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Furman Elite-15 PFi

Power line conditioner and surge protector

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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.

Furman Elite-15 PFi back panel

The 12 rear-panel AC outlets are divided into 3 isolated banks, which helps prevent noise created by one component from affecting your other gear.

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.

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 amp or receiver

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.

Product 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

What's in the Box:

  • 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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Easy to set up and install. Like the switched and unswitched outlets

Fred, Mooresville, NC


Furman Elite-15 PFi Reviews

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Power Protection

Dale from Long Beach, MS on 12/10/2018

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I bought this as protection for my new Denon X6400, new 75" LG UHD TV, and two powered subwoofers, since the house has been hit by lightening before. Experimenting with connecting everything without the Furman and then adding it in does seem to prove that it does indeed enhance the audio and video. I love the fact that some of the circuits and activated by a trigger (something else being turned on) and thus one can have components actually turned off when the system is not being used. So, be sure to order a 12 V trigger cable if you are purchasing this. Another neat feature is the two led lights that can be extended should one wish to shed some light on a component beneath the Furman. Another thing to consider is power cords from your other components may not be long enough to reach the furman. Example: mine is in a newly added room addition and there are two powered subwoofers on opposite walls along with a wall mounted tv. The power cords that came with these components are not long enough to reach where they are needed. So, to share a little learning experience: if you are having wiring done for a new home theater system, consider having the electricians have outlets wired to where the power can actually come from the Furman.

Pros: Plenty of outlets Triggered outlets Good quality Great labeling

Cons: None.

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Crutchfield customer from Pittsburgh, PA on 9/23/2018

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My original power conditioner died after 10 years of daily use. I ended up plugging my stereo system into a mid-grade surge protector. My stereo would shut off after about 10 minutes of listening to music and would occasionally shut off watching TV. Furman solved the problem. I can't speak to the claims of better sound & video, everything looked and sounded great already. The clean power is the real deal and definitely solved my problem..




Jerry from Fort Wayne, IN on 9/9/2018

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My system always sounded great to me, certain times on certain days. It sounds great all the time now. That, plus the protection I get for a set up that cost multiples of what this Furman unit did, make it a good envestment for me. As far as the lights ,.. when my wife saw them, she calmed down from as she said " spending 700 DOLLARS on a surge protector!!!. Go figure.

Pros: Very well made. Looks good with your other quality components. It works

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Norwalk, CT on 8/22/2018

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Just received mine. All connected. Stunning difference in audio. Video to be determined but OLED. Looks good anyway. Audio haze gone. Highs are crystal. Mid and bass is forward. Did this before changing anything else out. Running Peachtree and Wilson Benesch. Streaming Tidal. May not change a thing. A great first step to clean the power first. Can't imagine higher priced conditioner options would have made such a discernable difference. Do not hestitate, if you have the cash flow. Cheaper than the other options...for now



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Fred from Mooresville, NC on 8/12/2018

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Easy to set up and install. Like the switched and unswitched outlets

Pros: Easy set up, effective and clear output from speakers

Cons: None noted.

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Crutchfield customer from Conyers, GA on 8/9/2018

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Works Great at protecting my eq.

Pros: This box is well designed!!

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Dickinson, TX on 7/24/2018

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If you have gear with flimsy power infrastructure/build or just a lot of connections on a surge protector this will come in handy. I've noticed my bass improve and there is no more lag with my rear speakers



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Crutchfield customer from La Verne, CA on 7/3/2018

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I notice the improvement on my stereo right away



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Terry from Albany, NY on 5/11/2018

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Great quality for reasonable price.

Pros: Does the job at reasonable price.

Cons: None.


Marc from Everett, WA on 4/1/2018

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We received one unit that had to be returned because if was defective. The second unit works okay, but it is introducing some type of electrical noise in the two amplifiers that are attached to it. We can't attach any other electronics (DVD, Cable box, etc.) because when the 12 volt turn on engages, it shuts off power to the units, and then turns back on with some type of surge. We will work with it for a while, but base upon what we've seen so far, we don't have much hope. We mainly purchased it for the Power Factor technology (two power-hungry amplifiers connected to the unit), and if we can find out how to remove the AC power noise, we may keep it.

Pros: Power Factor Technology?

Cons: Expensive. Introducing noise to the system.

Crutchfield response on 4/2/2018 Marc, we're sorry you're having issues with your Elite-15. If the problem continues, please just reach out to our Tech Support team. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Ruben J Lizardi from San Juan, PR on 2/22/2018

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Excellent product!



