Originally Posted by TMcG
I'm just not there with $6000 to $10000 on power filtration alone. That recommendation goes straight to the Ferrari and skips over the Fords and Mercedes along the way. ATI, Behringer and the Lab Gruppen clone amps are most certainly value amps when you compare them up against Levinson, Theta, BAT, QSC and authentic Lab Gruppen gear. All totaled in the used market these amps are right around $6500, which is a good value for that much "stuff". You would have to spend double or triple the cost of the ATIs to get 300wpc in the truly high-end gear, so that's why I say it is a real value despite its price.
As above, I am not wanting to go straight to the Ferrari of power solutions for the ultimate in performance right off the bat. Something of more modest performance. Protecting the equipment from surges/spikes/overvoltages/undervoltages would be my initial concern, following by filtration and other technologies used to lower the noise floor from 2% to 0%, for example. The reason I am asking this is because it will take every spare $$ just to get the system complete at this point, without blowing the budget on the ultimate in power protection, filtration and isolation.
I have a segregation already in that my control system, digital phone system, DirecTV DVRs, projector bulb, Synology NAS and all other networking components will be on my APC S20 that has a battery back-up. A legacy piece of equipment I have - a Monster Power Signature HTPS 7000 would function as protection for all other source gear, the preamp, receivers for other zones, matrix switchers, all Niles amplifiers for the whole-house system, and the powerbridge from three 60-65" flat panels....what you call the "non-performance" stuff. The last piece of the puzzle is what to do with all the amps beyond giving them the additional dedicated lines specified by the manufacturer without going straight to a $6000-$10000 solution.
The inbetween solution is to have a dedicated sub panel as close as you can get it to your room with minimum circuit lengths.
Following on from that there are three options:
- Use a basic whole house surge protector - the type designed to be directly connected at a panel, plenty of options, around $200
- Use a step up whole house surge protector - one that includes sine wave tracking technology like the Environmental Potentials EP-2050, $700
- Use a whole room power conditioner like the SurgeX XN120 which has four individual 15A circuits with series mode surge protection and a noise filter, $1700