I can't remember the arguments for and against, but the fuzzy memory I have with power conditioners like this one is that they're overkill. It seems like most of the recommendations were to get a Tripp Lite iso-bar like this one.
Actually, all the battery back up does keep everything on if there is a blackout. For protection from low-power service, you need a power regulator, something like this:If I had of done my research, I would have saved up and bought something that has battery backup as well. Power sags or brownout are not a problem then.
Bought mine a year ago through ecost. You can still get it for that price. Amazon in fact has it listed for $199.$200!!!
Where did you socre it for that? I paid $230 shipped for my PF31 shipped about a year ago thorugh the Dell employee purchase plan (my company's parent company gets us deals). I would have gone a different route if I didn't think I was getting deal. I guess I should have shopped where you shop.
That's interesting. Everyone I've spoken to has a high regard for APC products....I think the PF60 is a big step up from that one.
I'd still consider Furman or Panamax over APC or Belkin. The M4300-PM is highly regarded. The downlights are pretty cool too. If you need more outlets then the M5100-PM is a step up. The M5400-PM is probably the closest in spec to the PF60 however.
I asked a company that sells both which they would buy and they told me the APC. Not sure why, maybe higher makup with the APC or it could really be better. Have you owned both? Prices are similar but why do you rate the quality of the PF60 better? Just trying to make an informed decision.The PF60 in my opinion trumps the APC unit in quality and in price.
I had the AP30800fc10 for a while and it did its job but it hummed all the time, more when on battery and lots when powered up. Belkin told me this is normal. The APC S-15 I have now is dead silent except in test mode. FWIW.Looking at the prices on the Shack Store for the PureAV stuff I'd say that a combination of a PF60 and their Home Theater Battery Backup model (AP30800fc10) would be pretty awesome. You could get both in black for $330 total. That would give you the advanced power filtration of the PF60 and the UPS capabilities of the other. The PF60 in my opinion trumps the APC unit in quality and in price.
I have used the front outlet on my PF31 quite a bit. It's handy for plugging a video camera or a borrowed/rented game system without having to pull everything out of the cabinet.
Depends on which APC you are talking about. My S-15s have sine-wave output and automatic voltage regulation. I do not think that the PF60 is competitive (except in price).Most large battery backups will hum a bit I've found. I've used APC battery backups in the computer field for quite some time. They are pretty good and reliable for the most part.
The reasons why I like the PF60 over the APC equivalent are:
1) Price: The PF60 on the Shack Store is around $200. Last year it was selling for over $400.
2) Styling: The LCD panel on the front of the PF60 is more aesthetically pleasing. It uses smoothed fonts rather than blocky LCD text.
3) Inclusion of a front outlet on the PF60 is very handy
4) The PF60 uses what they refer to as 6 phase filtering. The more linear phases the smoother and more symmetric the output voltage is. The APC doesn't mention its technology.
5) Programmable outlets on the PF60 mean you can use the trigger out of your AVR to cut power to certain items, like your subwoofer or amps. Very handy for subs because then you don't need to use the subs auto or manual on/off feature.