How can a Furman power conditioner (or line conditioner) make a difference in the performance or the longevity of your equipment? It seems like if you have a UPS (uninterruptable power supply) and a surge protector, you have it covered. Not so!
Having dirty power during a performance is like having a bad cable connection or a weak Wi-Fi signal.You may not notice it all the time, but at some point, no matter how high quality or expensive your equipment is, it will affect the performance of that equipment. Your DJ gear, your PA systems, and even your lighting rig are all subject to the drops and surges of a bad — even just occasionally bad — power source.
Remember, All Power Is Not the Same!
Depending on many, many factors, from local power sources, to wiring within the facility, to local weather conditions, your power source can be degraded and even be damaging to your equipment. Just as there are lots of places you would never think of drinking the water you put in your body without a filter, you should also be just as picky about what the quality of electricity you put in your gear.
Personally, I live in Central Florida, the “Lightning Capital of the U.S.”. They have so many lightning strikes here that they named the hockey team after them, so line conditions here can be very, very dicey!
Specifically, interference in the line can cause noticeable distortion of the sound or noise from the speakers. Voltage fluctuation can shorten the life or even physically damage the circuitry in your equipment.
Electrical surges can fry your components in seconds! Not only costing you your precious mobile DJequipment, but leave you standing there all alone on stage with no music playing, egg on your face, and possible damage to your a hard-won reputation! As my old boss used to say, “Nothing is louder in a club than silence!”
Okay, so much for the horrible possibilities. How can we avoid these problems?
How a Furman Power Conditioner Can Help
As I mentioned earlier, a UPS and surge protector with the highest possible joule rating to protect against power loss and huge surges are a very positive protection for your system, but they are clearly not enough. You need more protection, and a Furman power conditioner just happens to have exactly what you need!
Let’s start with simple and inexpensive.
Furman SS-6B Power Strip
- 【Multifunctional Power Strip】Combo of power strip & USB charger, 4 AC outlets + 4 USB ports, charge your cellphones,...
- 【Considerate Design】4 standard AC outlets 2500W with 4 USB Port 5V 2.4A / 1A Smart Output, USB Total Output: 5V 4A...
- 【All-around Protection】4 Surge Protected Outlets - 1700 Joules of surge protection rating to protect home and office...
Before we get to the performance-level protection, let’s start with something a little more suited to protection in your home. Whether you are providing power for a simple home stereo system or have a small home studio to power up, the Furman SS-6b is a more practical option than a rack-mounted unit.
While a typical big box store power strip may provide you multiple outlets with a minor level of protection, The Furman SS-6B also features EMI [electromagnetic interference] and RFI [radio frequency interference] noise reduction, protecting and ensuring a clean audio signal.
This is not just a 6-foot “extension cord.” The SS-6B runs a full 15 feet!
Whether you need power for a small recording studio or have a computer desk with lots of peripherals, the Furman SS-6B may be all you will ever need
- AC noise filtering reduces RFI/EMI, Spike & surge protection ensures equipment stays safe & power stays clean,
- 15 amp rating with circuit breaker and "Protection OK" Front Panel Indicator to let you know that your equipment is...
- 9 Total outlets: 8 rear panel outlets (including 3 with "wall wart" spacing) and 1 front panel convenience outlet
Just because you are on a budget, does not mean you have to go unprotected. If all you are looking for is an inexpensive and reliable method of getting the power from the plug to the components, the Furman M-8×2 will do the job nicely.
As models under $100 go, this is a highly rated and proven option with nine outlets that’s capable of carrying a 15-amp load. Not just a glorified power strip, the Furman M-8×2 will offer reasonable protection.
It will give you adequate surge protection against damaging spikes and annoying fluctuations as well as noise filtration to keep your sound quiet and clean. So, if all you are looking for is a quick and easy way to protect your equipment and filter your power, a Furman power conditioner, like the model M-8×2 may be just what you need.
Furman PL-Plus DMC
- Furman's exclusive SMP technology provides the highest level of surge & spike protection available.
- Isolated outlet banks minimize inter-component interference and noise contamination.
