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Post Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:30 am

Power Conditioners...??

Hello audiophiles all!! Been awhile since I've posted, been busy lately. Got a question for you all....When it comes to power conditioners, which ones would any of you recommend? I have just purchased a Monster Power HTS 5100 and a HTS 2600. I have seen several power conditioners around and it seems the most popular ones are Furman and Monster Power. What is your take on them?? Thanks gentlemen.
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Post Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:44 am

Re: Power Conditioners...??

The Monster HTS series is not a power conditioner. It only does RF filtering. I have had the HTS 3500 and 3600. IMO they only make good power centers.

As for power conditioners, you have to watch out on what you buy. Make sure they recreate a true sine wave and not a stepped sine wave. I have an APC S15. It is a UPS power conditioner that is a true sine wave. You should be able to find a new between $700 and $800. One that they also sell is the APC H15. It is in the 300-400 but it is a stepped sine wave and is not good for audio equipment.

The best conditioner, if you can find them, are Tice. They went out of business in the late 80's but made great power conditioners.

Also I would not plug your amps into any power conditioner. Amps can draw more power than some power conditioners can put out.
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Post Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:57 pm

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Post Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:47 pm

Re: Power Conditioners...??

I've been using an older model of the TrippLite LCR2400 for years in my equipment rack.

Maintains usable 120V nominal output during brownouts as low as 87V and over-voltages as high as 140V
2,400 watts output power rating supports heavy 120V loads up to 20 amps


They get some bad reviews on other audio forums compared to some of the sine wave products but I've been very happy with it.
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:37 am

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Hi all, I just picked up a Monster Power AVS-2000 for $150.00. Should I have left it in the store? It looks impressive and weighs a ton.
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:15 am

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$150 are you serious? Those are selling on Amazon for $1500 new, $1,000 used! Plug it in, try it out and if you don't like it, quadruple your money back! 8)
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Post Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:25 am

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yeah, for $150.00. Local electronic store going out of business. One lucky guy got one for $70.00.
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Post Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:52 am

Re: Power Conditioners...??

Great question . . . I currently have two power conditioners. One is the baby Monster Unit - Model 1600 (I think) and the other one is a Furman Elite 15 - DM. I really do not notice any difference between the two other than the Furman is a larger unit with nearly twice as many plugs as the Monster.

Furman's "gimic" is Linear Power Filtering. I believe Furman purchased Panamax or vice versa as their products are starting to look very much the same. They also sell a Power Factor version that has the ability to store energy (likely in capacitors) and make it available to Power Amps when demands are high; however the price goes up significantly for this feature.

I agree with others that Power Amps should be plugged directly into the wall especially if you are running the system hard.
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Post Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:56 am

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I thought the furman was more of a slight conditioner but more of a surge protector?

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