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Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Bob Io, May 13, 2003.

  1. Bob Io

    Bob Io Auditioning

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    I purchased my townhouse about 4 and a half years ago, and ever since I moved in, I've experienced some weird electrical effects that I've never seen in other homes.

    My HT set-up is on the middle floor of three, with a Panamax power conditioner plugged into an outside wall house receptacle. Whenvever certain appliances in the house are operated, such as light switches, or the washer and dryer downstairs, there is a subtle popping sound in my speakers and subwoofer. Everything is running through the Panamax, which is a 3-prong plug.

    Related to the HT popping noise, is a similar problem upstairs with my computer. When my monitor and speakers are on, and my roommate turns on the light in his adjoining room, there is a corresponding flicker on the monitor accompanied by a another subtle popping noise in those speakers.

    What the heck is going on in these situations? Are there multiple bad ground connections in the house circuits, or possibly voltage/current fluctuations? I once went around to all the outlets in the house and used a receptacle tester to verify proper wiring and functioning. They all checked out ok. I would try one of those cheater type plugs, but wouldn't that defeat the protection afforded by the surge protectors? I mean... why do they make three prong plugs if they don't give you any added benefit?

    Any insights would be welcome.

    Thanks,

    Bob
     
  2. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    spend a little time and investigate what rooms or what outlets are on what breakers. See if what's going on in part is related to things being on the same breaker or side of the panel.
    you might also find this little FYI of some interest...
    http://members.tripod.com/~masterslic/electritian.html
     
  3. Bob Io

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    Ok. So, what if I find that they're all on the same circuit? Then what?

    Thanks for the link, BTW.
     
  4. Chu Gai

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    Well, why don't you find out first!
     

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