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Mains cables/blocks

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by skap7309, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. skap7309

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    Hi im upgrading my home cinema very soon and after browsing a russ andrews catalogue im interested in this 'purified mains' they glorify so much about.
    My question is what are peoples first hand experience of these and which is more important, the mains block itself, or an equipment lead. There is a guy on ebay who is selling various cables and blocks at different price points, and his feedback and general products look very promising.
    Do i spend more on the block or cable as i intend to get both if they are worth it.
    thanks guys.
     
  2. Nic Rhodes

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    what problems are you hoping to solve with any of this kit?
     
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    its not to solve problems, its just they claim to help produce a better picture and sound, hence why i was asking if people can reccomend them.
     
  4. Nic Rhodes

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    It will only make things better if it solves the problems you might have already. do you change tyres on your car when the brakes are iffy, just in case?
     
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    I too, have heard good things, but to me they do seem to be rather expensive.

    So I am fine tuning all my interconnects and speaker cables first, and then may see if I can borrow one from local stereo shop to give is a bash.....
     
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    ok nic, like i said im upgrading my home cinema (25'' 4:3 replaced with 36zp48, component cables in etc) and this will be the finishing touch, as it were. No problems involved.
     
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    Then I would avoid or think of it just as insurance. I used to have issues with mains problems and many of these devices worked. But each device is aimed at different problems, if you know the problems, you can work out the devices to use. I now however have no mains issues (other than a touch hot) and these devices (many of which I still own) no longer have any effect. For me the single biggest thing you could is have a separate spur for your room, no special cables, just separate and done well (tight connections etc).
     
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    Biggest improvment I ever made was fitting a seperate ring main with High Grade heavy duty cable. I also had all the wall plates silver plated. Whether this really made a difference i'll never know but at least I know it's done right. The only thing I used to have and will have again is a power conditioner of some sort purely for some insurance from surges.
     
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    Rather than spending a fortune on mains cables, it's worth spending a bit of money on a decent mains block which properly seperates the internal socketry. Using an old cheap one my lamp used to flicker when I turned the amp on but now using a Belkin Gold model (about £30 for a 7-socket model from Amazon) it's no longer a problem. Plus it comes with an unlimited protection guarantee and apparently some RFI filtering. I value the build quality over the fancy features though. :)
     
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    Is that the Belkin PureAV range that you're refering to, eviljohn(2)?

    Thanks

    Alex
     
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    I have 4 of them
     
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