Amplifier connection question

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by frimleygreener, Oct 18, 2020 at 4:48 AM.

  1. frimleygreener

    frimleygreener "It 'a'int why...it just is" Thread Starter

    Location:
    united kingdom
    Based in the U.K., but this seems to be something oft referred to....at present all my audio equipment is plugged into a power board(not the most, but certainly expensive).
    I have read that an amplifier is better served by using a separate dedicated spur. Is there any foundation in this, and if so, why?
     
  2. tIANcI

    tIANcI Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Malaysia
    Some prefer into the wall direct as it gives them more ooomph and some say the power conditioner makes it sound awesome. What is the truth? Your guess is as good as mine.

    Some face placebo effect. Some inherent bias. Some they think a smidge is a lot.
     
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  3. mds

    mds Forum Resident

    Location:
    PA
    I feel power amps run best off a dedicated circuit and directly from the wall receptacle and not from a conditioner, however as mentioned above some people swear by power conditioners so if possible give both a shot. Even if you go the power conditioner route a dedicated circuit will still be recommended.

    The manufacturer of my preamplifier does not recommend plugging their preamplifier into a power conditioner and recommends straight into a wall receptacle for best sound, so I ran another dedicated circuit for that piece of equipment and for both my DAC and CD player to power off of.

    If your power supply is extremely dirty then you will be forced to a power conditioner or some other method of cleaning up the hash.
     
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  4. macster

    macster Forum Resident

    Location:
    San Diego, Ca. USA
    I have mine plugged into my power conditioner, but try it both ways and see what sounds best for you.

    M~
     
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  5. Pmds55889397

    Pmds55889397 Active Member

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    Scandinavian
    I would guess its very much depends on brand
     
  6. KT88

    KT88 Forum Resident

    It depends upon the power quality at your crib. A dedicated line can feed the whole stereo and offer less in-house interaction. If the neighborhood lines are noisy, then you might have to add a power filter as well. None of this matters as much as the quality of your gear...
    -Bill
     
  7. Ingenieur

    Ingenieur Forum Resident

    What is the rated power of the amp?
     
  8. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Northwest, USA
    Lol... There so many claims. I guess its all about personal preference and whatever you feel right and comfortable.
    I just don't know if I have the kind of wallet to pay for an exclusive wooden block placing underneath my amp.:biglaugh:
     
  9. KT88

    KT88 Forum Resident

    Don't forget the cable elevators.
    -Bill
     
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  10. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy Forum Resident

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    Lol... for real? youre not serious right?..:biglaugh:
     
  11. KT88

    KT88 Forum Resident

    Dead pan doesn't translate well here, eh?
    -Bill
     
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  12. coolhandjjl

    coolhandjjl Embiggened Pompatus

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    Appleton
    Little blocks that raise your cables off the floor a tiny bit. Really. They exist :shh:
    (Why didn’t I think of that? My garage is chock full of wood scraps looking for a home.)
     
  13. Ingenieur

    Ingenieur Forum Resident

    But is it MAGIC wood?
     
  14. coolhandjjl

    coolhandjjl Embiggened Pompatus

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    Yes. Their magic smoke has not been released yet.
     
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  15. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Northwest, USA
    Sounds like it. But its gotta have a price tag first in order for it to work.
     
  16. Blank Frank

    Blank Frank King of Carrot Flowers

    *Picks up magic wand*

    Izzy wizzy, let's get busy!



    I do have a magic wand...
     
  17. frimleygreener

    frimleygreener "It 'a'int why...it just is" Thread Starter

    Location:
    united kingdom
    It would seem judging by replies to date that there is no scientific nor practical reason as to why an amplifier would benefit from a dedicated spur.
     
  18. Chilli

    Chilli Pretend Engineer.

    Location:
    UK
    If say unless your amp is drawing serious current it's probably not going to make much difference. We've got proper manly voltage and meaty plugs in this country. :D
     
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