In this article, we’re going to explain how using a powerbar with your speakers can cause them to go into peak protection mode when there is still an abundant and consistent power supply.
Quick Answer: Do not use powerbars with speakers as their built-in surge protection is often fooled into action, in turn causing the speakers to enter peak protection mode.
Power Surge Protection
Some powerbars have built-in surge protection. Speakers can trick the powerbar into thinking there is a power surge, causing the powerbar to go into surge protection mode, restricting the power going to the speakers. Your speakers will respond to this reduced power by going into peak protection mode.
The end result; reduced output and dynamic range from your speakers. You won’t get the volume you expect, and the speakers will sound really compressed.
Power Splitting Options
So what are your options if you have a limited number of power outlets? We have a few suggestions for you:
- Quad box
- 3 outlet extension cable
If you’re going to use a quad box, make sure it is CSA-approved (or by your local governing body) or made and inspected by a certified electrician. We don’t recommend using homemade quad boxes or cables.