many alternatives have appeared on the market and are commonly known as regulated linear power supply’s. The Mains Cables R Us PSU is however uniquely different from all other offerings as it is housed in 2 seperate cases. The larger case contains the main power supply and the smaller case the final regulation stage (regulation is required when outputting DC which is direct current, in the case of the touch 5 volts DC). The advantage to fitting the final reg. stage in a smaller separate case is that it can be placed next to the touch whislt the mains case is hidden away behind the equipment rack.

Mk III version of out popular linear power supply for the Squeezebox Touch and other devices. A review of the latest version is on The Art of Sound Forum.

We build these to order and can supply for all the popular DAC’s and anything else powered by a wall wart plug.

The same review is featured on Logitech’s slim devices forum.

The power supply is a 2 box design, it comes with a power cord and dc cable as standard, you can up-grade it if you wish, it has been positively reviewed in it’s standard format. The PSU ships with the correct dc plug to fit your device, just plug in and go. It is available in 120V version for the USA and other countries and the power cord will be fitted with the appropriate mains plug for your country, USA Nema, Schuko, UK or Australian.

An audio grade linear power supply outputting DC voltage of various levels (built to order with your desired output voltage) suitable for any piece of equipment that uses a wall wart type power supply. The PSU comes complete with a DC lead to attach to your equipment and a mains lead, up-grades are available using the menu at the right hand side of the price and quantity box.

 

This power supply replaces the wall wart type that came with your item,  If you want to up-grade to this power supply and your equipment is not listed, contact us to discuss your requirements.

The latest customer to receive this power supply writes thus:-

Was sceptical about the effect of such power supply. But not any longer! It does make audible difference, especially with hi-res recordings. Tested it by listening to Band On The Run (official uncompressed WAV 24/96) and several Beatles records (copied from Apple USB stick: FLAC 24/44.1). All sound much better with the new power supply. Difference is less pronounced with CD quality recordings. Still, money well spent! Set up: Glyph Portagig 50 HDD to USB port of Squeezebox Touch using Wireworld Ultraviolet USB cable. Digital output from SBT to Cyrus DACX using Townshend digital interconnect. Analogue signal from DAC to NAD M3 with Townshend DCT 300 balanced XLR interconnects. With Townshend Isolda speaker cables to Monitor Audio GS60 speakers. DACX used with Cyrus PXR power supply. And of course MKII Linear Power Supply!

Mr Y. Andreev, UK.

When thinking of regulation, it’s worth remembering the Roman god Janus. Who was the god of gateways, and was a two faced god looking in both directions. Likewise a good voltage regulator is required to look in both directions at once. From one direction you have the mains supply, with the ever increasing noise, distortion and random variation that exists on our household mains supply. In the other direction you have the device you are supplying power to. The load will be asking constantly varying current, and the job of the regulator will be to ignore the varying load and to supply a rock steady voltage that ignores the changing load.

To ask a single regulator to perform both tasks means that it can not do either as well as it could. We don’t ask our regulators to be two faced, we split the two functions into two separate regulators and put them both where they can do the best job.

The first regulator is close to the mains supply, its job is to take the incoming mains and convert it into a low(ish) noise DC supply, and to isolate the mess that is our household power lines from what follows. In most power supplies on the market, the output of the first stage would be directly connected to the load device, and that would certainly be an improvement over the supplies that most manufactures provide. But we can do better by adding the other face of Janus to the system.

The second regulator is supplied with a clean low noise supply, and its job is to handle the changing demands of the load. To do that, it needs to be as close to the load as possible. So we remove the second regulator from the main box, and place it close to the load, both electrically and physically, that removes it from the noise and interference of the mains supply, and allows it to spend its time looking towards the load. Typical commercial voltage regulator chips are general purpose devices, but are not quiet enough for the task on hand, so the second regulator uses a bespoke regulator based on a low noise multi stage filtered voltage reference, a low noise error amplifier and a high current low resistance mosfet. To allow it to handle the changing load it also needs to supply current on demand, so all the remaining space in the second regulator is filled with low impedance capacitors to act as a local energy source.

