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clean electrical supply - MONSTER distribution blocks any good??

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by samjet, Jan 21, 2005.

  1. samjet

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    want to try and improve my electrical supply to clean up the spikes etc

    have seen the 'monster' distribution boards/blocks that are supposed to cater especially for av gear and aerials

    since they seem to retail between £100-£150 i would like to know if they are worth the money

    are there any cheaper/better options

    supply will be to viera plasma and other av gear

    thanks in anticipation
     
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    Like all Monster products you will pay three times what they are worth - the other 60% pays for the marketing hype, and keeps the Japanese owner supplied with sushi.


    Caleb
     
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    In my opinion they are way overpriced. All these blocks use the same components inside. If I had £150 to spend I would buy a couple of these and spend the £56 change on some DVD's :) A UPS has much better mains filtering than a power block, and your gear keeps going during short power cuts too. They're sold for PC's but they will drive most AV equipment that works on 240V AC.
     
  4. samjet

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    nick thanks for your advice :thumbsup:

    being totally thick :eek: would i need one of these for each component??

    and how do you 'wire' them up??

    what about using the belkim? supply 'blocks' that are designed for pc's - priced about £50 for 8no outlet model
     
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    The Ebuyer unit has IEC (kettle type) sockets on the back for power output, and you will need cables (Quickfind: 40660). I think there's at least two sockets on the back, maybe three.

    These have a kettle plug at one end (which most AV equipment has these days) and a corresponding plug on the end which plugs into the UPS. A cheaper way of doing it is to buy one cable, and cut the end off, and wire it up to a cheap 13A distribution block.

    The units are rated at 1200VA, so you should be able to run quite a lot of stuff off them. I would buy one to use with (say) your plasma screen and Sky box, and another to run the rest of your AV setup. A 1200VA unit will be quite happy with up to (about) 700W drawn from it.
     
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    Whilst their products are generally well reviewed(whatever that may mean)the prices are generally high,and I would imagine that their current policy of engaging in litigation with anyone using the word "m*nster" in their company name or web address is not going to help sales.
     
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    I'm sure I read a statement from Monster ,refuting that allegation
    Audioholics perhaps ?

    JS
     
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    I understand the argument against them but:
    1. each model does not contain the same components! there are two completely different models in the UK and many more in the USA.
    2. You can't put a price on any improvement (suggest a home demo to see if it's worth it to you.
    3. I know for sure the surge/spike protection works very well.

    The chances are that you could get better for the money, but they are convenient and easy to use. Whether they are worth the money that's subjective!
     
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    Well I use one of These and they are now cheaper than a few months back!

    Mark.
     
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    mark

    thanks very much seems as this is the answer to my prayers :clap:

    done a bit of reading up on the spec etc and my understanding is that the 'clean up' process is a progressive system - in that plugs 7 and 8 will be 'cleaner' than plugs 1 and 2 - so to my logic :eek: the more sensitive equipment should use the higher number sockets!! - yes :confused:
     
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    Well either the most sensitive or the worst affected by noise should go into the sockets with the most protection.

    Mark.
     
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    Also remember that the components that draw the most power (usually amplifiers/subwoofers) should be located as near to the wall socket as you can. :)
     
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