ROTEL, RLC-1040 Power Conditioner
There may be gremlins lurking in your home wiring, playing dirty tricks on your electrical supply. And that could be bad news for your prized electronic gadgets.
Many homes are plagued by electrical tribulations that wreak havoc with home electronic devices that depend on a smooth and stable supply of power to give you the value you paid for. Dirty power can prevent your TV from displaying a picture that's as good as it's capable of showing, or make your audio system hum or buzz – a real buzz kill for music and movie fans. The problem isn't limited to a bad supply of power. Electrical storms, brownouts, using a bunch of appliances simultaneously or even heavy demand in your neighborhood can give you problems – the worst case scenario being the frying of your expensive toys. Hence the concept of power conditioning, something most of us don't think about much, but should.
The 1040 gives you one central place to plug the AC cords of all your home theater components, as well as offering filtering and protection for cable television/modem, satellite, and phone lines. Its back panel looks very much like a high end power bar, which I suppose in some ways it is, with a dozen three prong plugs labeled for CD, DVD, DVR, CATV/Satellite, Monitor, AUX, TV, and VCR. There are also digitally-filtered inputs for Tuner/Aux and Preamp/Receiver, as well as two sockets for your amplifier and/or subwoofer. You can set the 1040 to stagger the turning on of your subwoofer or amp by up to 12 seconds, so as not to put excessive strain on your home's circuits when these heavy duty consumers of power are turned on.
The unit’s automatic voltage regulation is designed to ensure your electronics receive a steady and safe supply of electrical power, and its surge protection feature is designed to keep your toys from turning into little black rocks if your neighbor is hit by lightning – or other such scenarios. Rotel says the RLC-1040's isolated noise filter banks eliminate electromagnetic and RF interference, too.
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ROTEL, RLC-1040 power conditioner: $359 + applicable sales tax