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Crutchfield customer from Williamsport, PA on 2/15/2018

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I set this up tonight and my wife was watching TV and randomly remarked that the picture looked brighter, as if we had "bought a newer television." Excellent build quality. Solid construction. Easy setup. I bought this as a surge protector/power conditioner due to the area we live in, and was skeptical about it making any improvements in picture or sound. My modest set up - older amp with mid-level bookshelf speakers - did demonstrate clearer, fuller sound. Apparently the TV looks brighter too! Highly recommended if you like your components that look and feel legit - and it does have the added benefit of cleaning up the sound and picture as well. Very impressed with the product and the excellent advice I received over the phone once again with the Crutchfield advisor.



Safety First!

Steve from Cassville, MO on 11/6/2017

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For pennies a month the Furman Elite-15 PFi gives me peace of mind. I just put a home theater in the home we just purchased. Knowing that the house had been hit with lightening a few years back I simply had to do something that would not require negotiations with an insurance company if this happened again. Eight houses have been hit in our gated community in recent years. The joy of the Furman Elite is that the Furman will save itself too! It is a beautiful machine on the rack too and really assists in organizing plug-ins as well.

Pros: Attractive and state of the art safety!

Cons: None!

Excellent power control

Will from Mount Pleasant, SC on 5/15/2017

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Performs exactly as promised. Set up of switched and non-switched circuits is very well designed.

Pros: Solidly built, very well designed.

Cons: LED lights on front panel don't rotate thru 360 degrees

Heavy duty power supply.

David from Grain Valley, MO on 3/27/2017

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Only had the unit 5 days and a massive thunderstorm rolled thruogh KC. The Furman handled several close thunder strikes and flickering power like a champ. In using it with my setup, I have noticed better sound and picture quality. For me it was worth the price.

Pros: Power boost for heavy action movies like Mad Max Fury Road. Strong storm protection. Clean power.

Cons: No amp or voltage read out.

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David from Connecticut on 3/5/2017

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This is an effective product, that does exactly what it says it is going to do.Make my stereo system sound even better, than it already sounded

Pros: Sturdy build quality, very useful features and technology...a sure winner

Cons: Not one!

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Seth from Neenah, WI on 1/5/2017

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We lost our Panamax MX1500 Which is a prototype of the M1500. We purchased this guy and WOW: This thing cleaned up our picture immensely The soundstage was improved a noticeable amount If you thinking of purchasing this thing stop thinking about it, it's worth it

Pros: - Improved picture over our older model - improved the soundstage - has the power reserves to drive additional loud speakers and amps

Cons: - the iT Reference 15 unit is more potent (also four times the cost) - Looks could be improved

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Crutchfield customer from San Pablo, CA on 11/9/2016

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Awesome product for my need and easy to plugin.



Elite 15 PFi Works Well

David from Jersey City, NJ on 5/17/2016

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After installing the Elite 15 PFi I noticed that the sound/picture quality improved slightly. Plus, having SMP protection of my substantial HT investment against any potential 6000V surge or brown outs is quite comforting. I purchased this unit because of Furman's reputation for manufacturing quality stuff and the Elite PFi is confirming that I made the right choice.

Pros: - SMP Protection against 6000V surge - Linear Filtering of AC Line Noise

Cons: - No Amperage display, should be a standard feature - Retractable LED Lights do not rotate 180 degrees to illuminate if the Elite 15 PFi is at the bottom of your HT equipment stack

Buy this product!!

C. Wallace from Monmouth, IL on 4/7/2016

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What a great product!! No complaints whatsoever.



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Robert from Perkinston, Ms. on 2/8/2016

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The Furman Elite replaced a Monster electrical strip that I had bought in 2007. The Monster worked fine for the set up that I had, but I wanted something much better for my new 4K TV and Surround system. For the money I just spent, I felt I needed to spend appropriately on the electrical protection. The Furman fit the bill perfectly. I read a lot of good reviews and so far I agree with the reviews. If you care about your electronic equipment the Furman Elite an excellent way to protect it.

Pros: Ease of installation. Bought during the holiday sales, so the price was great. I feel safe with the protection the Furman Elite provides.

