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    Hello All, it's been a while since I've been on here, busy year. Anyway, I recently purchased an APC H15 power conditioner for my audio/theater stuff and was wondering a few things about it. First, there is no plug in the back specifically stated for the receiver. I already have my amp/sub hooked up but is there a spot for the receiver to go, or back into the wall? Second, do you guys leave them on all the time or shut it off? I'm not sure, and the manual doesn't really say, if it'll still protect everything when it's not powered up.

    Sorry for the, I'm sure, mundane questions as I'm "new" to all the new fangdangled technological advances out there. (This is my first "high end" surge protector, well, what I call high end anyway)

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    I would either keep it in the wall, or use the high-current plugs (outlined in red on the back). As far as whether its on or off - protects the same. Obviously if it's off though, the voltage regulation probably isn't doing anything. I'd say just leave it on unless you have reasons not to. I know some people hate throwing pennies out the window like that. I personally like the lights. lol
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    I leave mine on 24/7.

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    I leave mine on 24/7.

    I've noticed that the voltage out varies depending on the voltage in. Shouldn't it be 120 volts out all the time with the voltage regulation?
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    That's the general idea, but I know there is some flexablilty in that. I'm not sure if the sensativity is adjustable or not on those though. If there wasn'y any slack, your AVR would be kicking in a few times a minute.

    Kind of like how the cruise control on a car will vary by a couple of MPH before it takes any drastic action to correct itself.
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    Thanks for the replies. I did notice, duh on my part, that where I plugged the pre into it also states/rcvr. So..., I plugged it into the jack next to it which is supposed to be in the same "bank". Funny, with all the high powered receivers out there that they wouldn't have another "high voltage" plug for that. Reading the thing when I turn on my two channel stuff (pre/cd/amp) it uses 130 VA (couldn't get much of an explanation on that, the VA, other than what the name is). When I turn on the receiver it jumps to 230 VA. With everything on, including the TV, sub and BluRay player it goes up to almost 400 VA (everything is at idle, however). It is interesting to see it move with just the two channel equipment though. At idle it's as stated above, 130 VA, but when I'm pushing the envelope with material it jumps to around 270 - 300 VA. Anyway, I think it's neat...

    In our new place we are at the "end of the line" regarding power to the house and it's gone out more than once already. A couple of times during snow and a couple of times for no apparent reason. I'm in the country again and I need to get back to those roots of when I was kid! Time to get the candles/lamps ready. So this APC is mainly for that stuff, and brown outs. I don't have that much money invested in audio but much more than what I paid for it.

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    One other question that came up yesterday, however. Now when I turn the TV off the BluRay player also turns off, right after the TV. I know that the TV remote is not programmed to the BluRay player but it does this every time. It won't turn on automatically but seems to want to turn off that way. It's kind of irritating since I like to work everything by itself. Should I email APC or does this unit do that automatically? It doesn't say diddly in the manual about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mufsoman View Post
    I leave mine on 24/7.

    I've noticed that the voltage out varies depending on the voltage in. Shouldn't it be 120 volts out all the time with the voltage regulation?
    Depends on how tight you set the voltage regulation. This isn't a power regenerator and it will fluxuate but if you set the VR to "narrow" it will regulate within 5V I believe. Power coming in always fluxuates and up to 10V really doesn't matter unless you have very sensitive equipment, like for labs or hospitals type equipment. The VR is designed to keep large swings from damaging equipment. You don't want 100V or 140V coming in that's too far off. Personally I don't even like the 10V fluxuation which is why I bought my H15. But at this price point it will never hold the line voltage perfectly at 120V all the time. If you want that then some of the much more expensive re-generators will do that and more.

    Most modern non critical electronic devices for the home can compensate, up to a point, for over and under voltage.
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