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by Steve Kindig
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Furman Elite-15 PFi what's under the hood

Protect your gear the way the pros do

Furman builds some of the most rugged and robust power protection gear around. The Elite-15 PFi is an impressive introduction to Furman's exclusive technologies for maximizing the protection and performance of your audio and video components. Many of these technologies were originally developed to meet the extreme AC power demands of professional recording, film, and broadcast studios.

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Continuous power monitoring plus bulletproof surge suppression

Power surges can be quick, or sustained — both types can seriously damage unprotected components. The Elite-15 PFi constantly monitors the incoming AC, and if voltage reaches 15% above normal, it automatically shuts off power to all connected equipment. In the case of a sudden voltage spike, many surge suppressors are designed to "take a bullet" and sacrifice internal parts to save your gear. It's a noble effort, but it leaves your system out of commission while you send the suppressor back to the factory for repair or replacement. Furman's suppressor circuitry can withstand multiple high-voltage spikes and keep on protecting your gear.

Power Factor Technology: Like a turbocharger for your amplifiers

Wide-open dynamics are essential for truly exciting sound. To cleanly reproduce instantaneous peaks or "transients," from a cymbal crash to a car crash, an amplifier needs lots of high-current power. During these moments, amplifiers — including those in receivers and powered subwoofers — may require more current than is available from your home's AC line. Solution? Plug your amplifiers into the Elite-15 PFi's high-current outlets. Furman's unique Power Factor Technology creates a "current reservoir" capable of delivering over 45 amps of peak current. Your amplifier gets the current it needs when it needs it most.

See and hear the signal, not the noise

The Elite-15 PFi's wide-bandwidth noise filtration reduces the AC line noise that can mask low-level audio and video details. The result is noticeably improved picture and sound quality. Twelve AC outlets on the back panel are divided into three isolated banks, which helps prevent noise created by one component from affecting the power going to your other plugged-in equipment. These outlets have hospital-grade connectors that grip your gear's AC plugs snugly and securely.

Highlights:

  • 13 AC outlets with three isolated banks:
    • one bank of 4 outlets (2 unswitched, 2 switched)
    • one bank of 4 outlets with additional ultrasonic filtering for digital or video components (2 unswitched, 2 switched)
    • one bank of 4 high-current outlets with Power Factor Correction peak current charging (2 unswitched, 2 switched with delayed turn-on)
    • one unswitched front-panel convenience outlet
  • rear-panel AC outlets use hospital-grade connectors to grip plugs firmly
  • Series Multi-Stage Protection surge suppression system can withstand multiple catastrophic voltage spikes
  • Extreme Voltage Shutdown circuitry monitors incoming AC and automatically cuts off power to connected equipment if overvoltage is detected
  • Power Factor Technology "current reservoir" for amplifiers, receivers, and subwoofers (over 45 amps peak charge)
  • wide-bandwidth EMI/RFI noise filtering for clearer sound and picture
  • 3 sets of coaxial RF connections for cable TV, satellite, and antenna
  • RJ-11 phone line input and output
  • 12-volt trigger input with bypass button
  • maximum current rating: 15 amps
  • 2 retractable front-panel LED lamps to illuminate an equipment rack or cabinet
  • 17"W x 4-1/8"H x 17-1/2"D
  • weight: 15 lbs.
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Type Component
Total AC Outlets 13
High-Current Outlets 4
USB Connections None
RF-EMI Filtering Yes
Joule Rating N/A
Powerline Network Compatible No
Connected Equipment Guarantee $500 deductible
Width (inches) 17
Height (inches) 4-1/8
Depth (inches) 17-1/2
Weight (pounds) 15
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • Power Conditioner
  • 7' AC power cord
  • 2 Piece power cord bracket
  • 2 Machine screws
  • 2 Rack mount brackets
  • 6 Rack mount machine screws
  • 6 Flat washers
  • 6 Spacers
  • Owner's guide (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty registration card

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Features
Controls and Indicators
Connections
Specifications
Warranty

Features

Power Factor Technology: Although it's rare for amplifiers to draw more than 4 Amps continuously, for superior performance it is vital that an amplifier's AC filter have low impedance and the capability to accommodate peak current demands far in excess of the RMS (continuous) current rating. The Elite-15 PFi's transient Power Factor Technology circuitry effectively creates a current reserve in excess of 45 amps (peak) that is cleaner and faster than a dedicated line from your local power station, benefiting any connected amplifiers' performance.