- 15 Amp rating featuring a high inrush magnetic circuit breaker for added protection.
The newest line of Furman power conditioners, the PL-Plus DMC, offers several major upgrades over the M-8×2. While the less expensive model will cover your amps, there is one major thing lacking. While it offers a “Protection OK” light, that isn’t very useful for monitoring the status of your power.
The Furman PL-PLus DMC has a large and easily readable digital display that lets you know if you are running at optimum 120V. And if not, it will tell you exactly what that line voltage is. Very useful.
One additional bonus is the BNC gooseneck connector in the back of the unit, as well as the two lights in the front that come in very handy when the club gets dark or the event is not well-lit to begin with. And all that before we even get to the power protection.
The PL PLus-DMC has Furman’s best features:
- S-M-P [Series Multi-Stage Protection] for blocking voltage spikes and protecting your circuits
- L-F-T [Linear Filtering Technology] noise filtration, providing a much cleaner, more stable, and quieter power source
- E-V-S [Extreme voltage shutdown] that kicks in at much lower voltage levels than a standard surge protector
For a little more peace of mind, and with a few more features, a Furman power conditioner like the PL-Plus DMC could be your best buy.
- Provides nine regulated, conditioned AC outlets-eight on the rear panel and one on the front
- Regulation capture range: 97 VAC to 141 VAC
- User accessible thermal circuit breaker protects against overload
The Furman M-8X-AR is among the most popular products in the Furman power conditioner catalog as far as live DJs are concerned.
The reason is simple. When you set up to do your show in a club or a restaurant (or even a theater) the power may be suspect. But if you occasionally find yourself outside playing a community event, wedding, or party, you can almost bet that your power stream will be suspect and possibly unreliable. You may not even know what the other end of that cord could be plugged in to. It could be anything from a reliable internal wall outlet to an auxiliary “indoor/outdoor”‘ plug by the pool!
Voltages from the source can fluctuate significantly from a steady 120V throughout your performance. It may not stop the show, but the odds are that you are not doing your precious gear any good. To prevent system damage or degradation from these variables, your best defense is a Furman power conditioner that regulates and monitors voltage as well.
The PL-Plus DMC may alert you to problems with voltage fluctuations, but it will not prevent them. If you are using a Furman M-8X-AR, even if your voltage source jumps as high as 141V, or if it happens to drop as low as 97V, your equipment will never experience a fluctuation of more than +/- 5 volts from a constant 120V feed. Your system stays safe, and you keep playing.
Furman P-1800 AR
- True RMS Voltage Regulation delivers a stable 120 volts of AC power to protect equipment from problems caused by AC line...
- Furman's exclusive SMP technology provides the highest level of surge & spike protection available; Lift offers AC power...
- Advanced EVS circuitry detects dangerous voltage irregularities and safely powers down itself and connected equipment in...
Now we get to the flagship of the Furman power conditioner models. The Furman P-1800AR combines all the best and most popular features of the Furman catalog into one product.
You could consider it a perfect marriage of the best of the best features and protections.
Not only does it boast of the new technologies of the PL-Plus DMC — S-M-P, L-F-T, and E-V-S — it also contains a superior voltage regulation like the M-8X-AR.
As if that wasn’t enough, it also boasts a few features not found in the other Furman power conditioner systems. It has a USB charger in the front as well as both analog and digital power banks in the back. This allows you to keep the power sources for your analog and digital gear isolated and separate.
If you are shooting for the best of the best in protection and confidence, you will be hard-pressed to find a unit that surpasses the Furman P-1800 AR. It is simply the best.
Which Furman Power Conditioner is Right For You?
If you need minimal protection from a trusted power source, you may not need to go any further than the Furman SS-6b. For adequately protecting your gear and cleaning up the power, either the Furman M-8×2 or a Furman PL-Plus DMC should get the job done. However, if you demand only the best protection available, by all means, invest in the best power conditioner money can buy and get yourself a Furman P-1800 AR.
Either way, the right line conditioner can free you up to pay full attention to your show secure in the knowledge that your power is no longer an issue.
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