Originally Posted by colgra01
Another question for my technically savvy bretheren:
Do any of you have a preference for a surge protector? I have a basic one that everything is plugged into now, but the other day in my local a/v store, I saw ones priced up to $85! Do any of you guys see any value in getting something like that? I believe it was a Philips. I am all for protecting by investment, but also not being stupid.
I have Tripplite products, and have been pleased with them. I bought one for my sister-in-law recently for around $40, and it plugs directly into the wall (no cord), has 6 outlets, and will filter a coax line and a phone line also. They make cheaper ones than this, though those don't offer the same degree of protection. They make better/larger ones as well, but those may cost more than you want to spend.
I think having a good surge protector is important especially if you live in a major urban area. Power fluctuates and can be unstable and dirty (RFI or EMI); filtering the incoming power can prolong the life of the circuits in your equipment and, some say, may even provide a subtle improvement in performance. What you get depends on how elaborate your system is.
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