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robbrown99
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Power conditioner for integrated amp, cd player and computer

Hi, I have an entry level setup and looking for a decent power conditioner.

I have read up on Furman and like the reviews for quality. I looked at Panamax, but have heard bad things for quality.

My setup:
- NAD 325BEE integrated amp
- NAD C 542 CD player
- Dynaudio Audience 42 speakers
- ... and a Mac Pro and high end color monitor
- We have a fair number of power outages also in the winter, sometimes thunderstorms in the summer (but not frequent).

I am narrowing in on either the Furman PL-8C (which is a rackmount design and I have no rack to mount it on), or the Furman PST-8 DIG or PST-8. The PST-8 series can just sit on my floor and I don't need the fancy pull out lights. I just need piece of mind and better sound.

From the specs the PL-8C and PST-8 DIG look almost identical except that the PST-8/DIG don't have undervoltage protection, have worse filtration according to specs (but both have SMP, LiFT, EVS). It looks like the PST-8 DIG also has some different blocks for analog vs digital devices (but the PST-8 and PL-8C do not as far as I can tell). No idea whether that is a useful thing or not.

Is there a major difference between them that I am not aware of? Should I just save some $ and go for the PST-8 (non DIG version)?

Thank you for any advice.

Dorsia777
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Don’t overthink it!

I have the PST-8. It’s great for the money. Is it the best? Of course not. Are others out there that are better...for sure. For your purposes, along with mine, it’s more than you’ll need. Enjoy!

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Caught my interest...

Don't know if this will be helpful, or not, but I think I'm kinda' in Dorsia's camp of thinking. I've been using an old Monster Power conditioner I purchased... has to be 15, 20 years ago, now; maybe even more. Can't remember the model number. I paid something like 2 or 3 hundred bucks for it back then. It came with a lifetime guarantee of up to 1 million dollars protection for anything you plugged into it if it ever failed to protect your equipment from a power surge. I've always used it with my TVs & audio gear and never had any problems. Presently, I've got a 55" ultra high def LG OLED 4K smart TV plugged into it, along with a MAC amp, Marantz CD and Mofi turntable. Still going strong, as far as I can tell anyway. Like you, however, I periodically wonder if anything more expensive, maybe something with newer technology, better wiring, might be better, safer, provide noticeable audio and/or video performance. They all promise that but I don't know diddly squat about how these things really work with respect to conditioning current & reducing line hash. The important spec, to me, is how quickly these things trip when presented with a power surge. As for conditioning the current and improving audio & video performance, I'm sure this all depends on a multitude of factors (e.g. quality of existing current supply; grip of your outlets; etc.). It's been so long since I didn't have the Monster in my chain, I can't honestly remember any before & after difference(s) I might have noticed in this regard. At this point, I'd be more inclined to install one of those hospital-grade outlets, rather than upgrade the Monster, but the Monster, of course, would still stay in the chain. So, I think if you buy something of good quality that has enough outlets for the gear you plan to plug into it, you'll be fine. As for how much, or even if, these things truly have an appreciable effect on audio and/or video performance, someone would have to prove that to me before I shelled out mucho dinero for one.

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Forget it

Dear Power conditioner for integrated amp, cd player and computer.

This power conditioner crap is crap. Forget it.

Dorsia777
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Crap
kb0000 wrote:

Dear Power conditioner for integrated amp, cd player and computer.

This power conditioner crap is crap. Forget it.

Best advice ever lol

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