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"BBBBLLLLLOOOOWWWNNNNNNN AWAY! "
March 28, 2017 – Without exception this has been the single best, most surprising, system upgrade I ever did. I expected a lower noise floor….but didn’t expect timber improvements, better mids, cleaner bass, smoother highs, better imaging and better integration of the surround speakers. I used to be able to localize parts of the surround image coming from the surround speakers at times with certain songs—but now the 3D space is totally seamless. The system is also much, much, warmer than it was before—it’s like the system now sounds “smooth”.
Rock music sounded crappy on the system before: flat, hollow, and thin are words I’d use to describe it. Now it’s like…BAM! Rich, deep, powerful, in-your face. The system is much more dynamic—I never knew what people meant by that unit now. The system used to sound like I was using a dynamic range compressor with a really slow attack. With the Torus unit it sounds like someone turned the compressor off.
I kept saying to my wife while I was listening to it….”wow…this thing really is doing something.” I didn’t have to try and hear the improvements from the Torus unit—they were instantly totally obvious. And I was like—”holy cow, this thing really works!”. You have no idea how rare that has been in my 25 year audiophile experience: I’m used to companies selling “snake oil” system improvement—not the real thing.
“The more I lived with Torus Power's TOT AVR, the more it delighted me.”
February 28, 2017 – With the TOT AVR feeding my reference system of a Mark Levinson No.334 stereo amplifier driving a pair of Revel Ultima Salon2 speakers, I heard subtle improvements in imaging, soundstage depth, and instrumental timbres, as well as in dynamic range, resolution, and tonal balance. The TOT created jet-“black” backgrounds that enhanced the three-dimensionality of images even when dynamics were extreme or the volume was loud. The more I lived with Torus Power’s TOT AVR, the more it delighted me. In my system, the TOT AVR improved musical detail and three-dimensional imaging for a wide range of music. I couldn’t have imagined how much this little power transformer could become a necessary part of my audio system until I’d lived with it for nearly a year.
"Boy, what a huge difference the Torus Power RM 45 has made on the Classé CT-SST AV Processor. It now sounds a level or two better than ever."
February 28, 2017 – I really couldn’t tell much of a difference initially. However, now after a couple of weeks, I am experiencing a substantial lack of “electronic” sound and a bass tightness that is unprecedented in my system.
With my system, everything is sharing the load and no piece of electronics is even remotely stressed. My multi channel system uses the same two front speakers and associated electronics as a unity gain pass through. I am using a Classé CT-SST for my AV processor. I hadn’t played it since installing the Torus because I was concentrating on the 2 channel setup. Boy, what a huge difference the RM 45 has made on the Classé. It now sounds a level or two better than ever.
Overall, I am very pleased now that things (and I) have settled in. The bass definition and extension is superb and there is a total lack of electronic sound which is absolutely fabulous. I am a big fan now and will be pleased to talk up this piece of equipment as the opportunity arises.
Greg Timbers Van Nuys, CA
“What was missing in my system was your Torus Power unit.”
January 9, 2017 – I just want to express my appreciation for your products. Now that my Torus Power has finally broken in and doing its potential I understand the word dynamics better as I listen to my system. My system is a composition of two mono block amps, Jade 7 loudspeakers, Cambridge audio pre amp, Nordost speaker cable, and a high end dedicated CD player. What was missing in my system was your Torus Power unit. I do not know all the highly intellectually wordings of the audiophiles who evaluate speakers, amps etc., but as I experienced your Torus Power unit, all their wording came to a life with a transcendence of almost perfect purity. I thought these evaluators where just floating in the clouds, but when you put a system that’s in harmony with your ear and emotion attached, it’s just a very high degree of contentment.
Great products. I’m glad my curiosity paid off…I got an overwhelming dividend.
Yours truly from the lone star state,
“You’ll hear the improvement in the first few bars of music played with the TOT AVR in place…”
November 2016 – “You’ll hear the improvement in the first few bars of music played with the TOT AVR in place, and you’ll hear it taken away when it’s removed. A ten minute demonstration would seal the deal and the majority of people would buy one at the end of it.” It’s that simple, and that good
Alan Sircom Hi-Fi+
Reviewed in Hi-Fi+ Issue 141
“I have never experienced a component that so dramatically affected the system performance, in a positive way, as this new Torus piece has.”
August 2015 – The Torus unit, model RM 30 620R TVSS RK, arrived on 8/15 and was installed by my dealer on 8/22. It weighs in at 176 lbs. and rack mounting it in the equipment cabinet was no easy task.
