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Tech Showcase: The Latest Power Products

A look at some of the more recent power products on the scene that help improve and enhance AV systems.

SurgeX UPS + Isolation Transformers

SurgeX’s UPS + Isolation Transformers are available in three models to suit various power environments. The solutions bring all the benefits of a low-impedance isolation transformer to the rack, coupled with a true sine wave line interactive UPS to filter, condition, and stabilize power.

An isolation transformer is designed to eliminate neutral-ground voltage, reducing lockups and downtime for sensitive electronic systems and AV equipment. With these new UPS + Isolation Transformers, a new neutral-ground bond is established at the rack, rather than at the main breaker panel, to ensure clean power is supplied to connected electronic equipment. The UPSs prevent high-frequency electrical noise and voltage from affecting performance and deliver clean, fully conditioned power free of harmonics and common mode noise to guarantee optimal performance and reliability.

Each UPS + Isolation Transformer is suitable for both residential and commercial applications with the flexibility and strength to manage environments from 1440VA to 2760VA. The new solutions are so compact that they can be rack mounted. Virtually silent, they are an ideal match for home theaters, audio systems, and other sound-reliant environments.

The UPS + Isolation Transformers are available now in three models: UPS-1440-Li-ISO, UPS-2200-Li-ISO, and UPS-3000-Li-ISO.

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Panamax VT1512-IP Power Conditioner

The Panamax VT1512-IP advanced power conditioner is a BlueBOLT-enabled, ultra-slim form factor vertical rack power conditioner and power sequencer. Measuring 1.7 x 1.75 x 37 inches, the VT1512-IP is a full-featured power conditioner that provides protection and filtration for maximum longevity and performance of connected equipment.

The Panamax VT1512-IP is BlueBOLT enabled, which allows remote reboot of 12 individually controlled outlets, and the ability to monitor energy use, set alerts, and program scheduled commands. Additionally, the Panamax VT1512-IP has an embedded web graphical user interface and an integration API available for local IP control. The Panamax VT1512-IP Advanced Power Conditioner is priced at $549.95 and is available now.

AudioQuest Niagara 3000

AudioQuest (AQ) expands your capability to stop noise contamination and current compression with the Niagara 3000. The 3000 incorporates almost all of the technology that distinguishes the Niagara Series — AQ’s AC Ground-Noise Dissipation System, Transient Power Correction, wide-bandwidth Level-X linear filtering, and more — but at a more accessible price or $2999.95 (U.S.).

With rack-friendly dimensions (17.5 inches W x 3.45 inches H x 15.2 inches D; 24.9 lbs.) and 2-RU rack ears (included), the smaller Niagara 3000 is a high-performance, cost-effective option for 2-channel and custom-install applications. It forgoes the 7000’s patented dielectric-biased symmetrical power isolation transformers; and, rather than the 90 amps peak current reserve available in the 5000 and 7000, the 3000 provides power amplifiers a current reservoir of over 55 amps peak (up to 25mS). Finally, with a current capacity of 15 amps (RMS), the Niagara 3000 features two High-Current outlets and five Level-X linear filtered source AC outlets, whereas the larger Niagaras 5000 and 7000 offer four High-Current outlets and eight Level-X ultra-linear filtered outlets.

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Torus Power Intros AVR Elite Power Control

Torus Power’s calls its AVR Elite “the ultimate power control system for high-performance audio-video systems.” The AVR Elite isolates connected equipment from the electrical grid, ensuring clean power delivery to sensitive electronic components. High Current capability provides performance improvements that can be seen and heard in all AV systems. Advanced Automatic Voltage Regulation protects against voltage fluctuations, and Series Mode Surge Suppression protects expensive equipment from power line damage.

The AVR Elite features a 32-bit processor and the all-new Torus Power Connect power control system. Torus Power Connect is a cloud-based system for control, programming, data logging, and reporting that allows installers to remotely monitor and respond to user issues, and to control and reboot power zones. The Torus Power Connect app works with all mobile devices and tablets and features an Installer Dashboard for power control of single or multiple installations. Wi-Fi connectivity makes firmware updates and feature enhancements easy to install.