dedicated outlet cost

How much did you pay for dedicated outlet and how many did you get?
I bought 2 of the Wattgate 381 for about $100 each.
Both are on dedicated circuits.
I figure its a pain to install them so why not get the best and be done with it?
I had two 20a, ~40 foot dedicated lines installed by an electrician. The lines were run from the breaker panel, through the crawl space under our home (raised foundation), and up through the sill plate to their location on the first floor of our home. The total including two 20a Porter Ports was less than $500.
You might want to consider getting one dedicated outlet for your amp, one for your front end and definitely put your digital on its own dedicated outlet!
Personally I prefer the Porter Port outlets that Albert Porter sells here on Audiogon for about $36 each (special order Hubbell that’s cryo’d).
I have no idea of the cost of having an electrician run the lines since I’ve done all my own work at my home, which is up to code.
Any more specific questions?
Just out of curiosity, have you considered getting an AC Regen unit instead of running dedicated lines? I am considering both options. I am leaning towards the AC regen. Running dedicated lines in my house is not easy. It would require going through dry wall and the studs. Probably a lot of effort and money. Also, even with dedicated lines I am not guaranteed that the power coming from the outlet is clean and consistent. Also, with an AC regen unit, I have flexiblity in terms of placement in case I ever move my system. You also get surge protection as well. Anyway, just a thought.
I got 4 dedicate lines, 20 amp, on a isolated ground. The electrician dug two pretty deep holes to put the grounding plates in. I live in Austin,and bedrock is about 2ft from the surface, so grounding rods don't really apply. Plus 4 porter ports...all told about $1000.

Worth every cent. IMO Took him about a day to do it all...
Two dedicated lines from the breaker box cost me about $350. Two Furtech FP15 Cu's are about $40 each from Cryoparts.
I ran two lines myself with PS Audio Power cost about $150 in materials.
If you're going to invest in dedicated lines an equally important, if not more, consideration is a dedicated ground for them. Very important.
I ran two 15A lines with 12g Romex and five 20A lines with 10g Romex, plus added a subpanel just for them and Porter Ports, total cost was less than $2K.
I added 4 dedicated lines. since the breaker box is on the other side of the listing room wall it was a breeze. total cost included isolated ground about 70.00 :) You guys are crazy.
I ran 3 dedicated 20-amp circuits about 25' in length. With the cost of 12 guage conduit, 3 breakers, the outlet boxes, and the installation, but not the Power Ports and other outlets, it was $400.

One thing though. Have the electrician check out the house ground. My ground rod to twisted wire connection was loose. Tightening it positively improved imaging and depth--kinda unbelievable, really. Then, at a later date, I added a second ground rod. This involved installing (a foot underground) an 8'-10' extension of 6 guage twisted wire from the existing ground rod to a new 8' ground rod. The result: More depth of soundstage and more layered depth, where I could tell distances front to back of the musicians. I suppose not everyone would call that an improvement.

Still, the point is the cost was relatively small at about $100, and it yielded, to me, quite an improvement. Not to mention the benefits of safety and a better video picture.
Mine where extremely difficult to run as I wanted them in a difficult spot. Crazy?? Hiend2 get in line to call my stereo purchases/expenses crazy!

More importantly to m it was worth every penny!
also I've heard dedicated outlets separated by power and pre amp,
or digital and analog? How should these be plugged in? Poweramp, preamp, cd player, dac.
12-06-06: Samuellaudio
also I've heard dedicated outlets separated by power and pre amp,
or digital and analog? How should these be plugged in? Poweramp, preamp, cd player, dac.
The non-definitive, definitive answer: plug analog components into one dedicated outlet (amp, preamp, turntable, phono pre), and digital components into another dedicated outlet (CD, transport, DAC). The reason is that you want to isolate digital noise/hash generated by the digital components from contaminating the power supply of the analog gear.
Tvad, what about keeping source on one circuit, and power hungry devices (amps, etc) on another. i know...MANY views on this..just curious of yours
I'd add, in an ideal world, that the video, i.e. TV or projector, ought to have a separate circuit also. I don't know why, but from playing around with my three dedicated circuits, I ended up with a better picture, it was deeper and had a more vibrant color. (I should add that, deplorably, I still have an old 'big screen' tv). I'll let the experts figure out why. The disadvantage, of course is cost, not only the additional run, though that's relatively small, but the extra PC or surge/spike protector.

12-06-06: Jaf2290
Tvad, what about keeping source on one circuit, and power hungry devices (amps, etc) on another. i know...MANY views on this..just curious of yours.
If you are speaking of analog sources, then I don't see why putting them on a separate circuit would be of any benefit unless the amps are drawing close to the 20amp limit of the circuit at peaks, and the addition of the analog source would starve the amplifiers of needed amperage. Analog sources don't draw much power.

Putting a digital source on a separate line is recommended for reasons previously stated.
I totally agree with Tvad.
I actually have 3 dedicated circuits. One (20A) for digital, one (20A) for Analog and a 3rd (30A) for my Pass Labs X350.5 Amp.
The 30 Amp circuit is overkill but my Amp will never starve!
My amp, a Moscode 401HR, uses 8 amps at full power output (300 wpc). The amp NEVER reaches 300 wpc output. I'll bet it rarely reaches 200 wpc, and I sometimes listen at very loud volumes. My Lamm LL2 Deluxe preamp draws less than 1 amp. So, at the highest output I'm looking at 9 amps maximum. If I had monoblocks, I'd be looking at 17 amps maximum at peaks...but again, I'd never reach the maximum. Never.

So, for most home audio systems the bottom line is that 20 amps is more than enough amperage on one circuit for two monoblock amplifiers, a preamp, and an analog frontend. Now, if you're a member of Metallica, then this scenario may be different.

If you want to add a third dedicated line and your wallet allows for it, then go for it.
so, i have just a 2 channel system, no video at all. ive got 2 dedicated outlets...only 1 digital component, my cd player. should i separate it this way? ive currently got my 2 amps and power supply for turntable on one circuit, and my phono pre, regular pre, cd player, and tuner. think id get much impact putting cd on the circuit with the amps? None of my gear draws a lot. im more concerned with source, preamps, and quality of power, not quantity as i dont need much...
I cheated. The main panel was full, obsolete and buried in the bedroom wall.

Split off from the 230V/40A oven line and ran 6/3 in the crawl space up to a subpanel in a closet. Dual 15A breakers to the 5KVA transformer and have "balanced" AC on both sides. Since 230 has two 115V hots, I had two more breakers for normal 115, all going into one big gang box. Used a GFI outlet for the balanced AC. Out of the subpanel, I used 12/2 BX and 10/4 cabtire to the tranny. As long as I don't blast the stereo while baking the Christmas turkey, the breakers are fine. The results were dead quiet even though it's not truly dedicated.

subpanel/breakers - about $100
30' 6/3 romex - $120
20A GFI outlet/ 4 ground splices/ rubber tape/ misc - $100
used tranny - $100 + $100 shipping
The rest was lying around

Considering that I have two Plinius SA100's (5A each) and the Genesis servo amp (1600W), I need lots of power.
think id get much impact putting cd on the circuit with the amps?
Jaf2290  (System | Threads | Answers)
The primary purpose of two circuits separate from the rest of the circuits in your home is to keep extraneous noise out of the power supply. You want to keep digital gear off the same circuit as analog gear...including amps. This keeps digital noise and hash from contaminating the power supply of the other gear, and therefore keeps your system quieter.