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Intermediate Member
Username: robinc

Post Number: 120
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009 - 10:56 pm:   Edit Post

Is it bad practice to leave the power switches of one's amp, wireless unit, and tuner in the "on" position and just use the power conditioner's switch to power up the whole rig?
Senior Member
Username: bsee

Post Number: 2143
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 12:41 am:   Edit Post

Probably not. I would still be bringing master volumes to zero and activating mute/standby switches, but I don't think I'd worry about those three pieces. I wonder if anyone has the opposite opinion though.
Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 990
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 5:51 am:   Edit Post

I power up my preamp, compressor and tuner with the power conditioner switch. My QSC gets turned on alone and second.
Intermediate Member
Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 142
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 6:48 pm:   Edit Post

I do the same as Mike. Everything but the power amp switched by the Furman, then the power amp (run through the Furman) switched on afterwards.
Senior Member
Username: crgaston

Post Number: 516
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 9:13 pm:   Edit Post

No power conditioner for me, just a 3-outlet extension cord zip-tied in the back of the rack. My DS-5R and preamp come on when I plug in. I switch the amp on manually.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7373
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 5:27 pm:   Edit Post

I turn everything on with the power conditioner switch. The QSC seems to have a delay in coming on, so I don't think it's really seeing any signal when the power is initially turned on. I always turn the levels on the QSC to zero before switching off the power; and I don't turn the levels up until it's fully on.
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 677
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 1:08 am:   Edit Post

What is a power conditioner and what does it do??
I have never heard of them, does it regulate and smooth the AC power?.
Like crgaston, it's a 4 gang power extension with a RCB on the power input.
Advanced Member
Username: spose

Post Number: 234
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 3:38 am:   Edit Post

a power conditioner is a glorified power strip. It has RF filtering and a circuit breaker.

a voltage regulator on the other hand will...well regulate the voltage avoiding brownout by keeping consistent voltage. these cost quite a bit more then a power conditioner.
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 678
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 6:35 am:   Edit Post

I see, so my 4 gang with the RCB on the plug end is the same but without the RF filter.
The only time I had RF interference was when I used a radio transmitter and it picked up the taxis outside the venue..I went back to guitar leads

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