Ok, I'm sure I'm going to just get BLASTED for this, but I gotta ask.
I know pretty much everyone has their own opinion on the subject of power conditioners, and I'm trying to form my own. I've read countless threads on the subject, and it seems as though the best solution for surge protection is to have something installed at your circuit breaker. I am not electrically inclined AT ALL, so please excuse me for my stupid questions.
I live in Kansas City and my electrical company is KCPL. On their website, they mention something about meter based surge protection
Is this what others are talking about? Does that leave any gaps in coverage? Is there a better or cheaper solution (KCPL charges $6.00/month with free installation and 1 year commitment). If I have that, do I even need a surge protector at the wall outlets in my house?
Ok, now on to power conditioning.
I have no idea if I need power conditioning or not and I have no idea of what the impacts would be if I need it and I don't have it. I've been thinking about buying a Panamax M5400 at BB and trying it out, and returning it if there are no differences. I spoke with a guy at the Magnolia store the other day and told him that I've heard from multiple people that power conditioning is a scam, and he said he couldn't disagree with me more. I know they're not on commission, so either he is ill informed, or I am.
I've seen that there are even much more expensive power conditioners than the M5400 (like $3k+), and maybe it's THOSE that provide a benefit, therefore skewing his thoughts.
If my BB has the M5400 tonight, I might pick it up and try it out. I just feel like I need to prove it to myself (finally), so I can move on with finding other cool stuff to add to my A/V system. The problem with trying it out though is that I have no way to measure the improvements, so it will need to be a drastic improvement in order to keep it (because small improvements may be there only b/c I want them to be).