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Elite-16 PF E Manual
◊ Power Factor correction provides surplus current for power-starved amplifiers
◊ Linear Filtering Technology (LiFT) for unequaled audio / video clarity
◊ Series Multi-Stage Protection Plus (SMP+) for virtually maintenance-free AC surge
◊ Zero ground contamination circuitry protects critical digital components
◊ Ultrasonic filtering isolates digital and video circuits from analog components
◊ Four pairs of TiVO friendly - High Definition ready cable/satellite loop through protectors
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For over 30 years, Furman has pioneered the
development of AC power products for the
most demanding audio, video, and broadcast
professionals. Though the need for pristine AC
power is nothing new, the Elite-16 Power Factor’s
technology and its unique implementation are
revolutionary and without peer.
The extreme AC demands encountered in the
professional audio/video arena have required
technological developments far in excess of
typical home theater/audiophile power products.
In studios, live sound, and broadcast facilities,
breakdown is unacceptable. Equipment failure
or poor performance is costly. The same is true
of today’s home theater. Our solution based
technology, extensive engineering expertise,
and robust build quality have answered the
challenge of today’s corrupted power lines, and
led to the creation of the Elite-16 PF E.
Today’s power lines are plagued with RF and EMI
noise. When connecting sensitive equipment
to your home’s power outlet, AC noise couples
into your system’s critical components. This
AC noise masks low level signals and cripples
performance. This low level content is critical
because it relays the crucial harmonics and
ambience in audio, as well as the depth and
clarity in video. With Furman’s exclusive Ultrawide bandwidth Linear Filtering Technology,
televisions, projectors, DVD players, amplifiers,
and processors are fed linearly-filtered AC
This dramatically reduces noise,
ensuring consistent peak operation regardless
of load conditions or the time of day. For the first
time, you will see and hear your theater or audio
system as it should be – not compromised.
the highest level of AC protection possible,
without sacrificing itself when the offending
surge is severe – no damaged equipment, no
service calls, no down time.
At the center of the Elite-16 PF E is our unique
Power Factor Correction Circuit.
For the
first time, low-level analog, digital, and video
components are not modulated or distorted
via the power amplifier’s extreme AC current
demands. Further, the power amplifier sees a
highly filtered, extremely low-impedance supply
of AC power. The Elite-16 PF, in fact, has in
excess of 3 Amps of continuous current reserve
(over 45 amps peak charge) for the most extreme
peak power demands. This technology enables
power amplifiers and powered subwoofers to
operate at peak efficiency, reaching levels of
performance previously unattainable.
No longer will your amplifier’s performance be
at the mercy of your home’s incoming AC power
or inferior AC protection/filtering devices. The
net effect is as if your power amplifier virtually
doubled in power and improved immeasurably
in quality.
When employing the Elite-16 PF E, you will
immediately notice far clearer, stunningly focused
sound and visual images from your system.
Video presentation will be crisp and colors true
with greater gray and black scale definition, as
well as noticeably improved depth and clarity.
Sonic transients will be startlingly fast with
bass fundamentals that shake foundations with
their weight and visceral impact. Mid and high
frequencies will bloom with sweet, non-glaring
ease while imaging improves dramatically,
all the while remaining true to your system’s
inherent virtues.
Another critical feature is our exclusive
Series Multi-stage Protection. This virtually
maintenance-free surge suppression assures
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Before unpacking your unit, inspect the carton
for any obvious severe damage to the box and
internal protective materials. If internal damage
is likely, contact the carrier who delivered the
unit before proceeding with unpacking. If, after
unpacking, shipping damage is evident, contact
the carrier. Save all shipping and packing
materials. You may need them if you should
ever have to return the unit to the factory for
The box should contain the Elite-16 PF E unit,
detachable AC cord, rack mount kit, owner’s
manual, and warranty registration card. If
anything is missing, please contact your local
authorized Furman Customer Service Center.
