Great unit. USB 3.0 significant improves latency. Sound is clear. The computer interface was a little tricky for me (anovice) but I eventually got it.
Great unit. USB 3.0 significant improves latency. Sound is clear. The computer interface was a little tricky for me (anovice) but I eventually got it.
Does what it is supposed to do without any problems. Takes different wall wart or ac plug sizes.
And has a very convenient front ac outlet. I own 4 and they all work like a charm.
One has all 8 ac outlets ocupied with tube and class A pres and works perfectly!!
Power conditioners vs. surge strips [concerning surges]: "Power line disturbances can destroy, degrade, and disrupt electronic systems. Plug-in surge strips are only capable of reducing surge energy not eliminating it. Plug-in power conditioners that include a surge diverter, isolation transformer, and power line noise filter in their design can eliminate system destruction, component degradation, and operation disruption by exhibiting much better control over surge voltages. Remember that the performance of naked surge strip components in an electrical system is unpredictable. The performance of plug-in power conditioners with an isolation transformer in the same electrical system is predictable and repeatable. Surge strips create N-G voltage. Plug-in power conditioners eliminate it."
Power conditioners vs. surge strips [concerning line noise]: "AC noise filtering reduces RFI/EMI. Furman's AC noise filtering reduces RFI and EMI interference to deliver a cleaner sound without pops, crackles and the local radio station coming out of your amp." Re. M-8X2: Noise attenuation: Transverse mode: Greater than 23dB, 200Khz to 10 Mhz. But typical power strips don't do a thing about the noise. . . from fans, fluorescent lights, power line movement outside the house, etc. My research confirms that "you get what you pay for." A cheap surge strip may have only a capacitor and a few other inexpensive components, and then call the result "noise attenuation."
Ending on a positive note, I have enjoyed the very good performance of a single Furman M-8X2 Conditioner for years now, and my needs have grown to the point where I have required purchasing another one. With 17 plugs going into 2 Furman power conditioners, I must say that the first word that came to mind was PHENOMENAL. The hum and noise I was getting: it vanished [at a distance of a foot or greater from one of the monitors].
I am very pleased.
This unit, or something like it, should be at the top of every musicians "have to have" list. I was having a lot of problems with noisy interference, not anymore. Additionally, having that added surge protection is worth the investment. Don't have one, buy one. Don't even hesitate. Don't have the funds? Sell some stuff on ebay and buy one. Seriously, get one. You will be glad you did. On another note, Sweetwater rocks! One of those rare companies these days that understand how to obtain customer satisfaction and loyalty. Kind of sad and pathetic that once upon a time it was the norm, not the exception. When I want something, Sweetwater will always get first crack at getting my business and hence, money!
I have all my studio gear and my Apple devices power through these, and they are outstanding.
What's there to say? It's a power strip: 8 in the back, one in the front. Mount it on your rack, plug up to 9 devices and that's all there is to it.
I bought two of these units for a studio rack for my interface and outboard gear. It helps keep the cord clutter tucked inside the rack. Instead of having 12 power cords coming out the back, I have only 2. Solid build, clean look, so far so good. I also like that they have outlets on the front, which allow me to plug in outboard gear I use only occasionally, super convenient. As for power conditioning, I haven't done any testing, but they seem to be working fine.
I've used my M-8 for over five years now and it's worked very well for me!
FURMAN SURGE PROTECTOR KEEP YOU INSTRUMENTS AND EQUIPMENT SAFE FROM POWER SURGE AND AC NOISE. QUALITY BUILT AND THEY WON'T BREAK THE BANK. BE SAFE RATHER THAN SORRY!
This is by far the best value out there for insuring the safety of your music gear. Has just the right amount of plugs, with a few extra for expansion. The layout of the plug inputs is just right.
With all my gear plugged into this, I don't have to worry at all. I KNOW everything is safe.
Well built, works just as it should, and I highly recommend getting one. Even if you only plug in a practice amp. I'm using it for a small home studio.
I got this on the recommendation of my Sweetwater Rep Tony Dayton. Dude, thanks again, this worked perfectly for me. The perfect power choice.
If you've been debating about whether or not to purchase this product, let me help you make your decision: Leave this review and buy it now. This was my first purchase ever from Sweetwater, and it has yet to let me down.
You've spent hundreds (or like me, thousands) on your pro-audio setup. What's better than being able to plug your expensive rack of equipment into ANY plug at ANY venue, and not have to worry about it frying, or noise, or hum??
Many times throughout the spring/summer, I am responsible for providing the music for outdoor venues on the grounds at my church. Most recently, the net worth of musical/pro-audio gear being used at one of these events was well over $4000. Unfortunately, the only place to plug in is to a rusty, junky looking outdoor outlet under a pavilion. I plugged my M-8x2 in, plugged in the rest of our gear, turned on the power, and to our surprise, absolutely no power line noise coming through the PA system, even after a sound check. Yes, you read that right, the Furman M-8x2 conditioned power from an OUTDOOR outlet so well, there was NO NOISE coming through our PA system.
