Did you guys happen to read the reviews on that $7K power cord. Hilarious.
My only comment is this:
I bought a APC H15 power conditioner specifically for its surge protection and also VOLTAGE REGULATION.
I am renting still so I cannot just call an electrician to come fix my power if its not totally out of whack. I also can't pay o have dedicated lines run for my HT gear, I just have to use the lines I have, which may have items on them that can add noise to the system or drops in voltage when they kick on. If you have issues with your voltage a regulator will help ensure your not getting too much, or too little power to your gear which is bad.
So while you may laugh, personally a power conditioner for me is key. Is it the first upgrade I would do, no, there are many more bang for your buck upgrades than this. But if you are in a rural area or rent and have issues with brown outs, or just dirty over or under volted power a good conditioner can make your gear last longer.
Plus a good surge protector with voltage regulation is not really that expensive IMHO
Absolutely brother. I have an APC SmartUPS 1500 for my computer and a SmartUPS 1400 for my TV, Bluray, and a couple other devices and they too have AVR (automatic voltage regulation). APC conditioners and UPS systems are generally cheaper than the "Home Theater" power conditioners sold by Monster and such. The surge suppression capability is generally better in conditioners and UPS as well. The circuitry is more robust than a power strip.
AVR (Automatic Voltage Regulation - or power conditioning) has never been used her in the states on my UPS except when the power cycles back on after an outage. By then, I've usually unplugged everything in the house anyway to prevent the sudden "high demand" to the power company and subsequent "surge" to my equipment.
I did, however, rely on the AVR function over inJapan during typhoons when the power would spike and dip considerably. Living here in SoCal, we don't have "WEATHER"!!! We actually have clouds today and I saw a few sprinkles on the windshield on the way to work. I was amazed.