Fill out and return your warranty registration
card. Registration is recommended because
it can be used to establish whether the unit is
within the warranty period should your original
ownership documents be lost, and it assists us
in informing you about upgrades or other vital
Safety Information Warnings
Please read and observe all of the safety and
operating instructions before the Elite-16 PF E
is operated. Retain these instructions for future
◊ Do not disassemble or modify in any
way. No user-serviceable parts inside
◊ Keep away from moisture and avoid
excessive humidity
◊ Do not allow liquids or foreign objects to
enter the unit
◊ The Elite-16 PF E should be serviced
by qualified service personnel when:
◊ The power supply cord or plug has been
frayed or cut.
◊ Objects have fallen or liquid has spilled
into the unit.
◊ The Elite-16 PF E has been exposed to
rain or other moisture.
◊ The Elite-16 PF E does not appear to
operate normally, or exhibits a marked
change in performance.
◊ The Elite-16 PF E has been dropped, or
the enclosure damaged.
The Elite-16 PF E requires that a safety ground
be present for proper operation. Any attempt
to operate the Elite-16 PF E without a safety
ground is considered improper operation and
may invalidate the warranty (this does not apply
to countries without a grounded mains outlet).
Power Source
The power source to which the Elite-16 PF E
is connected should be adequate for use at 16
Amps. The Elite-16 PF E will operate with a10
Amp service outlet; however, nuisance tripping
at the circuit breaker panel may result if the
systems continuous current draw exceeds 10
The Elite-16 PF E is manufactured with four
rubber feet for placement on any table, cabinet,
shelf, or floor. These rubber feet may be
easily removed with a standard Philips screw
driver when rack mounting adjacent to other
components. Placement or proximity to other
components is not critical, and the Elite-16 PF
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E does not produce any appreciable heat under
standard use. The Elite-16 PF E may also be
rack mounted in a standard 19” (48.26 cm) rack
by attaching the Elite-16 PF E rack ears. These
rack ears (contained within the plastic rack kit
package) mount flush with the back portion
of the Elite-16 PF E’s front panel. They are
attached to the chassis by installing each rack
ear with (3) pan-head Philips screws contained
within the Elite-16 PF E rack mounting kit. The
third screw used for each rack ear is for the
center hole, located towards the rear and aids
in stabilizing the unit when rack mounted.
AC Cable Routing
Once the Elite-16 PF E is placed, its AC cord’s
female end must be plugged into the male
IEC connector located on the lower left hand
side of the rear panel (when facing the rear
panel). Next the male plug must be connected
to an appropriate socket (see current rating
recommendation above).
Connecting Components to the Linearly
Filtered Video Component AC Outlet Banks
The Elite-16 PF E’s four “Linearly Filtered Video
AC Outlets” should be employed for critical
video and or digital components such as DVD
players, projectors, plasma, or LCD screens.
When employing the Elite-16 PF E for a 2channel audio system, an SACD player would
be ideally suited for one of these outlets.
Connecting Components to the Linear Filtered
Audio Component AC Outlet Banks
The Elite-16 PF E’s four “Linear Filtered Audio AC
Outlets” should be employed for any component
not connected to the “Linearly Filtered Video
AC Outlets,” with the exception of receivers,
power amplifiers and powered sub-woofers.
These outlets possess the same exceptional AC
noise filtering and isolation to maximize system
Connecting Components to the High Current
Power Amplifier Banks
All power amplifiers, receivers and powered
sub-woofers should be connected to these four
Many Audiophile and premium Home Theater
systems will have combined continuous current
demands well below 16 Amps. It is rare, in fact,
for large power amplifiers to draw more than 3
Amps continuously. For superior performance,
it is vital that an AC filter possess extraordinarily
low impedance, and have the capability to pass
peak current demands far in excess of the RMS
(continuous) current rating.
The Elite-16 PF E was designed to more than
meet this demand. Additionally, our Power
Correction Circuitry effectively creates a current
reserve in excess of 45 amps peak charge that
is cleaner and far more efficient when supplying
needed current to your power amplifier than a
dedicated line from your local power station.
