Torus Power Products, which are designed and
manufactured by Plitron Manufacturing in Toronto,
Canada, provide power management solutions for
audio and AV systems, from 5 amps up to 100
amps, in a variety of packaging choices, including
balanced input (2 x 120V) custom installation
models for dedicated whole room systems, and 120V
plug-in models. All Torus Power products feature
Plitron toroidal isolation transformers, rather than
passive filters. To learn more about this brand, RS
interviewed president and CEO Howard Gladstone.
What is the most common misperception about power
management that your company hears from custom integrators?
Two of the most common misconceptions we typically hear about with
regard to power conditioning are that a consistent output voltage is all
that’s needed and that filter-based power conditioners are the way to
go. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and in fact, this sentiment
completely overlooks the equal or even greater importance of isolation
and instantaneous, on-demand current availability.
How is this addressed with regard to the technology in your line?
While many products on the market use filter techniques, those that rely on
electrical components are subject to failure, which is completely unacceptable
in a professional environment let alone a
residential one. On the other hand, Torus
Power products use a magnetic element–
toroidal isolation transformers–as our core
technology. We went this route because not
only do toroidal isolation transformers deliver
scientifically demonstrable and completely
measurable performance improvements
to audio and video equipment, they also
provide quantifiable protection for connected
What are the most important technical
skills related to power management
that your dealers need to know?
|Torus Power’s AVR2 with balanced input is a power conditioner and voltage
stabilizer with a built-in web browser interface for remote monitoring.
Regardless of what your core technology
focus is, it’s critical to understand not only
how power affects sensitive audio-video
components, but also how systems and
components perform under all types of
power conditions and events. For instance,
when AV equipment is subjected to unstable
input voltage, the resulting stress will lead
to degraded performance and shortened equipment life. To combat this,
Torus Power AVR technology delivers a constant and stable power supply
that delivers dramatic results: audio demonstrates greater dynamic range,
improved imaging, and enhanced bass, whereas video is delivered with
darker blacks and brighter colors. The end result is a more immersive
experience with greater depth, detail, and dimension.
Another key point is that dynamic power is critical to performance
optimization, especially when amplifiers are part of the equation.
Meaning, when the availability of dynamic power is restricted, the result is
diminished dynamic range in the music and/or audible distortion. Torus
power conditioners are designed with this in mind and are capable of
delivering high levels of instantaneous current when needed, negating the
effects of restricted dynamic power.
Lastly, dealers and integrators must be aware of the possible dangers
faced by audio-video systems and how to safeguard components from
their damaging effects. Electrical spikes and surges can damage and
even destroy sensitive AV equipment. Lightning strikes are a common
example, but everyday electrical events can be equally damaging. Our
solutions feature series mode surge suppression, which we feel is a superior
technology because unlike common MOV solutions, series mode surge
suppression prevents contamination of the electrical ground and protects
equipment from spikes and surges in a non-sacrificial manner.
What trends are impacting product plans for the brand?
Certainly, the home automation
category’s explosive growth, coupled
with increasing recognition that the
power grid in many parts of the world is
deteriorating, and products designed with
planned obsolescence and/or throwaway
technology have had a distinct influence
on our product development. More
importantly however, there’s been a
conscientious movement toward quality
without compromise, which suits us
perfectly. Torus Power products have
always been–and will always be–
engineered to perform and protect like
no other and built to last, plain and