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Making Your Selection

The Ultra Series
The Ultra Series

Power Wedge® 1118
Power Wedge® 1118

Power Pack Power Conditioners

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Making your selection
The Ultra Series
Power Wedge® 1118
Power Pack Power Conditioners
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What sets an amplifier apart from other components is the requirement to draw large amounts of power in order to amplify the line level signal and drive the speakers. A power conditioner must allow the amplifier to draw current while at the same time eliminating noise from the power line.

Conventional wisdom distilled from reviews and advice from some amplifier manufactures has held that it is better to plug your amplifier directly into the wall. The perception has been that power conditioners rob the amplifier of current which results in less slam and impact in the bass. There are two main reasons for this belief. First, early power conditioners did not deal very well with amplifiers, especially the larger "monster" amplifiers. Over the years, there has been a steady improvement in the ability to handle amplifiers. The Ultra Power Wedge is capable of handling any amplifier able to operate on a standard 15 amp circuit.

The second reason goes to the heart of what a power conditioner does. One of the effects of cleaning up the incoming power is to remove an artificial boomy quality from the mid bass region. On hearing this for the first time, the impression is usually that some of the drive and impact of the bass has been lost. The reality is that this artificial, muddy bass was not on the recording and was hiding much of the musical information in that frequency area. For example, on a recording featuring an upright acoustic bass, providing clean power to the amplifier will allow the listener to follow the bass line and hear more of the sounds of the musician's fingers on the strings.

Any amplifier that does not demand more than 15 amps will benefit from being used with an Ultra Wedge. Amplifiers needing more than 20 amps to function can be used with the Ultra Wedge 122 or Ultra Enhancer 2-20. However, those models are true 20 amp units and will require a 20 amp wall receptacle. See the section entitled The Ultra Power Wedge 122 for details.

Finally, keep in mind that the most you can draw through most Ultra Wedges is 15 amps. If your amplifier requires close to 15 amps to operate you can not plug an amplifier and six source components into an Ultra Wedge 116 without short changing some of the components. If you have a very power hungry amplifier a dedicated circuit equipped with an Ultra Enhancer 2 or 2-20 is highly recommended.

 



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