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Reviewer : Dawid Grzyb
Sources: Lampizator Golden Gate, Asus UX305LA
Amplifiers: Trilogy 925
Speakers: Boenicke Audio W8, Sveda Audio Blipo
Speaker cable: Forza AudioWorks Noir Concept, Audiomica Laboratory Celes Excellence
Interconnects: Forza AudioWorks Noir, Audiomica Laboratory Erys Excellence
Power delivery: Gigawatt PF-2 + Gigawatt LC-2 MK2 + Forza AudioWorks Noir Concept/Audiomica Laboratory Ness Excellence
Rack: Franc Audio Accessories Wood Block Rack
Music: NativeDSD
Retail prices of reviewed components in EU (incl. VAT): €3'630 as reviewed

GigaWatt are famous for their power delivery products and naught else; no sources, amplifiers or speakers. Just so, they have become one of if not the most well-known Polish audio firm in the world. As a long-time user of their two 'small' filters, I decided to take a look at something bigger now. Voilà, the GigaWatt PC-2 EVO+. Again, most domestic audio manufacturers are small and unknown beyond our borders. Several have managed a foothold in more global recognition but just a few have become fully entrenched, with a very impressive distribution network across the planet. If I had to cherry-pick our most visible hifi house, my finger would point at GigaWatt. One quick glimpse at their homepage reveals why. Their products sell in almost 40 countries! It's safe to say that GigaWatt's story is truly one of success. Founded by Adam Schubert in 2007, his audio adventure actually started almost a decade earlier in 1998 when he co-founded Power Audio Laboratories and held their position of chief designer.

These dates indicate that he's been at it for at least two decades already. Most importantly perhaps, he became a specialist early on. Power delivery was and remains his sole focus. After our Warsaw show of 2002, Adam's work began being recognized by local enthusiasts. Slowly, years of constant R&D, improvements, great products and smart marketing led to worldwide renown with a stand-alone facility in Zgierz, a small town which borders on Łódź, one of our biggest cities. GigaWatt are not a boutique focused on direct sales from an overgrown portfolio but instead a well-developed steady business selling through dealers.

Their current portfolio numbers four power conditioners, three power filters, five power cables and several accessories and components for a home power grid. Instead of introducing new products in short succession, Adam has always focused on upgrading existing models. When their time comes, this procedure tends to apply across the board and is often extensive. GigaWatt don't rush this. Steady growth, constant development and production consistency are the pillars of their unshaken reputation. This game is no longer about reaching the top but about remaining there. Years ago I acquired their PF-1 and PF-2 and have been happy ever since. Yet the itch to try something bigger and more serious was always in the back of my mind and that's how this review came about.

The device arrived double-boxed. Cradled in stiff fabric, the PS-2 EVO+ emerged from in-between two foam shields topped by two small boxes. Velcro strapped, plugs protected in plastic caps, here were GigaWatt's LC-3 Mk3+ power cable, cotton gloves and a manual. This type packaging should be industry standard. Still, black shipping tape imprinted with the brand logo on the outside and very tidy innards were indicators that GigaWatt are a serious operation alert to small yet noticeable details. They've been around long enough to know that customers do pay attention to such things.

The PC-2 EVO+ is a power line conditioner, hence does do two things: it provides protection against interference and voltage spikes on the home power grid; and filters the AC prior to its delivery to your connected components. The 'EVO+' part indicates GigaWatt's third generation of this model. The first PC-2 conditioner was based on isolation transformers which Adam abandoned in 2010 to instead apply extensive multistage filtering. That's how the EVO series came about. Abolishing massive transformer coupling followed quickly across the board.