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PS Audio Quintet Power Center

Power conditioner and surge suppressor

7 Reviews

Item # 681QUINTET

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You get 10 protected outlets grouped in five isolated pairs. Isolation ensures your components won't interfere with each other as they draw power. You also get signal protection for a telephone line and two coaxial connections for antenna, cable TV or satellite TV.

Advanced protection for your A/V gear

If you've spent the time and money to put together a high-performance audio/video system, you need state-of-the-art power conditioning and protection to keep your gear safe and operating at its best. PS Audio's Quintet Power Center uses a highly advanced filter design to purify and distribute up to 1750 watts of clean, safe and unrestricted power. You'll hear real sonic improvements — powerful, better-defined bass and smoother, more transparent highs. You'll also see the difference on your TV screen, in the form of a better, cleaner picture.

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Heavy-duty construction

Quintet inside

PS Audio builds the Quintet to the highest quality standards. A compact solid aluminum casing houses 1/4" inch thick solid copper power bars, heavy extruded aluminum covers and nickel-plated, hand-polished AC receptacles. The Quintet's microprocessor-controlled protection circuitry guards against power spikes, and automatically disconnects the unit from your power line in the event of extreme high or low voltage conditions. This helps your equipment run smoother and last longer.

Protection for up to 10 components

You get 10 protected outlets grouped in five isolated pairs. Isolation ensures your components won't interfere with each other as they draw power. You also get signal protection for a telephone line and two coaxial connections for antenna, cable TV or satellite TV.

Sequential start-up eliminates speaker "thump"

Delay settings in the Quintet allow individual components to turn on sequentially. This helps eliminate the annoying, and potentially damaging, "thumps" that occur when all your components are powered on or off at once. And two 12-volt triggers let you use other components to start up the Quintet automatically.

Replaceable AC input module

PS Audio's Power Cartridge serves as the first line of defense against harmful power anomalies. It contains the surge protection circuitry, the over/under voltage control and the circuit breaker. Should a major power spike damage the cartridge, don't worry. You can replace it to make your Quintet as good as new again.

Read our blog post Better home audio, Tip #12: Use a power conditioner.

Product Highlights:

  • 1,750 watt capacity
  • 10 AC outlets (all outlets can be set for always on, switched, or delayed)
  • 5 isolated filter banks
  • surge and over- and under-voltage protection
  • filtration circuitry virtually eliminates line noise
  • two sets antenna/cable coaxial connections for cable TV, antenna, or satellite TV
  • RJ-11 phone line input and output
  • two 12-volt triggers
  • Power Cartridge AC input module — replaceable surge protection circuitry
  • solid aluminum chassis
  • weight: 8 lbs.
  • 19-1/2"W x 3-5/16"H x 5-1/4"D
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Highly recommend this product,If you buy nice products for your Home theater system you should protect your investment with this product

Mark L., Redding,Ca.

What's in the Box:

  • Quintet Power Center
  • 6' Detachable AC cord
  • Owner's Reference Instructions booklet

PS Audio Quintet Power Center Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(7 Reviews)

Great Product

Mark L. from Redding,Ca. on 10/28/2010

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Highly recommend this product,If you buy nice products for your Home theater system you should protect your investment with this product



PS Audio Quintet Power Center

Anonymous from New Orleans, LA on 1/15/2010

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I purchased the Quintet because I ran out of outlet space on the Panamax surge suppressor I was using and because I was having problems with bands of snow on the TV. I expected the Quintet to help with the TV interference and protect my equipment but I put no stock in the claims of audio benefits. The TV snow has not reappeared since I've been using the Quintet and the first CD I played left me surprised at the higher quality, more detailed sound reproduction I heard. Overall, this product appears very well made and performs as claimed by the manufacturer.



Makes your music sound "chocolatey"

No from Grass Valley, CA on 12/23/2009

I was extremely skeptical that a device like this would impact the quality of my home theater / 2-channel stereo system because the power in our area is already pretty clean but was I surprised! As soon as I connected this product to my amp, pre-pro, DVD transport, DirecTV DVR and projector, my system came alive in ways it hadn't before. The image almost looked "3D" and on certain days even "4D". The sound floor bottomed out to a supreme low. The music flowed from my speakers with a chocolatey sensation. I will be buying one of these puppies for each family member for Christmas.



