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#297098 - 03/17/10 02:36 PM Surge Protectors
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I'm looking to get a new surge protector for my home theater components, and I was wondering what it is I should be looking for as far as ratings and what not. I think I may want it in long strip form or at least something I can mount on the wall behind the component shelving. Is there any real difference between home office and home theater surge protectors? What's everyone's current view on power conditioning? I don't think the power here is so dirty that it needs to be conditioned. Thanks for any advice you have!

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#297101 - 03/17/10 02:46 PM Re: Surge Protectors [Re: CV]
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I would also look into a whole house surge protector that plugs into 2 slots in your circuit breaker box. These are supposed to run around $200. Installing one is on my to-do list. I don't think that most hardware/lumber stores carry them. You will probably find them in electrical supply stores.

Edit: For surge protection, I currently have a cheapie plugged into the outlet, where it just rests on the wall providing 6 more outlets and the cheapest ($300) Monster surge protection and power conditioner plugged into that. It was somewhat of a spur of the moment decision, but I think it will work ok for me.

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#297105 - 03/17/10 03:01 PM Re: Surge Protectors [Re: CV]
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I still want to hear from someone trying out the PurePower conditioner. But otherwise, I like TrippLite's stuff, check out their "network" series of power strips: http://www.tripplite.com/en/products/product-series.cfm?txtSeriesID=355&EID=12 There are some 20 amp versions, if you have that size breaker, and outlet. I have a rack mount one, it does everything it should, and only cost me about $60.
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#297109 - 03/17/10 03:29 PM Re: Surge Protectors [Re: CV]
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 Originally Posted By: CV
I'm looking to get a...surge...for my...long strip...or at least something I can mount...Is there any real...dirty...advice you have!


Freud would be proud of you.

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#297110 - 03/17/10 03:30 PM Re: Surge Protectors [Re: ClubNeon]
darcman Offline
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I bought a monster HT1100 on ebay for $40 but that also included 2 - 20ft lengths of monster xphp speaker wire. Cost me about $30 to ship to Canada, but the power bar alone was about $200 at Future Shop. Its 4320 joules and pretty heavy duty.

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#297161 - 03/17/10 09:37 PM Re: Surge Protectors [Re: CV]
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Same as before, Charles; the power supply sections of my equipment already do all the "conditioning" needed. Most surges are also handled routinely. If a near-direct lightning strike(which a separate surge protector wouldn't have suppressed) destroyed my equipment, I'd view it simply as God's way of telling me that it was time to upgrade.
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#297165 - 03/17/10 09:52 PM Re: Surge Protectors [Re: JohnK]
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 Originally Posted By: JohnK
Same as before, Charles; the power supply sections of my equipment already do all the "conditioning" needed. Most surges are also handled routinely. If a near-direct lightning strike(which a separate surge protector wouldn't have suppressed) destroyed my equipment, I'd view it simply as God's way of telling me that it was time to upgrade.


Ive done some research on this... your best bet is a whole house surge protector.. mounted in your panel ( I used to be an electrician) I've installed these in four of my friends homes amd mine, the unit is sitting on the workbench waiting for me. You can get them at Lowes or online ... price about $80.00 to $120.00

If your really anal, after the whole house Surge protector, get a voltage regualtor, not a ups, not a surge, a unit that takes what your power company is giving you at any given moment and gives a constent voltage to your gear,,, an AVR (automatic Voltage Regulator) the good ones are pricey


Edited by wordgasm (03/17/10 10:14 PM)
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#297168 - 03/17/10 10:00 PM Re: Surge Protectors [Re: Glitchy]
Glitchy Offline
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You want to be as close as possible to ground and that is your panel... the surges at locations are nice but not needed if you have the whole house electrical system going to ground on a strike.

By the way. voltage comditioners like monster, most aren't regulators..... A regulator takes whatever voltage available and makes sure it is 120v constant to your gear, a transformer basically


Edited by wordgasm (03/17/10 10:23 PM)
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Fronts/Wides:M22s in/on
Center:VP150/VP100 in/on
Hghts,SS,SR:QS8s
Sub:EP500
AVR:Onkyo 3008

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#297189 - 03/18/10 12:35 AM Re: Surge Protectors [Re: Glitchy]
CV Offline
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I didn't know the whole house surge protectors were so cheap. Nice to know. And yeah, after that I suppose I'd just go with a simple power strip for my gear, like Chris linked to. And Chris, yeah, I've also been interested in the PurePower gear, but it's never been close to my budget.

I doubt I'll want to pay for a voltage regulator, either, but I do like the idea. I think I'll keep it simple for now and look into the whole house surge protectors and power strips. Thanks, guys!

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#297191 - 03/18/10 12:37 AM Re: Surge Protectors [Re: CV]
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