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Power Conditioner question

jkkyler
02-22-2008, 10:15 PM
I have noticed that in most of the high end shops I have been in lately that they have power conditioners (with digtal readouts). On my home theater gear I have adequate surge protectors but I was wondering if there is a big advantage to having a power conditioner. I was looking at some of the monster ones for $180-$200 range but if that is unneccessary or if surge protection is enough some advice would be helpful.


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jcavanaugh
04-07-2008, 08:34 AM
Your surges protect your equipment but they most likley don't remove the "noise" on the AC lines. While this "noise" supposedly can cause some interferance in your equipments picutre you probally don't notice it, which means if you had the "power conditioner" you probally wouldn't notice it. The simple answer, if it ain't broken don't fix it! If you are having problems with interferance, then I might consider it.

joeymetro
04-10-2008, 08:38 PM
a power conditioner does help. The problem is most people may not notice there is a problem with something until its fixed. i do not think you need to spend over $180 for one though. I found that Pure AV units are a good choice and the price can be as little at $80-100. Pure AV is made by Belkin.

Loves2Watch
04-10-2008, 10:00 PM
There is ABSOLUTELY no proof that power conditioners do anything to improve picture or audio quality. If fact there is proof that they don't improve anything at all. But then there is the placebo effect where people think they see or hear a difference. But again, they do nothing to improve anything.

Nevada_MO_Guy
04-11-2008, 07:16 AM
On my home theater gear I have adequate surge protectors but I was wondering if there is a big advantage to having a power conditioner.
You have a rear projection TV, I think it would be worth considering getting a uninterruptible power supply to protect your bulb. It would keeps the cooling fan running if you had a power outage and if you got one with some kind of voltage regulation, a low voltage condition would be boosted up and a high voltage condition would be trimmed down.

I have had no problems with the APC brand.

APC - 1300VA Battery Back-Up System (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8129544&type=product&id=1158321454161)

http://images.bestbuy.com/BestBuy_US/images/products/8129/8129544_ra.jpg

jcavanaugh
04-11-2008, 07:48 AM
+1 for APC

Booooo for belkin!

daleb
04-11-2008, 08:49 AM
If you have a DVR, or other digital recording device, I would plug that into that mother also. For pretty much the same reason you use an UPS with a computer.

edders
04-11-2008, 08:59 AM
Your surges protect your equipment but they most likley don't remove the "noise" on the AC lines. While this "noise" supposedly can cause some interferance in your equipments picutre you probally don't notice it, which means if you had the "power conditioner" you probally wouldn't notice it. The simple answer, if it ain't broken don't fix it! If you are having problems with interferance, then I might consider it.

I like TOTALLY agree with your assessment.

edders
04-11-2008, 09:02 AM
You have a rear projection TV, I think it would be worth considering getting a uninterruptible power supply to protect your bulb. It would keeps the cooling fan running if you had a power outage and if you got one with some kind of voltage regulation, a low voltage condition would be boosted up and a high voltage condition would be trimmed down.

I have had no problems with the APC brand.

APC - 1300VA Battery Back-Up System (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8129544&type=product&id=1158321454161)

http://images.bestbuy.com/BestBuy_US/images/products/8129/8129544_ra.jpg

We have three HDTV's, two are on UPS, one is an APC like you show. The third tv has the UPS sitting next to it waiting for my lazy behind to hook it up, I know really hard huh?

That is the route I like to take with tv's. You should see our two computers they have a total of four UPS, the only thing not on them are the two laser printers and one ink jet.