I currently have a fairly simple studio setup here consisting of a Presonus Firepod, a Blue Robbie Tube-Mic Preamp, and a Furman M-8 Power Conditioner. As far as power is concerned, I essentially have the following:
POWER -> SURGE-PROTECTOR -> FURMAN M-8 -> STUDIO EQUIPMENT |-> COMPUTER EQUIPMENT
Basically, my power comes from the wall, into my surge protector, then either to my monitors/computer/etc. or to the Furman M-8, then from the Furman to my audio equipment. The surge protector I have isn't exactly the best thing in the world, so I'm wondering if the Furman is better as a surge protector.
I always assumed it was a power conditioner and thought that it essentially flushed out any inconsistencies in the amperage/voltage before these potentially damaging inconsistencies hit sensitive electronics. I thus assumed that it would be necessary to own a separate device for protecting against surges.
Can I/should I use a Furman power conditioner as my main surge protector or do I need something else in addition? I'd like to switch to a rackmounted device like the Furman over the simple powerbar I have lying around near my feet.