Cons: None

I'm a believer

John from Champaign, IL on 2/2/2016

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Every since I've been serious with home electronics, I've always had a rule don't skimp on your power protection and filtering equipment. However for the past four years I've been breaking that rule. I just recently bought a LG OLED 4K TV and along with all my other home theater equipment I had it connected to an old UPS and a small surge protector. I finally decided to upgrade and purchase the Furman Elite-15 PFi but I wasn't expecting to see the results they claim. I figured it would be a great surge protector but I didn't think it would improve my audio or video quality. I was wrong, now I'm not saying it went from bland to amazing, it can't work miracles but I notice a cleaner picture and my sound is cleared and more powerful than before. I can't recommend this product more if your serious about you home entertainment equipment. So many people don't realize that proper power management will go a long way in keeping things working at peak performance.

Pros: Great surge protection and the line filtering couldn't be more amazing.

Cons: None.

Furman 15 PFI is ELITE!

Shawn M from Upperco Md on 12/2/2015

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I have several power conditioners, most being of the Panamax brand and while I have no complaints at all on any of them I decided to move up a bit and go with the Furman Elite -15PFI and am now glad to say that I not only waited as this was on back order but am very happy with my purchase and will be certainly considering buying more in the near future as well!! A++

Pros: 13 outlets plus coaxial connections etc.. really nice and fit well into my rack system which they also provide the brackets for, two vey nice pull-out lights for convenient viewing in dark areas or with dim lighting,,very nice touch!

Cons: None that I can think of except to say having to wait to get one as it was on backorder,,but wait for it because once you receive it you'll love it!!

Wished I had know Furman years ago.

PaPa Rob from Florence, AL on 11/20/2015

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This is proactive insurance w benefits. I am no longer concerned over weather when I'm away or electricity when I'm listening. The clean power this unit provides lets your amp give you what it is designed to do. Nothing short of amazing, I only wished I had of known Furman years ago. There is zero noise between tracks. Nothing. There is no noise when my system is off. None. That alone is worth the price to me. The clarity and the power my receiver is can produce now breathes new life to old songs. Anyone starting out, Start w this unit. It will pay for itself over time. If you don't have this unit, I seriously recommend this. Other units in my system get upgraded from time to time, but this is staying.

Pros: Solid construction, No Noise between tracts or when system is powered down. Every song you hear becomes brand new. Satisfaction knowing my equipment won't get zapped from weather or fluctuating electricity.

Cons: Wish the little lights could point up instead of down only. That may be an option, I just haven't figured it out yet.


cranky old man from Vermont on 11/16/2015

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I have a great stereo with a REL Storm subwoofer and vintage Maggies at the heart. Lots of power, great cables etc. The Furman power conditioner has made a Huge difference. The bass presentation has changed completely, both from digital and analog sources. The ultimate qualifier is my wife started asking "who is that singing" on a variety of music I have played many times. Buy a Furman tody. I guarantee you will be thrilled or my name is not Cranky Old Man.

Pros: sound is fabulous

Cons: could have a section for "wall wart" power that had the receptacles spaced further apart. nit picky.

Made a believer out of me

PittBoy from Pennsylvania on 7/21/2015

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I did not buy this with any expectations that it would noticably improve the sound of my 2-channel audio system. I just wanted a central unit with good surge and undervoltage protection and PFT to insure sufficient current availability. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I plugged it in. This unit made an immediate and significant improvement in the sound of my system. Highs are much smoother, bass is more full, and the midrange has filled out. The whole sytem sounds smoother, fuller, and more balanced. Everything has more weight and warmth, and is cleaner and clearer. There's more detail and separation. Vocal sibilances are now clear and smooth, not edgy or squashed. This is not my imagination. I'm a former musician with a good ear, but I'm not an "audiophile". I'm basically a skeptic, and do not assume something sounds better because of the price or hyped-up factory specs. I buy it if I hear good, clean, realistic tone - something the current designers of most higher-end audio gear don't understand. I didn't think a power conditioner could make a significant difference in the tone of my system, but I'm a believer now. Your mileage may vary depending on your system and power. I live in a typical suburban area with what I assume is pretty typical power, and it's obviously noisy and unstable enough for the Furman to make this much of a difference. So, IMO this is a great unit for protection, and may make a noticable improvement in your sound.

Pros: Good protection features (surge and under volt), solidly built, outlets not too tight or too loose, no loss in dynamics, linear filtering makes a significant sound improvement in my system.

Cons: Nothing significant. Price is a little high. Most people will not buy this particular unit to rack mount, so the pull-out lights are pointless - replace them with current/volt meters or just remove them. You only get the 3-year warranty if you read the fine print and register it within 15 days of purchase - otherwise you only get a year.

Clean power

Enrique from Marana, AZ on 5/10/2015

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So nice to have a product that i can plug all my electronics into. Nice clean power has cleaned up both audio and video sources. Only draw back is the led lights don't rotate to see components above it.