Using the two stages of regulator, we achieve a noise floor equal or better than most battery supplies, and a effective source resistance of the order of 0.02 ohm (and the short cable run to the load avoids increasing this valve by adding copper where its not needed, and the use of a discrete regulator design allows that tiny value to be maintained way above frequency any audio device operates at.

Reviews (16)

16 reviews for Squeezebox Touch Regulated Linear Power Supply

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love what this has done to the sound of my system, a fundamental step up from teh stock supply.
    See my review here:
    http://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?p=256352#post256352

    Can linear supplies improve a squeezebox Touch?
    Absolutely.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love what this has done to the sound of my system, a fundamental step up from teh stock supply.
    See my review here:
    http://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?p=256352#post256352

    Can linear supplies improve a squeezebox Touch?
    Absolutely.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Replacing the standard wall-wart with this power supply has been a somewhat
    revelatory experience, bags more space and detail with less of a digital edge so
    music sounds more natural. A lovely piece of kit that lets the Touch show its real
    potential. Well worth the outlay in terms of the improvement it brings, David is also
    great to deal with and is very communicative throughout the whole process.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    great upgrade

    replaced home made linear power supply and also bought meicord ethernet cable. together with soundcheck TT 3.0 mods the results are stunning. really allows 24/96 music to sing.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    great upgrade

    replaced home made linear power supply and also bought meicord ethernet cable. together with soundcheck TT 3.0 mods the results are stunning. really allows 24/96 music to sing.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gordon K

    bought with meicord ethernet cable, has transformed the Touch into a very high quality device. Fantastic bit of kit. using Soundcheck TT3.0 mods which made the Touch sound very good, but the power supply and meicord cable have transformed the music.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent PSU & Great Service

    This is an excellent upgrade and great value for money. Using the Touch as a transport to a decent DAC (Marantz CD7), the PSU has really boosted the performance. Much greater realism and body to the sound. The music even seems to carry more emotion. Just why this works I have no idea, but I trust my ears and they tell me it does. Also excellent service from Mains cables R Us. So you can buy with confidence.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent PSU & Great Service

    This is an excellent upgrade and great value for money. Using the Touch as a transport to a decent DAC (Marantz CD7), the PSU has really boosted the performance. Much greater realism and body to the sound. The music even seems to carry more emotion. Just why this works I have no idea, but I trust my ears and they tell me it does. Also excellent service from Mains cables R Us. So you can buy with confidence.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Worth every penny

    I can’t recommend this upgrade highly enough. It’s revealed a HUGE amount of detail in music – it’s like it’s suddenly come alive. I was pretty happy with the sound of the SB Touch before the upgrade but this takes it to whole new level.
    I went for the totally pimped out version, and I have to admit to some trepidation at spending twice what the Touch originally cost me just to power it. But any doubts quickly vanished when I plugged it all up and listened – the effect these two boxes have had on the sound the Touch produces is simply jaw-dropping.
    It’s been a revelation; like being in the studio listening to the performances. And worth every penny for the pleasure I’m getting re-discovering my music collection.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Squeezebox touch PSU

    I am quite shocked a the dramatic improvement in sound quality from the SBT arising from this product. The sound is more open with much improved detail and a much tighter bottom end. Overall the sound is so much more balanced. I have heard things on my flac rips that I had not heard before from a cd.

    Highly recommended. I am thinking about a similar item for my Benchmark Dac which is great but has a wall wart psu.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    A no-brainer pick, beats the stock Logitech SB Touch power supply hands down. Do yourself a favour and pick one up. I decide the other day to put the stock supply back in just to compare. Ouch, the MCRU supply quickly returned to my system. Great price for such a purposeful upgrade.

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