DCC Archive Line Conditioners

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Gary, Jan 9, 2002.

  1. Gary

    Gary Nauga Gort! Staff

    Location:
    GTA, Canada
    I've been slowly upgrading my system (interconnects, cable, components) and I'm almost at the point where I am considering a power line conditioner of some sort. Right now, everything is running off of a power cord (like one used for computers) to prevent surges.

    What about other stuff? I've seen some audiophile type of wall outlets which, I presume, provides a better connection to the power line.

    There are "plug" type things that look like AC adaptors and they just plug into wall sockets. They are supposed to reduce interferance in the house electrical system. I'm not sure if I believe their claims.

    I've seen battery type components where the system runs off a battery and recharges itself. But I don't like those as eventually the battery will expire.

    And there are true line conditioners. One of them converts the power from AC to DC and then back again. There are many brands out there.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for line conditioning? Anything that does or does not work?

    Thanks in advance for your help!
     
  2. Jeffrey

    Jeffrey Forum Hall Of Fame

    Location:
    South Texas
    Hi Gary,

    I use a poor man's version, Monster pc's. They have a pretty decent rep at a very affordable price. Stereophile actually gave good reviews on the 2000 (which me thinks is now #'d 2100) and many people use the 3500 (which me thinks is now #'d 3600). If ya wanna spend more than $350 there r lotsa better options.

    One man gathers what another man spills,
    Jeffrey
     
  3. GregM

    GregM Active Member

    Location:
    Daddyland, CA
    Gary said:
    >> Right now, everything is running off of a power cord (like one used for computers) to prevent surges. <<

    I think you mean power *strip* or surge protector, not power cord. Anyway, I swear by the PS Audio power plants. Been using one for the past couple years--first a P300 then upgraded to a P600 which runs a lot cooler with my amp plugged in. Before that I was using the Monster HTS1000 line conditioner which did some cool filtration and made what I thought were improvements (more precise imaging, tighter bass), but it strangled the sound too much and my system sounded a little better in some ways plugged into the wall. The power plants are a real improvement as they don't filter the AC so much as provide clean AC that's regenerated from DC and which your amp can pull without limit.
     
  4. Jeffrey

    Jeffrey Forum Hall Of Fame

    Location:
    South Texas
    Hi,

     
  5. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

    Location:
    Canada
    Gary,

    As I stated before don't waste your money on the "Quiet line" as they really don't work.

    On a system like yours live by the moto, as many eventually find out with realitively few exceptions, you only get what you're willing to pay for.

    A really nice one that I've checked out is made by Tice Audio the Power Block 3-c. Not cheap though.

    The used price range for anything that wiil make improvements on your system is between $250.00-$3,000.00 Can. Oh yeah they can get that insane! :D ;)

    [ January 09, 2002: Message edited by: Dave ]
     

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