Dedicated power circuits

I’m having some electrical work done including a whole house

generator, surge suppressor, and a new panel box. I am also going to have two dedicated power lines run for my stereo. I’ve read a lot on here about how this is a really nice upgrade and would greatly appreciate any advice to help me along on my project. Right now the plan is two 20 amp circuits with 10 gauge wire. One for my amp and one for my preamp and sources. My equipment is a McIntosh MC 452, a C47 right now but a C22 in the future, Rega P8, Rose hifi 150b,  McIntosh MR 74 tuner and Aerial 7t speakers. I’m also replacing my panel box with a new one. It’s a brand from a company that’s out of business and the quality and safety is suspect plus there are no new breakers available.


So starting with the breakers, then the wire and finally the receptacles what should I be looking for? The electrician that just left here is planning on the new panel being a Cutler Hammer brand. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



I have done what you are proposing.  I ran 3 ten gauge copper  legs off a panel box  using  3 panel slots each with a 20 amp square D breakers. and the panel  box had  a  whole home surge protector.  At the terminal end I used hospital grade 4 outlet  receptables  on the left and right  and a center 2 outlet box.  The only thing I ran thru the center was my power amp, with an a tripplite surge protector between .the  wall and the power amp

The left and right outlets  with 4 inputs  accommodated  all my other gear, phono pre-amp , two active sub woofers , turntable,, TV,, CD player, router, lamp, blue ray disc player, record cleaner   etcetera   

I was amazed at the difference the current to the power amp made. 

TV s and power amps will have the greatest draw.   


Thanks again for everyone’s help and advice. Joem2 what you did is what I’m planning. Did you you use any kind of special wire? I’m assuming you just used normal 20 amp breakers.


Please explain why MC Galvanized Steel Metal Clad Cable. A metal conduit is not required to meet code in this situation. And cost will be higher than Romex 10/2.

Battery backup and dedicated inverter for home office and audio..

Power always comes from a “cached” source, untroubled by the utility company..

well, unless ya cannot get them charged..