This feature eliminates any concern towards
the current compression that can result from
typical power conditioners, and the peak
power reservoir benefits any power amplifiers
performance dramatically.
Note about Power Factor Correction and
Current Consumption
When power correction technology is employed
with even the most sophisticated circuit breakers,
it effectively adds to the perceived current load.
Though the Elite-16 PF E was designed for
steady 16 Amp operation, and peak current
demands many times that, the maximum total
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continuous current draw may be limited to a
range between 2900 - 3500 Watts per Elite-16
PF E employed.
The RMS current available before the circuit
breaker trips varies due to what is referred
to as a vector load. Simply put, the type of
power supplies or electronic circuits connected
to the Elite-16 PF E will have an effect on its
circuit breakers perceived current load, and
therefore, when it will trip. Though the benefits
of power factor correction far outweigh the small
reduction in continuous current draw, this must
be accounted for when constructing a large
system with high current demands.
The total continuous current draw of most
electronic components is typically listed in Watts
by their AC input cord or AC connector. Watt
ratings are simply added to determine the total
system RMS current draw. It should also be
noted that the Elite-16 PF E’s power correction
circuitry has no actual effect on the power drawn
from your utilities’ power meter. The Elite-16 PF
E draws a mere 8 Watts independent of other
components, so it may be left on at all times.
Soft Start - Continuous
Use and Break-In Time
When power is first applied to the Elite-16 PF
E, (the front panel breaker- power toggle must
be switched to the “on” position) the Soft Start
feature is activated. There is an audible “clack”
when the Elite-16 PF E is first turned on or
off. This sound is produced by the Soft Start
circuit’s 30 Amp relay engaging or disengaging.
There is virtually nothing in the Elite-16 PF E’s
construction, design, or componentry to wear
over the life time of the product, and there is
no power draw from your electric service meter
aside from the LED power indicator and relay
circuits. For this reason the Elite-16 PF E may
be left with its power engaged permanently. This
is an added benefit, as many audio/videophiles
find performance improves significantly when
leaving low-powered components permanently
charged (turned on). In fact, this is true of the
Elite-16 PF E. Though it will function flawlessly
right from its shipping carton, the performance of
its circuit parts will improve after approximately
two weeks of continuous use or “break-in.”
Front Panel LEDs
Extreme Voltage Shutdown Indicator:
This LED is normally off. It monitors AC wiring
faults – for example, accidental connection to
an open neutral (in some countries) could put
well over 300 VAC RMS onto the mains outlet.
The Series Multi-stage Protection (SMP) circuit
senses voltages that are so high that operation
would be impossible and shuts the power
down before damage can occur. Upon initially
applying power to these units, the Extreme
Voltage indicator LED will light if the input voltage
is above the extreme voltage cutoff, and power
will not be applied to the unit’s outlets. If the unit
has been operating with an acceptable input
voltage and subsequently that voltage exceeds
270 VAC, it will shut off power to the outlet and
the Extreme Voltage LED will light.
Protection OK Indicator:
Although the Furman SMP circuit assures
virtually maintenance free protection from
transient voltage spikes and surges, nature has
a way of occasionally creating electrical forces
that are beyond the capabilities of any Transient
Voltage Surge Suppression device to absorb
without some degree of damage. In the rare
instance that this occurs, the blue LED located
in the center of the front panel will dim, even
though AC power is present at the unit’s outputs.
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If this happens, some level of protection from
voltage surges will remain, but the Furman’s
clamping voltage rating will be compromised.
The unit must be returned to Furman Sound, or
an authorized Furman Service center for repair.
Dimming the Protection OK Front Panel
Some installations will require placement of
this power conditioner within sight of your video
screen. When the rooms lights are fully dimmed
for video viewing this can be an annoyance, so
we have included a dim switch on the rear of the
unit. This will not disable the indicator; it simply
reduces its brightness.
NOTE: If the mains power is above the high
cutoff voltage and has caused the unit to remove
power from its outlets, it cannot restore power
without the operator manually turning the unit
off, then on again. Avoid turning the unit back on,
without first checking the source of the problem,
and perhaps changing the AC source.
signals as well as high bandwidth signals can
pass through our circuit. In fact the bandwidth
is less than 0.1dB loss at 1GHz!
