Furman PL-Plus C
Power line conditioner and surge protector with voltmeter
Our take on the Furman PL-Plus C by Crutchfield's Steve Kindig
Keep an eye on your AC power
Two isolated outlet banks minimize inter-component interference and noise contamination. The three outlets on the left are widely spaced to accommodate wall-wart transformers.
The PL-Plus C is like the flashier twin brother of the PL-8 C. The main difference between the two models is the PL-Plus C's front-panel voltmeter. The segmented multicolor LED display lets you quickly verify that the power to your rig is in the safe operating range. The display is bright enough to easily see from across a room, even in poor lighting.
Continuous power monitoring and protection
Power spikes and surges can definitely do a number on audio equipment — happens every day. The PL-Plus C can make sure it doesn't happen to you. It constantly monitors incoming AC, and if it detects a significant overvoltage condition, 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. With Furman's Series Multi-Stage Protection Plus system (SMP), damaging transient voltages are safely absorbed, clamped and dissipated — no sacrificed parts, no service calls, and no down time.
In addition to high-voltage spikes from unforeseen events like lightning strikes, Furman's overvoltage circuitry will protect against accidental connections to 208 or 240VAC by shutting off the incoming power until the overvoltage condition is corrected.
Hear the signal, not the noise
The PL-Plus C also features Furman's wide-bandwidth filtration, which reduces the AC line noise that can muddy your mixes. The eight AC outlets on the back panel are divided into two banks to minimize inter-component interference. The three outlets on the left are widely spaced to accommodate wall-wart transformers.
- 9 AC outlets 8 rear, 1 front
- one isolated bank of 5 outlets
- one isolated bank of 3 widely spaced outlets to accommodate bulky AC power transformers (wall warts)
- single switched convenience AC outlet on the front panel
- 20-segment LED tri-color AC voltage meter (allows easy verification of voltage range from a distance or in poor lighting)
- Series Multi-Stage Protection (SMP) surge suppression system can withstand multiple catastrophic voltage spikes and keep protecting your gear
- Extreme Voltage Shutdown circuitry monitors incoming AC and automatically cuts off power to connected equipment if overvoltage is detected
- wide-bandwidth EMI/RFI noise filtering for clearer sound
- zero ground contamination circuitry ensures delivery of pure AC
- maximum current rating: 15 amps
- 2 retractable front-panel LED lamps to illuminate an equipment rack or cabinet
- BNC connector on the rear panel allows connection of any standard gooseneck lamp
- 10-foot 14-gauge heavy-duty power cable
- 19"W x 1-3/4"H x 10-1/2"D (1U rack space)
- weight: 11 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Rack-mountable (1U rack space) 9-outlet component style surge protector/power conditioner with attached 10' power cord (3-prong plug)
- Owner's Manual
Excellent performance provides very good protection and cleaning of the electrical signal.
Francis, Coamo, PR
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Features and Specs
|Total AC Outlets||9|
|Joule Rating||Not given|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
Overview: The Furman Classic Series PL-Plus C is rack-mountable power conditioner, designed for use by audio/video professionals, contractors, broadcasters, and musicians. It has 8 high-quality AC outlets on the rear panel, plus a front panel convenience outlet, all controlled by a single switch. It features a multi-segment LED voltmeter on the front panel so you can confirm at a glance you're running at optimal voltage levels. The unit is equipped with rack ears, and takes up 1U of rack space. The PL-Plus C has a flexible, 10' power cord with three 14-gauge conductors and a NEMA 15 plug.
Applications: The PL-Plus C is recommended for professional audio and video applications, and can be installed in permanent or portable rack systems. They can be used to protect your mixing boards, amps, preamps, and effects generators from power spikes and surges when you go on the road. In the recording studio, the RFI/EMI filtering can give you cleaner recordings by removing noise cause by dirty AC power. In addition, the front panel lights can also help you see the controls on your equipment when you're working in a darkened night club, bar, or other venue.
AC Outlets: The PL-Plus C has eight 3-pronged outlets on the rear panel, divided into two isolated banks to minimize inter-component interference and noise contamination. The three outlets in Bank 1 are widely spaced to accommodate bulky AC power transformers ("wall warts"). Bank 2 has five outlets spaced narrowly apart to accommodate standard-sized AC plugs. There is a single 3-pronged outlet on the front panel, providing a convenient place to temporarily plug in a device, when needed.
SMP (Series Multi-stage Protection): Furman's exclusive SMP technology provides the highest level of surge and spike protection available.
EVS (Extreme Voltage Shutdown): The PL-PlusC will shut itself off when it detects dangerous voltage irregularities, protecting the connected equipment from unsafe conditions.
LiFT (Linear Filtering Technology): The PL-Plus C filters the incoming AC power to insure your equipment is receiving clean power for optimum audio and video performance.
LED Indicators: Two front panel status LEDs indicate when the surge protection and noise filtering are working (Protection OK), and can alert you when the voltage is outside of the normal range (Extreme Voltage).
LED Voltmeter: The PL-Plus C has a three-color, multi-segment LED AC voltage meter that displays the incoming voltage in 2-volt steps from 90 to 128 volts. This bar-graph volt meter indicates optimal voltage in green LEDs, with moderate and extremely high or low voltages in yellow and red, respectively. In addition, abnormal conditions are indicated by special flashing patterns: the single left-most LED flashing indicates marginally low voltage; all LEDs flashing indicates marginally high voltage; and no LEDs lit except the Extreme Voltage LED indicates the unit's has shut down power because the voltage has exceeded 140 volts.
Pull-out Lights: The PL-Plus C features two "smooth track" retractable LED lights that illuminate the front panels of the equipment in the rack. The round "tubes" pull out 3", rotate approximately 90 degrees, and contain three LEDs each (one white and two amber). The lights can be turned on/off or dimmed with the front panel switch.
BNC Lamp Connector: In addition to the front panel lights, a BNC connector is provided for powering a standard gooseneck lamp (not included) for rear rack illumination. It is rated for 12VAC 500mA.
- Maximum Output Current: 15 Amps
- Operating Voltage: 90 to 139 VAC
- Over Voltage Shutdown: 140 VAC
- Spike Protection Mode: Line to neutral, zero ground leakage
- Spike Clamping Voltage: 188 VAC peak @ 3000 Amps
- Response Time: 1 nanosecond
- Maximum Surge Current: 6500 Amps
- Noise Attenuation: 10dB @ 10 kHz, 40dB @ 100 kHz, 50dB @ 500 kHz
- Dimensions: 19" W x 10.5" D x 1.75" H
- Weight: 11 pounds
- Power Consumption: 15 watts
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Why did you buy this?
I have pretty poor grid power in my area, numerous brownouts and cutouts (my UPS reports 3-6 events every day). A friend of mine has an older Furman model that survived a lightning strike that fried everything in his house with the exception of his home theater system (plugged into the Furman). I can't think of a better testimonial than that. [ B Sep 24, 2018 ]
Have 2 of them and they work GREAT! I like the lights and Voltmeter. [ Mike Jun 11, 2018 ]
Great price, great quality. [ JOSEPH P Jul 19, 2017 ]
GOOD QUALITY. RELIABILITY. [ THANH Oct 10, 2016 ]
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9 AC outlets 8 rear, 1 front (rear-panel outlets are compatible with 15-amp and 20-amp AC plugs)
heavy-duty power cable with 20-amp NEMA 5-20P plug (requires a 20-amp circuit)
maximum current rating: 20 amps
front-panel USB charging port
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