Dead silent (no electrical buzzing) and built like a tank - another great Furman product By: Adam Wood
I got (IMO) lucky last week when I saw the price drop on these to just under $170, so I ordered two - and I'm happy that I did. I've been using a Furman PST-8D for about 5.5 years in my home theater system, and I've had no issues at all with it. I was looking to get another one and saw that the price (understandably) had gone up since I bought mine, so I started seeing what else was out there. I wanted the features in the PST-8D (Advanced Level Power Conditioning, SMP, EVS, LiFT), which this has, and I liked this form factor and the number of outlets. I didn't care about the lights or voltage readout, but now that I have them, I like them.I was looking to get another Furman because my PST-8D is built like a tank and has remained dead silent for the years that I've owned it. I hate electrical buzzing, and I've purchased other decently pricey power strips/filters that have either buzzed right out of the box or developed a buzz over time. The PST-8D might eventually develop one, but so far, it's been great. I'm happy to say that both of the PL-PLUS C's that I ordered are also dead silent, as well as being built like tanks themselves. It's really great to be able to find quality products.While I don't want or need the rack mounting tabs, they don't stick out far enough to be a problem for me. This unit doesn't have any feet or tabs on the bottom side because it's designed for rack mounting, so I just put some Door Bumpers on the bottom corners that have worked great so far.I've never really noticed any change in audio or video quality when using a power filter, but I want good surge protection and figure that the filtering won't hurt anything, so why not. I will say that I _might_ have noticed an improvement when I plugged my new headphone amp into the PL-PLUS C, but that might not have been real. It did sound a bit cleaner to me, though, and honestly is probably the best chance that I have of noticing a change because it's a good amp with good headphones. When listening to my home theater, I probably wouldn't be able to tell unless it was a dramatic change.Because of the orientation of the outlets (two slits side by side with the grounding hole underneath, just like in a wall socket), transformers that are designed to sit sideways so that two will fit in a wall socket will take up more room on this unit than I expected. I can only fit two of them in the region that is designed for three transformers. Brick-style transformers will work great on these, though.The knob that controls the front lights on one of my units is a bit scratchy when turned, which is a bummer, but no where near a deal breaker for me because I'll rarely touch it. I do wish that the voltage meter and front indicator lights could be dimmed or turned off, but I put some LightDims Original Strength strips over the top to dim them to my liking (those strips are awesome, btw).I'm very pleased with these so far and glad that I got them.