I'm in precisely the same boat.
I'm mostly interested in surge protection, but have no idea what's what nor do I have any idea whom to believe.
I'm technical in nature, so I know what a joule is: I just don't know what kind of lightening strike protection I really get from something around $100. Or $30 when all they claim is surge protection. And I don't want to spend much more than $100 if I can avoid it. I just want to avoid catastrophes.
Should I be using the coax connections for the FIOS STB???? Will it interfere with the digital feed? I've heard it might. But I've also heard that since the FIOS (ONT?) box is inside (basement), then the only connection to the outside world is a fiber line, so all I need to worry about is the power connection.
I'm primarily trying to protect a new Sony KDL-60R550A. That's really all. That's the only expensive critical component right now in the TV room. I've heard that line conditioners come in two flavors, one of which being a purely clean sine wave, but I've also heard that those are complete overkill.
I don't need a UPS, but if that's the best way to get sensible protection, then so be it.
Looking for personal experiences here and off-the-top-of-your-head suggestions.
Why did you go whole-hog and get a UPS though? For the conditioning, or did you actually need it to stay running through power outages? Does a UPS allow for a gentle shutdown with TVs (the way they do with computers) somehow?
No, I mean automatically. When used for computers, when the UPS power hits a certain low-water mark, there's usually a way to feed back info to the PC to tell it to shutdown. This prevents it from croaking when the UPS power runs out eventually and effectively just pulls the plug. PC's certainly don't like that kind of thing, and I'm was wondering if a harsh power-cut hurts TVs too? If it did, the UPS could supply the IR signal for shutdown.
But I just googled around and found no evidence of 1. any UPS doing that and 2. any case where a TV would need that in the first place.
I was excepting that situation.....it would certainly be a win in those cases.
There are many times when the cablebox is shut off by the kids but the TV is left running. Further, there have been times when the channels have been left on for quite awhile. It's just a concern: I don't now if there's a potential problem with harsh power-offs. As a software engineer, I know how embedded software can look more like an operating system than many people think. (And often even employ an established one like Linux---many routers for instance are mini linux boxes). There's all kinds of stuff that might not survive well in non-volatile memory. Automatic firmware updates for instance might not behave well if interrupted.