PS Audio Quintet vs Surgex XS-10

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chane
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PS Audio Quintet vs Surgex XS-10

Postby chane » Mon Sep 27, 2010 00:56

My small home theatre and computer audio systems are powered by one 20A dedicated line with
an isolated ground to help minimize EMI noise from the rest of my home AC power system. I will also
soon add several Jensen ISOMAX unbalanced transformers to bypass any inter-chassis parasitic noise
(i.e.power transformer winding capacitance) between A/V components
(http://www.jensen-transformers.com/iso_aud.html).

But first, I would like opinions of 2 surge protection/power line noise reduction devices:
The PS Audio“Quintet” (http://www.psaudio.com/ps/products/deta ... ?cat=power) and the Surgex XS-10 http://www.surgex.com/pdf/XS10-LR.pdf OR whichever such multi-outlet device you might recommend instead.

As shown at the above link (Please mouse click on all of this model’s information tabs at the above link),
PS Audio claims the Quintet reduces both common-mode and “differential” noise by 40db. As I saw no mention of it in Jensen's white papers (http://www.jensen-transformers.com/apps_wp.html), please explain what differential noise is and what usually causes it.

But how important is protection from either common-mode or differential noise, if I use Jensen ISOMAX unbalanced units where ever necessary in my home theater and computer audio systems?


Also, the above link says the Quintet is said to protect up to 7,000 joules. Is this adequate protection for all but direct lighting bolt strikes?

Or would I get any better protection against power surges and lightning strikes by using the Surgex XS-10, or another such device you might recommend?


In any case, since my two dedicated Romex lines run from this same panel box in my basement to my room
3 floors up and cross and/or parallel one or more power cables within the walls, can substantial AC power line noise be induced into these dedicated lines?

If yes, is this EMI noise level proportional to the current (load) being drawn through the lines?


Since I will be using ISOMAX unbalanced units where needed, do I still have to be concerned about this AC
power line noise being induced in the dedicated line(s)?

If yes, then, between the PS Audio Quintet, the Surgex XS-10 or another such device, which one would you recommend for reducing EMI-induced noise?