Originally Posted by rich3fan
I bought this APC unit: http://www.apc.com/products/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm?base_sku=H15BLK
from Amazon back in June for under $300, but they're not offering it there anymore. I have problems with power at my house also (my receiver somehow went dead; I'm blaming it on a power issue, but luckily I was eventually able to revive it) and this unit seems to be doing the job. APC is still stocking it so you should probably be able to get a good price for it somewhere. It's rack mountable, but in my use it's sitting at the bottom of my TV cabinet. Produces little to no heat, so ventilation isn't an issue.
That looks interesting. It doesn't say it's UL 1449 though, which is something I think I'll need given the intensity of the surges I get here. Right now I have my DVRs & TV & Amp hooked into two separate APC Back-UPS 450 units, which are really meant more for computers, but are a temporary protection.
Originally Posted by adupree
Panamax or Furman is only thing I will put on my equipment.
What reason(s) caused you to like Panamax or Furman so much?
Until recently I knew almost nothing about the subject, but it looks like UL 1449 is important for my situation & Panamax has that which I like. Furman might be out of my price range, as according the podcast they said Panamax is better until about $700, which is more than I'm willing to spend (unless I absolutely had to in order to safeguard my system, which I don't think is the case).
Originally Posted by vzphoneman
Powervar ... medical grade ups systems .. no frills and high quality.
That sounded familiar and I found something similar in a amazon review for a Monster unit
This review is from: Monster MP HTS 1600 8-Outlet Power Center with Stage 2 Clean Power (Electronics)
Monster, Belkin, APC, Tripp Lite.....all the same. Better than nothing, but not as good as what modern systems need. If you want TRUE power conditioning, then you need to buy a box with an ISOLATION TRANSFORMER which costs more and will be larger, but it's better surge protection and doesn't let through any ground-line noise - PERFECT GROUND REFERENCE!
Only two that I know of that make this type of power conditioner: ONEAC and POWERVAR....I have one of each and no power problems at all. Found them at [...]
I'm not an electrician or electrical engineer so "Isolation Transformer" doesn't really mean anything to me. I'm guessing it's a high end way to condition power, but I don't know if they're power conditioners are meant for home theatres.
Here's their site http://www.powervar.com/products.php
They must be well made, since they're designed to provide clean power to medical instruments; but again I know very little about the different needs of types of electronic equipment; so I don't know if they'd be suitable for my system.