To connect your cabling to these in-line protectors,
simply follow the in and out indications marked
next to the Cable and Satellite connectors.
It is not possible to make an in-line cable or
satellite protector “maintenance-free” as we
have accomplished with the 120 VAC line. This
would necessitate limited signal bandwidth
that would not allow the signal to pass. Under
extreme conditions, it is possible that the surge
suppression in one of these devices could
sacrifice itself after a catastrophic event. If the
cable or satellite connector becomes deformed
in any way due to an extreme lightening strike,
please contact your local service representative,
installer or Furman Authorized service center.
Satellite – Cable
Transient Voltage
Surge Suppressors
The Elite-16 PF E features transient voltage
surge suppression for both cable and or satellite
lines utilizing standard coaxial connectors. As
these surge suppressors are in-line, they will
require an additional cable to connect from
their output to the control device requiring
All of our in-line surge suppressors feature our
exclusive ground contamination free technology.
This aids in eliminating audio buzzing, and the
video hum-bars that can result from typical
in-line suppressors. Further, our cable and
satellite suppressors are TIVO friendly as well
as HD-Digital Television ready. Both DC carrier
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Furman Sound, LLC. warrants to the original
purchaser of this product, the Furman Elite-16
PF E, that the product will be free from defects
in material and workmanship for a period of
three years from the date of purchase. The
purchaser of the product is allowed fifteen days
from the date of purchase to complete warranty
registration by mail or on-line at the Furman
website. If the purchaser fails to complete
the aforementioned registration, the warranty
period will be reduced to one year from the date
of purchase.
If the product does not conform to this Limited
Warranty during the warranty period (as herein
above specified), purchaser shall notify Furman
in writing of the claimed defects. If the defects are
of such type and nature as to be covered by this
warranty, Furman shall authorize the purchaser
to return the product to the Furman factory or to
an authorized Furman repair location. Warranty
claims should be accompanied by a copy of the
original purchase invoice showing the purchase
date; this is not necessary if the Warranty
Registration was completed either by mailing in
the completed warranty card or by registering
on-line at the Furman website. Shipping charges
to the Furman factory or to an authorized repair
location must be prepaid by the purchaser of
the product. Furman shall, at its own expense,
furnish a replacement product or, at Furman’s
option, repair the defective product. Return
shipping charges back to purchaser will be paid
by Furman.
Furman Sound’s Connected Equipment
Warranty covers equipment that is damaged
by transient voltage (an “Occurrence”) while
properly connected through the Furman Elite16 PF E to a properly wired AC power line
with a protective ground in an indoor location.
Furman’s Connected Equipment Warranty is
limited to the amount of the deductible on the
Purchaser’s personal property insurance policy
up to $500.00. In order to make a claim for this
Connected Equipment Warranty, the Purchaser
must forward a copy of his/her personal property
insurance claim for the damaged equipment to
Furman and complete the Furman Connected
Equipment Warranty claim form (call Furman
at (707) 763-1010 to obtain the form). Furman
reserves the right to review the damaged Furman
product, the damaged connected equipment,
and the site where the damage occurred.
All cost of shipping damaged equipment to
Furman for inspection shall be borne solely
by the Purchaser. Damaged equipment must
remain available for inspection until the claim is
finalized. The Connected Equipment Warranty
is also in effect for a period of three years
unless the Purchaser does not complete the
warranty registration within fifteen days from
date of purchase, at which time, the Connected
Equipment Warranty period is also reduced to
one year from the date of purchase.
