Best Power Conditioner
If you have an elite home theater system and favor heavy-duty protection for your equipment, consider investing in a good power conditioner. These devices constantly monitor the voltage coming through the power lines to ensure your entertainment systems receive a consistent flow of 120 volts. Fully equipped models can also double as surge protectors to provide an added layer of security.
These units are generally on the bulky side, so we’ve selected models which require minimal space accommodations. While these power conditioners may seem unreasonably expensive, they do offer maximum protection against over and under power situations which can potentially damage equipment. Each of our recommendations excel at voltage regulation while offering a wide variety of features to suit the needs of various home theater systems.
Panamax M5400-PM Home Theater Power Conditioner
APC J25B 8-Outlet J-Type Power Conditioner with Battery Backup
Tripp-Lite LCR2400 Rackmount Power Conditioner
Panamax MR5100 MR5100 11-Outlet Home Theater Power Management
Furman Elite-15 PFi
Though at first glance the M5400-PM may look identical to Panamax’s other offerings, this one offers a very unique feature. Alongside a full complement of surge protection, the M5400-PM provides active voltage regulation which can prevent your equipment from being damaged by power fluctuations. The M5400-PM alerts you immediately when the incoming voltage is over or under reasonable limits and takes action to protect your connected devices. This unit is also a full-fledged surge protector with a UL1449 clamping rating of 330 volts and an energy dissipation limit of 2125 joules. If all else fails, Panamax backs up their product with an amazing $5,000,000 warranty/insurance which will repair or replace any damaged equipment in case of product malfunction.
The APC J25B is a modern power conditioner with sleek exterior styling. This unit features two surge protection ports offering up to 894 joules of energy suppression and six battery backup outlets, with all outlets maintained at a steady 120 volts and protected from fluctuating power currents. It also features both surge and spike protections, isolated noise filter banks to reduce internal/external interference, and an LCD display which reports all power conditions, Although not quite budget-friendly, it does come with a three year warranty and lifetime equipment protection policy.
Tripp-Lite’s LCR2400 is primarily meant to be used as a rack-mount device. This unit offers 2400-watt power output which is suitable for high draw 120-volt applications (up to 20 amps). The LCR2400 can even maintain a 120 volt output from 87 all the way to 140 volts to protect electronic components from pretty much any situation which may realistically arise. Surge protection on this device is equally as impressive with an energy suppression rating of 1440 joules total. The LCR2400 features 14 outlets along with a set of LED lights which indicate the unit’s operating status. On top of this, your equipment is also protected by the Tripp-Lite $25,000 insurance policy which is available in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
The Panamax MR5100 offers full-fledged power conditioning and surge protection for a relatively budget-friendly price. Seen as one of the leaders in AV equipment protection, Panamax has multiple options for those looking to protect their equipment.The MR5100 features eleven protected and filtered outlets with ten in the rear and a single outlet at the front. With an energy suppression rating of up to 2025 joules, the surge protection is impressive along with isolated noise filter banks to ensure interference is kept to a minimum.
The units frontal display will report any incidents of under/over-voltage and power to any connected equipment will be automatically shut off; power will be automatically restored when voltage returns to normal levels. This power conditioner also includes a front panel volt meter as well as a USB port for charging electronic devices such as smartphones. Panamax offers a $5,000,000 warranty/insurance policy should any equipment be damaged due to product malfunctions, as well as a three year product warranty. Keep in mind, this warranty is only valid when the unit is purchased from an authorized online Panamax dealer.
The Furman Elite-15 PFi provides continuous power monitoring and surge suppression to ensure your equipment is kept safe and performing at its best. This power conditioner forgoes any battery backup to focus solely on offering the best in surge protection. This unit continually monitors incoming current and automatically shuts off power to any connected equipment should the voltage reach 15 percent above normal. Furman doesn’t release joule ratings as they claim no typical energy spike will disable the unit and risk damaging your equipment.
Thirteen outlets are included with six switched and six un-switched outlets on the rear, and a single un-switched outlet on the front panel. There's also isolated noise filter banks to remove both internal/external interference to ensure each connected device receives clean power. Although there’s no frontal display panel, the unit is simple to set up and Furman offers a five year protective warranty.