This Torus unit was custom configured by Torus to give me 240v in/out, surge protection for the 7 Halo JC-1 amps along with power filtering. The unit has five output circuits controlling a total of 18 240v rear panel receptacles, each group is controlled by a separate front panel breaker switch.I have been trying to make a mental list of all the components that I have gone through in the years that I have been involved in this “hobby,” I could not remember them all, but came up with a total of between 60-75. With all those changes/upgrades, I have never experienced a component that so dramatically affected the system performance, in a positive way, as this new Torus piece has. The tighter bass, the mellower highs, the improved sound stage…WOW! Understand, as “half-empty” kind of guy, I do not make these statements lightly.
After the initial reaction, I began converting any piece in the system that was 120v-240v switchable and switched it to 240v then plugging it into the Torus. This included a Parasound JC-2BP Pre-amp I am auditioning, the Oppo 105 player, and the Escient Vision movie server. In each case there was as incremental improvement in the audio and video ( less video noise, especially dark noise).
In addition, the build quality is first rate and for a piece that is designed for functionality, for the most part the styling is handsome.
"The Torus Power unit is worth every penny I paid for it – It has been everything I hoped for"
Apr 8, 2014 – I had terrible electrical problems that popped up over the last year. With every new store, restaurant and business that opened up in my suburban downtown location, it seemed my system performance took a hit. At first we thought the problem was equipment-based and I spent a few months swapping preamps, amps, cables and anything else I could think of, trying to find the problem. My system at this point was unlistenable. Collapsed soundstage, hard, brittle sounding with mud for bass. And that was on a good day!
Finally at the end of my rope one day, I found an old Richard Gray isolation unit out in my garage and brought it in. I plugged my preamp in and heard a small improvement. I spoke with my dealer the next day and he brought out a 20A, 120V rack version of a Torus Power unit. I plugged my preamp, phono pre and CD player into it. Immediate improvement and hope!
I listened for a few weeks and there was enough there to make me commit to the massive 90A 300Lb Torus Power wall panel-mounted power transformer. I had to wait and hope for 7 weeks until it finally arrived. It has been everything I hoped for. My system has returned to full fidelity giving me every ounce of performance I recall prior to its utter collapse over 1 year ago. I waited a few weeks to report on its success to make sure the fix was permanent.
I’m confident now that it is. For me, the Torus Power unit is a necessity and not a luxury…
"What an upgrade the Torus made … huge, huge, huge improvement"
Before I had the 15a and 20a (both balanced 240v), I had my electrician run I believe 6-7 gauge wire from my main panel and ran it up to my living room. He had installed 2X40a breakers in my main panel. In the living room,we put a sub panel that holds 8X15a breakers,so that gave me 8 duplex receptacles. 16 plugins (JUST IN CASE).
I was running a Hydra 6 (components) and 5X hydra 2s (power amps). When I heard about TORUS, AudioArk had a 15a balanced(240v) that I borrowed to check out. it was just as good or better than my Hydras, i had just about everything plugged in to the Torus. So since I wanted to separate components and amps(3X7Bssts+2X4B-ssts), I purchased a 20a(240v)Torus. As soon as hooked that up,We’ll I could not believe what was happening,more Bottom end,air ect. I e-mailed James tanner and asked what might be happening. I thought maybe I was getting older or losing it. the 15a wouldn’t let all that power unleash itself.
I believe if I remember correctly: 5X16.5a+82a(4ohms)+8 ohms=41a.2/3 of that,27a at 8 OHMS+65a at 4OHMS. So really with the 2X Torus,I have 35a.I already ordered a 45a balanced, as I’m trading the 15a in for the 45a and keeping the 20a(for components,sub,and 4bs(and the 45a for the7bs).
GETTING BACK to the sub panel,my electrician disabled 2 receptacles and gave me 2X240v receptacles. ALL I CAN SAY IS, WHAT AN UPGRADE THE TORUS’S MADE, HUGE,HUGE IMPROVEMENT. Sorry for the detail but I get right excited when I get a major improvement in my system.
"It's just unbelievable"
March 22, 2017 – I bought the Torus Power TOT Mini for the reference turntable I have that sits too far from the TOT AVR to be plugged directly into it. What I had done prior was run a 15′ heavy duty extension cord from the AVR into a very expensive power cord.
I knew that wasn’t a good solution, so I purchased the Mini as you suggested. I let it run in for two days but in my upstairs demo room, and today plugged it into the turntable. It’s just unbelievable what a positive effect it has on dynamics, bass, and overall quiet backgrounds. It is not an optional accessory, but mandatory for every system! I’ll need another Mini for my upstairs demo room!
