Originally Posted by Silverstallion
kee68, You are absolutely right the Onkyo is only few pounds heavier. I guess the fact that the Onkyo's weight is all in the front as opposed to the 8500 who's weight is much more evenly distributed made if feel that much heavier. I'm assuming it's due to the toroidal transformer. Maybe that also has something to do with the heavier gauge power cord?
I do plan on having an electrician out to install a dedicated 20 amp circuit but that's a couple weeks out still. Will using the standard outlet in the meantime cause any issues?
A good idea.
Residential electrical service is very robust, a large load can be connected to one circuit before the breaker is tripped. Electrical wiring standards are developed first with safety in mind, and then acceptable performance. These standards are not designed with high-performance audio/video applications in mind.
A few added thoughts:
Running two 20 amp circuits might not cost much more than one. Four outlets in one place, two for each circuit would be nice. There are advantages to using the larger wire, #12
, that is used with 20 amp circuits. Separate circuits can provide small, added benefits. #10
wire for 20 amp circuits that support audio/video is yet another step, but such wire will cost more and will be harder to install in existing spaces.
If the electrician will be working in your service entrance panel to add the circuit(s), then if you don't already have a whole house surge protector, you might consider one. Both Eaton and Square D, offer 240 V combination breakers/surge protectors for installation in the panel. These devices continue to provide the 30 amp or 50 amp protection for the 240V circuit, say an A/C unit or oven, and also provide a first line of protection against surges. These surge protectors are less than $100, plus installation, which should be less than a 10 minute job with the power off and panel already open. The whole house surge protectors protect from surges originating outside of your residence, such as lightening, or power company switching activities.