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#11858 - 09/02/03 09:56 PM Voltage stabilizers/regulators..
SpOoNmAn Offline
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Registered: 04/06/02
Posts: 264
Loc: Independence, Ohio, USA!!
Some of you might remember a while back that you helped me with some dedicated circuit issues. Since then I've installed 15 and 20 amp lines, running into my livingroom.

I live in a suburb that usually had decent power. I think we've lost power here like 4 times in 25 years. I currently have a Panamax 4300 connected to each outlet.

But since the blackout of 2003, and me being near Cleveland(where a lot of crap happened), I notice my lights flickering. Sometimes they get low and come back up maybe 2 seconds later.

Other times, it seems like a normal power draw is hitting the system and it only lasts for a nanosecond. From what I've been reading on the net, is that I am experiencing some Voltage sags, and those can be detrimental to gear AS far as I know, my Panamax units do nothing to shield/protect against such events.

Regardless of my situation and the power not being the same since the blackout...

Does anyone here use or recommend a stabilizer? One that regulates its own 120 and keeps it at that without sags in voltage?

I came across a few Furman models and some Monster ones. Both were about $1,500.00 and seemed to be decent in quality as well as the jobs they perform.

I have been reading a lot lately about MOV's and unfortunately, Panamax uses these. I am thinking of upgrading to some Brick Wall units in the near future, but why bother if the electricity is acting all wierd.

I will be selling the house in the spring so I wouldn't do anything right now anyways, but I'm always trying to better my knowledge of such things, and incase I get a place that has crappy power, I won't have to do as much research down the road.

As always, thanks in advance for the opinions/facts

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#11859 - 09/02/03 10:05 PM Re: Voltage stabilizers/regulators..
alphanstein Offline
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Registered: 01/27/03
Posts: 116
Loc: San Diego, CA
I have been looking and looking for a good power regulator and after all is said and done, I think I have settled on the ExactPower EP15, although I have no gotten one yet because they are $1800. But the reviews I see and the feedback from users on audiogon.com show this thing to be a top performer, plus, they rarely ever show up for sale on the used site on audiogon which tells me that users of them are sticking with them as opposed to still searching for something better. I looked at Monster AVS2000, Furman IT Reference, all the BPT, Tice (before they went under), Panamax, Richard Gray, PS Audio, EquiTech, etc and I found these either too pricey or not of the right feature sets for the price. So I am waiting until I can jump up to the ExactPower unit.

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#11860 - 09/02/03 10:51 PM Re: Voltage stabilizers/regulators..
SpOoNmAn Offline
Gunslinger

Registered: 04/06/02
Posts: 264
Loc: Independence, Ohio, USA!!
A review of the above mentioned product..

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_9_3/exact-power-ep15-7-2002.html

and another one...

http://www.hometheatertalk.com/Reviews/ExactPower/exactpower.html

Sounds good but I need to do a ton of research b4 I jump into this.

Keep 'em coming!

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[This message has been edited by SpOoNmAn (edited September 02, 2003).]
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