Surge protector

This morning we had a power surge.  First one I ever experienced.  It knocked out the sub woofer components of my GoldenEar Triton one speakers. In my ignorance I had them plugged into the wall rather than a surge protector. Soooo it blew the amplifiers in the sub woofers. It’s going to be a costly proposition: $500 for the amplifiers plus God knows how much the dealer is going to charge for coming to my house. (He’s very reluctant to do it, wants me to lug the 80 lbs speakers to the store.   
Meanwhile, I’m having to listen to bass-less  speakers for the foreseeable future.
So, the moral of the story is plug everything into a surge protector.


Unplug Electronic Devices After Outages

If your power goes out, unplug all electronic devices before it comes back on. When power is restored, the rush of electricity may overwhelm your appliances. Wait several minutes to plug your devices back in after you have power again.

Yeah, unplug about everything in the house.

When the power goes out, (If I’m home), I head for the mechanical room and turn off the main 200A breaker. When the power comes back on I wait a little while to make sure it is going to stay on and when it has stabilized, I then turn the Main breaker back on.

When power first comes back on Line it pretty much see a dead short. Unbelievable inrush current. You got all that motor driven stuff out there trying to start up at the same time. Current amps shoot way up at first then it starts to level off. Only problem is the Voltage overshoots the normal nominal voltage and the overvoltage is what causes damage to electronics. A Type 1 or Type 2 SPD will not protect squat from an overvoltage lasting more than a few milliseconds. The overvoltage event lasts more than just a few milliseconds...

That’s when the user screams the loudest. What a piece scrap. Junk, Do not buy. The XXX SPD didn’t work and I lost, $$$$. One star rating! (Just a guess the SPD failed during a power outage.)

The Furman Type 3 SPD might save the audio equipment but it won’t save any of the rest of the electrical stuff in the house. About the only appliance, that I can think of, found in a home today that doesn’t have a microprocessor in it is a sliced bread toaster.


What I don’t understand are those who only focus on direct strikes, cause that’s rarely been how I lost gear.

If you mean a direct lightning strike nothing will protect your home.

A Type 1 or Type 2 SPD will only protect from a nearby lightning strike.

I will say though I have heard where a commercial/industrial grade SPD, (High Dollar Type 2 SPD), did protect equipment. It did sacrifice itself doing so though.


The only actual lightning direct strike to a house that I know of first hand, well actually the lightning strike hit a tree close to the house first, then the house.

A cousin of my wife’s decided to take a bath while there was a thunderstorm going on.

Lightning hit the tree, jumped to the house, traveled down steel siding, passed through the wood stud outside wall and hit the cast iron bathtub he was in. He lived to tell the story. He said it took for ever to get the metallic taste out of his mouth.

Needless to say he no longer takes a bath during a thunderstorm.


As far as power going out and coming right back on, or going out and staying out 5 or 10 minutes or an hour, that happens here in western Pa. all the time, and often there is no apparent reason, such as a T’storm, for it. In the past I did not unplug my equipment, and in the days of yore I did not even trip my breaker. That wave of paranoia started quite recently. Probably since I started reading posts here.

I will say that I have never experienced any component or appliance damage. But I am not arguing with you guys about it. I never started wearing my seat belt until I lost my drivers license for a year when I was 31, and I never was injured or killed in a car wreck, but I was lucky and I know that they save lives. I guess I have been lucky with my appliances and components as well.


Do “high end” power conditioners from Shunyata, PS Audio, Audioquest, etc, provide surge protection equal to the Furman? Or is their surge protection an afterthought compared to their power conditioner function?

I have an Shunyata that is about 6 years old.  Should I buy a Furman and plug my Shunyata into the Furman?


I had the new amps for the subwoofer installed yesterday with the plugs in the wall socket, and things sounded great. I then plugged one of them into the Furman. The light on the amp flickered and then went out.  I plugged it back into the wall.  Same thing happened

No sound! Evidently the Furman caused the amp to stop working!

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