Perhaps hype was the wrong choice of words, but I reiterate, where's the dire warning in my 80A manual, or in my 30L-1 manual for that matter? There's no mention in the manual for the AL-811 or 811H, either. Perhaps 811s are immune to the problem.
I am NOT taking a position either way, although I know some of my remarks might be taken that way. All I want is a definitive answer to the question ...
Do I need an external inrush protector on my 80A. I don't give two hoots about any other amp.
To throw another question in, why do I only get the "thud" about a third of the time? I have kept track this past week and there's no set pattern for it to happen.
Thank you to everyone who have contributed to my confusion. <g> I really DO appreciate every one of your responses. Now if W8Ji would just join the discussion ...
Lon - W3LK