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    Would like to get some goos advice on which power conditioner to buy.

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    Hi, welcome to AR. What is your budget on power conditioner and what are you looking to do? PS Audio has a 10 outlet similar to my Quintet for under $500.00 which does a decent job. Surgex makes a wide variety, I use the twin outlet SA-15 & 20 on my stereo set up and have been happy with those. It can go way up from here. There's also cheaper that can provide some filtering but if you have good equipment I'd begin at the PS Audio or Surgex level. If you have large power amp be careful with cheaper units that can't pass the current needed they will starve your amp and not really a benefit for sound quality. Either way it's a good suggestion to buy from a dealer who will either lend you something to try or allows a return policy.
    Mark Levinson #512 SACD & 532h power
    Pass Labs XP-10 preamp
    Clearaudio Performance DC & Maestro v2 E, AcousTech Ph-1p
    Clarus Crimson loom - AC outlet to speaker terminal
    JBL 4367's & SAM3ha
    Revel S30's & SVS PC13 Ultra (sub)
    Marantz BD-7003 > AV-8003 > LINN 5125
    Transparent cables / Tributaries HDMI
    PS Audio Quintet & Surgex SA15&20

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    McIntosh MX-150 pre amp
    McIntosh MC-205
    B&W speakers
    B&W Sub
    Regar P2 Turntable
    Last edited by Paul1608; 05-18-2015 at 02:31 AM.

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    Nice gear, if you don't need a lot of outlets the Surgex does a good job. To my knowledge Surgex isn't as well known in audiophile circles, I stumbled on them and gave it a try and was very happy with the result. An audio friend who is also a dealer picked up their products after hearing it in my system. There's a wife range of stuff out there, as I stated before make sure you get a unit that doesn't limit current, you want to feed the Mac what it needs and buy with a return in case the unit doesn't meet your expectations. There's also more elaborate products like BPT (Balanced Power Technologies). My friend uses these and loves them, he sold all his big PS Audio conditioners to replace with BPT. Of course, he has two big Coda amps, one for each speaker.

    If you haven't experimented yet with upgrading power cords you should try that as well. I'd start with whatever cords your cable brand offers. I like same brand throughout the system but many don't feel the need. Triode Wire Labs builds great power cords for a reasonable price comparative to others at same performance level.
    Mark Levinson #512 SACD & 532h power
    Pass Labs XP-10 preamp
    Clearaudio Performance DC & Maestro v2 E, AcousTech Ph-1p
    Clarus Crimson loom - AC outlet to speaker terminal
    JBL 4367's & SAM3ha
    Revel S30's & SVS PC13 Ultra (sub)
    Marantz BD-7003 > AV-8003 > LINN 5125
    Transparent cables / Tributaries HDMI
    PS Audio Quintet & Surgex SA15&20

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    I agree with Mr. P on the Surgex but also take a look at similar models such as the Brick Wall and Zero Surge. Prices vary.

    8 Outlet Models | Zero Surge

    Surge Protectors for Home Theaters and Audio Specific Equipment | Brick Wall

    SurgeX - Residential - Eliminator Series

    They all use the same technology. I think Brick Wall was the first. There are quite a few reviews comparing models from these companies.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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