I have found so much conflicting information regarding power conditioners/voltage regulators on the internet and on the forum, I figured I?d ask some specific questions. A little background: Hopefully I will be buying a place this summer, but for now I am renting, so I don?t want to have an electrician do any work on the place. I have recently noticed significant buzzing on my system on certain components (The Intel NUC XBMC box being the worst of them all). Plugging different things into different outlets/power surges has helped some, but I?ve come to the conclusion that I need some form of power conditioning. Now, with HT stuff, I feel like it?s best to do it right rather than do it twice, so I?ve come up with a budget of about $700 (flexible) for this and am deciding between two models - details below. Before I pull the trigger I have a few questions about them and about power conditioning/voltage regulation in general. My System consists of: Panasonic ST50 65?, Onkyo DHC 60.5 Preamp, 5x Genelec powered 8020 speakers and a Velodyne Digital Drive sub. Xbox 360, PS 3 and 4, Wii U, Intel NUC XBMC Box, Apple TV Logi Harmony Ultimate and a switch for wired ethernet. A pretty nice system, but not ?Ultra High-End?, so I?m pretty sure the argument for not having a power conditioner does not apply here.
From what I understand, there are four functions that these devices can provide:
1. Power conditioning, or cleaning the power signal of noise and junk.
2. Voltage regulation, or making sure the voltage supplied to your components is always within a certain range.
3. UPS, running on a battery backup in the event of power failure.
4. Surge protection, blowing a fuse in the event of a surge to protect your components.
Surge protection is a no brainer, need that. Power conditioning as well, I need that, UPS I don't need but what about voltage regulation?
Is that an important feature on most US power grids that I should make sure I get? I live in Austin, TX.
The models that seem like they would be a good match are the Furman Elite-15 PFi and the Panamax M5400-PM
The Furman has 13 outlets, no voltage regulation, and no Ethernet port.
The Panamax has voltage reg, a port for Ethernet but only 8 outlets (which would not really be enough for the front 4 powered speakers and all my components). In this situation is it imperative that I protect everything going into each of my components, meaning that the ethernet cable must be ?cleaned? also, or is that not something that will affect sound quality/noise or endanger my system in the event of a lightning strike? Also, the voltage regulation issue does seem like a pretty big feature to enhance the performance and protect your components. Is that intact the case or is it something that would be more necessary in a country with big power fluctuations? I?d like to get away with using the 13 outlet if possible, but if these features are important than that changes everything. Thank you so much for any input you might provide.