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Which six way power gang?

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by TeresaTT, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. TeresaTT

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    I have just run out of sockets on the two six way gangs that I have powering my home cinema and I've realised that I've spent several thousand pounds on my kit but less than twenty on connecting to the power supply.

    I don't want to spend hundreds of pounds and I'm not interested in fancy surge protectors. I just want a good six way gang that costs less than fifty quid but more than a fiver.

    Thanks

    Teresa
     
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    Play have the Belkin PureAV thing (8-way) for £22.50.

    ARD Electronics carry cheap anti-emi/rfi 4/6-ways for about £8.

    HTH,
    Mike.
     
  3. TeresaTT

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    Thanks for the reply, but I don't really want a monstrous surge protector thing, especially as some of my plugs are transformers and so need a lot of space above the socket. Besides, for a surge protector to work, everything would have to be plugged into one, so I'd need at least two. The ARD Electronics ones probably won't be much better than what I've got now.

    Is there anything better but without a huge price tag?
     
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    Teresa, it's the power filtration that's useful on the PureAV - I bought one for twice the price and it made an *obvious* difference to the sound of the system...the surge protection and unlimited insurance Belkin provide are added benefits. It really is a good piece of kit, and it's wall mountable so you can reduce clutter with a couple of screws in the wall.
     
  5. TeresaTT

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    Mango Bob, thanks for the info. I didn't notice the power filtration and that's what I'm really interested in. It's certainly not bad at £22.49 and looks like it's what I need.

    To benefit from surge protection would I need to make sure that everything is plugged into one of these protectors, including any telephone connections, cable TV coax etc? I assume that if one item is unprotected, then any surge through it would travel into all connected items, ie my whole home cinema set up.

    Unfortunately a couple of my plugs are the huge power transformer adapters that are much taller than a normal plug. The Belkin, like most other surge protectors has two rows of sockets all facing into the middle. If I put one of my power transformers in, I won't be able to use the socket on the other side. Do I plug a normal four way gang into the surge protector for those items?
     
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    I think they all have to go through the unit for the warranty to be valid, it comes with a set of extra cables and passes satellite/cable through as well as phone/rf.

    About the extra gang plug - it's probably in the warranty but I've not got that atm...I'll see if I can dig it out. I would have thought the warranty isn't valid if you chain multi-plugs from it...
     
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    Thanks Mango Bob. I can't find any small print on Belkin's web site about the warranty.
     
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    warranty is not valid if another 4-way etc is plugged into the Belkin unit. i've got the 8-way PureAV Surge/Isolator model and warranty definately states every has to go directly into Belkin unit not via another multi-way.

    I've got 2 or 3 AC-DC convert unit plugged into ours without any problems, there is a reasonable amount of space either side of the plug, and as long as the adapters don't have the cable facing into the sockets opposite they fit pretty well.

    Gary
     
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    Thanks nealgs. Two of my adapters, Digisender and TiVo dongle, are very big and stick up about 3cm higher than a normal plug, and the cables come out the top. I reckon I'll probably struggle to get those in.

    These two will draw a small amount of power, but if they're not in the surge protector then my system won't be protected. What if I buy a standard Belkin surge protector just for these items and use the PureAV for the main devices? Will the warranty still hold?
     
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    The ARD ones are filters, which is why I mentioned that aspect of them rather than the surge-suppression. I have two and like em alot.

    Mike.
     
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    They're 'em, yes. I've got two of the 4-ways. Good value but the Belkin PureAV is £18 at Play now (see elsewhere on this site). That's an 8-way.

    Mike.
     
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    There's some question as to whether the ones at Play are the right ones.

    I'm still deliberating. I still have to convince my husband that it's a good idea. He doesn't think it'll make the slightest difference.
     
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    The ones at Play are still good, even if they're not the Top o't range PureAV Isolator thingie. For those ones Currys still do them at £39.99 but they do have unlimted £££ connected equipment warranty.
     
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    Regarding the item advertised by Play.com for about £23 - this what I posted on another thread
    http://www.play.com/play247.asp?pa=...EC&title=615672

    At the bottom of the page there is a link to click if you think there is something wrong. Last Wednesday I used it to ask if they had the wrong description and picture against the product title and price.

    No response until today and now they have changed the description but still have the wrong picture but amazingly the price has dropped to £17.99 ???

    Needless to say I decided to cancel my order as they do not appear to know their a***e from their head.
     
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    Just to query - is what's for sale on Play the same item as pictured or a lower model. At an extra fiver off, I'd be tempted if it's the same one in Currys for £40...

    Cheers,

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    Thanks hornydragon. I still haven't decided, but to be covered for power surges I'd need three or four of these and I'm not sure if these have connections for aerial, cable or telephone. I'm still inclined towards the Belkin F9G823uk3M with eight sockets as the power filtration is what I'm really interested in. My TiVo and Telewest boxes probably have cheap, basic power supplies that might benefit from a filter. What I'd really like is something with just power filtration, but it seems surge protection is all the rage.
     
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    Cheers. Is the Belkin AV Isolator on amazon different from the Belkin Surge Protector on Play?

    Jon
     
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    hornydragon, thanks but £100 for a 4 way gang is way over my price range.

    If that's how much you have to pay for a dedicated filter, what will the ones be like in the Belkin 8 way F9G823uk3M?
     
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    NO idea but you get what you pay for.......Check the links out...
     
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    And you can also overpay for what you get.
     

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