All warranties contained herein are null and void
if: the Furman Surge Protector in use during
the occurrence is not provided to Furman for
inspection upon Furman’s request at the sole
expense of the Purchaser, Furman determines
that the Furman Surge Protector has been
opened, improperly installed, altered in any way
or tampered with, Furman determines that the
damage did not result from the Occurrence or
that no Occurrence in fact took place or Furman
determines that the connected equipment was
not used under normal operating conditions or
in accordance with Manufacturer’s instructions
for the connected equipment. All Furman Surge
Protectors must be plugged directly into a properly
wired AC power line with a protective ground and
must not be “daisy-chained” together in serial
fashion with other power strips, UPS’s, other
surge protectors, three-to-two-prong adapters,
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or extension cords. Any such installation voids
this warranty. The Furman warranty only
protects against damage to properly connected
equipment where Furman has determined, at its
sole discretion, that the damage resulted from
an Occurrence and does not protect against
acts of God (other than lightning) such as flood,
earthquake, war, terrorism, vandalism, theft,
normal-use wear and tear, erosion, depletion,
obsolescence, abuse, damage due to lowvoltage disturbances (i.e. brownouts or sags),
non-authorized program, or system equipment
modification or alteration. Do not use this
product in anyway with a generator, heater,
sump pump, water-related device, life support
device, medical device, automobile, motorcycle,
or golf-cart battery charger. To be used indoors
only and in dry areas. All warranties contained
herein are null and void if used in anyway with
any of the aforementioned devices.
warrant against damages or defects arising out
of improper or abnormal use or handling of the
product; against defects or damages arising
from improper installation, against defects in
products or components not manufactured by
Furman, or against damages resulting from such
non-Furman made products or components.
This warranty shall be cancelable by Furman
at its sole discretion if the product is modified
in any way without written authorization from
Furman. This warranty also does not apply to
products upon which repairs have been affected
or attempted by persons other than pursuant to
written authorization by Furman.
exclusive obligation of Furman shall be to repair
or replace the defective product in the manner
and for the period provided above. Furman shall
not have any other obligation with respect to this
product or any part thereof, whether based on
contract, tort, strict liability, or otherwise. Under
no circumstances, whether based on this Limited
Warranty or otherwise, shall Furman be liable for
incidental, special, or consequential damages.
Furman’s employees or representatives’ ORAL
relied upon by purchaser, and are not a part of
the contract for sale or this limited warranty. This
Limited Warranty states the entire obligation of
Furman with respect to the product. If any part
of this Limited Warranty is determined to be void
or illegal, the remainder shall remain in full force
and effect.
Warranty claims should be accompanied by a
copy of the original purchase invoice showing
the date of purchase (if a Warranty Registration
Card was mailed in at the time of purchase or
if the product was registered on-line, this is not
necessary). Before returning any equipment for
repair, please be sure it is adequately packed
and cushioned against damage in shipment,
and that it is insured.
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AC Current Capacity:
Input - 16 Amp capacity required
Output - 13-16 Amps RMS (maximum, all outlets combined - continuous)
Linear Noise Attenuation:
Transverse (Differential) Mode:
>40 dB from 5Khz. - 100 kHz. >80 dB from 100 Khz. – 1GHz.
(Linear attenuation curve from 0.05 – 100 ohms line impedance)
Transient Voltage Surge Suppression:
230 VAC - Series Multi-Stage Protection - Non-Sacrificial with Zero Ground Contamination.
(376 V peak clamping @ 6000V - 3000A input)
Extreme Voltage Shutdown (>270 VAC)
Cable / Satellite (less than .1dB insertion loss)
Power Consumption:
8 Watts for display and control circuits independent of actual load.
4 (ultra-wide bandwidth linearly filtered outlets – audio components)
4 (ultra-wide bandwidth linearly filtered outlets – video components)
4 (power factor corrected amplifier outlets – 3.5 amps RMS reserve - resistive load - over
45 amps peak charge)
102mm H x 432mm W x 375mm D (Standard 2 RU height without feet)
Weight: 8 kgs. (17.64 lbs.)
Safety Agency Listing: CE
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Furman Sound, LLC.
1690 Corporate Circle
Petaluma, California 94954-6919 USA
Phone: 707-763-1010
Fax: 707-763-1310
Web: www.furmansound.com
E-mail: info@furmansound.com
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