Pros: Clean safe power.

Cons: Lights do not rotate up.

Incredible improvement

Jack M from Texas on 2/27/2015

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Don't normally submit reviews. This product was too good not to. Used for audio only. Fairly high end equipment 150W/channel amp, Project Perspex TT with Ortofon black cartridge. Listen primarily through Sennheiser HD800 headphones. I thought I was in audio heaven. Wow. Now I am. The improvement in the sound quality, once this unit was plugged in, was so dramatic I wondered what happened. Couldn't believe it was due to this product. If you're serious about your audio, spend the money. It's not inexpensive but the improvement was worth the money. Eliminates all background noise, the silence is golden. All you hear is the music, bass is wildly better, sound stage is huge,music sounds smoother, almost like it's been scrubbed. This and other linear power conditioners should not even be in the same category as surge suppressors.

Pros: Power protection is just a bonus. You won't believe your ears. The language in the accompanying literature is much to modest as to the actual sound improvement. Guess words won't describe it, you've got to hear it.

Cons: It's pricey but it's not fair to think of this as a surge suppressor. Can't be compared to anything but another linear power conditioner.

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Furman Elite-15 PFI from California on 12/29/2014

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Fairly straightforward set up, noise reduction very good, peace of mind for all the components of my system in case of power surge or other electrical anomalies.

Pros: Works as advertised, nice warranty

Cons: Lack of instructions for the setup. Does not provide power if power plugs are two-pronged, must be three pronged.

Crutchfield response on 2/18/2015 Thanks for your review. We've tested the Furman Elite-15 PFi using a variety of 2 and 3 pronged plugs without issue. Please be sure a 12-volt trigger cable is present or the Bypass switch is engaged. If one of these are not done, then the switched outlets will not function correctly.

very good

dyss from dallas tx on 12/3/2014

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this conditioner deserve a praise, i was using an isotek pc prior to this my rotel power amp and pre amp mac pro are all connected to this state of the art pc, hehehe... sound is very compressed, tried the 15 pfi men everything change, the system open up, i paired the isotek premier cable to the furman and junk the evo 3 serius, the bowers and wilkins speaker sing and are performing in the highest level, very good product, all my friends in the audio world are ordering this ryt now.highly recommended.

Pros: super good

Cons: nothing

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HitenP from Piscataway, NJ on 10/21/2014

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Great Product. What a difference in sound quality without any noise.


Cons: Blue LED light stay lit. It should have an option for On/Off or dimmer

Pleasant surprise

RobertP from Wasilla, AK on 10/20/2014

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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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Steve A from Albert Lea, MN on 3/28/2014

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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

Pleasantly surprised!

Shazawn from Oak Harbor, WA on 8/27/2013

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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 ;)~

great product!

Furman rocks! from chapel hill, NC on 4/4/2013

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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



Muriel R from Freeport, New york on 3/5/2013

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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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Chris B from Burbank, CA on 1/15/2013

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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

heavy duty and well built

kicks92 from Sterling, VA on 1/11/2013

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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.

Quality Component

Tom from Rochester NY on 7/28/2012

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

More than expected...

Nathan from Oklahoma on 9/13/2010

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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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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


