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Furman PL-8C Power Conditioner

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The Furman PL-8C Power Conditioner is what you need to protect your valuable equipment from power spikes and sags. An advanced Series Multi-Stage Pro...Click To Read More About This Product

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A smart way to protect your rig from power surges.

The Furman PL-8C Power Conditioner is what you need to protect your valuable equipment from power spikes and sags. An advanced Series Multi-Stage Protection Plus (SMP+) circuit provides rock-solid, maintenance-free extreme surge suppression with zero ground contamination thanks to Furman Linear Filtering Technology (LiFT). This power conditioner has 8 rear-panel outlets and one front-panel outlet, a 15-amp rating with circuit breaker, retractable LED rack lights with on/off/dimmer control, and BNC back panel connector for gooseneck lamp with front-panel switch. The Furman PL-8C fits in one rack unit and comes with a 10', 14-gauge, heavy-duty power cable.

Furman's Classic Series power conditioners feature the Series Multi-Stage Protection (SMP) circuit and the exclusive Linear Filter Technology (LiFT). The maintenance-free SMP surge suppression handles the most extreme transient voltage. Spikes are safely absorbed, clamped, and dissipated without destruction of the circuit. LiFT ensures optimal performance through linear filtering with no leakage to ground, protecting the audio and video quality of your signal.

The Classic Series units have super-bright, long-life, retractable LED rack lights that produce virtually no heat and provide an extremely long lifespan. There is an on/off/dimmer control for the lights. A BNC back panel connector will accommodate a gooseneck lamp for rear-rack illumination. A front panel switch controls the gooseneck's operation. The Classic Series units occupy one rack unit space each and have a convenient front-panel mounted outlet.

A master switch controls operation of the rear outlets. The rear outlets are split into 2 isolated banks to minimize inter-component interference and noise contamination. The left bank features three widely spaced outlets for accommodating, bulky AC power transformers, while the right bank has 5 outlets more closely spaced. The Series II conditioners come with a 10', 14-gauge, heavy-duty power cable.

FEATURES
  • Retractable LED rack lights with on/off/dimmer control
  • Isolated outlet banks to minimize inter-component interference and noise contamination
  • BNC back panel connector for gooseneck lamp with front-panel switch
  • Maintenance-free surge suppression thanks to Series Multi-Stage Protection Plus (SMP+) circuit with extreme voltage shutdown
  • 8 rear-panel outlets and one front-panel outlet
  • LED status indicators warn you when voltage is outside of nominal range or when protection has been compromised
  • Three widely spaced outlets accommodate bulky AC power transformers
  • LiFT (Linear Filtering Technology) with zero ground contamination
  • Advanced EVS circuitry detects dangerous voltage irregularities and safely powers down itself and connected equipment in unsafe conditions
  • 15 amp rating, with high-inrush thermal circuit breaker for added protection
  • Two, pull out multi-LED, dimmable lamps
  • Captive 3/14 AWG, 10ft. black cord with NEMA 15 plug
  • One rack unit space
  • Master switch control of rear outlets
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Dimensions: 19"W x 1.75"H x 10.5"D
  • Weight: 12 lb.
  • Construction: Steel chassis, .125" brushed and black anodized aluminum front panel; glass epoxy printed circuit boards
  • Current rating: 15 amps
  • Operating Voltage: 90 to 139 VAC
  • Over Voltage Shutdown: 140 VAC typically
  • Spike Protection Modes: Line to neutral, zero ground leakage
  • Spike Clamping Voltage: 188 VAC peak @ 3,000 Amps, 133 VAC RMS
  • Response time: 1 nanosecond
  • Maximum surge current: 6,500 amps
  • Noise attenuation: 10dB @ 10kHz, 40dB @ 100kHz, 50dB @ 500MHz
  • Power consumption: 12W
  • Safety Agency Listings: CE, NRTL-C
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FurmanPL-8C Power Conditioner
 
4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good value (5)
  • Reliable (5)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • High-end equipment (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good with a couple minor annoyances

By Chris Robinson

from central Texas

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Pros

  • Powerful
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Lights

Best Uses

  • High-End Equipment

Comments about Furman PL-8C Power Conditioner:

Purchased this to replace an old, very simple rack power strip in my guitar amp and EFX rack. Wanted something with better surge protection, isolation and especially, lights. Have a 10 year old Furman in my recording gear rack that features incandesent lights so bought an updated model that uses LED's for my guitar rack. Works fine but there are a couple things I found annoying. Number one is when you power it up, the LED lights do NOT come on, you have to manually shift your hand to the opposite side of the unit and hit the LED brighness adjustment dial. Sounds like a minor thing and it is, but annoying nonetheless. Number two is the weight of the thing, it weighs more than my Rocktron pre-amp and Alesis EFX unit combined. Added about 12 lbs to the weight of my amp/efx rack. Oh well. Otherwise, it is a good piece of gear, the LED's are super clean and bright. I do wish they would make the pull out tube smaller diameter though so they don't obstruct the view of the gear directly below the conditioner unit (the tube size is the same as it was for the old incandesent lamps which is no longer a limitation with LED's -- WHY???).

