Switched outlet for power amp


Is it recommended to use a switched outlet for a power amp with a soft start feature? Or, should one simply use the power button on the amp itself, and deal eventually with wear and tear on its power switch?
rlb61
Seriously, you have important things in life to worry about.

Turn your amp on when you want to hear it.
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The amplifier would ideally have a 12 volt trigger that would power it up -after- all of the power-up transients from the pre-amp and sources have come and gone. Likewise the amp should be the first thing powered off. A soft start circuit is not advisable because ideally, the amplifier should handle that on its own. Power amplifiers that are well designed often include a mute circuit that cuts drive to the output stage until the rest of the amplifier itself is powered up and stabilized. 
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@sleepwalker65 ... I may have been unclear in my initial post. The amp does have a mute/soft start circuit of its own ... the switched outlet does not. I am curious as to whether using the amp through a switched outlet is advisable. Sorry for my lack of clarity.
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rlb61 OP

I would recommend you contact the manufacturer of the amp.

Soft start circuitry can be simple or complex.

Example of a complex soft start circuit is the one used in an ARC VT 200 amp.

As for the wear on the so called power button/switch again it depends on the design of the soft start circuitry of the amp. The On/Off switch on the ARC VT 200 does not directly switch on/off the AC mains power. The switch is used to control the coil of a power relay. The voltage that feeds the switch is 23Vdc. The ampere rating of the coil of the relay is small.

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m-db

"Clap on...clap off!"

So, what happens when you play live music with applause?

Rib,
Generally not a good idea unless it is a low power amp. High powered amps can be too much of a load for those switches even if they have a soft start. Triggers have taken over as the preferred method of remota start up.
I leave all my equip in standby mode. Have hears it's hard on capacitors and transformers to power up from being cold.
My amp has neither a trigger nor a standby mode. So, I guess it will be push on, push off.
First, let me say that this may not be the perfect solution...but it is an interesting option that might work...especially since your amp is soft start which means you are less likely to get a thump...no matter what order you turn things on/off as long as the volume is down...but you won't know until you try.


So, here goes.....Assuming you have a 12v trigger on your preamp or player...but not on your amp...then here is a powerstrip with a trigger that you could plug your amp into....

as you can see though, the trigger input is not the pin type it is a phoenix connector which would require you to cut one pin end of the trigger wire off so that you could separate the two wires that will then go into the phoenix connector on the power strip.
Some power amp will not turn on and only at standby mode when AC power apply to it, you still need to push the front power switch to bring it out from standby, and probably the soft start circuitry is built in.
Well, I took the advice and asked the designer of the amp. Here's his response ... "Just turn it ON when using, then turn OFF.  You might turn it on a few minutes earlier, but even that I don't think is required." As an audiophile, simplicity eludes me at times.

 


"Just turn it on"

 And you thought  my response wasn't "audiophile ' worthy?

He probably  didn't preface it similarly, though,  huh?
@tablejockey ... No, he didn't. He prefaced it politely, respectfully, and without sarcasm.
rlb61-
No offense meant. I find great knowledge/experience here.

Also, I don't take answers to my queries personal, and can laugh at myself when audio neurosis takes over, without me realizing.

Your question was an example. It begged for my response.
Your equipment was thoughtfully spec'd with the soft start, worry about the switch?

The clap on,clap off, guys get it.
@tablejockey ... no offense taken. It’s all good and you were correct ... in retrospect, I really did ask somewhat of a dumb question; however, since the amp is brand new, I’m still in that early "OMG" period of paranoia. I trust that, too, shall pass like a bad burrito.
Yup - just use the switch on the amp. You may want to see if there is any record of switch failure - ask the manufacturer (I had one class A amp that had such a turn on current surge that it kept welding the switch contacts together, but I doubt it happens much any more).
A lot of we crazy audiophiles never turn our amps off because it sounds better after it's been on for a period of time. I thought it was a crazy idea for a long time too, but my opinion changed. I can hear a difference. But, to each their own opinion. I only turn things off if we are leaving for days or the threat of a voltage surge due to weather.
Agree with bullitt. Every amp I have owned, tube or ss, sounded best after burn in, warm up, whatever term you want to use. Not only in tonality, but in pure ease, smoothness and finesse. I leave all of my ss gear on, continuously, as I listen daily. 
Why would you ever want to shut your amp off? All my amps have been on for the last 40 years. The only time they go off is during a power outage. That's the only time I touch the power switch. It's harder on your amp to turn it on and off all the time, and wears out the switch. Turn it on and fuggetaboutit. And switched outlets?! That ain't audiophile stuff there son.
I've given up on the switched outlet concept, amd have decided to follow the designer's instructions to turn it on and off. 
rlb61 OP406 posts04-20-2019 8:36amI've given up on the switched outlet concept, amd have decided to follow the designer's instructions to turn it on and off.

As I said in a previous post all the OFF/ON switch may be doing in your amp is switching a low voltage control circuit. There's a good chance the switch will outlast you.

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@jea48 ... it's amazing how much diversity of opinion there is on this subject. It makes for voluminous reading. I agree that the power switch likely will outlast me, and have discovered that keeping the amp on perennially likely could result in excessive wear on caps, etc. So, in the spirit of "k.i.s.s." (not the band), I'm just going with the on/off route as per the designer. This issue has been almost as difficult as trying to understand the BJT vs MOSFET debate, which is something I considered before purchasing my new amp. Methinks I have way too much time on my hands.