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Hi,


I'm a bit confused about purchasing a power conditioner and hope that people with more knowledge will help.


I'm trying to decide between the following devices: Acoustic Research PW1000, Belkin PureAV PF60, BrickWall PW8R15AUD, Monster HTS5100 MKII, and Panamax M4300-PM. It's going to go in the A/V rack in my living room and be connected to a stereo & TV music system with TV, receiver, Blue-Ray player, and perhaps a media streamer (Apple TV) or some legacy equipment (e.g., cassette deck).


Here's how I'm thinking about this:
  1. These items are available on the Internet at prices ranging between $200 and $300. If I just wanted surge protection, I'd get a good TrippLite or APC surge protector at a price closer to $100. The value added for the devices I'm considering is that they condition the power, thereby improving sound and picture.
  2. There are no standards for measuring power conditioning, and there are precious few professional reviews for conditioners in this price range. (I found several reviews of conditions priced over $3,000). So how should one decide between the choices?
  3. Some manufacturers, like Panamax, say their warranty is no good unless the unit is purchased from an "authorized dealer." I looked at the web sites of the authorized Internet dealers, and they're all charging full price. The least expensive price I found on the Internet for the Panamax M4300-PM is $197.46, but all the authorized dealers are charging $340. This makes the Panamax about $140 more expensive than the other competitors. (But I haven't looked into them to see if they also have an "authorized dealer" condition on their warranties.) I'm viewing the extra $143 tacked onto the lowest Internet price as if it were the price of an "extended warranty." Is having the manufacturer's warranty worth such a huge markup? Is there any way to buy Panamax equipment from authorized dealers at a discount? What about the other vendors?
  4. The Acoustic Research unit has a network hub -- something I could really use. But I've not seen any reviews of the unit. Has anyone out there had experience with it?
  5. In light of my list, which conditioner would you recommend?


Thanks.
 

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they condition the power, thereby improving sound and picture.

They don't improve picture or sound quality, they won't make better toast or a better vacuum either.
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There are no standards for measuring power conditioning,

There are many well respected standards for measuring the parameters of a power supply.


There is no agreed upon definition of "power conditioner"....what could a power conditioner possibly do to the incoming sine wave to make it 'better'?
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The Acoustic Research unit has a network hub

A hub? Does anyone actually use hubs these days when a switch is cheaper?
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which conditioner would you recommend?

The only 'conditioner' I've ever seen, that wasn't just a bunch of low quality L/C Pi filters, was a motor driven variac, voltage stabilizer, feeding two 25KV, 4Amp DC supplies for a TV transmitter....You don't want that in your home though.
 

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Hard to beat a motor generator set with a big flywheel. Of course, you probably don't want that in your living room, either.
 

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Why bother? It is well understood that the filters in power conditioners will reduce noise on the AC line and how they do it. The only relevant question is whether it makes any difference in the performance of the gear attached to it.
 

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Originally Posted by Colm  /t/1425515/power-conditioners#post_23153238


Why bother? It is well understood that the filters in power conditioners will reduce noise on the AC line and how they do it. The only relevant question is whether it makes any difference in the performance of the gear attached to it.

I didn't realize that most power conditioners worked as advertised in reducing AC noise. If they all work similarly, they should all be priced similarly as well.

Improvement in performance I don't care about. It is the longevity of the electronic components that interest me.

I only bring this up because I believe I have some power issues at my house that I'll need to investigate.
 

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If they all work similarly, they should all be priced similarly as well.
Doesn't follow. House branded corned beef hash at one local super market chain is 15% more expensive than at another chain, and it is the exact same product from the same factory. Just the labels are different.


BTW I didn't say they all worked similarly. I just said they work and there is no mystery how they work. IOW if someone with a modicum of electronic knowledge were to look at a schematic of the product they could tell you how much noise reduction to expect at a given frequency. How much noise reduction a filter will yield at a given frequency is a function of the design. Some manufacturers will give you specifications like "-x dB at y MHz". Others just use meaningless terms like "digital" or "high current".


