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  • #16
    I use these rack rail mountable units.

    Thanks,
    Bill Cronheim
    Entertainment Systems Corporation
    Back stage since 1965
    Equipment specialist since 1973

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    • #17
      Depends on the application. Rack mount strips by Woods, Furman, MAP, Raxxess are all good. I also build standard quad box distribution in some racks depending on the need of the installation.
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      Currently product development engineer: Mesa Boogie

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      • #18
        What about voltage regulators? Those that maintain a consistent voltage within say90 = 140 volts or so and keep it at 115 or whatever.. I have one of those i got at parts express..

        Seemed like that could be a good idea

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        • #19
          MOV= Metallic Oxide Varistor
          ZNR= Zener Diode


          MOV's, ZNR's. Translations please. (I am already familiar with GFCI's)

          Thanks

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          • #20
            Power conditioner's function do the exact same thing as surge protectors. But they also give you the convenience of having all your power cords pre-connected permanently, so you won't have to constantly hook them up every set-up. So I guess it makes things a bit cleaner. Plus, if you get a pretty standard one like this one:

            http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Furman-M8LX-Power-Conditioner-wLights?sku=181046

            which comes with lights, it'll come in very handy. Unless you prefer the modern-method of using your cell phone as a flashlight.

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            • #21
              You don't necessarily have to waste 1U space in your rack to use a rack mounted power strip.

              In my one of my bass amp racks, I mounted a Chatsworth 15 Amp power strip on the rear rails and a X2 wireless unit on the front rails. There is enough clearance between the 2 units for regular plugs and wall worts.

              Another thing to consider is that it can be useful to have AC outlets available on both the front side and rear. I mounted a CyberPower power strip on the front rails of my effects rack.
              All of the permanently connected stuff: Driverack, compressors, Lexicon, EQs, etc are powered from the rear outlets.
              I use the front outlets for the mixer, laptop, etc.
              Very handy.
              "If you don't feel like dancing when you play, neither will anyone else." Bassgeek

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              • #22
                What about voltage regulators? Those that maintain a consistent voltage within say90 = 140 volts or so and keep it at 115 or whatever.. I have one of those i got at parts express..

                Seemed like that could be a good idea


                Until you have a problem with it. They do not generally handle dynamic loads very well, I have seen some spectacular failures that also took out what was connected. Most are ok for static loads.

                I do have a used one available for sale if anybody is interested.
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                Currently product development engineer: Mesa Boogie

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