EMI and RFI Filtration: EMI and RFI noise entering your A/V system through the AC power line couples to the components and masks low level signals, compromising performance. This low level content is critical because it relays the harmonics and ambience in audio, and the depth and clarity in video. Furman's exclusive Linear Filtering Technology dramatically reduces noise, ensuring consistent peak operation regardless of load conditions or the time of day.

Series Multi-Stage Protection (SMP): SMP is maintenance-free surge suppression, offering AC protection without sacrificing itself in the event of a catastrophic surge. The SMP circuit senses voltages so high that operation is impossible and turns the power off before damage can occur; if the voltage exceeds 140 volts or falls below 85 volts, power is removed from all the outlets and the Extreme Voltage LED lights. The circuit will attempt to re-set automatically within 5 seconds, so manual re-set will only be necessary if there is a permanent wiring fault.

13 AC Outlets: The Furman Elite-15 PFi features one front-panel unswitched AC outlet and 12 rear-panel outlets. The outlets include:

  • Video Bank: The video bank has four 3-prong outlets, two switched and two unswitched (always on). In addition to the linear filter, an ultrasonic filter specifically benefits video components (DVR, DVD player, projector, Plasma and LCD TVs, etc).
  • Audio/Video Bank: The audio/video bank has four 3-prong outlets, two switched and two unswitched. EMI and RFI noise is removed by the linear filter.
  • Amplifier Bank: The amplifier bank has four 3-prong outlets, two switched and two unswitched. This bank offers Power Factor Technology with a low impedance filter and current reserve in excess of 45 amps (peak) to accommodate amplifier demands.
  • Front Panel Outlet: The Elite-15 PFi features a convenient unswitched 3-prong AC outlet on the front-panel. EMI and RFI noise is removed by the linear filter.

Front Panel Lamps: The Elite-15 PFi features two retractable front panel LED lamps, offering an easy way to see the equipment below it, even when your theater lights are off.

12V Trigger: The six rear-panel switched outlets are engaged using the 12 volt trigger input, a 3.5mm mono mini-jack. The two switched outlets in the amplifier bank are delayed five seconds before turning on to avoid any potentially damaging speaker thump. Additional components can be triggered to turn on using the 12 volt output jack, also a 3.5mm mono mini-jack. If you'd rather not utilize the 12V trigger circuit, a bypass switch is located adjacent to the input and output jacks. By depressing this button, all outlets will operate when the front panel power switch is engaged.

Transient Voltage Surge Protection: The Elite-15 PFi features transient voltage surge suppression for standard telephone lines, coaxial cable TV lines, and coaxial satellite lines. There is one pair of phone input/output jacks and three pair of coaxial input/output jacks to protect your incoming phone, cable, and satellite lines. The coax jacks pass Both DC carrier signals and high bandwidth signals with an insertion loss of less than 0.1 dB. All the in-line surge suppressors feature Furman's exclusive Zero Ground Contamination technology; this aids in eliminating audio buzzing and the video hum bars that can result from typical in-line suppressors.

Rack Mount: Brackets are included to rack mount the Elite-15 PFi.

Controls and Indicators

Front Panel:

  • Power: master power switch; turns all unswitched outlets on/off
  • Dimmer: rotary knob; adjusts brightness of the LED lamps
  • Extreme Voltage Indicator: lights to indicate the incoming voltage is too high or too low and all the outlets have been disconnected
  • Power LED: a blue LED bar in the center illuminates when the master power switch is on and voltage is applied to the unswitched outlets
  • Remote LED: illuminates to indicate the 12 volt input trigger has turned on the switched outlets

Rear Panel:

  • Bypass: the bypass switch overrides the 12 volt remote trigger, turning on the switched outlets with the master power switch

Connections

Front Panel:

  • AC Outlet: front panel convenience outlet; unswitched (always on)

Rear Panel:

  • Video Outlets: four linear filtered and ultrasonic filtered outlets; 2 switched, 2 unswitched
  • Audio/Video Outlets: four linear filtered outlets; 2 switched, 2 unswitched
  • Amplifier Outlets: four Power Factor Technology outlets with a low impedance filter; 2 unswitched, 2 switched with a five second power on delay
  • 12 Volt Trigger Input: 3.5mm mini-plug; connects to a remote trigger device that uses a DC output to trigger startup
  • 12 Volt Trigger Output: 3.5mm mini-plug; connects to a remote component that uses a DC input to trigger startup
  • Phone Jacks: input and output for standard telephone line
  • Coaxial Jacks: 3 pair of threaded F-type coax terminals