East End Hi-Fi
"It was the perfect answer to a frustrating problem...and this solved it 100%."
January 2, 2017 – I installed the Torus Power AVR20 yesterday, and I could not be happier… It is gorgeous, dead quiet, and works beautifully… solid, powerful, stable, everying good in a power product… especially QUIET…
I’m so delighted to know about your product line and will be a proud and vocal advocate of these products to my audio buddies worldwide…
It was the perfect answer to a frustrating problem… and this solved it 100%
Many many thanks… and I’m so happy to have this. It was the missing/annoying part of the system, and now it is “all good!”….
San Francisco, CA
“Magnificent piece of equipment.”
August 2015 – “Every so often you get the pleasure of being blown off your feet in business by a team of professionals. From point of contact, sales team, engineering, custom product development, packaging, to delivery…110%. Well done Torus Power. Magnificent piece of equipment.”
Greg Celi Jr.
Celi Electric Lighting Inc.
“The system has more dynamics, bass extension and clarity. Sound improvements that are very welcome.”
April 26, 2015 – I have been having problems with an intermediate transformer hum in a 240vac Krell FPB300cx Power Amplifier. It appears to be due to noise on the house incoming 240vac power supply from local industry and is worse through the week when they are working. I have tried a number of different devices (DC blockers and filters) but nothing has worked to stop the 2kVA transformer hum. I contacted Len Wallis Audio in Sydney who sells Krell and Torus Power and they suggested using a Torus Power transformer. My Torus Power AVR 16 AUS CB arrived and is working well. So far the Krell transformer has been quiet. And as an added bonus the system has more dynamics, bass extension and clarity. Sound improvements that are very welcome.
"The soundstage is simply incredible with more definition, more balance, silky smooth highs"
TP-WM-1Let’s see where to start. I have been an audiophile for years now. I tried a few high-end wires (even ones in the 4-5 grand range) and cords and even a few conditioners but always had to strain my ears and brain to hear a difference. In the end I didn’t bother with any of it cause I thought it could very well be my imagination or perhaps my hearing simply wasn’t good enough to detect any change. So I figured my money was better spent elsewhere (at least for me). I have heard drastic changes when changing loudspeakers or rooms, significant changes when changing from a cheap preamp to a Bryston and also some digital sources.
I have heard very small to moderate changes between amps (usually small). I read so many glowing comments on the Torus Power transformer that I decided to revisit this area in my system and so ordered a Torus RM-15 which arrived yesterday. My 2 channel system consists of B&W 802D speakers, Bryston BP-26 preamp, Sony’s newest 5400 SACD player and Bryston 4B SST amp. All wires are Bryston and Bluejean.
I plugged the Torus RM 15 in and decided to let things settle for about 10 hours (as it was cold from transit). After this initial period I threw in the first CD and was astonished at the change as I really wasn’t expecting much if anything. The soundstage is simply incredible with more definition, more balance, silky smooth highs seem to extend into nothingness, voice is more pinpoint and incredibly natural without any edge, bass is more taught etc. I could go on and on but frankly I want to get back to my system.
I will say this. It is very very seldom that a change in my system makes me want to revisit all my CD collection but the Torus has done just that. At the price it is an absolute steal. Those of you who have one already know this but for those who don’t I would highly recommend and audition. I would only offer one other piece of advice regarding the Torus, don’t audition one until you can afford it cause you are not going to want to be without it.
"Overall, the Torus RM 20 is quite the winner"
Background:Almost a year ago, I replaced a Sonic Frontier Line 1 pre, and two Power 1 amps (vertical biamp) in my main system, with a BP 26 and a 14 BSST, also from Creative Audio. I spent a fair amount of time tweaking those pieces with power cord changes, footers, cardas caps, and more recently swapping out almost all my IC’s to Bryston ones, replacing more expensive, but not as good sounding, cables.
So main core of the system is basically Bryston. Other components include a VPI Scoutmaster to a very tweaked Slee Era Gold V phono section, digital side is done by a Musical Fidelity A3 CDP used as a transport to a Musical Fidelity Trivista DAC (where the Bryston cable also makes a great digital cable), and the tuner is a Parasound Halo T3, connected by XLR to the pre. Speakers are Martin Logan Aeons.(with Goertz M1.3cables)
Almost everything has been tweaked. Atlantis Reference stands (2), with clumping kitty litter in the tubes, Linn skeets under the top shelves and bottom of the stands, 3 inch maple block under the TT, footers include Tara Lab vanishing points, BDR’s, and Finite Element ceraballs, and more Linn skeets under the speakers.
