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AudioRigger's picture
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Joined: Nov 20 2009 - 3:08pm
Power Surge

I thought I would relay an experience I had regarding a power surge last week, so those of you that have not addressed it in your system, will.

I had a brief power outage (5 min.) last week. When the power came on, a surge hit my system. I have had outages happen on several occasions with no issues whatsoever.

My monster power 3600 ($500) that I used for my home theater setup began to beep, was not working and started smelling like burnt wiring. My PS audio duet ($199) no longer works, even after I hit the reset button. My PurePower 1050 ($2,500) is now leeking DC into the line and everything plugged into it hums and sounds like crap.

What is very interesting is the fact that my Richard Gray (2 Richard Gray 400s) also took the hit with no effect to them or any of the components connected to them.

My home owners insurance covers up to $1000 per item, with a $500 deductable. I'm checking into what is covered by each manufacturer, but most cover connected equipment, not the actual unit itself. As far as I'm concerned they did their job by not allowing damage to thousands of dollars of loss that I would have had.

I'm looking into some "whole house" protection, but I'm still going to replace the units. The thing is, you need to make sure that you have 1) Protected your system 2) Check what your home insurace covers and 3) What the manufacturer covers.

Some of these power conditioners/surge protectors are becoming high dollar items. Make sure you are protected accordingly and are aware of your potential loss.

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Joined: Jan 31 2008 - 1:46pm
Re: Power Surge

In the mid 80's I lived in Monterey. The power company decided to do some maintenance and killed the power without warning. When they turned it on, they killed my TV, VCR and CD player...they also had zero liability for the damage they did, as is usual with any quasi governmental entity, as as one can expect for government health care.

My lesson, buy a good power product. Being poor, I got a Monster Power device that has not let me down, so far.

Poor Audiophile
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Joined: Feb 14 2006 - 7:35pm
Re: Power Surge

Thanks for sharing that!
I've been thinking about getting the Duet after looking at the Music Direct catalog. Glad for the reminder.
You don't mention the price, but I know the Grays are up there.

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