My system consists of a Nakamichi Receiver 3, Nakamichi CR-1 tape deck, a Beogram RX, and a new Sony 36" flat screen TV. I want to protect the equipment, and try to condition the electricity. I have very little money to spend less than $50 would be great, are the cheaper monster cable power strips enough? Are there other manufacturers that I should look at? Its vital to protect myequipment but to clean the electricity would also be nice.
I have looked everything over, what does everyone think of the Panamax line. They fit my budget and when I talked to the tech support guy(obviously trying to sell the product) it seemed like a really good product. The MAX 8 coax at $48.99 seems like a worthy item.
My whole audio sytem runs through a couple of Panamax Coax units, and it sounds great -- and I'm a very critical listener. Panamax has an excellent warrantee.
You will not get clean power for anything that costs $50 unless it is a surplus isolation xfmr. You really won't even get power or surge protection for $50 but you can get an insurance policy. That's what Panamax and like products are IMHO. The MOV's values drift after about one year and one good surge. But $50 is cheap for $25,000 insurance. Don't know anybody that has filed a claim with them and gotten any money.
I have 2 Monster power conditioners. A HTS 2000 and a HTS 5000. Can't say I'm happy w/ either one of them. Every power conditioner I've heard has effected the sound for the worse...soundstage closes up, tonality change etc...If you have enough outlets I'd forget about a line conditioner. Just unplug everything if there is gonna be a storm or if you're gonna be out of town. Just my thoughts.
I also agree about everything I have tried has changed the sound.
I use a Brick Wall Line Filter ($250 reasonable) no MOV's and it does NOT change anything. I have had much more expensive units in the past. I run all tubes and it is extremely silent. The best that I have found. YMMV of course. I do not have a dedicated line in the house.
Just last week. It seems to work fine. The same seller has an identical unit listed right now; see link below.
I use PowerVar conditioners myself, and very pleased with them. The units intended for hospital/institutional use (not computer!) work best. Get as big of a unit as you can afford!! The more amps, the better.
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