Originally Posted by Mrkazador
Does the power conditioner have a reset button? I'd check for any shorts and that the relay is working properly with a multimeter. You can switch on the relay with any 12v power source(wall wart, battery).
Originally Posted by NathanJ
Are you using a new amp that you hadn't used before? I am wondering if you overloaded the monster.
I walked away for about an hour. Frustrated.
I came back, saw the monster power was still dead. I took the Onkyo preamp and plugged directly into the wall. It works fine. But the monster power HTS 5100 seems dead. I didn't load it any heavier than it was before. The only thing I really switched on it was to have the 12volt trigger out power on the 20 amp switch box. My Sherbourn 7-350 amp was always plugged directly into a 20 amp wall outlet, and the Crown XLS-5000 amp was too. So I had only moved the Crown XLS-5000 amp to the new switchbox at the time of the blackout. The Sherbourn was still in the original wall outlet. The new relay I plugged into a separate 20 amp circuit. Attached to the Monster Power was
Onkyo PR-SC5508 preamp (on)
Xbox 360 (off)
Symetrix 551E (on)
iNuke DSP 3000 (on)
Sony PS3 3D LCD (off)
That shouldn't be too much load because I've had that much gear attached to the 5100 for years. The difference was that I used the 12v in from the pre-amp to the HTS 5100, and the 5100's 12v out to the switch box. I've never used the 5100's 12v out.
I've pushed the reset breaker in the back of the hts 5100 multiple times, also I've flipped every breaker in the house, other items work on the outlet that the HTS 5100 won't. The HTS 5100 is completely dark. No LEDs at all, even when powered off - when you plug it in - it should have LEDs and voltage readout. It must have failed - but it's not making a whining alarm sound like it is supposed to if it failed according to the manual. I've just unplugged it and will let it sit overnight I guess. If something was going to fail with this little DIY attempt - I'd surely rather it be the 5100 HTS conditioner over my much more expensive Onkyo preamp -- That's why I have the thing in the first place. Looking at Amazon they are much cheaper these days than they once were. I can rebuy the unit for $250ish. Some may say they aren't worth it, but we have terrible power in my area of Kansas City. We regularly have brownouts. I've seen the UPS monitor on my computer say 170+ abnormal power in a timeframe of 1 month. I'd rather the power conditioner take those hits than gear directly. I can visibly see a difference in the projector image when it is plugged into the HTS-5100 or a UPS over just plugged directly into a wall while watching a movie. The projector will dim and flicker a bit plugged directly into the wall - but plugged into a APC True UPS or the power conditioner the flickering/dimming is gone. I can't say I hear an difference, but I do see a difference and that's good enough to know it's doing something - so I'll probably buy another if this thing did die.
The fact that the DIY switch worked for like 1/2 hour before everything went black --- strange. Not sure if this is coincidence, or the DIY switch is unsafe?Edited by Archaea - 1/25/14 at 7:09pm