Specifications

AC Power:

  • Line Voltage: 120VAC, 60Hz
  • Current Capacity:
    • Input: 15 amps
    • Output: 11-15 amps RMS (continuous, all outlets combined)
  • Linear Noise Attenuation: Transverse (Differential) mode (from 0.05 to 100 ohm line impedance)
    • 10 kHz - 100 kHz: >40 dB
    • 100 kHz - 1 GHz: >80 dB
  • Power Consumption: 12 watts for display and control circuits (plus actual load)
  • Over-voltage Shutoff Threshold: 140 volts AC
  • Under-voltage Shutoff Threshold: 85 volts AC
  • Weight: 15 pounds

Warranty

Connected Equipment: Furman Sound's Connected Equipment Warranty covers equipment that is damaged by a transient voltage while properly connected through the Furman Elite-15 PFi to a properly wired AC power line with a protective ground in an indoor location. Furman's Connected Equipment Warranty is limited to the amount of the deductible on the Purchaser's personal property insurance policy, up to $500.00. The Connected Equipment Warranty is in effect for a period of three years.

 

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5 out of 5

Pleasant surprise

Written By RobertP, Wasilla, AK on Monday, October 20, 2014
 
I recently bought the Furman to replace a failed Monster HTS 5100. I did not expect to see any difference in performance of my components given that I had the Monster HTS for a number of years and still have a Monster power conditioner. But, much to my the surprise, there was a noticeable improvement in the picture clarity and richness of the color in both my projector and my plasma TV. I don't know whether this comes from the video filters or the power conditioning of the Furman (or both) but the difference is a real upgrade in performance of my components. I trust Furman (given the brand reputation) to do its' job of protecting my equipment but can now look forward to better value from that equipment.
Pros:
Simple, straightforward set up. Visible enhancement to picture after installation. Excellent value for the price (in my opinion).
Cons:
Lack of instructions for setup could be a minor issue if this was your first surge protector, filter, power conditioner.
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5 out of 5

Furman Elite-15 PFi

Written By Steve A, Albert Lea, MN on Friday, March 28, 2014
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I purchased this primarily to protect my hi-fi components from unruly voltage surges, be them from Mother Nature or man made. As far as the power conditioning aspect, we have good distribution voltage where I live. However if this device can clean up unnecessary contaminants and my audio visual pieces are performing at their peak with the Furman, well I'm all in!
Pros:
Well built component that gives me peace of mind protection, Furman is a very reputable name in surge protection and voltage conditioning.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Pleasantly surprised!

Written By Shazawn, Oak Harbor, WA on Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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All the other mainstream power conditioner producers out there should be ashamed of themselves, with all that bling and they don't even $ing!

The previous power conditioner I owned was a monster, butt she sure looked good... Almost immediately after its warranty ran out, it started with an annoying buzz... Like a noisey power supply or something. Never did I think wow.

This lower priced Furman immediately strutted its stuff! I previously thought that my Kuro had the best blacks to be produced by a Plasma... I was WRONG!!! The Furman Elite-15 PFi produced even BETTER black levels. I almost went for the gusto on the Reference Furman, unnecessary.

This power conditioner is being used with the 60" Plasma, and (3) 500 watt mono-block amps without a hitch. I cannot really report on its Power Factor current reservoir, as I only use about half of the juice those amps will produce. Although, I am enjoying a lower noise floor with the now having ZERO background noise with even my more modest sources!

I will be purchasing another one of these to install in my equipment rack in the closet as soon as I save up another couple hundo! At this price point it's a steal.

Thanks again Crutchfield for offering up alternatives of just the most "popular" branded components, and for the great service I've come to appreciate and expect. You raise the bar for the rest of our countries customer service based companies!
Pros:
Super low noise floor makes it sound like I added a MUCH more expensive audio component. Even crisper video on the Kuro. Even deeper blacks, improving an already stellar contrast ratio! Zero electronic noise with this unit. Solid feel. From the case construction, to the grippy 3 prong hospital grade outlets. Those knobs in the front... Very functional pull out n twist led light tubes. Not gimmicky at all like I expected. WOW!!!
Cons:
I was curious to the reason why there is filtering for phone and cable jacks,butt not ethernet?! Answer: upon submission of the 3 yr warranty registration to Furman I questioned this ethernet thing under "comments"... 24 hrs later I unexpectedly got an email from Furman... thanking me AND explaining that at the time of design their wasn't quite as much need for any thing more than DSL phone line protection. Really though, I could care less about spikes in an Ethernet line. So, whatevs ;)~
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5 out of 5

great product!

