Okay, so I'm going cross-eyed reading all the forums, reviews and technical standards on surge protection and power conditioning. Most of the forum threads I found were a bit old and so were the products discussed. So I'd like to hear some current opinions and reviews.
Here's my situation. I'm putting a home theater room in the basement. The basement is already fully finished, so I can't really run dedicated circuits like I would prefer. So I am working with existing outlets and wiring. I am able to separate some of my equipment. I have the projector on one circuit and the rest of the A/V equipment on a different circuit. I've got the projector plugged into an APC BE550G surge protector/battery backup.
My question is for the remainder of my equipment. I have a powered sub, a Denon receiver, PS3 and a cable box to plug in together. So I don't think it is a lot of equipment drawing any big amount of current. But I do want to protect the equipment from major surges as well as minor voltage fluctuations caused by house AC kicking on or any other minor surges. Maybe I'm being overprotective, but I'd rather spend a little cash now for peace of mind.
But there are so many products out there! I only need protection from anything coming in thru the coax cable and power outlets. I don't have any phone lines hooked into the equipment or other connections.
I will probably put a whole house surge protector at my main breaker box as a first line of defense. The one I'm looking at will also accept my main coax cable. But now I want another line of protection at my equipment.
I don't think I need a battery backup, just surge protection. But I do like the idea of power conditioning to give clean and steady 120V.
So what do you suggest? What do you use? Is there one product that can protect coax and power with surge protection and also condition the power to clean 120V?
I have looked at Panamax, Tripp Lite, APC, and Ethereal products. I've read all about MOV vs series-mode and am willing to go either way. I'm also willing to spend up to around $250 if that's necessary.
I'm not interested in getting into a debate over products and types of protection. I'm just looking for your opinions. What do you use? Are you pleased with it? What did it cost and is it worth it? Do you use something like what I might be looking for?
Thanks for helping.