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Old 15th December 2002, 11:39 PM   #1
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Exclamation incredible power strip on the cheap!

hot tweak tip i just discovered...

i've found a power strip that sounds absolutely incredible in my system - and i got it for $29 on eBay! it's a 16 outlet power distribution strip originally made by SL Waber for telecom/datacenter use primarily, original retail over $200. it's in a shallow 19" rack mount chassis with two separate banks of 8 industrial-grade outlets. each bank has its own power light, 20 amp circuit breaker, and heavy duty 12 gauge power cord - long too, at least 10 feet or so. perfect for separating video/digital and analog components. they're terminated with 20 amp twist-lock plugs, which are great if you have such outlets, but if not you can easily change it out for a standard plug. there's no filtering, switching, or superfluous parts of any sort, just the two 20 amp circuit breakers and a power light. i've included a picture below.

when i got it on ebay, it was $20 + $9 shipping, currently it's running for $30 from the same seller:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=2081755642

unfortunately the chassis cannot be opened (secured with rivets), but after listening to this thing i don't think it needs much modification. so how does it sound? i just got around to wiring in a regular Pass-Seymour plug and swapping it into my system, replacing the cheap Home Depot strip i've been using for a while. WOW!!! i had no idea my system could be this dynamic! the sound is bigger, fuller, more open, less grainy and restrained. the difference is akin to an amplifier upgrade, i kid you not... it sounds amazing, as good, maybe better than a very good $800 "audiophile" strip i reviewed a few months ago.

any drawbacks? it might be slightly forward-sounding, but methinks it is more accurate. i don't think you'll find anything better for this little money.
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Old 15th December 2002, 11:40 PM   #2
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oops, forgot the picture.
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Old 15th December 2002, 11:53 PM   #3
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Home Depot carries those orange receptacles (Lutron?). They are around $10 in Canada and I use them a lot.
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Old 15th December 2002, 11:59 PM   #4
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yeah, should not be hard to make one of these yourself, though for $29 i think i saved money on just the parts, not to mention the trouble of getting a chassis, assembling it, etc. it's UL approved too, something our gear is never. got some nice spare twist-lock plugs on the side too, though i doubt i will ever use them as long as i live in NYC...
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Looks great. I was thinking of building my own power strip soon. We will see how high the price goes.

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last time i got it, there were no bids at all except my own, so if a bidding war starts you can bet it's just you DIY folk.
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Well... I put my bid in...

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Old 16th December 2002, 12:44 AM   #8
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Default POWERTRIP ERR.... STRIP

Hi guys,

Anyone knows how this actually works?
I'd like to know what's inside.

Just out of curiosity,have any of you thought about just hooking up a TV set to one of these and check if the picture quality actually improves?

I usually find that method a reliable indicator of quality.

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Old 16th December 2002, 12:57 AM   #9
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frank! you're back.
it's completely passive, nothing inside other than circuit breaker and power light. that's why it sounds so good.

my TV is plugged into it, indirectly... i have my own power filter after this strip for the video/digital stuff, it's just some filter caps and series inductors from the TrippLite Isobar strip i hacked up. have not really look at the TV picture quality carefully but i think the blacks might be a little better now...
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Looks like this I think:

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