One Expensive Power Protector

Huskies from Denver, CO on 11/30/2009

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I purchased this based upon reviews here at, I was expecting to see and hear a big differences in my home theater system. Surprise, I didn't hear or see anything different compare to my old Power Surge Protector which costs me merely $70 when I purchased a few years ago. I think most of the so called Power Protector or Power Center from any brands are marketing strategies. They hyped what it does to make people who owned expensive audio/video equipments "feel" good because they don't trust their $10 power strip pr power surge protector. It does help shutdown all your equipments in case of the lighting strikes or power surge from the power line but it DOES NOT make your speakers sound better or your TV sharper. Don't be fool by the marketing team from these companies. I believe it can't cost more than $100 with these types of equipments.



PS Audio Quintet Power Center

Stephen from Phoenixville, PA on 4/22/2009

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Based upon reviews of this product here at Crutchfield and elsewhere, I expected to see or hear a difference in my home theater system. Sure enough, upon powering up my system after plugging everything into the PS Audio Quiintet I noticed a definite improvement in the picture from my flat screem plasma. The colors appeared to be deeper with more contrast than I'd ever seen before. I'm considering the purchase of the PS Audio Duet for my CRT HD TV in another room. From what I can tell the Duet has the same technology as the Quintet with a lesser amount of plugs and no telephone or cable protection. The Quintet was worth the price.



Excellent product & Crutchfield is at the top of their game as well!

audiotube from Ocala, FL on 10/24/2008

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I've heard much about PS Audio power conditioning products over the past few years but was reluctant to lay out a decent amount of cash as I was a bit of a sceptic about the benefits of such devices. But after several unexplained problems with my vacuum tube audio components I decided to go for the Quintet. I've been using the unit for about a month and must agree with the previous reviewer in terms of the reduced noise benefits of this excellent unit. I no longer experience 60 cycle hum, unexplained buzzing or other forms of noise. I am very happy with the Quintet, and what a beautiful, solid piece of equipment. Much better than I had expected. As for soundstage, clarity, detail, etc., to be completely honest I cannot say for sure if the music sounds so good these days solely due to the addition of the Quintet. I have made many changes to my system over the past few months, and I tend to "roll" different vacuum tubes fairly often, which has a dramatic effect on the music. But given the fact that the noise problems are gone, I suspect the Quintet is certainly contributing to the wonderful music. You can request a DVD from PS Audio called "Coal to Coltrane", a great introduction to the history of power and how it relates to music/video reproduction. Lastly, Crutchfield is wonderful to deal with. This is my second purchase and it is clear that customer satisfaction is a top priority. If only they would start selling vacuum tube gear!



The real thing

radiofrequency from San Antonio, TX on 7/22/2007

I've spent a lot of money in Crutchfield, having lived in Charlottesville some time ago, and with all due respect to some of the other power products that are sold here, this is light years ahead. The high end of audio is a mysterious place to many where high price tags and promises of magic abound. Having lived in that arena for a long time, let me just tell you that if you have owned similar power conditioning products from *onster *able or others, you don't know what you've been missing. There are a few companies in the high end where you actually get what you pay for, and PS Audio is one of them. There is no better power product than the Premier, but this product and the duet are supreme values for what they do.<BR><BR>With the quintet, I noticed a MARKED decrease in noise, including resolution of a low level ground loop hum. Sound quality was also improved, with a widened soundstage, increased depth, improved dynamics and better imaging (audio speak for &quot;it sounded better&quot;). <BR><BR>Give this a try. You won't be disappointed. Welcome to high end audio.




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Overview: The PS Audio Quintet Power Center is a state-of-the-art high-end sure protector that provides component level AC cleaning and protection in a compact package. The Quintet provides 10 outlets and 5 independent isolated zones. The unit provides true surge and spike protection, over and under voltage protection and differential and common mode AC filtering. The PS Audio Quintet Power Center is built to the highest standard internally and externally by featuring 1/4 inch think solid copper power bars, 11 gauge copper wire, heavy extruded aluminum covers and nickel plated hand polished Power Port AC receptacles.

