Is it safe to run european equipment (afaik 220V) with 240V?
Jul 6, 2002 at 4:46 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 7

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Went to the Fry's today and got myself one of them `Heavy-Duty Step-up/Step-down Power Transformer` that can do 110->220 and vice-versa (they didn't have any transformers that take 120 as an input). And of course when I tested it at work, the output was 240V... So I'm wondering, is it safe? Anyone tried using European amps with such transformers in North America?
 
Jul 6, 2002 at 5:36 AM Post #2 of 7

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in australia we use 240v. i havent encountered any problems using european products as most products has input voltage 220-240v.

im curious if a transformer affects the quality of the sound especially for audio eq where psu is of such importance.
 
Jul 6, 2002 at 5:42 AM Post #3 of 7

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Thanks. Yeah, I'm curious about the transformer too, but again, given that the signal passes through at least a dozen transformers before coming here, I hope for the best. For the price, HP4 should have a decent regulated supply anyway.
 
Jul 6, 2002 at 5:45 AM Post #4 of 7

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Ah, just re-read the original Nik's for sale ad, and it states that the amp is 240V version. Should be safe then... I really-really hope
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Jul 6, 2002 at 6:40 AM Post #5 of 7

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Hi zzz,

are you recieving my e-mail? Please replay soon.

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Jul 7, 2002 at 10:06 PM Post #6 of 7

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zzz: I wouldn't expect any problems with that. As far as I know, the nominal voltage for GB is 240 V, anyway. For Germany it's 220 V, but in fact it's usually around 235 V.

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Jul 7, 2002 at 10:23 PM Post #7 of 7

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lini,
What I have seen the voltage is normalised by EU regulations to 230V in the entire EU. We had 220V before in Sweden, but now it is 230V. I have measured 230V on my wall outlet. Should be the same in Germany. UK had 240V but should have turned it down a little bit. Not all countries may have implemented this yet.

I haven't tested but read that external transformers may interfere with sound quality.
 

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