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Power conversion question 115v to 230v
Old 16th May 2006
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Power conversion question 115v to 230v

Hello! I haven't posted in months but its great to be back!

I am currently working in canada and i have the north american version of the motu 828mkII interface (no power selector switch in the back). I want to bring this unit with me to Europe soon and I am wondering what is the safest, but still affordable, to convert the power. I have used these little 7$ adaptors from electronics surplus stores, they work well with cheap electronics like my cellphone charger, but I am a little hesitant to use it with an audio interface. they are also 2 prong, and the MOTU has a 3 prong power connector if i am not mistaken.

So, can anyone recommend a good solution?

Thanks.
Old 16th May 2006
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A true step-up transformer, with REAL iron.

Bri
Old 16th May 2006
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Yeah, when I brought a bunch of my stuff to Israel (including a Hafler power amp) I had a tech install step-up transformers in my gear to make it 220. There are a couple little things, e.g. keyboard sound modules and a CD burner, that I use a small household converter for, but as a rule I try to make sure I use these as little as possible.

In fact, a small converter wasn't enough wattage for my Apogee AD-8000, which luckily has a selector switch...are you sure you can't switch the MOTU to 220? It may just mean the flip of a switch and changing fuses...
Old 16th May 2006
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check your manual. according to MOTU, the 828mkII has a universal power supply. it automatically switches to the proper line voltage.

karl
Old 16th May 2006
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As Karl notes, the MOTU has an 'INTERNATIONAL POWER SUPPLY" so you have no worries about plugging it in across the pond: http://www.motu.com/products/motuaud.../overview.html
Old 18th May 2006
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thank you very much! i sent two emails to motu tech support and they replied to me with the same answer, however, they reply in MOTU time (3-4 days later. sucks)


so basically i have to find a european IEC cable somewhere now
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