Originally Posted by extrafuzzyllama
hi all I have my setup currently connected to a pretty cheap surge protector.
I have a Panamax m5400 I got but haven't set it up yet.
but I am wondering if it would be a wise investment to get add a UPS.
my setup consists of the following.
Bic PL200 Subwoofer
Samsung LED TV
What is your goal for the UPS?
(1) Avoid having power dropped in an uncontrolled way and damaging gear because there are numerous power outages?
(2) Avoid having your enjoyment interrupted by those same numerous power outages?
(3) Bragging rights from having a high tech toy that most people don't even know exists?
I see nothing in your component list that justifies (1). The only A/V component that I know of that can possibly be permanently damaged by uncontrolled shutdowns would be a video projector or a DLP TV that essentially has a video projector inside of it.
Only you know how many power outages that you are currently suffering with.
If you get a typical UPS, you will only be able to continue enjoy your system for 3-15 minutes after you lose power, so that isn't a big thing unless you are afflicted with numerous short (1-5 minute) outages.
I just went though a siege of dozens of power outages because a pizzeria moved in at the end of my street and started overloading the local infrastructure about a year ago. We lost power dozens of times starting early this summer. After about 3 months of this the power company added a transformer and we've had another month or more of solid power which included more periods of hot weather.
I do have a DLP TV, but no UPS. No harm was done and even with that many outages! I was only using the system a few times when power actually went out. There were two computers that are on most of the time that were affected. There was no harm done to them or the complex audio and video production software that they run.
UPSs were definitely required back in the days when file servers ran software that included file systems (Netware) that were always
permanently damaged if the computer lost power and there wasn't a proper shutdown. It took a tech to come on site to recover them if the local IT staff wasn't well trained.
M/S had similar problems because their consumer OSs were based on FAT and FAT-32 which often needed recovery under the same circumstances. However MS mitigated that siutation by making the recovery pretty much automatic by including CHKDSK in the boot process. This was actually quite silly as it stretched into the late 1990s because MS had been running the superior NTFS file systems on NT systems since 1993. Eventually in 2001 or so they dumped the old DOS/based Windows and modernized everything when NT went mainstream as XP. For the past 10 years or more NTFS has been the mainstream rule and it has inherent unscheduled shutdown resistance which is IME >99% effective.
One of the ironies of life is that USB most flash drives are still formatted FAT32, and most of us pull the plug on them all the time without any apparent file corruption. However, the flash drives themselves have 32 bit processors that are probably more powerful than most ca. 1990s computers, and they handle any recovery that is needed the next time we use them, and it happens so transparently that we probably never notice! Also, the file systems on flash drives sort of have 2 layers, and FAT32 is only the top layer.