Originally Posted by JMulhollan
I was at Sam Ash today picking up a rack case for my mobile rig which is 2 Presonus FP10s and an extra Rack-mounted Pre-amp and the guy wouldn't let down that I didn't really plan on getting a power conditioner right away. I have a regular surge protecter that I have been using for a while now and have had no problems, but is it really that important to "rush" and get a power conditioner for running 3, maybe 4 pieces of gear (including my laptop) tops?
If I had full 10+ spaces racks full of gear, I could see the importance, but not for 3 or 4 things.
Any input is great. Thanks
Open up any audio device, and what you'll find is a power supply that makes DC out of AC, and regulates it so it's clean, smooth and free from noise. It makes no difference which device it is, that power supply is necessary for the thing to work, but it also pretty much takes care of any conditioning you might need. Built-in regulators usually operate at 20% or more above their drop-out voltage (a voltage at which they don't regulate anymore) and usually can take a pretty good surge and flatten it off. Some even have enough energy reserve to coast over a short brown-out without an issue. However, surge protection is cheap and worth while, especially if you're on the road at all. Anything beyond that is nonsense.
I like the surge protected strips you get for about $25 that come with an "insurance policy" that if anything you plug into it ever is blown up by a surge, they'll replace it. Get that one, fill out the card and send it in, then file the policy where you can find it. If you ever take a lightning strike, you're covered! No surge protector strip can deal with a direct strike.
Other than that, save your money. The only possible exception is if your power is really full of RF, switching transients, and suffers huge surges and sags. If it's that bad, a condition won't help anyway. Like another poster said, you'll need real regulation, which costs real money.
Know why you've never seen a scientific study on the audibility of power conditioners? Want to guess?
BTW, there's a healthy markup on power conditioners. Nice profit margin.