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Mains power block recommendations

Discussion in 'audio' started by readams, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. readams

    readams No longer wine tasting


    Looking for a decent 8-way mains power block with a 3m lead on it. Nothing too fancy or expensive. Any suggestions?

  2. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    There are wildly differing views on whether the quality of these really makes a difference.
    I'm opened minded about them.

    I use one supplied by a scientific supplies company, designed to use in a Lab. environment. I worked in Chemistry Lab. I got one at a very good price.

    If you can get a demo. of a Hi-Fi one versus a generic one that's the best path.
    Dealers may be biased.
    They have to make sales...
  3. whatsnext

    whatsnext Naimless

  4. GJO

    GJO pfm Member

  5. Alexh

    Alexh pfm Member

  6. killie99

    killie99 pfm Member

  7. lazycat

    lazycat pfm Member

    + another for Olson
  8. muzzer

    muzzer Numb Nut

  9. Gaius

    Gaius pfm Member

    I'm just having an 8 way mains block made up by Mark Grant, top bloke to deal with, sensible money.
  10. uncl_nigel

    uncl_nigel pfm Member

    I have quite a few Olsen units around the house for the computers in particular. Solid, well-made, rugged and good value for money
  11. hairyderriere

    hairyderriere pfm Member

    Been thinking the same for our system too, recently. Will be checking out the Supra Cables/Jenving LoRad mains distribution blocks and their LoRad power cords.
  12. HiFiman

    HiFiman Don't tell him Pike

  13. YNWOAN

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    Whatever distribution block you go for I would recommend that you bought one without any type of filtration or 'protection'. Alternatively you can make your own if you are able to - it's not difficult. Here is a four way one I built many years ago:

  14. Tbone50

    Tbone50 pfm Member

    I would highly recommend a mains block from Wychwood Audionics (Tel : 01775 710325) very well made and sensibly priced, I am very pleased with mine and find it works as well if not better than an silly priced Q Base one that I used previously.
  15. Ragaman

    Ragaman Mentalist

  16. 2N3055

    2N3055 pfm Member

  17. Getgaff

    Getgaff pfm Member

  18. fay spook

    fay spook pfm Member

    I liberated a couple of Olsen blocks from some old 19" comms racks. I use one in the studio. For the hifi I use a mains hydra- free from a sparks but not expensive if you get one made. Then again I only need 3 mains leads plugged in. The girlfriend's CD player is plugged into the a non-spur plug.

    If you need 8 plugs are they all linear PSUs? If not , why not plug the SMPS into something else?
  19. Andrew.B

    Andrew.B pfm Member

    I use a Brennenstuhl (same make as the RS one linked) Hugo as they come in very nice colours and it makes me happy when I look at how the colours match everything else around.

    Brennenstuhl are well made too.

    If I was at all paranoid I'd make up my own hydra with the required cable lengths, and crimp'n'shrink the connections and put it inside a nice little box with the appropriate exit glands, MK toughplug on the one end and some C13 IECs or w/e on the others.
  20. 2N3055

    2N3055 pfm Member

    Yes. Just threw it in for variety and because I like it. I'm going to make a clone of it. I've already bought the sockets. The cheapest place for the MK sockets was Screwfix who offer a discount for 5+ at only £2.58 each.

    Scraps of 18mm ply are readily available from skips. Including cable and MK plug from the boot sale, its going to cost me less than £25!

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