True Surge Protection: The Quintet Power Center features true protection from surges, spikes and transient events on the power line. Microprocessor controlled over/under voltage sensing offers true surge protection. The unit will automatically disconnect equipment from the AC in the event of a surge.

Replaceable Power Cartridge: The Power Cartridge AC input module contains the surge and spike protection, circuit breaker, over/under voltage control and the first stage of common mode filtering. The unique cartridge is the heart Quintet and can be replaced in the field should a problem ever occur.  For instance, if the home is struck by lightning or a surge or spike big enough to damage the cartridge, it easily slides out and can be replaced.

Component Level Filtering: The Quintet takes what your wall AC has to offer and cleans everything above 40 kHz where most standard surge protectors start working only at a frequency of 10 to 100 times higher. Using this filtering, the Quintet fixes problems associated with noise and improves audio performance as well as video while providing clean power to connected equipment, regardless of the power demands.

Non-restricted Dynamics: The Quintet Power Center provides clean, safe and unrestricted power. At 1750 watts, there's enough power for even the most demanding systems. The Quintet Power Center will not restrict dynamics or soundstage in any high-end audio/video system. The Quintet will provide a superior level of performance in micro and macro dynamics as well as maintain harmonic integrity for audio equipment while increasing color saturation and lower video noise in video equipment.

5 Isolated Zones With 10 AC Receptacles: On the top of the Quintet Power Center, the cleaned AC voltage is distributed to your equipment through 5 isolated zones and 10 nickel plated AC receptacles that utilize a magnetic filtering technology based on wound inductors built from strips of Nano Crystalline, high permeability soft magnetic material. This material has approximately 10 times higher permeability than an other magnetic material produced. High permeability magnetic core materials allow PS Engineers to used a minimal amount of copper wire to build effective filters, thus preserving micro and macro dynamics for both audio and video systems.

Power Port Receptacles: The unit features 10 Power Port AC receptacles that are high-end AV, hospital certified grade 10 to 20 amp AC receptacles. This ensures that the tension is maintained on any male plug that is inserted into the power center giving your equipment an excellent AC connection. Each Power Port AC receptacle features 15 separate coats of nickel and 15 separate hand polishing operations to achieve maximum conductivity and durability.

Power Sequencer: The Quintet has the capability to drive an entire system. The Quintet's top panel power sequencer allows you to select any of the three available power zones (A, B, C) and choose always on, switched on or delayed on. With these choices, you can setup your system to automatically leave power on, turn it on or off via the front panel power button (or the remote), and delay the turn on sequence until the source equipment has been activated.

12 Volt Trigger: The Quintet also features two top panel 12 volt triggers. These DC triggers are used to remotely turn on and off the Quintet Power Center. The 3.5mm inputs will accept any voltage from 5 to 15 volts. If any of your equipment produces a DC trigger voltage you can use this input to control the Quintet.

CATV and Phone Jacks: The gold-plated dual pair In/Out coax jacks and single pair In/Out RJ-11 phone jacks are high quality, no-loss in/out paths for protection. The CATV coax connectors can accommodate two sources such as a cable TV or a satellite or antenna feed. These jacks ensure surges traveling over cable TV, satellite, RF antenna or phone lines do not reach connected equipment.

Conditioners: PS Audio recommends the use of additional power conditioning and regulating equipment such as the PS Audio Power Plant to feed the Quintet pure, regenerated AC power if desired.

Mounting: There are several ways to mount the Quintet Power center. You can mount the place the unit on the floor or on a shelf. If you mount it on the floor, it can either lay flat on its bottom or be placed at an angle between the floor and the wall due to its truncated triangle shaped base.

Warranty Note

Warranty: PS Audio warrants this product to be free of manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 90 days from the date of purchase by the original purchaser. This warranty period can be extended to 3 years by registering the product with PS Audio online at

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