US$80 AC filters... do they work?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by David Susilo, Dec 15, 2002.

  1. David Susilo

    David Susilo Screenwriter

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    I'm not here to ask for the merits of cleaning of AC power.

    The question is whether those US$80 Monster Cable and/or Acoustic Research powerbars with the supposed AC cleaning capability actually works or should I just forget about it?

    The budget will be around US$80 maximum.
     
  2. RussKon

    RussKon Stunt Coordinator

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    the $80 units that you mention are basically glorified power strips...i would not rely on them for ac power conditioning or surge protection....
     
  3. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    If you're asking will they attenuate EMI/RFI over certain frequency ranges in your AC line by a given amount, the answer is sure. A variety of similar products exist as say the Belkin Isolators which can be obtained at Staples. At least in the Isolators, each pair of outlets has an EMI/RFI attenuating component to provide some degree of isolation from interconnected equipment. The further away the outlet is from the cord, the greater the amount of EMI/RIF attenuation. As to whether you've got a problem and as to whether your equipment is succeptible to whatever levels that may exist remains to be seen/heard. I wouldn't advise spending a whole lot on this type of technology and to simply stick to relatively established players.
     

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