View Full Version : Can I use a UPS for my Hi-Fi?
11-06-2004, 01:59 AM
this may be a stupid question but reading that a good clean power supply can improve the sound of a hi-fi system, can i connect a UPS normally used for computers to my hi-fi?
i've got a couple of old UPS (600va and a 1kva) that used to service my desktop computers and i thought they've done a great job of sending regulated and uninterrupted power. can't i use them for my CDP or amp?
any help would be appreciated...and please pardon me if i don't understand technical jargon...i'm quite a dunce on electronics.
You need to be sure that the UPS is outputting a true sine wave, many do not as this is a very very expensive way to operate. If it doesnt, then you will do damage.....
14-06-2004, 10:12 AM
thanks. :)~:-)~:smile: i checked the specs and it says "simulated sinewave".
and i checked other models' specs and sure enough, there are a couple with "pure sinewave" but they're HUGE (must be expensive).
ok, there goes that idea. :roll:
20-06-2004, 07:21 PM
If you are in the £800 bracket you might be okay, avoid the cheap ones :)~:-)~:smile:
This is interesting, as work are just about to put two server (6 feed each) units. Made by Compaq so should be up to it.
21-06-2004, 09:50 AM
If the item you're trying to supply uses a switched mode power supply then a regular PC UPS would be fine. I know of a few subs with digital amps that use switched mode.
26-06-2004, 07:10 PM
i could not find any written spec on power requirements for my amp and cdp so i've already decided to shelf the idea. :?~:-?~:???:
anyway on impulse, i happened upon a little power conditioner on sale for $40....and bought it. It was a DIY unit and came with a return guarantee. Ok, the feature that sold me was it also had a surge protector.
Had been using it for the past week and must say, for $40, it worked well enough for me. i'm not very good at describing an audio experience but the thing is i can make out where the singer is (jheena 12 o'clock :o~:-o~:eek: ). goes to show not all hi-fi stuff that works has to cost a bomb. :thumbup:
thanks for all the advise guys :)~:-)~:smile:
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