Written By Furman rocks!, chapel hill, NC on Thursday, April 04, 2013
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I recently bought a Furman elite15 pfi to replace my old monster surge protector. This piece definitely improved my video signal and music. If you are putting together a nice A/V system I would highly recommend this piece. I tried the panamax voltage regulator and it was humming loudly (which is normal for it due to the fact that it is a voltage regulator). Since the voltage coming into my outlet was fine i returned the panamx and got this furman elite 15. The sound quality of my 2 channel playback is better and the picture
Pros:
better quality audio and video
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5 out of 5

excellence

Written By Muriel R, Freeport, New york on Tuesday, March 05, 2013
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I am very satisfied and impressed by the Furman Elite 15PFi, it performance is outstanding, and it is very well built. What a magnificent addition to my home A/V.
Pros:
Great improvement and all around great performer.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Furman Elite 15PFi

Written By Chris B, Burbank, CA on Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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I ordered this power conditioner to protect my AV equipment. It's nice and simple, plug your equipment into the proper outlets, choose whether or not you want to use the trigger to turn off the switched outlets, and turn it on. The only issue I have is that my watt meter shows 50 watts drain from just the power conditioner when Furman states a 15 watt drain.
Pros:
Good investment in protecting home AV equipment
Cons:
Higher power drain than Furman states
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5 out of 5

heavy duty and well built

Written By kicks92, Sterling, VA on Friday, January 11, 2013
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I have a lot of money tied up in my AV equipment and i began to get paranoid about power surges. I watch the podcast "Home Theater Geeks" regularly and on one episode the CEO (I think) of Furman was on the show. I got interested in checking out Furman products. It came down to this one for me and I am glad I did. Not only do I have peace of mind that my equipment is safe but the benefits of having a power conditioner is real cool. I have notice an improvement in the audio. Seems to have more depth. May be placebo but with my hearing getting worse as I get older, any little bit of improvement is a blessing. Dialog is very important to me and that is noticeably improved.

Can't really comment of any video improvement though it could be there. I have been using a Darbee Vision Darblet and it does a tremendous job of improving the picture quality
Pros:
Plenty of outlets. 2 pullout LED lights. Offers excellent protection. Power conditioner.
Cons:
Can't think of anything.
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5 out of 5

Quality Component

Written By Tom, Rochester NY on Saturday, July 28, 2012
 
I had 2 Panamax 5300s in my living room, one in the corner audio rack and one in the center for 2 subs and the TV. Wanted something more than a strip-type in the basement, decided to move one of the 5300s down there and upgrade the living room (for NAD T787 AVR, NAD C565BEE CD, Marantz NA7004 NW player, Oppo 93 BR). Looked at the Panamax 5400 and the Furman Elite-15, went with the Furman based on several recommendations based on my equipment. As far as protection goes, probably not a huge difference from what I had because the 5300 is a nice unit, but yeah, I really COULD tell the difference for audio -- sound seems a bit smoother & cleaner, as if less effort required by the amp. Highly likely that it's partly placebo effect, but all I know for sure is that everything sounds a bit better.

Basic differences between the 5400 and Elite-15: the 5400 has ethernet but only 2 high current outlets, where the Elite-15 has 4 high current but no ethernet. So depends which of those are more important to you. There are other ways to handle ethernet, but the limitation re: high current outlets is what it is, so I went with the Furman so I'd be ready if I ever do abandon my corner rack and move everything together in a single center stand.

Pros:
Four high current outlets, smoother & effortless audio, good build quality
Cons:
no ethernet connections
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4 out of 5

More than expected...

Written By Nathan, Oklahoma on Monday, September 13, 2010
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I was pleasantly surprised with this product. The Furman Elite-15 PFi is a hefty piece of
equipment. It provided hefty results. I purchased it after a power outage/brownout
decided to destroy one of the plate amps in my Infinity tower speakers. Repair costs are
not fun. Plugging into this equipment gave me peace of mind and some unexpected
results. I can honestly say that my audio equipment (receiver + 2 sub amps) is
performing well above the level that i experienced prior to purchasing the Furman. I
recommend it! Safety + Performance = Happy Customer.
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