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  • Personal
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Quiet and easy to set up

By Mikefromms

from Alabama

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Pros

  • 10 Foot Main Cord
  • Good Value
  • Powerful
  • Reliable Performance

Cons

  • None I Can Find

Best Uses

  • Ham Radio Use
  • High-End Equipment

Comments about Furman PL-8C Power Conditioner:

I wanted something that would protect my high end radios from power surges and also provide one source to plug them all in neatly. This piece of equipment delivers.

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  • Personal
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PL8 power cond

By scoop-pBQJB

from Reading, PA

Comments about Furman PL-8C Power Conditioner:

I own two of these, one is in the main PA rack and powers a Mackie mixer and a EV 7100 power amp, The other is in my bass rack and powers a GK 1000RB bass amp. Both have worked prefect for the past ten years though many gigs. Have never replaced the bulbs still work fine. Great quality, the price has gone up, not as good a value as they used to be for the money.

 
5.0

Recording issues solved!

By Paul

from Seattle, WA

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Pros

  • Cleans up sound, headphones are silent now!
  • Looks good in my rack
  • No 'dirty electric' noise while recording.
  • Works really well, very effective.

Cons

  • I am just going to have to buy another (s'ok)
  • Would be nice to have more than 9 power outputs

Best Uses

  • Recording Equipment

Comments about Furman PL-8C Power Conditioner:

I was having recording issues (pops, clicks and general dirty noise), especially while using my high-end condenser mic for vocals. I tried everything from grounding the mic stand, to using different mats to stand on, plus moving anything that might have a static charge away. Finally I gave this a try.... not only did it fix that, but it is astonishing how dirty my electric was...... I never noticed that until i put my headphones on and experienced what true silence was..... amazing. Anyway, there are 9 electrical inputs, I wish there was more, but that would make the unit bigger, so I guess that I will buy another one, which is ok with me because it seems like an investment in quality recording. I highly recommend this.

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5.0

Silence and protection

By Scottinwa

from Washington

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Pros

  • Good Value
  • Long Lasting
  • Powerful
  • Reliable Performance

Cons

    Best Uses

    • High-End Equipment

    Comments about Furman PL-8C Power Conditioner:

    I purchased THREE of these units based on a recommendation that high end speaker companies and Audio professionals use them. It's more than just an endorsement, it's real-world proof of excellence. I like in an area adjacent to an Air Base/Air port and industrial park. LOTS of electromagnetic hash in the air and the power, and the tv coax. The Furman doesn't just protect against surges, it eliminates these EMI interference issues. I have cleaner audio, video and radio reception. I can power my gear on and off silently. 100% recommended, and effective.

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    • Personal
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    • No
     
    5.0

    Solid power conditioner; steady power.

    By Flash

    from Southern Texas

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    Pros

    • Good Value
    • Long Lasting
    • Reliable Performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • High-End Equipment

      Comments about Furman PL-8C Power Conditioner:

      Having a fairly small studio I didn't think I would need power conditioners. I was wrong. Living in the south means a lot of air-conditioning usage; and, inevitably during some take (usually the best) there would be some electrical interference because a nearby a/c unit kicked on. The PL-8C all but eliminated that. I now power all my recording equipment through the unit and another plus is I now have very few issues with hum. The power inputs are large and accommodate most big and bulky power plugs. If you're serious about your recording then you need a power conditioner. The Furman is just the ticket. Flash

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Can't Believe I Waited This Long!

      By AZPaulie

      from Tucson, AZ

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      Pros

      • Good Value
      • Reliable Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • High-End Equipment

        Comments about Furman PL-8C Power Conditioner:

        This is an excellent piece of gear. An absolute must for any home studio. Not only does it clean up the noise associated with all kinds of electronic and analog gear trying to work together, it also gives me one heck of sense of security knowing my expensive stuff is protected from nasty spikes and dips. It has a clean, spartan appearance as well. Oh...and I just love the lights.

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        • Personal
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        • No
         
        5.0

        Makes Things Quiet

        By SMW14042

        from Florida

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        • Good Value
        • Reliable Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Furman PL-8C Power Conditioner:

            Haven't had for long. But, it instantly stopped the annoying buzzing and humming I was getting out of my studio monitors. I assume it will take the noise out of my recordings. I was able to leave the florescent lights on without any noticeable noise on my tracks.

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            • Personal
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            • No

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