Are power conditioners actually worth getting for a 19" rack rig? I've heard they don't really do anything but others say it cleans up the tone. If I want to protect my gear would it not be best plugging all my rack stuff into a 6 gang extension cable with surge protection?
Power Conditioners Actually Worth Getting?
Posted 11 January 2014 - 11:07 AM
the only thing I could add to his answer is what I was told by DB and that is use a UPS with the M20D and thats it and only for the reason of it getting turned off inadvertantly and not surge or filtering
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Posted 13 January 2014 - 12:46 AM
IMHO "Worth Getting ?" is almost always a highly personal evaluation, Jonny.
By way of illustration, the main purpose of my gear is to facilitate "one night stands" at both metropolitan and isolated rural venues, so it would seem at first glance that I'd be a prime candidate for a mains conditioner.
In practice, however, I do NOT have one.
Why not ?
Well, there are several reasons, but I'll just set down the first two that spring to mind.
The first is that I often split individual elements of my inventory to have more than one venue (or more than one geographical location within a venue) working simultaneously, so more than one conditioner would be needed.
The second is that it happens to be relatively easy for me to identify mains that may be problematic, so should there be any possibility whatsoever of a mains powering issue, I run from either my own "squeaky clean" Honda generator/inverter, or from equally high quality "computer grade" inverters that derive their primary 12 volts of DC from automotive alternator/lead-acid battery systems.
In summary, I tend to think that relatively expensive high-quality power conditioners CAN (and do) provide the absolutely vital protection and freedom from hum and buzz that are definitely needed when routinely operating road-racked gear using a variety of configurations, cabling and powering arrangements...
...but that they would almost definitely be over-priced "overkill" for a small set-up which is only ever deployed in venues that enjoy the stability of first-world metropolitan mains power.
Posted 20 January 2014 - 05:41 AM
Thanks for the replies everyone.
I'm running Pod hd pro and a matrix 800fx power amp. It will be used for gigging with in the UK (for now) Just heard so many mixed reviews from electrically qualified people and checked out loads of artist rigs. I'm going to stick with the surge protected (seperatly switched) extension cable for now. Then maybe get a power conditioner at a later date.
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