I've always adhered to that philosophy, but... how does one protect the DSP on amps so equipped?
Why do you assume the DSP needs protection? Amp designers know what they are making - a DSP engine that has to survive strapped to a rocket ship that sucks the mains voltage down to 100 volts on heavy peaks, etc.
Since we routinely protect power to our DSP, mixers, etc., at FOH, we are now expected to presume designers would make the amp-mounted DSPs sufficiently robust (especially when integrated into active speakers), but that's a bit of a leap of faith. Otherwise, why not make ALL signal processors, FOH or otherwise, resistant to power anomalies?
but generally equipment is fine unless you're really abusing cord length and have voltage drop problems. In that case, a power conditioner won't help you either.
Processing internal to the amp shares the same PSU as the amp itself and should share the same voltage regulation and protection afforded the CPU and ad/da converters that are part of the amp design itself.It's a non problem for internal DSP. For an external DSP unit do whatever makes you comfortable.I've NEVER had a Furman save anything....
AR1215's have saved my a** and the show a couple of times...more than enough to pay for themselves. Of course, they are not "power conditioners", but pretty fair line voltage regulators.
Brian...TJ and Bob give good info. But here's the question:What do you mean by "power conditioner"?This term is so generic as to require a link or reference to a particular device for your answer. What is generally needed for power regulation in typical sound system usage is voltage regulation....because as has often been said, power conditioners don't (do anything).If you study the thread from which you took your link, you'll get a better understanding of the different devices, their applications and capabilities and why they are or are not appropriate.
I was asking specifically about what was mentioned in the thread in question. The Furman "power conditioners", also known as "rack mounted power strips". I am not interested in the use of UPS's or the multi-thousand dollar protection devices meant to save multi-thousand dollar corporate computer systems.My curiosity exists because I employ the use of a Monster Power Pro 2500 in the FOH rack, and another one in the amp rack (Crown XTI series) If I were doing something that would endanger my amps, or prevent them from providing their rated output power, I would stop using it immediately. I will state for the record that in the case of my used Monster Pro 2500, it absolutely does something for the $100 I paid for it.I was lighting a wedding gig with a ten foot steel truss with halogen 38's. I had plugged the dimmer pack directly into the wall and hung it on the truss. I proceeded to climb a ladder to start hanging cans. When I grabbed the dimmer box and the truss (both steel) I was presented with an unfriendly tingle up my arms! So back down the ladder I go, plugged the MP 2500 into the wall, then the dimmer pack into it, and guess what...no more shocks while hanging the cans! So I figure, if it's good enough for my body, it must be good enough for the Crowns. I've read all of the responses to this thread already, and realize these points have been covered. It took me a little longer to catch up and reply. Thanks everyone for your input/responses!
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