Originally Posted by Dr_Mark
I am running all this equipment including 2 battery backups, projector and my SVS PB12 ULTRA2 1k watt sub on 1 dedicated 15 amp circuit. I have never blown or popped a breaker yet.
Originally Posted by Saturn94
I actually tested the circuit one time with the entire system on running full tilt (actually much louder than I ever listen and I never have all the components on at the same time). Peak current draw was less than 5 amps. After that I never worried about if my lowly 15 amp circuit was sufficient.
Originally Posted by davee70
Be brave my fellow Para----noid! You're lowly 15 amp circuit and a 14AWG outlet is all you'll need.
After reading this stuff I decided to do some comprehensive tests on my own system and came up with entirely
different results. Rather eye opening and shocking (pardon the pun) results.
First off, my equipment;
Halo C-2 controller
Sony 60EX500 LCD display
Rythmik FV15HP sub
5 box fans for cooling the amps set on a variable voltage converter
2 computer monitors for displaying Oppo and C-2 info
7 PSB 4 ohm speakers
Here's the results using a Radio Shack AC Ammeter Probe Analog Multimeter;
all equipment unplugged from outlets - 0 amps
all equipment plugged in and on standby, 1.5 amps total
Amplifiers, C-2 and Subwoofer turned on and idling, 6 amps total
5 Cooling fans and 2 computer monitors, 7 amps total
TV and Oppo on and all equipment idling, 9.5 amps total
With the C-2 set to -12db, Prometheus chapter 32 when Alien Spaceship tries to leave planet (loud loud with awesome bass and effects) 12 to 16+ amps
Unfortunately, the previous owner schlub who built this detached garage that I've converted to my Home Theater had the infinite wisdom to install 20 amp breakers on 14awg wire.
I think I'll be getting some quotes to have the wiring upgraded pronto! YIKES!!!