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#328128 - 11/11/10 10:16 PM Power conditioner / Surge Protection
icehawk21 Offline
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Registered: 04/23/06
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What is recommended around these parts for power conditioner/surge protections units? I'm putting back my theater back together and started thinking about whether or not my Monster HT800 unit is sufficient. I'm thinking not since I bought it years ago for my computer equipment and re-purposed it for my home theater equipment.

What is recommended/used by everyone here?

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#328130 - 11/11/10 10:23 PM Re: Power conditioner / Surge Protection [Re: icehawk21]
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Registered: 01/29/04
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Loc: Iowa
I would not worry to much about conditioning or cleaning dirty power, basically a snake oil sales technique. I suppose if you want to find a nice surge protector to give you peace of mind you can, just don't wast to much money.

I've had good luck with my TrippLite HT PowerBar
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#328132 - 11/11/10 10:27 PM Re: Power conditioner / Surge Protection [Re: SirQuack]
icehawk21 Offline
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Registered: 04/23/06
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I agree - I'm not so concerned with 'clean' power. But I am concerned with protecting my equipment from a power surge.

Is there anything that can be applied where the power comes into the home - i.e. at the panel? Or just buy something for each location in the house with a significant electronic footprint?

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#328134 - 11/11/10 10:32 PM Re: Power conditioner / Surge Protection [Re: icehawk21]
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I'm not really an electrician, but it is my understanding if a house is wired/grounded correctly, combined with the built in protection/guts (rectifiers) that most audio equipment has, you really would not need more than a decent surge protection. I think the higher the joules rating the better. Much of my equipment is plugged right into the outlet, and has been that way for 18years, since my first home.
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#328135 - 11/11/10 10:34 PM Re: Power conditioner / Surge Protection [Re: icehawk21]
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Bryan, as you may already understand, no additional "power conditioning" is needed for audio equipment. The power supply sections of the electronic equipment use the transformer, rectifier and filter capacitors to supply clean DC for use in the amplification section.
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#328136 - 11/11/10 10:36 PM Re: Power conditioner / Surge Protection [Re: SirQuack]
CatBrat Offline
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Registered: 08/05/09
Posts: 5798
Loc: Some random location
For a couple of hundred dollars (more or less) you can add a whole house surge protector to your breaker box, if you have 2 unused spots next to each other. I've been planning on doing this, but just haven't done it yet.

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#328137 - 11/11/10 10:37 PM Re: Power conditioner / Surge Protection [Re: icehawk21]
Wid Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
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Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

I use a Belkin PF60 PureAV for all of my equipment. While some claim it's all snake oil I like the idea of having some sort of protection. To me 2 bills to protect several thousands in equipment is a small price to pay. Plus it gives a central location for all of the stuff to be plugged into.
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#328151 - 11/12/10 12:43 AM Re: Power conditioner / Surge Protection [Re: Wid]
ClubNeon Offline
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Registered: 02/06/09
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Loc: Western Maryland, USA
Many "conditioners" have the problem of using transformers in an attempt to isolate the wall outlets from the ones on the unit. The transformers end up limiting available current, and can cause trouble for amps.
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#328167 - 11/12/10 07:13 AM Re: Power conditioner / Surge Protection [Re: Wid]
davidsch Offline
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Registered: 06/02/03
Posts: 678
Loc: Houston, Texas
Originally Posted By: wid

I use a Belkin PF60 PureAV for all of my equipment. While some claim it's all snake oil I like the idea of having some sort of protection. To me 2 bills to protect several thousands in equipment is a small price to pay. Plus it gives a central location for all of the stuff to be plugged into.


I use the same model but caught it on sale once for $149 US. The price seems to vary throughout the year.

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#328176 - 11/12/10 10:00 AM Re: Power conditioner / Surge Protection [Re: davidsch]
bdpf Offline
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Registered: 06/28/08
Posts: 769
Loc: Toronto, Canada
I use a Belkin power bar bought for $35 at Costco and it does the job fine.
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