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Linear Power Supply + Alex "Smart Plug"?

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Howdy y'all,

 

I built an audio PC (see specs here) and am using HDPLEX's 200W linear power supply. This is plugged into a Furman PST-8D power conditioner.

 

Question is this: would it be particularly unwise to place an Alexa "Smart Plug" in the middle, for some fun n funky home automation commands with Alexa?

 

Proposed setup is as such:

LPS > Smart Plug > PST-8D > (wall outlet)

 

I've invested in this LPS and power conditioner—and all the other components in the PC including a JCAT USB card FEMTO—to optimize for audio quality. Would I be shooting myself in the foot by introducing something like this just for ease of use w/ voice commands?

 

My gut says don't put a $10 piece of tech in between two several hundred dollar pieces of tech, which is why I'm posting this. But this may have no effect at all, which would be nice.

 

Thanks in advance for your help 🙏🏻

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Have you upgraded the wall outlet - or is it still builder-grade?  And what kind of power cord will you be using?  If you've upgraded both the wall outlet and power cord then I think it would be a mistake to use the smart plug as this would become the weakest link.  


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Hey @kennyb123, thanks for the reply!

 

To be honest it’s a standard wall outlet. I’m a bit of a novice—not sure what builder-grade is! (Gonna look this up.)

 

Power cable connected to the LPS is this Monoprice one.

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A standard wall outlet is sometimes referred to as "builder-grade".  I'm inclined to think that the smart switch won't do much harm in your situation at present. 


Digital:  Innuos Zenith Std Mk2 > Shunyata Sigma USB > Chord Hugo M-Scaler > Wireworld Gold Startlight > OPTO DX > Shunyata Alpha S/PDIF > Chord Hugo TT2 

Amp & Speakers:  Spectral DMA-150mk2 > Aerial 10T

Foundation: Stillpoints Ultra, Shunyata Denali power conditioner, Shunyata Alpha power cords, Shunyata Alpha interconnect, Shunyata Sigma Ethernet, MIT Matrix HD60 speaker cables, ASC isothermal tube traps

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On 5/12/2020 at 5:48 PM, zachary said:

Howdy y'all,

 

I built an audio PC (see specs here) and am using HDPLEX's 200W linear power supply. This is plugged into a Furman PST-8D power conditioner.

 

Question is this: would it be particularly unwise to place an Alexa "Smart Plug" in the middle, for some fun n funky home automation commands with Alexa?

 

Proposed setup is as such:

LPS > Smart Plug > PST-8D > (wall outlet)

 

I've invested in this LPS and power conditioner—and all the other components in the PC including a JCAT USB card FEMTO—to optimize for audio quality. Would I be shooting myself in the foot by introducing something like this just for ease of use w/ voice commands?

 

My gut says don't put a $10 piece of tech in between two several hundred dollar pieces of tech, which is why I'm posting this. But this may have no effect at all, which would be nice.

 

Thanks in advance for your help 🙏🏻

The Smart Plug is only rated for 12 amps. The power conditioner is rated for 15 amps. You can definitely have issues.

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