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    Furman Power Conditioners

    I use a Furman power conditioner for my recording gear (I've also used it when I had electric guitar amps). Are they also great/adequate/better than nothing, for home audio?

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    Re: Furman Power Conditioners

    Yes, also the PS Audio units.

    I use an APC H-15 myself but know the Furmans are probably better.
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    Re: Furman Power Conditioners

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowfax View Post
    Yes, also the PS Audio units.

    I use an APC H-15 myself but know the Furmans are probably better.
    Hard to say which is better, both have been in the industry for a while and both are owned by another company. . APC actually is Schneidar Electric . Furman is owned by Linear which changed its name to Nortel Security & Control. All have deep history in IT.
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    Re: Furman Power Conditioners

    Quote Originally Posted by CPP View Post
    Hard to say which is better, both have been in the industry for a while and both are owned by another company. . APC actually is Schneidar Electric . Furman is owned by Linear which changed its name to Nortel Security & Control. All have deep history in IT.
    I should have said "think" not Know.
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    Re: Furman Power Conditioners

    All a power conditioner can do is to try to reduce the problems of a specific situation. So the problems that on listen faces will be different than the problems another listener has. A product that is helpful in one specific situation may not be so in another.

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    Re: Furman Power Conditioners

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedskater View Post
    All a power conditioner can do is to try to reduce the problems of a specific situation. So the problems that on listen faces will be different than the problems another listener has. A product that is helpful in one specific situation may not be so in another.
    This is a little late in response, but yes, that's why I was asking. Would the Furman PC that I have work just as well for home audio as for recording and electric instruments?

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    Re: Furman Power Conditioners

    If in the same building/power circuit, yes. Requiring that you were already happy with it doing exactly the same in the previous scenario, of course. Most general broad band-aids are just that, not specific. Don't fix it if it ain't broken.... If you have to, address that particular point.

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    Re: Furman Power Conditioners

    I use a Furmam Reference 20i on a dedicated 20 amp circuit. This unit is a balanced symmetrical unit and is by most industry standards considered excellent.

    I honestly donít think it has or makes a sonic improvement in the conventional sense of that statement.... however I am fortunate to live in a large home two pool pumps, a hot tub with two pumps( one on 24/7) two central air conditioners, two furnaces, two dishwashers, washer dryer, 2 full size fridges, 2 bar fridges, wine fridge, and god knows how many other motor devices and noisy electronic dinners etc etc. And worse, Iím on a street transformer with 5 other houses that would have that or likely more motors turning at any given time.

    The furman cleans that noise up on ( for example) a busy Saturday when trying to listen.

    Now, the device provides protection and doesnít change the actual sound characteristics as far as I can tell and has capacitance so doesnít chock the amp... combine that with noise elimination from dirty power ( at times) and for me , in my home itís a home run

    Whatís interesting is the noisiest devices seem to be a set of 12 dimmable low voltage pot lights used to eliminate some art. Prior to the furman I literally could hear if they were on upstairs or not.

    Just , and this is simply an opinion, donít buy these things thinking they will make your rig sound better . I honestly have not experienced that