Originally Posted by Jim HTPC
John stated my Torus power conditioner should not have caused any problems with my CB3HD.
Monster products are garbage in my book. APC isn't much better. Product reliability is poor at best. So far Richard Gray battery backup is proving to be good for source devices. I've used multiple Torus products with excellent results. Both single and balanced.
So far faulty components seem to be my problem. We'll see what end result is.
Jim- just adding my nickel's worth on your post... I agree and can see garbage "conditioners" (which are usually nothing more than fancy looking encased power strips) causing problems with sensitive equipment, particularly if the conditioner is limiting or restricting current, or has some wierd filtering going on.
However, there should never be any problem with using quality conditioners, either at the AC panel circuits or stand alone units. If one is spending $20+k on AV components, one should understand what they are plugging in upstream from it, rather than slapping in a Best Buy "conditioner". Good, high wattage capable conditioners are not cheap though, the parts themselves are quite pricey- Whether it be Richard Gray, Running Springs, Torus, PSA, Fuhrman, a hospital-grade industrial unit, or a custom whole-home setup designed by an electrical engineer. You will indeed pay extra for audiophile brands that are specially designed to not hum like a monster when running.
I know the answer to my previous post, basically no component is going to have built in over voltage or surge protection. It's up to the purchaser to learn what to add and not to add in terms of AC protection in relation to the equipment they own. I do not feel that using nothing is an acceptable solution either.