An audio forum I belong to has been passing around this AC power line EMI meter and I’ve been playing around with it. Can someone help me decipher what’s happening please.
My man cave is a spare bedroom (10 x 19) that has a 3 x 4 alcove in the back where I have my desktop computer and desk. At the other end of the room is my stereo system. All components are plugged into a Furman PFi 15 elite power conditioner.
Per the manual, the meter displays as a peak to peak value in millivolts in frequencies from 10kHz to 10MHz. 50Hz and 60Hz frequencies are ignored. A reading below 50mV would be considered ‘low noise’.
Here are some measurements I took throughout the room.
To get a baseline I started with the desktop computer and the Furman both turned off and I was measuring under 50mV at the stereo outlet. Low noise!
When I turned on the computer and the Furman still turned off the reading was 500mV at the same outlet. Wow…noisy desktop!
When I turned the Furman on, and with the desktop still on, the noise went back down to under 50mV, at the stereo outlet.
All the other outlets in the room were between high-300’s to mid-500mV.
So what is happening when the Furman is turned on? Is it absorbing all the EMI and is it getting into the stereo system?
As an aside, I have an Intel NUC in the stereo cabinet powered by a LPS. With nothing else on in the room and the LPS plugged directly into the wall I got no EMI at all from the NUC which was a pleasant surprise.
EDIT: Thought I’d add the fact that I measured the outlets coming out of the Furman at around 25 mV, so that’s about half the noise that would come directly out of the wall outlet without the desktop computer running.