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Jon_Are

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Does it make sense to have a dedicated electrical circuit for my audio & video stuff? Right now, I have everything except a sub, which I'm going to get soon. I have no problems so far with tripping breakers, but I'm wondering if adding an (entry-to-mid-level) sub might change that.

The sub I'm looking at is rated at 120 watts.

Adding a dedicated outlet for my theatre would be very easy, so the work itself and the modest expense are not issues.

Does anyone have a dedicated circuit for this purpose? If so, 15 or 20 amp?

Thanks,

Jon
 

Travis Olson

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I don't think it would make much of a difference unless you have a whole slew of other things loading it. Here's what I have on my HT circuit:
  • 100x5 Receiver
  • 500 Watt Subwoofer
  • DVD Player
  • T.V
  • Computer
  • Computer Speakers
  • Computer Monitor
  • Air Conditioner
  • 2 Video Game Systems
  • Printer
  • Lights
I have had all of these running at the same time, except the Video Game Systems, and I have never had a problem.
I'm not sure because I'm not an electrician (Haven't taken the correspondence course through the mail yet :)), but you might gain a little better sound quality because you wouldn't have interference from other devices.
 

Vince Maskeeper

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You probably won't have many problems tripping breakers- but there are many advantages to dedicated circuits, as was posted above.

BTW- Amps trip circuits, not Watts. The important question in deciding if your subwoofer would trip the circuit would be the amps it would pull.

-Vince
 

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