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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-27-2005, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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Question Problems with regional voltage differences...?

Hi guys,

I've had my combo amp for a long time now and I'm now trying to build a decent rack. Trouble is European prices simply suck and I've been looking at buying some gear in the States and bringing it over here.

Customs taxes are not a problem for me but my father (who is a Hi fi audio expert) tells me that if I buy tube-based guitar amplifiers (and pre's) I will need to use a transofrmer to run them at the local 220 volts and they could get very noisy. I have no clue what he means by this because I dont' understand all that technical stuff. I just want my rack to sound as it should.

Any of you guys aware of what he's talking about and know if there's anyway to solve this problem?

Any help is appreciated!

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-27-2005, 02:09 PM
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Re: Problems with regional voltage differences...?

You will need a step-down transformer to convert the Eurpean 230V into 110V used by US/Canadian gear. This is because plugging your equipment into a socket with twice the voltage that the equipment is designed for is not a good idea.

As for noise, I am not too sure about that one, you can probably get a furman power conditioner, which will take care of all the problems there might be with your local AC power.
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Re: Problems with regional voltage differences...?

yeah what he said
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-28-2005, 12:17 PM
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Re: Problems with regional voltage differences...?

that thread contains some info on converting rackmount units...
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