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Balanced power is the icing on the cake. It does work but the advantages are very small and it is usually only needed on large HT system with many devices interconnected. IMPO, the best power conditioner for HT use is a simple isolation transformer. Note that balanced power is also an isolation transformer with a different secondary grounding configuration. - The Bland's system is also balanced BTW. I too run balanced on my HT but I got a lot of stuff hooked together.
As for regulation, today's electronics has very good internal regulation. In fact most source gear uses switch mode power supplies that will work from 87 to 250 volts. That's quite a range. Power amplifiers are not typically regulated and you don't want them to be either. Regulation limits dynamics on power amplifiers.
UPS units are good for satellite and cable boxes as well as anything else in your HT with hard disks. Putting the projector on a UPS is also a good idea.
My advice is a good basic isolation transformer and run your power amps directly off the line. Since you are in the $20K plus forum, spend the few hundred dollars for a house wide surge protector installed at your breaker panel. These are much better than the power strip versions.
Also note most audiophile power conditioners are overpriced. If the appearance in you rack is important, then go for it. But if the unit is not visible, commercial grade isolation transformers are just as good if not better and cheaper.
On a final note, stay away from the "multiwave" technologies. This is audiophile voodoo and in some cases may even be damaging to your gear.
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