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Old 10-14-2007, 10:04 PM   #1
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Question APC vs. Belkin vs. Panamax vs. Tripplite

I am setting up a new Samsung LN-T4665FX (46" LCD) with Time Warner digital DVR and Onkyo HT-R520 (6.1 - 1000 Watt) home theater. I also have a Sony DVD and CD players attached. I've been browsing this forum and seen all different opinions regarding surge protection and ups. Being new to the world of HDTV I'm hoping someone can help me make up my mind regarding which of the following I should use to "protect" my system.

APC BE750BB

Belkin F6C750-AVR

Panamax M8HC-PRO

Tripplite AVRX750U

Thanks for any help ! !
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Old 10-15-2007, 06:10 AM   #2
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I recommend you look for two specific items in the list of features for a power conditioner and/or UPS:
1. true sine-wave AC output, not modified "square wave". The switching power supply on computers can handle square wave AC, but it is not good for transformer based systems

2. does the power conditioner handle power "sags" (voltage lower than 115 vAC) as well as surges (voltage higher than 115 vAC). In order to truly "condition" the power, the equipment must be able to bring low voltages back up to standard as well as filter power surges.

I personally use APC Smart 1400 UPS units because they meet the above criteria and give me limited backup power so I can turn my A/V equipment off in an orderly manner when power fails. The "Smart" series is the only APC consumer line of UPS which condition power sags and put out a true sine wave. I have noticed in the urban/rural area I live in, the power boost feature of the unit was on a lot during the long summer with very high air conditioning draws and line voltage running much lower than 115/120 volts.
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I am setting up a new Samsung LN-T4665FX (46" LCD) with Time Warner digital DVR and Onkyo HT-R520 (6.1 - 1000 Watt) home theater. I also have a Sony DVD and CD players attached. I've been browsing this forum and seen all different opinions regarding surge protection and ups. Being new to the world of HDTV I'm hoping someone can help me make up my mind regarding which of the following I should use to "protect" my system.

APC BE750BB

Belkin F6C750-AVR

Panamax M8HC-PRO

Tripplite AVRX750U

Thanks for any help ! !
You need to look closer at your power demands. The APC you list only supports 450w. Your HT R520 may need more than than all by itself (can't find your system on their site but the SR505 pulls 4.9A @120 v for 588w).
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