Furman is truly a reputable company in the power field. Even if you don't buy this unit, please don't purchase power conditioning equipment from any other company. I've had this since 2008, and it is still going strong. Furman really out did themselves with the M-8x2. For being one of their lower-end units, you get amazing functionality, and peace of mind. Buy this NOW.
My only complaint: Don't let this unit sit in the sun. Over the years, my unit has turned a light grey from sun exposure, but hey, that's my fault.
Want to make your home studio clearer, cleaner sounding?Here's your answer. Got rid of noise I didn't know was there.
LOVE the outlet on the front.
SImple, does its job well.
I think it is good that it is just right for doing as much as it does.
This unit works well. It keeps things From the annoying "buzzez" that you get from outdated wiring in alot of older buildings. Good way to protect your gear !
I feel like my equipment is very protected. The extra outlet in the front is perfect for phone charger or other electronics.
"Just" a power conditioner, but it's my first, and beats the heck out of the $5 power strip.
This is a simple but necessary item if you plan on having any sensitive items in a rack. It handles 15 AMPS, with some well spaced outlets and has a nice chunky power switch! Come on, that's all you really need.
Great buy for what you get - piece of mind that' your gear is protected and a greatly reduced noise floor. It took all of the noise out of our ear mixes and the mains as well. This was a typical crappy room as far as clean power goes...including kitchen appliances whirring in the background along w fans and house lighting. Our ears have never been quieter. Do yourself a favor and spend the money...you won't regret it.
The Furman M8 15A Power Conditioner is the most cost-effective and one of the least expensive power conditioners available on today's market. If you use a power conditioner regularly for powering several electronic devices that require steady 115-120 voltage, the Furman M8 provides 8 switched outlets on the reverse side of the M8, and 1 un-switched outlet on the front side of the M8.
While there may be other power conditioners that offer "clean" power for sensitive audio applications, the Furman M8 offers adequate power with rack mount for standard audio needs.
At the price of the Furman M8, it would take more than just "clean power" to influence a choice for another power conditioner. The Furman M8 is all that is needed for powering electronic devices with rack mounted standard 115-120 VAC.
Very cost effective insurance for your amps and equipment in your rack - plus an outlet for a piece of equipment (for me it is my vintage guitar amp). If you don't need the light and the readouts this is the unit for you.
This unit protects your gear and puts your mind at peace. It is a great investment and I could also state that it is necessary when you start investing in a nice recording chain. I noticed the hiss disappearing from my monitors and their performance sounding tighter, indicating that it is doing its job. Don't let the price fool you when you compare it to other products, it is still a great step forward for your setup.
Was experiencing serious noise from my Keyboard at certain small venues - bar stages with outdated electrical and neon signs.
Routed all the band's gear through the M-8x2 and the noise is gone. More sophisticated models were recommended for our situation, but we wanted to test to ensure it was worthy. It's worthy!
The unit itself is pretty simple in construction, but if you don't need a lot of fancy blinking lights this does its job nicely. The power outlet on the front is really convinient aswell and it evens out some of the hum I was getting from different outlets in my house, and especially going through different gigs, who knows what their power supply will do to your sound? I got this just to be sure, and it is definitely working out for me so far.
Great product. Great price!
I was editing an extensive video when a ground loop hum appeared in my system. I was too busy to deal with it just then, so I ended up finishing the edit with the hum. Very painful process, that.
When I had a free moment I searched Sweetwater's site for a product that would remove hum. I found several, but I learned from experience that I get the most bang for my buck when I consult my Sweetwater contact (Ryan Sloan, in my case).
Long story short, Ryan turned me on to this item (it was not among the products I picked out). It solved my ground loop hum problem. Very seriously -- after the painful process of editing that video with a hum -- I was close to tears hearing the sweet silence in my audio system.
For the potential buyer, Sweetwater carries several different versions of this product. If you need the extra bells and whistles, you can get them. But for me, this basic product was just what I needed.
Once again ... thanks Ryan!
my Furman M-8x2 power conditioner comlpetes my rack..Lots of plugs and some are spaced far enough to plug in power supplies wich other somtimes don't..its simple and compact realy cleans up the apperence of your equipment as well as prevents adverse electrical conditions..to protect any equipment plugged into it..when i'm playing live or recording i wouldn't leave home without it!
For the money, works great! I don't have many units to power, but I can plug my Mackie 12-channel mixer, Boss pedals, and dbx 166xs with no problem!
This item is perfect! It does what it is meant to do!
It reduced the buzz to almost nothing, I have two of them and a bit of gear so I did need to use direct boxes in places.