Power cords are a range from Moray James, into almost all things including the speakers. I am aware that power matters, and that power cords tend to improve things, but also that they react differently to individual components. Everything was originally plugged into a Panamax 5510, with power set to balanced on the 4 transformer based lines (regenerated ) which I used for the CDP, DAC,
"We Love it .. great product!"
… just want you to know that we got the Torus and used it for the show in Göteborg this weekend. It was fantastic. The show was excellent and we received many comments like “best show sound” etc…. Certainly there was a great difference between running on “hotel power” and the incredible foundation given by the Torus. We really loved the way it gave “super-strength” to the gear which sounded just fantastic, and bottomless-powerful. We love it! Great Product!
Mvh, Robert, Sweden
"I’m amazed that such a ‘simple’ change can yield such a noticeable improvement."
James, you helped me with some pre-purchase questions and I’d like to pass on some very positive feedback from my RM-10 and BCD-1 experience: both products work very well and I’ve been particularly impressed with the RM-10. I’ve changed CD players before and had a general idea of what to expect, but had never tried any kind of power filter / conditioner / isolator before. So, since I live in a condo building I thought I might be more subject to power line noise than a house so thought some basic conditioning might be a good idea.
I’m amazed that such a ‘simple’ change can yield such a noticeable improvement. While I wouldn’t say the improvement(s) were dramatic, they were definitely significant and more than justify the RM-10 investment. Here’s the comment you gave me pre-purchase: ”I think you would find everything sounds more relaxed and easier to hear small details in the music with the Torus. The noise floor gets lowered and you really can hear more into things.” This was exactly my experience and I’d add that my soundstage is definitely more 3-dimensional. I have two sources, a tuner and a BCD-1 and I’ve noticed the most pronounced change with the tuner. I had only had the BCD-1 for a little while before receiving the RM-10, so maybe my ears were not as accustomed to the BCD-1 sound as with my tuner? Anyway, I am very pleased with both components. Thanks for any advice.
“Power isolation using a toroidal transformer, such as the one used in my Torus Power AVR 15 Plus, is the best way of cleaning the AC power.”
March 1, 2017 – Power isolation using a toroidal transformer, such as the one used in my Torus Power AVR 15 Plus is the approach that is used by hospitals, military, and laboratories around the world since it is the best way of cleaning the AC power.
Too many people do not understand and/or discredit the use of power conditioning in high-end audio and/or home theatre system. This is understandable due to some of the bad effects that come along with many power conditioning products (usually the cheaper kinds). One must understand, however, the fact that all of our electronics are simply modulators of AC power. Transforming this AC power into useful forms doesn’t change this basic fact, and the end result can only be as good as the power with which we start. Thus, the need for a properly designed power conditioning product that does no harm.
Bottom line: before you start changing your power cables with higher quality ones in the hopes of getting a better audio and video experience, clean the power itself first. Trust me, you need it.
WiFi HiFi Magazine
“The sound is seriously a night and day difference. Our PSB speakers have been woken up by Torus Power.”
February 27, 2017 – The sound (of the Torus Power AVR 15 Plus) is seriously a night and day difference. Quite obvious actually. The living room just sounded so FULL and the bass was sooo tight. Actually, the music was full, punchy, tight, colorful, etc. Me being a bass player, I loved the bass that I had never heard before! Our PSB T8 tower, center, and surround speakers have been woken-up by Torus Power! The sound is a HUGE improvement! THANK YOU! I’m a believer in your products!!!
Lee J. Louie
"I was reminded of how great this Torus Power product is – it is DEAD QUIET..."
February 26, 2017 – I was listening to my system today on a rare “day in my office” at home, enjoying some music and was reminded of how GREAT this Torus Power product is – it is DEAD QUIET… does it’s job just beautifully in every way, and really creates such solid power to all these wonderful audio components…
Trinnov Amethyst preamp (AMAZING, btw), dCS and Aurrender digital, Ayre MX-R 20 amps, Wilson Alexx & Watch Subs… Pretty great…
I just could NOT be happier with this, and wanted you to know that…
I’ve told SO many people about this, and I’m hopeful many have resulted in sales to you guys…
BTW, great review in Stereophile…
San Francisco, CA
"Aha, so THIS is how my setup REALLY sounds!? Wow!!"
February 10, 2017 – Dear Torus Crew!
