Over the past couple of years Plixir power supplies have been a welcome addition to the Audio Therapy portfolio, they produce a variety of different models with 12v, 5v and 19v options and they can be used on all manner of products. The 12v Elite BDC is the most popular model in the range, I’ve them to use on all manner of equipment from routers, dac’s, the smaller Melco models (the S100 switch, the D100 CD ripper and N100 Server) plus the Taiko Extreme Network Switch.
The 19V option is used exclusively for powering Roon Cores, either the Nucleus or the popular Intel NUC and the 5V version is most commonly seen powering the ADOT Fibre Optic Kits.
Plixir have been quietly working on a model that will sit above the Elite range of power supplies, offering even greater performance.
I first saw the range topping Statement BDC Power Supply in Munich 2023, James the owner and founder of Plixir kindly spent some time with me explaining the benefits and advantages of this new model. Fast forward to January 2024 and my Statement BDC is installed in the demonstration room, I’ve spent some time with it over the past week on a few different components comparing it to the Elite BDC and also the basic power supply that comes with the products themselves.
There are 3 different versions of the Statement BDC model available –
12V 6 amp dual outputs £1450
19V 6 amp single output £1750
5V 6 amp single output – coming soon
The architecture of the circuitry inside this new model has undergone major refinement and tuning, there is a 40% increase in capacitance and it has a new ground plane design. The transformer is a UK made Noratel model and it comes fitted with German Bfly isolation feet and it has a ground terminal on the rear. It shares the same width and depth as the Elite models, but it is quite a bit taller and significantly heavier at 5.5kg – due to the larger casework and heavier transformer.
My demo model is the 12V model, in the Elite range the 12V model has been the most popular and I suspect this new model will no different.
I started off with a fairly simple system based around the popular Gold Note IS-1000 Deluxe Integrated Amplifier, this model uses a streaming network DAC so I connected it to the Melco S100 switch. The S100 was connected to my network with an ADOT fibre kit, speaker cables were Entreq and all power cabling was Shunyata Delta NR. Loudspeakers were the Fyne Audio F1-8 stand-mounts.
Music was streamed from Qobuz using Gold Note’s own control app and I used tracks from a variety of artists such as Celine Cairo, Anouar Brahem, Leonard Cohen, Ibeyi and Jon Hopkins so some nice variety.
The S100 is an excellent product and they’ve been very popular for those who stream music, the addition of an S100 to a system is always positive, even when using the basic supplied PSU, which is where I started with it, but I had an Elite BDC and the new Statement BDC waiting in the wings.
Sonically this system is a really enjoyable listen, the combination of the Gold Note and Fyne is really musical and engaging with superb detail and dynamics, there is superb weight and scale as well, the F1-8 are a big sounding stand mount speaker (that 8 inch driver is really quite something). Overall it is va ery even handed and balanced presentation, listener fatigue is never a concern, it’s a proper ‘just one more track’ type of system.
After spending an hour or so playing some of the above mentioned music I swapped the supplied basic PSU out for the £595 Elite BDC and the improvement in musical performance is instant and quite obvious, there is greater detail and clarity, with improved scale as well, switching back to the standard PSU makes it sound a bit veiled in comparison, vocals have more presence and projection with the Elite installed and it’s a much more enjoyable listen.
For anyone with an S100 the addition of this power supply can be considered money well spent.
Now, I must admit I was curious regarding the Statement power supply, how much better could it get? We are powering a £2100 item with a power supply costing £1450 so to justify a permanent place in the demonstration room it was going to have perform to a very high standard. Swapping power supplies around firing up the Statement only takes a minute or so and the jump from the Elite to the Statement on the S100 is just as instant and obvious as the jump from the basic PSU to the Elite.
It’s important to stress that the addition of this much larger power supply doesn’t push or pull the presentation in any particular direction compared to the Elite, there is lots more scale, weight and authority to the music, but that is not at the expense of losing detail or transparency, the music has become more insightful and there is greater air and space around everything.
It was an interesting initial afternoon of listening and I went back and forth several times over the following days which only further validated my thoughts the Statement BDC is big jump over the Elite BDC and as such is an even larger step up over the supplied PSU.
I also took advantage of the dual outputs on the Statement BDC by using it with the N100 and S100 together.
Comparing the N100’s supplied PSU, the Elite BDC and then the Statement BDC I was drawing exactly the same conclusion as I was with the S100 – the power supplies are tonally very neutral, but you simply get more air, space, clarity, weight and scale as you move up. An N100 with the Statement BDC sounds markedly better than an N50-H60 to my ears.
Anyone who has a Taiko and uses their network switch (or router) the Statement BDC is a superb addition – not too many people have experienced what a Taiko can do and even less have experienced their new Extreme switch, but it’s music streaming done to the extreme (couldn’t resist, sorry!) with no expense sparred and no stone left unturned in their quest for the ultimate in digital audio. The Taiko is sonically invisible with huge levels of clarity and purity and the release of the Extreme Switch last year pushed things on to a whole new level (everyone who has bought a Taiko from Audio Therapy has subsequently purchased a Switch). Adding the Statement BDC to the Switch is simply another step in the same direction as outlined above, and of course the 2nd output can be used to power their new Extreme Router as well! There is plenty of components out there that can take advantage of a power supply at this level, even if you only need 1 output – the quality of it is so good leaving one output unused if you only have an S100 should not be of concern.
In summing up the Statement BDC is a very strong product and I can see it doing really well – I know many customers may think spending £1450 on a power supply to power an S100 (£2100) may seem a bit unbalanced, but in the context of the many systems I see on a daily basis those customers will potentially need to spend considerably more than £1450 to get an improvement as marked as the one the Statement brings.
S100 and Statement BDC is a great combination for £3550, it’s still not as good as the 2 box S10 Switch which is £5000, but that’s another conversation for a different day!
Part exchange of a power supply (Plixir or otherwise) against the Statement is no issue, please get in touch if you have any questions