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110 powered Amp for 220

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by dira18, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. dira18

    dira18 Guest

    Hi.
    I'm heading to the states in a week and was planning on picking up some gear while I am there, I live in Israel and the price difference will certainly be worth it. I may have the opportunity to get a powered amplifier, but it will be set for 110V. I'm wary of using a converter. Anyone have experience/comments on using a 110 to 220 converter on an amplifier?

    Thanks.
    Tony
     
  2. roguescout

    roguescout Guest

    A lot of the gear we have here is available internationally. The better stuff usually has a volatge switch built into it. So perhaps look for gear that includes that option.

    As far as converters go, just make sure it is high quality.

    The best solution may be one of these:

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  3. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

    For power amplifiers I would stay off power converters. For smaller equipment it is probably Ok. Apart from the voltage difference it will also be a frequency difference (220V generally is 50Hz, not sure about Israel, 110V generally is 60 Hz). This has a number of effects, one is that the transformer runs warmer.

    In some cases you might consider simpy changing the mains transformer in the unit. Given a good electronics shop they should be able to tell you if it is worth it (generally, it can always be done, but the price can be a bit steep).

    Generally though, a lot of equipment is switcheable.

    Gunnar
     

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