Originally Posted by rawlesawh
What exactly is a power conditioner and what does it do? I've seen some in the range of $2k down to $100. I am in the process of setting up a small home theater. 46" plasma, onkyo s6100 surround sound system and blu-ray. nothing too extravagant but should I get a power conditioner? If so, is it possible to get one in the range of $150?
Power conditioners are meant to 'remove electrical noise and provide clean and clear power'. They are also meant to be able to isolate components in the system and to try to avoid ground loops. Whether this works is a secondary issue though lol. Most do offer decent surge protection which is never a bad thing.
I think you can grab a Belkin PF60 for about that price in the US. I'm not sure that they do anything apart from offer decent surge protection. I do own a PF60 myself and have not noticed MASSIVELY better picture and audio as the sales blurb would have you believe
Then again, in Australia, our electrical grid is supposedly relatively 'clean' compared to the rest of the world whatever that means.
One power conditioner that I have found to be quite helpful is a Thor PS10 - it acts as a voltage regulator. In the states, you have AC regenerators from quite a few companies like PS audio, PurePower etc that would do an even better voltage regulation job. Some equipment I have noticed prefer stable voltages. However, that sort of stuff is usually a bit more than your $150 budget would allow unless you score it as a used bargain