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BALANCED ISOLATION
TRANSFORMERS, 10/20/30 A
MODELS IT-1210, IT-1220, IT-1230
IT-1220 shown (IT-1210 and IT-1230 front panels are similar).
FEATURES
into sensitive lines, particularly low level and unbalanced sources.
● Available in 10 Amp, 20 Amp and 30 Amp models
● Provides precisely balanced AC power for ultra-low-noise
installations
● Typically gives a 16 dB improvement in background noise
floor
● Toroidal transformer with center-tapped secondary is the
most efficient and compact design, with minimal magnetic
field leakage
● Exclusive “Soft Start” circuit prevents turn-on transients
and high inrush currents
● Faraday shield reduces electrostatic coupling between
primary and secondary
● Extreme Voltage Shutdown circuit protects against
dangerously high or low input voltages
● Microprocessor-controlled “smart” AC voltmeter monitors
line voltage, flashes alerts for marginal and extreme
conditions
● Provides basic power conditioning (spike suppression, RFI
filtering) plus gas discharge tube to dissipate spikes
● Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection
● Models IT-1210 and IT-1220 UL/CUL listed
The IT-1210, IT-1220 and IT-1230 not only dramatically
reduce the noise floor but also have been reported to noticeably
improve dynamic range and sonic clarity.
DESCRIPTION
The IT-1210 occupies two rack spaces (3.5" high); the IT-1220
and IT-1230 occupy three rack spaces (5.25" high).
Designed for the most critical, ultra-low-noise installations,
the IT-1210, IT-1220 and IT-1230 can supply 10, 20 or 30 Amps
of balanced AC power to recording studios, video or film
production facilities, broadcast stations, etc. These models
drastically reduce hum and buzz caused both by ground currents
from power supply filtering and by radiation from supply cables
The IT-1210 and IT-1220 rear panels provide 12 outlets, the
front panel provides two. The IT-1230 rear provides ten 20 Amp
outlets, one 30 Amp twistlock outlet and one 30 Amp twistlock
inlet. The front provides two 15 Amp outlets. All outlets are
balanced and Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter protected.
At the heart of these units is a specially wound and shielded
toroidal isolation transformer with a center-tapped secondary.
These precision transformers, in conjunction with wideband
EMI/RFI filters and output spike protection, make these units
excellent power conditioning solutions for any situation.
An IT-1210 or IT-1220 can be installed in minutes without the
need for an electrician; the IT-1230 may require some help in
choosing and wiring an appropriate supply cable. All three models
provide clean and completely safe power – there is no need to
“lift grounds” or compromise the integrity of safety ground wires to
achieve hum reduction.
Special features include an accurate, self-checking AC
voltmeter that not only measures normal voltages, but also
flashes eye-catching special pattern alerts for off-scale but not
extreme conditions (80-90 or 130-140 Volts); an Extreme Voltage
Shutdown circuit to cause a protective shutdown if the unit is
exposed to dangerous voltages (like accidental connection to 220
Volts); and Furman’s exclusive “Soft Start” circuit to prevent the
large inrush surge currents and spikes that would otherwise occur
at turn-on and turn-off with such large transformers.
Furman Sound, Inc. ● 1997 South McDowell Blvd. ● Petaluma, CA 94954 USA
Phone: (707) 763-1010 ● Fax: (707) 763-1310 ● http://www.furmansound.com
effect. No longer is it necessary to adopt cumbersome and
expensive star-ground systems or use massive bus bars or
heavy ground rods. Most such systems are far more trouble
than the less than ideal results they produce, because the
ground impedance cannot be reduced to zero. The commonmode rejection of a truly balanced AC supply is simpler,
cheaper, and more effective.
IT-1210 Rear View
WARNING - TECHNICAL POWER
DO NOT CONNECT TO LIGHTING EQUIPMENT
FOR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT USE ONLY
60 / 120V 1 AC
GFCI PROTECTED
10A MAX
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120 VAC 60 HZ
10 AMPS MAX
CAUTION!
RISK OF ELECTRIC
SHOCK. DO NOT OPEN.
REFER SERVICING TO
QUALIFIED SERVICE
PERSONNEL. TO
REDUCE THE RISK OF
FIRE OR ELECTRIC
SHOCK DO NOT
EXPOSE THIS
EQUIPMENT TO RAIN
AND MOISTURE.
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LISTED
7Z37
PROFESSIONAL
AUDIO EQUIPMENT
AVIS:
RISQUE DE CHOC
ELECTRIQUE -- NE PAS OUVRIR
Balanced power is recognized by the National Electrical
Code (Article 530) for technical power applications. Its use is
restricted to electronic equipment only. Balanced power may
not be used for lighting equipment, and access must be
restricted to use by qualified personnel only.
IT-1220 Rear View
OPTION
INPUT VOLTAGE RANGE
80 - 140 VAC 60 HZ
20 AMP MAXIMUM
WARNING - TECHNICAL POWER
DO NOT CONNECT TO LIGHTING EQUIPMENT. FOR
ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT USE ONLY.
CAUTION: THIS UNIT WEIGHS APPROX 65 LBS (30 KILOS)
USE APPROPRIATE MOUNTING AND SECURING
PROCEDURES WHEN INSTALLING.
CAUTION : THIS UNIT MUST BE PROPERLY GROUNDED
FOR SAFE OPERATION.
ALL REAR PANEL OUTLETS
60V / 120V 1PHASE 60 HZ AC
GFCI PROTECTED
CAUTION!
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK. DO NOT OPEN. REFER SERVICING TO
QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL. TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE
OR ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT EXPOSE THIS EQUIPMENT TO
RAIN AND MOISTURE.
