I'm looking to get a proper power conditioner for my home system. I've been looking at Furman, Audioquest, PS Audio, etc. Furman appearing to be the best bang for buck (Furman Elite 15 PFi).
I notice you say you've "been looking at" power conditioners. Is that a metaphor? Or are you literally looking at them? Because my understanding is we buy them for how they sound not how they look. Well, I do anyway. If you do too then you need to listen to them. Preferably at home in your own system.
Ditto rack space and stacking. Asking around here not gonna get you anywhere. Actually it will get you a whole slew of uninformed opinions! My informed opinion, I know from experience how much better a component sounds when sitting on its own Shelf and Cones, so I know I would never in my life turn my back on that much better sound just to save a few bucks or a little shelf space. But that is only because I have actually done the work of trying and listening and comparing. And that applies only to me. I have absolutely no idea what applies to you.
Only way to know what you think is to try it and find out for yourself.
Maybe I should have used the word 'considering' over 'looking'. But I'm pretty sure you got my gist. Either way, I am going to be buying a used component.
The main thing I'm try to achieve is lower the noise floor of amps, preamps, etc. If I turn my amp way up (past 11 o'clock), especially with my low output MC cartridge on my turntable, I can hear a slight buzz.
Unfortunately, it's going to be near impossible for me to test out these before buying since I'm going to buy something second hand most likely. I do take your point that testing something in my system is the only way to determine if it's going to meet my goal.
@shahram Can the power conditioner you purchase be placed in front of the rack?
I would place it on it's own isolation platform and run the power cables under the lowest shelf of the rack (and around it, if / when necessary) to the components. It will allow for separation from the components and rack (a good thing, for example from your PS4 or 4K player) as well as better cable management, etc.
And now for what you don't want to hear..."best bang for the buck" isn't a good strategy. Best "bang" is.
All the best with your decisions.
Furman is a really great choice. The main advantage of the unit you are thinking about vs. smaller is multiple banks of filtering, and power factor correction.
But, it is a physcially large unit. If you want something almost as good, but a lot less expensive and smaller in the rack, check this one out:
It includes the 2 biggest noise reducing elements: LiFT and SMP.
I own two large power conditioners. The 88lb Furman sits halfway between the amplifier (which is between the speakers) and the audio rack (which is near my seating) I used to use that PC for the amp too, not anymore, but too lazy to move it. It sits on the floor up on spikes. The other PS Audio P-600 is behind the audio rack..One comment on placing something ON TOP of a power conditioner... If it has a big transformer.. I would say you should at least have an extra inch of space added between the top and any component over it.
Another consideration is realize plugging and unplugging power cords.. plus if you use aftermarket thick and unwieldy cords.. Some racks block acess.. You make need to just put the power conditioner on the floor where you can allow power cords to fit without a hassle.Also if the conditioner is off the floor.. then the weight of aftermarket power cords and them pulling out of the AC outlets is a big PITA too. So all in all the floor is the best overall place for one. Maybe up on spikes to keep the bottom vents clear of the carpet.
Hello to all... On the subject of PLC's, I'm looking for owner's manuals for two Models of the Vans Evers Brand PLC's... I need manuals for "Clean Line Jr Model 11", and "Clean line 8-outlet Model 82"
Next best thing would be a response from a member who owns either of these that could answer Question about "settings" on the units
They are very well regarded PLCs...
1997 Vans Evers Review All Models
See also Mike Vans Evers' article about 'Tuning" by placement and tweets to PLCs
The Art & Science of Audio System Tuning
Thanks for any info on his manuals, and I hope the articles above are of interest in setting up any PLC,