Power supply question (SMPS/LPS)

I've been researching power supply upgrades over cheapo SMPS's for various devices like network switches, USB regenerators and such, and ran across the iFi iPower SMPS for one, and then the Sbooster LPS. And on the Sbooster website they mentioned where their Sbooster BOTW P&P ECO 15V LPS could be used in place of the SMPS wall warts that come with the Martin Logan Electromotion ESL's to power the panels. They said, quote, " The 15V – 16V BOTW can be used with everything from a Martin Logan ElectroMotion ESL loudspeaker to a iFi micro IPhono2 phono stage."
I happen to have a pair of the Martin Logan ESL's so this perked my interest, but I'm not about to spend $700 on 2 Sbooster's. However, the iFi iPower is only $49 and is included with the iFi micro IPhono2. So if the Sbooster can be used in place of the iPower that's included with the iFi micro IPhono2 as well as the Martin Logan's, I'm assuming the iPower could also be used for the Martin Logan's? Or is there more to it than that :^ /
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2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream/Bridge II hardwired to networked music server, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 2 and 4 and Pangea AC14SE MKII power cords
Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors

Comments

  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 1,654
    Have never had any experience with the iFi, but, seems like I'd want to stay away from a switcher dur to the noise that can be generated...especially on speakers.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,251
    edited January 12
    The iFi iPower has been compared to many LPS with positive results.
    But really, not debating SMPS vs anything here just wanting to see if my logic is correct.
    1. Sbooster 15V can power Martin Logan and iFi iphono2
    2. iFi iPower can power iFi iphono2
    3. hence iFi iPower can power Martin Logans
    ____________________________
    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream/Bridge II hardwired to networked music server, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 2 and 4 and Pangea AC14SE MKII power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 1,654
    It's a word problem, let me get my pencil and paper out...
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,251
    edited January 12
    ha ha :^ ) Yeah, was never very good at those :^ /

    It's like, If 40% of a school are boys, and 30% of students have blond hair, and there are three times as many girls as boys that have blond hair, what percentage of the class is blonde haired boys?
    ____________________________
    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream/Bridge II hardwired to networked music server, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 2 and 4 and Pangea AC14SE MKII power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,251
    So does this make sense or am I missing something inherent in electronics?
    1. IF Sbooster 15V can power Martin Logan and iFi iphono2
    2. AND iFi iPower can power iFi iphono2
    3. THEN iFi iPower can power Martin Logans

    ____________________________
    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream/Bridge II hardwired to networked music server, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 2 and 4 and Pangea AC14SE MKII power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 1,654
    I'm not familiar with the ML, I just thought they plugged in to the wall. Are you talking about bypassing the ML transformer?
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • tonybtonyb Posts: 28,034
    To an audio nerd like myself, when someone talks about upgraded power supplies and speakers in the same sentence......I like to call them "amplifiers". Power supplies for individual components is a different animal.
    ERA D-5
    B&K 1403
    Cary Xciter dac
    Joule LA-100
    SVS SB-2000 SUB
    Sony 4k bdp
    Sony 4k 55 850c
    FX 500 surround
    Acoustic zen Satori SC's
    Pioneer elite vsx21
    Sonos-Cullen mod.
    Audio Metallurgy GA-0 digital
    PS Audio Quintet
    Analysis Plus crystal ovals
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2's IC
    Wireworld eclipse 7 Ic's
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,251
    edited January 13
    kharp1 wrote: »
    I'm not familiar with the ML, I just thought they plugged in to the wall. Are you talking about bypassing the ML transformer?

    Yes they do plug in the wall but they each use a SMPS. It plugs into the wall and then plugs into the speaker with a mini jack. I guess it was presumptuous to think everyone knew that :^ /
    ____________________________
    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream/Bridge II hardwired to networked music server, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 2 and 4 and Pangea AC14SE MKII power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • HermitismHermitism Posts: 1,304
    7.5
    Components - Pioneer Elite SC-05 | Pioneer BDP-51FD | Monster PowerCenter HTS 5000 | Sony Bravia | Dish Network
    Speakers - Polk LSiM: 703, 706c | Polk: RTi8, CSi5, F/Xi3, CSi3 Single Rear | Subs: HSU Research VTF-2 MK4, PSW125, PSW303
    Cables - Doug's Furez DCF124BW SC's | Pangea: AC-9SE x2, 14SE, 14 PC's | AudioQuest Chocolate HDMI's | Monster M850SW
    Tweaks - PS Audio Power Port Classics | Acoustic Treatments OC703 | Dynamat: Components, Baskets | Pio SC-05 IEC Inlet Mod
    | Sanus Mass Loaded UF30
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,251
    Hermitism wrote: »
    7.5

    I do believe we have a winner! He's either really good at Algebra or else he just knows how to Google :^ )
    ____________________________
    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream/Bridge II hardwired to networked music server, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 2 and 4 and Pangea AC14SE MKII power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • HermitismHermitism Posts: 1,304
    I excel at word problems. Two trains headed towards each other at different speeds, when will they meet kinda stuff. But which cables sound good with which amp...not so much.
    Components - Pioneer Elite SC-05 | Pioneer BDP-51FD | Monster PowerCenter HTS 5000 | Sony Bravia | Dish Network
    Speakers - Polk LSiM: 703, 706c | Polk: RTi8, CSi5, F/Xi3, CSi3 Single Rear | Subs: HSU Research VTF-2 MK4, PSW125, PSW303
    Cables - Doug's Furez DCF124BW SC's | Pangea: AC-9SE x2, 14SE, 14 PC's | AudioQuest Chocolate HDMI's | Monster M850SW
    Tweaks - PS Audio Power Port Classics | Acoustic Treatments OC703 | Dynamat: Components, Baskets | Pio SC-05 IEC Inlet Mod
    | Sanus Mass Loaded UF30
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