Using autotransformers


It has been suggested to me that the best way to avoid incoming voltage irregularities from the street to my Krell mono blocks is to add an autotransformer to each amp's dedicated 20 amp line.

It was also not recommended that I use ordinary voltage regulators because they reduce sound quality.

Have any of you had experience with autotransformers in your system? If so I would like to hear your feedback on this.
puerto
Puerto, exactly what kind of incoming voltage "irregularities" do you have ?
It has been suggested to me that the best way to avoid incoming voltage irregularities from the street to my Krell mono blocks is to add an autotransformer to each amp's dedicated 20 amp line.
Puerto

Buck / Boost transformers can be configured as autotransformers.

If you have a constant low voltage you can Boost the voltage to a higher voltage.

If you have a fairly constant high voltage you can Buck, lower, the voltage.

Autotransformers do not have any regulation or isolation properties.

http://www.toddsystems.com/geninfo.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autotransformer

http://www.writenowcommunication.com/PDF_Files/Apps/App11.pdf

http://www.acmepowerdist.com/pdf/Page_104-109.pdf
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Al, we use such a device in our MA-3 amplifier http://www.atma-sphere.com/Products/#MA-3

Otherwise the amp would draw the line voltage down in a lot of situations and not make full power.

Depending on the power requirements you might be able to use an automated variac, but IME what is needed is an additional isolation style transformer that is much larger, and the automatic variac is used to buck the line voltage to it. This allows you to use a smaller variac and control a much larger amount of power that might be needed in a larger amplifier.
When I referred to voltage irregularities I was talking about constant variances in the incoming voltage. Often as high as 130-135 Volts and on other occasions it would drop to below 110. Already I have spent big bucks on the repair of a Krell FPB 350 because the caps overheated and leaked all over the circuitry.

Just got back into town so will review the comments above and respond. Don't go away!
I have read (and re-read) all of your posts - Thank you! Yes, Al, you were right. I was considering an autotransformer as defined in Wikpedia. The idea was not mine but someone who works on all forms of electronics. Now I am wondering if looking for something that would control the entire house might not be a better choice. We currently have voltage regulators on most large appliances, including the APC battery back-up but nothing on the amps.

All of the options look expensive, OTOH, paying 1,000 to repair an amp is not cheap either.

I will look harder at the Variac and see if that makes sense.

Thanks to each of you for the input.