I recommend this to anyone who needs extra outlets!
I love the store.. Customers service was good.. Wish there was a store in Elkhart... So I wouldn't have to drive so far to do business with a great company...looking forward to shopping more at your location.. I really wish there was a store closer to mishawaka/ Elkhart area.. Then I wouldn't have to go to guitar center to shop...wish it was easier to find ur locations... Had a hard time finding it...but once I found it I loved the short minutes I had in there...
Needed this my other one was humming...yuck...very quiet now.
Definitely have noticed reduced noise coming from my powered speakers when hooked to the Furman M-8x2.
No sound system should be without one of these. Furman is a great product and I've never had a problem with any of these. I've used these for over 10 years and Furman has never failed.
Rack mounted, which works really well in my new KK Audio M-1 Edit station. Power is not an issue and I don't have power strips running all over the place. Very pleased with this purchase!
Like almost all Furman gear, built like a tank, easy to use, and makes for a fast easy set up, if need one , buy it with out fear.
As always, Furman gives the best way to connect all my electronics without the worry of blowing circuits and
Seems to be working fine, doing what it's suppose to. This is a better buy than the others in this series by Furman because with the others you're really just getting some lights and a volt meter display. So, if you don't need that this is a nice buy. 4.5 because I wasn't blown away. Could you be blown away by a power conditioner? I don't know. Maybe if it blows, then you'll be blown away?
Does what it needs to do quietly and easily. The spacing on the back panel is nice for the abundance of wall warts that seem to be proliferating. The only reason it doesn't get five stars is that it's a power conditioner and that's not something to get overly excited about!
I bought the M-8x2 to create a digital recording studio together a Motu 8pre and my Macbook Pro (running Logic). It's mounted in a shallow 3-place Gator rack. The setup is exceptionally low noise, which I need for producing demos for producers and artists' agents. Excellent fit and finish, solid case.
I like it. I have some more expensive conditioners and I have no idea if the expensive ones are any better. Some conditioners have unswitched outlets on the front. For what I use it for, I like that the front is switched also. It's far enough from the side that you can plug in a 3 way power splitter too if you need extra plugs. The best thing about this unit over other rackmountable units is that it is not very deep at all. I have used it in a couple different equipment racks by racking it to the back side of the rack. Allows you to cram one more piece of gear in a rack.
Another good product from Furman. I got this one to power up a rack unit for my live setup. No issues. It's not an AR-15, but for the price well worth it.
Nothing bad to mention about this guy. Just a full rack sized 1/2 depth unit that conditions my power needs well.
Just purchased this mainly for organization along with a rack. Though I was curious about the noise reduction claims, that wasnt the reason for purchasing it. I have less noise, but I also just racked all my gear, zip tied my chords, and plugged my computer stuff and studio monitors into something else as well. Before, everything was crudely stacked up and all my cables were intertwined and plugged into the same cheap power strip. Im unsure as to what role this device played in my noise reduction, and dont want to undo all my zip ties and unrack my gear, but I hope what I have been able to share is helpful to someone.
I use this unit for a rack setup that includes power supply to a tube amp, In Ear Monitoring system, a compressor, a guitar multieffects processor and guitar synthesizer. It accommodates all of the power chords easily and seems to be very quiet as far as line conditioning.
I was having noise problems running things thru my rack mount into a Yamaha mixer into a Tascam DP-24 that were all plugged into the same power strip. I switched the old strip with the Furman M-8x2 and the noise was for the most part....gone.
Great bang for buck, no complaints!
I have been using Furman gear for years and in unpacking this product I see no less than the quality of product that I have seen in years past. Install it and think nothing of it. I have yet to see a Furman product fail.
Picked this up to run my audio interface and monitors, works great! The product is fairly straightforward and does exactly what it is intended to do
SO far so good. For the price it's been worth.
Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done at a decent price. The only thing I'd warn people about is to leave an empty space below this unit in your rack, otherwise you won't have enough room to plug in wall warts.
I bought this for a portable rack for my guitar synth equipment. Works fine but could use a bnc coupling for light.
Keeps me from having to plug and unplug all of my gear, making it much more portable of a rig, and as always the sweetwater support was amazing. been using it for a month now and no issues yet
Have a few of these for our in ear system and practice rack. Seems to work just fine for what it is. I don't notice too much noise and there isn't much else to say.
I got the product quickly from Sweetwater and it has done just what it is supposed to do. It helped with a some issues I had with switches in my home creating noise, combined with balanced cables I have zero issues with unwanted noise now.
Without any type of power conditioner your playing with fire. I sometimes have to demand folks to purchase Power Conditioners, until you plug one in and the florescent light ballast hum disappears or "they" finally understand that a $50+ investment is worth saving $2,000 in equipment.
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