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Old 09-19-2010, 09:54 PM   #1
 
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Default Most power hungry component in your media setup?

I think I'll have to go with the pc that I'm using for the media center. Since my speakers are pretty small and flat screens compared to the tv's of old are like Hybrids compared with Hummers.
I need to upgrade the pc's psu however because it's a non brand one and it has a very low efficiency, under 70%.
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Old 09-20-2010, 04:57 AM   #2
 
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Default Re: Most power hungry component in your media setup?

Do you ever measure the power your equipment is drawing when when turned off or on standby? I am thinking of investing in a power strip with sequenced switching to reduce this in the long term. (I don't actually know which thing I own is the most power hungry, will check that out.)
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I did measure it once, I don't remember exactly how much came out but it was forgettable. Besides they draw power for a reason, it's usually to preserve saved settings.
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I always leave equipment on standby, many people say you can save money by switching everything off every evening, negligible cost savings in my opinion. You can even reduce the life of your equipment by keep switching it on and off.
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Yup seeing how the electricity runs in a sinus wave you can sometimes put 200+ volts on your machine, of course there are safeguards to not let this surge pas into the main pcb, but they won't last forever
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What brownnote says is correct, but your chances of hitting the max voltage are highly unlikely plus there are fuses to stop you from damaging your system, they usually blow out before any damage can be done and it's less than a buck to replace them.
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Back on track, I would have to say that the most power hungry component's are probably the speakers since most of the juice is used to produce sound, I'm including the amp into the calculation too, the other components consume almost nothing compared to the other appliances.
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Well I use my current media setup as a gaming pc to and I have a 1200W PSU in the case, so I imagine that's my most power hungry component since the amp I have connected to the speakers system is around 600W.
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Old 12-06-2010, 02:08 PM   #9
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The pieces that want the most power, are my LSi 4 ohm speakers. The piece that uses the most power is probably my Onkyo receiver, since it powers the LSi speakers.
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in mine id have to say my half sized cart popcorn maker..
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