I have finally bought an RM 16 CE. It took me many years to get over that mental threshold and make up my mind. After having first auditioned the …RM 16 one thought struck me: “Aha, so THIS is how my setup REALLY sounds!? Wow!!” Can’t tell you how pleased I am! Thank you all and have a great weekend!
"I would recommend a Torus unit for any audio application."
August 2, 2016 – We have been running our new Torus TOT unit for a couple of weeks now. It seems to be mostly broken in, which is to say, the connected devices seem to sound better now by quite a margin. It might improve some more, though. We’ve had it on 8-10 hours most days.
We also upgraded our Magnum Dynalab tuner with Teflon capacitors in the signal chain, new tubes, and a general tune-up. Connected to the TOT, it sounds better than it ever did. There is more low mid and deep bass, more signal in the prominent mid-range, and the top is quite airy with a decent soundstage. It is, by far, the best sounding FM tuner I have ever heard now.
I would recommend a Torus unit for any audio application. In fact, they are on my list to upgrade my professional audio in my lab. I do audio R&D projects, and have lots of recording and playback equipment that could benefit from adding an isolation transformer.
“Every once in a while we run across a company that is truly all about the customer.”
2015 – In this day and age of customer no-service, and 50 ways to say no, every once in a while we run across a company that is truly all about the customer. We needed a 240V, 30Amp isolation transformer for our project system. We couldn’t find one with the attributes we needed. Our thanks to Torus Power who in 2.5 weeks, designed, engineered, manufactured and shipped exactly what we needed (complete with ESA approval). “We don’t have” is not in their vocabulary. When was the last time you heard “what do you need and when do you want it”? Thanks guys!
“I heard very clear and clean sound with most impressive, absolutely tight bass.”
August 2015 Torus Power RM 15 Review – California Audio Show- Lone Mountain Audio and AcousticFrontiers exhibited a mid-price system that included the Aurender N100H 2TB music server w/Tidal integration ($2699), DEQX PreMate speaker/room corrector and digital preamp ($4999), ATC P1 dual-mono 150Wpc power amp ($3599), ATC SCM40v2 loudspeakers ($6999/pair), JL Audio E112 subwoofer ($1899), Torus Power RM 15 isolation transformer/power transformer ($2199), and Wireworld cabling ($1599 total). Listening to Terry Evans singing “Down in Mississippi,” streamed via Tidal, I heard very clear and clean sound with most impressive, absolutely tight bass. Low frequencies especially excelled, but the overall presentation lacked the expansive, warm, and naturally unbloated midrange that invariably floats my boat.
Regardless, the system’s clarity and enviable control left me eager to explore what a Torus Power unit would sound like in my own system. The incentive that I could plug it into the wall via a stock power cord (of the same gauge as the Nordost Odin 2 power cords I’m now using) without loss of sound quality left me especially enthused.
“The client reported back that he is thrilled with the results.”
July 2015 – The client picked up his AVR 15 Plus on Saturday, and reported back over the weekend that he is thrilled with the results. This is great news, as this client’s system cost is in excess of $180K and even I sometimes wonder at times the limitations of products such as the Torus when we get to these highly resolving, extremely musical systems. This is a great testimonial.
The Audio Shoppe
“Check out Canadian Torus Power. Their top-shelf units, which incorporate high-quality Toroidal transformers, can’t be beat.”
September 21, 2014 – The most neglected—as in not installed—component of home theater is a good power transformer. The power delivered to the average home is relatively dirty, thus requiring this “conditioning.” Unlike surge protectors (power strips), power transformers (sometimes called “line conditioners”) regulate the voltage of the power they receive. In short, these devices take dirty power and make it clean, removing spikes and noise, the elements that slowly kill electronic devices such as home theater equipment. Think of the purchase of a power transformer as an insurance policy that helps prevent power-related problems, which typically cause small levels of damage that accumulate over time. Most consumers have no clue that long-term dirty power is the culprit behind many electronic malfunctions and failures.
If you have a high-end home theater and want an equally high-end power transformer, check out Canadian Torus Power. Their top-shelf units, which incorporate high-quality Toroidal transformers, can’t be beat—and will set you back a couple of thousand dollars. But this is the Rolls Royce of power conditioning. If you want the best and have the coin, these units are the bomb.
Home Theater for the Internet Age
"The AVR 30 has already made significant improvements to the background noise"
Jun 16, 2014 – The AVR 30 has already made significant improvements to the background noise. There is almost no hissing sound from the speakers. It’s very quiet when playing vinyl – typical phono MC stage gain noise is gone, the soundstage size is wider and deeper, and there is pinpoint accuracy of instruments and vocal placement. I can hear things I never heard before.