As far as compensating for any power issues at your house, don't hold your breath. CE gear can tolerate wide fluctuations in supply voltage and noise with no noticeable degradation in performance.


What kind of issues are you experiencing?
 

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Having a bad day and need someone to kick?
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Originally Posted by zuluwalker  /t/1425515/power-conditioners#post_23160144


Anyone notice how the guy who originally posted this, never replied?
Yeah, so what? It happens.
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Then the big kids in the sandbox started throwing their toys around.
Nonsense. SAM64 gave an appropriate response, and I gave an additional example of a power conditioner that works.
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I wonder if he found his answer?
He did if he read SAM64's response. If he was looking for confirmation of his erroneous beliefs, I guess he didn't.


Did you even notice that you took an active thread off-topic with your name calling? You obviously don't care.
 

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Originally Posted by Colm  /t/1425515/power-conditioners#post_23160429


Having a bad day and need someone to kick?

My apologies if you took that too personally.


Yeah, so what? It happens.

You're right, people do not always respond back to their original post after other take the time to answer it.


Nonsense. SAM64 gave an appropriate response, and I gave an additional example of a power conditioner that works.

He did if he read SAM64's response. If he was looking for confirmation of his erroneous beliefs, I guess he didn't.

Erroneous indeed. I don't know what he was thinking. I am sure he is on the right path now.


Did you even notice that you took an active thread off-topic with your name calling? You obviously don't care.

I should never have compared you to children in a sandbox. No, I really don't care. Please continue. I won't interrupt again.
 

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Originally Posted by Brutux  /t/1425515/power-conditioners#post_22324995


Hi,


I'm a bit confused about purchasing a power conditioner and hope that people with more knowledge will help.


I'm trying to decide between the following devices: Acoustic Research PW1000, Belkin PureAV PF60, BrickWall PW8R15AUD, Monster HTS5100 MKII, and Panamax M4300-PM........


[*] There are no standards for measuring power conditioning, and there are precious few professional reviews for conditioners in this price range. (I found several reviews of conditions priced over $3,000). So how should one decide between the choices?

Well these aren't "professional" units either. They are audiophile jewelry. Actually there are IEEE standards on power quality as well as other research by respected organizations such as NASA. But then the above mentioned companies aren't from professional engineering circles either and would not have access to that data.


Just get a good quality surge strip. If you need power failure protection, then get a $100-200 UPS unit. Beyond that if your power is unacceptable call an electrician or the utility. I am not being a smart *** here but those pricy audio power conditioners with blue LED displays are a waste of money. They will not make any improvements over a good low cost surge strip.


Now isolation transformers do provide a benefit but are not in the price range.
 

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Just a quick bit of anecdotal evidence to an old thread. I have had issues with every audio device from a Logitech thx speaker setup to a Yamaha RX-675 to an RX-A2030 which is what I have now. Each unit would just shut down during loud passages, basically when more power was called upon. This is with three devices now. I went ahead and bought a furman M-8dx and it hasn't happened since.
 

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Just a quick bit of anecdotal evidence to an old thread. I have had issues with every audio device from a Logitech thx speaker setup to a Yamaha RX-675 to an RX-A2030 which is what I have now. Each unit would just shut down during loud passages, basically when more power was called upon. This is with three devices now. I went ahead and bought a furman M-8dx and it hasn't happened since.
Those two things are almost certainly unrelated...
 

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Why do you say that? They almost certainly are related, just from the outcome. How though, I do not know.
 

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You may have removed a short in 1 of your speaker hookups.
 
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Not to resurrect an old thread, but I recently ran out of room in my rack after adding another external amplifier. The one device I decided to remove was the Monster HTS 3500 MKII. I had noise coming through my speakers from an external amp most likely caused by a ground loop and noise generated from the plasma TV and UPS device, which are all on the same circuit.

I noticed no change in quieting down my environment with or without the Monster HTS 3500 MKII plugged in for any of the components, including the cable feed to the DVR from Dish.
 
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