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


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


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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Well built products and reputation [ Thomas  Dec 23, 2018 ]
I have known about Furman for years. I am setting up a brand new system with the Marantz SR7012, 5 in-ceiling 8" speakers from Speakercraft, with 2 new Klipsh powered subwoofers. This will be the best setup I've ever owned. I need great protection. [ EMORY  Nov 27, 2018 ]
Ryan was a huge help in my decision. It was down to the Panamax 5400 and Furnman Elite 15 PFI. When I told him about my audio equipment, he felt the Furman was a better choice. [ N  Sep 11, 2018 ]
My Panamax M3500PM burned out last night after 71/2 years of use for my home thearter equipment. [ MR.  Jul 26, 2018 ]
product reviews [ lewis  Apr 24, 2018 ]
great product [ ADRIAN  Dec 03, 2017 ]
Over the years I have lost some expensive and not so expensive audio/video equipment due to power fluctuations. Hurricane Maria has made Puerto Rico's electrical system more unreliable. I hope the Furman helps. [ Miguel R.  Nov 15, 2017 ]
Furman have an excellent reputation, it replaced an old Monster that was fried after a huge thunderstorm. I had my eye on this model for a while. I'm very pleased with this unit. [ George  Sep 01, 2017 ]
Reputable name, and great price. [ ENRIQUE  Jul 24, 2017 ]
Clean power on reserve and surge protection from a proven brand, no brainer when you have a system you want to enjoy for years. [ David  Jun 08, 2017 ]
Reviews and recommendations from others. [ Jeffery  May 10, 2017 ]
Purchased one for our children's home theater based on Crutchfield advisor recommendation. It performs flawlessly so we have decided to purchase another one for our outdoor home theater. [ Scott  Apr 23, 2017 ]
Reputation and capabilities [ Will  Apr 19, 2017 ]
Because it's a Furman. [ David  Mar 26, 2017 ]
Good reviews on this unit. [ john  Mar 23, 2017 ]
To provide power for expensive electronic testing equipment, plus a stereo. [ corey  Feb 14, 2017 ]
The Monster system I originally purchased from Crutchfield failed and need to replace it. [ Alex  Jan 29, 2017 ]
Needed a good power conditioner and heard Furman was the best. [ Thomas  Dec 29, 2016 ]
Good quality for price [ Jim  Aug 01, 2016 ]
Bought this because of the reputation. [ Edward  Apr 16, 2016 ]
owner reviews [ anthony  Mar 14, 2016 ]
Crutchfield description. Work great by the way. [ Charles  Feb 25, 2016 ]
This was between this product and the Panamax 5400. The stated ability to withstand multiple surges and overwhelming positive reviews finalized purchase [ BRYAN  Feb 14, 2016 ]
I was looking for a reputable power conditioner (protection) for my home theater system. I've used Monster Power in the past, but I wanted something a bit more robust. After researching online I decided to go with Furman. I've been very pleased with the quality of construction and the performance of my Furman. I will definitely be buying more in the future. [ CASEY  Jan 29, 2016 ]

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I live in AZ and have this current model Furman elite as a surge protected multiple outlet source for electronic test equipment. It has a row of outlet sockets across the back panel. You would need to run power cable through your wall into the closet. That would require making your own extension cords as you would need to reattach the plug to the cord after it passes through the wall via drilled hole. One can find the wire, plugs and sockets at a hardware store. Three wires, black, white, ground, 16g 300v should be a safe cord for a 25ft run to one subwoofer for a home theater. If you were going to run all three subs off one cord, I would check the total amp draw if it is safe for one plug into the Furman. If so, I might step up the power cord to a 14g 600v rating. Subs seem to only surge higher power for brief periods during a movie, so I doubt you would need something rated for continuous use at max power for 25ft. Moving to 12g means a fat cable, higher cost cable and connectors, less flexible. Balance the power to the cable size. The higher amp capacity of this Furman unit allows for options like this. [ corey  Jun 29, 2017 ]
I had a similar issue. I have a 48" equipment rack where my Furman Elite sits (top of rack). For equipment that is external to the rack, I placed pass-through wall AC adapters in my HT room with custom cables made to run behind the wall and dressed back to the rack. Please check with an electrician to make sure you are compliant with local building codes. Given the thickness of cables (14 Gauge/Insulated), you want to minimize these as much as possible since they are difficult to dress and should be isolated from the rest of your cabling for potential interference. Looks great but not cheap... [ CRAIG J  Jun 29, 2017 ]
On the back of the Furman,you will see outlets for high current components.Plug your subwoofers and your powered speakers into these outlets. [ David  Jun 29, 2017 ]
That's a tough question because all my equipment is close by but I would call Fermin and ask them what they would recommend so that way you're not defeating your purpose of protecting your equipment my solution would be high grade extension cord [ DENNIS L  Jun 28, 2017 ]
My receiver employs similar size output. I find it more than sufficient. It would seem absurd to run at full volume, wouldn't it? It can handle 1000 watt output. [ George  Feb 21, 2016 ]
Yes, I running ,my big McIntosh power amp and 2 matching Yamaha power amps and a Paradigm Sub Woofer with a built in 2500 watt amp. Everything is running the Furman elite-15. I love this Furman elite-15 and it's stood up to many power outages with power going off & on 8 times in 10 seconds but furman with stood everything. Buy one. [ ANTHONY W  Feb 21, 2016 ]
Hello Xianhao z, I use this on my Yamaha Power amp at 150w per ch. x 11. It has big a big cap that can power a tank.You will love it. lance [ LANCE  Feb 21, 2016 ]
Go to Google and put in "furman elite-15 owners manual", it should have the info your looking for [ Huba-Bubu  Feb 19, 2016 ]