LISTED
7Z37
PROFESSIONAL
AUDIO EQUIPMENT
®
®
AVIS:
RISQUE DE CHOC
ELECTRIQUE -- NE PAS OUVRIR
BREAKER GROUP
60/120V 10 AC
GFCI PROTECTED
30 AMPS MAX
60 / 120V 10 AC
GFCI PROTECTED
20 AMPS MAX
Three Year Warranty
The IT-1210, IT-1220 and IT-1230 are protected by a three
year limited warranty covering defects in materials and
workmanship.
IT-1230 Rear View
INPUT
80-140 VAC
60 HZ 30 AMPS MAX
● RRM-2 Rear Rack Mount Ears: Adjustable depth
rear rack ears for the IT-1210, IT-1220 or IT-1230. Adjustment
depth is 17” to 18.25” from inside front panel.
WARNING— TECHNICAL POWER
DO NOT CONNECT TO LIGHTING EQUIPMENT.
FOR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT USE ONLY.
B
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IT-1210/1220/1230 SPECIFICATIONS
Output current:
20
CAUTION!
MADE IN USA
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK. DO NOT OPEN.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE
PERSONNEL. TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE
OR ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT EXPOSE THIS
EQUIPMENT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
AVIS:
RISQUE DE CHOC
ELECTRIQUE—NE PAS OUVRIR
BREAKER
GROUP
A
(INCLUDES FRONT
PANEL OUTLETS)
60 / 120V 10 AC
GFCI PROTECTED
20 AMPS MAX
BACKGROUND
In much the same way that balanced audio lines can reduce
the pickup of hum and other types of electromagnetic interference
(EMI), the use of balanced AC power lines in sensitive audio,
video, or computer installations can make an enormous
difference in system noise. But power distribution in North
America, unfortunately, is not balanced. The distribution
standards currently in use were derived from practices
established over a century ago, when electric power use was
limited to lighting and motors—long before any EMI-sensitive
applications existed. The emphasis then was on convenience
(from the power utilities’ standpoint) and safety, but not noise
cancellation. The result was a three-wire distribution scheme in
which 120 Volt branch circuits have a hot wire and a neutral
wire, with the neutral tied to a third wire connected for safety to
an earth ground. The third wire does not carry any current
unless there is a fault. This unbalanced scheme causes hum in
audio circuits for two main reasons. First, the current flowing in
the hot wire induces hum in any other nearby wires, which may
carry vulnerable low-level audio signals. Second, because the
impedance of chassis and cable shielding to ground is greater
than zero, ground current flowing from power supply
capacitors and from EMI pickup causes a voltage drop at 60
Hz and its harmonics. This low level noise becomes part of the
audio signals.
With a center-tapped isolation transformer, the AC power
feeding a studio can be balanced at its source. The currentcarrying wires then are no longer “hot” (120 Volts) and
“neutral” (0 Volts), but two 60 Volt lines of opposite polarity
(referenced to the safety ground connected to the center tap),
whose difference is 120 Volts. This type of power, when run
around a room, does not induce hum into nearby audio wiring,
because the two conductors induce equal and opposite
voltages that cancel each other out. Similarly, ground currents
are all but eliminated by the same common-mode cancellation
1-9913
0020
IT-1210: 10 Amps (1200 Watts at 60/120 Volts 1Ø AC, 60 Hz)
IT-1220: 20 Amps (2400 Watts at 60/120 Volts 1Ø AC, 60 Hz)
IT-1230: 30 Amps (3600 Watts at 60/120 Volts 1Ø AC, 60 Hz)
Voltage Ranges: Normal, 90-130; Marginal (flashes alert), 80-90 or 130-140;
Extreme (causes shutdown), below 80 or above 140
Inlets:
IT-1210: Heavy duty power cord with 15 Amp three-prong plug
IT-1220: Heavy duty power cord with 20 Amp three-prong plug
IT-1230: One 30 Amp NEMA L14-30P twistlock connector
Outlets:
IT-1210: 12 rear, 2 front, each rated at 10 Amp
IT-1220: 12 rear, 2 front, each rated at 20 Amp
IT-1230: Ten 20 Amp outlets and one 30 Amp NEMA L14-30R
twistlock outlet in rear, plus two 20 Amp outlets on front.
Front outlets are Ground Fault Interrupter (GFCI) type.
Isolation, Input to Output:
Breakdown Voltage: 1500 Volts minimum.
Leakage current: 40 mA maximum.
Capacitance: 300 pf maximum
Turns Ratio:
1:1; windings separated with Faraday shield
Transformer Regulation:
(Full load/no load) 3% at full load
Spike Protection Modes:
Line to neutral, neutral to ground,
line to ground
Spike Clamping Voltage:
TVSS rating of 400 Volts peak, L-N, N-G, L-G
(tested to UL-1449)
Spike Response time:
1 nanosecond
Maximum surge current:
6,500 Amps (8 x 20 mS pulse)
Maximum spike energy:
80 Joules per mode, 240 Joules total
Noise attenuation:
Mechanical:
Transverse mode: Greater than 60 dB
Common mode: Greater than 80 dB at 1 to 200 MHz
Dimensions: IT-1210: 3.5" H x 19" W x 17" D.
IT-1220/30: 5.25" H x 19" W x 17" D.
Weight: IT-1210: 40 lbs (18 kg)
Weight: IT-1220: 60.5 lbs (27.5 kg)
Weight: IT-1230: 66 lbs (30 kg)
Construction: Steel chassis, powder coated;
glass epoxy printed circuit boards
Power Consumption:
Safety information:
8.5 Watts for display and control circuits,
independent of actual load
IT-1210, IT-1220 UL/CUL Listed
963014-2852 A