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Power Conditioners

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by kehmical, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. kehmical

    kehmical Guest


    I want to buy a Power Conditioner for my studio.
    I have a PC, a few keyboards and FX processors, Mixer, Preamp.. A basic small studio.

    I am looking for recommendations, I think my power may be a little dirty.


  2. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    There are many levels of power "conditioners". Go to the Furman website and read about the differences between all their models. After that, you'll know everything you need to know.

    They make ones that cost 40 bucks and ones that cost hundreds of dollars. The lower end units (and even the mid level models) are mostly just for surge/noise supression. From what I could tell, the main difference is what is on the front of the unit...either LED power meters or actual voltage number readouts.

    With what you have, get the PL-PLUS SERIES II and you should be fine.
  3. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    I like my APC 350 alot. Gives me clean power, surge protection and battery backup for my pc all in one and it's been totally reliable. Around $40 at Staples or office depot.
  4. jahtao

    jahtao Guest

    i think there's a really good article somewhere on the sound on sound site about this. Are you sure your power is bad, often its ground loops that are the problem (i really should know more about this... thats one for the to do list)
  5. kehmical

    kehmical Guest

    Oh I get ground loops, but I more or less have rigged my gear to avoid that.
    I have a of gear go bad on me, likie my tube pre blew a fuse this week and my PC goes bad a lot etc.

    So I want to get a conditioner to help regulate the evil.
  6. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    You have your gear "rigged to avoid ground loops"? Please don't tell us that you've lifted the ground plug with one of those 3-to-2 adapters!!! If so, a power conditioner will not help (or even protect) you !! And the Furman stuff, while it is very serviceable, because they market it to a niche market, tends to be a less-than-a-great-deal, pricewise. Like Coyote
    said, the APC from Staples is a better deal, and my heavier duty needs get the Tripp treatment....
  7. kehmical

    kehmical Guest

    I have lifted various components, but not the main strips.
    I had no other eway of getting rid of these horrible hums.

    The pre-amp is lifted and the mixer i think, maybe something else.

    If anyone has a better idea I would love to know, I tried connecting peices with a alligator clip in vain, and I tried disconnecting gear and building it up slowly but the hums happened.
  8. kehmical

    kehmical Guest

    What is the Tripp treament?
  9. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    Bombass UPS systems: http://www.tripplite.com/
  10. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    The upside of the Furman gear is that it will provide a regulated 125 volts, which helps here in Nashville......the line voltage from the street can vary anywhere from 90-140 volts. That might be what's making your fuses pop. Low voltage is just as bad for gear as high voltage, since current has an inverse relationship. I have a UPS for the computer, but it's downline from two Furman conditioners, no regrets.
  11. kehmical

    kehmical Guest

    I have been reading...
    Seems a conditioner and a regulator are different.

    regulator keeps the power level and a conditioner stops pops and drop outs. i think.

    I am still looking, i don't understand all the : amps vs jules vs ohms vs watts vs volts at all.
  12. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    When PC's go bad!!! :-? :evil: :twisted: :!:
  13. shanabit

    shanabit Active Member


    I have 3 of them and my sound is quiet bro. Id recommend them. You still need a UPS though
  14. twon

    twon Guest


    try plugging all your gear into the same power outlets through whatever powerboards, etc you need. this will have everything tied to the same ground, which will prevent earth loops. you shouldnt have to lift anything. then get an electrician to check your grounds and have them all tied together which will accomplish the same thing.

  15. kehmical

    kehmical Guest

    thanks for the advice, i plan on getting an electrician out there soon.

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