Guys I realize this is a wood router forum , but there seems to be a lot of members with electrical engineering degrees and also home theatre gurus . And just alot of very intelligent people period
This topic is a tough one , as you can't really get a straight forward answer , as there probably isn't one .
Years ago , we had a demonstration board at our local stereo shop , showing you difference between being plugged directly into an electrical outlet on a wall , or going threw a power conditioner.
I don't know what they used to demonstrate , maybe it was nothing more than a transistor radio designed to go lower than AM .
But the power was certainly clean threw the Monster Power conditioner I purchaced.
Unfortunately for me it looks as though they've been discontinued, amd there's not a lot of other options other than Furman .
Other than cleaning up the AC power , it also helped with erratic hydro behaviour. I was watching the voltmeter as it climbed to 137 VAC one evening . The power conditioner shuts the system down automatically when voltage exceeds 135 VAC .
So if theres no justification for owning a power conditioner for cleaning the AC, then it certainly didn't hurt to have it protect my gear as the voltage was wandering for several minutes .
They also claim they will save your equipment from a lightning strike , but I'm trying to be realistic here . There have been owners who took a direct hit , and it destroyed there Monster Power conditioner, but all there components survived . I don't expect anything to survive a close encounter though .
Anyways that's a few of the pluses , but I have a concern regarding current capability.
My subwoofer from Paradigm , states right in the manual to have a dedicated 20 amp circuit . Most power conditioners are rated for 15 amps , and the 20 amp versions are usually double the price . Wel at least with Furman . There are much cheaper units from APC ,but is the quality there ?
My amplifier only draws 660 watts peak , but the Anthem A5 that I want draws 1800 watts .
I realize these are maximum draws that are probably not typical , but I don't want to starve electronic gear for current either .
So in this case , I would need 3 power conditioners, one for the subwoofer , one for the amplifier, and another lesser 15amp model for the flatscreen , pre/pro , BD , cable box , Apple TV box etc .
For new Furman power conditioners, were talking close to 5K Canadian .
I'm wondering if a guy should only use one power conditioner for the pre/pro , flat screen BD player etc , and leave the subwoofer and amplifier plugged directly into the wall ?
I really don't want to look at the power conditioners , so I am going to have them rack mounted in the basement . I was going to run 4 or 5 separate 14/3 branches from the wall to the rack in the basement. This way I can run equipment threw the conditioners , or bypass them and go directly to the outlets beside the racks .
I do have two monster power conditioners now , a 20 amp and a 15 amp model , so I do have some of it covered .
I do feel that a conditioner may be choking the system instead of helping sometimes , and was wondering how others felt.
Then there's this guy. He makes some good points imo