Power Protection in the Home Theater
Use of Power Line Conditioners, Surge Suppressors & UPS
The use of power protection is the best insurance policy
for your home theater gear, but not only...
Surely, the use of power line conditioners, automatic voltage stabilizers, and surge suppressors represent a most effective insurance policy for your expensive home theater gear.
Yet there is more to power protection than just safeguarding your equipment. In particular, the use of appropriate active power line conditioning in the home theater will bring about added benefits to your overall system performance.
Unfortunately, power protection does not come cheap. Yet, even if you are on a tight budget, for the informed buyer there is still a lot one can do to come up with the best power protection solution within the limitations of the available budget.
Designed to provide a stabilized 120V output for power line fluctuations ranging from 80-140 volts, thus protecting expensive equipment for both under-voltage and over-voltage conditions.
While many realize the need to invest in power protection, yet few approach this subject in the appropriate manner. The issue is not lack of awareness by rather, the many misconceptions surrounding the subject of power protection and power line conditioners, especially in the home theater.
For many home theater owners, power protection is nothing more than surge suppression. Many believe that once they plug one of these devices across the line, all their equipment is totally secure!
Yet, as we will further explain in this series of power protection guides, this is not correct. In addition, there is much more you can do to protect your expensive gear and get the most out of it.
For example, many are not aware of the beneficial effects that power line conditioners and automatic voltage stabilizers have on the performance of audio and video systems.
This comes to no surprise. Unless you have an idea of what those external connections—AC power, telephone, TV antenna, etc.—are feeding into your system, it would be impossible to persuade yourself to spend at least a couple of hundred dollars more, simply to 'clean' the AC line or protect your gear from whatever is coming on that phone or TV antenna connection.
The following is short video clip that explains in simple terms the problems with unprotected power lines. It is a promo video clip prepared by Monster Power for their AVS2000 voltage stabilizer, but is it still worth seeing.
Courtesy: Monster Power and amazon.com
Unfortunately, many are taken off track by the fact that power protection solutions can be expensive to implement, so they opt for the first surge suppression device or inexpensive power line conditioner they come across to have what they think is a minimum level of protection. The problem with this approach is not to have a minimum level of power protection inasmuch as not understanding the exact level of power protection you have. You see, the whole issue is that inadequate protection may turn out to be no protection at all!
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If power protection is one of your main concerns, then you are aware that selecting the most suitable protection gear is not an easy job. The large selection of power line conditioners, home theater power centers, and even inexpensive surge suppressors presently available on the market can make the whole selection process rather difficult.
Yet, going for the wrong choice in power protection is surely not an option; you may soon find at your own expense that what you have is just inadequate for your home theater system setup.
The use of dedicated home theater power plants, complete with elaborated AC power line conditioners and protected connections for coaxial aerial TV inputs and phone line/network connections, is the ideal approach but...
There is an expense to all this which may not always be within your planned home theater budget.
Power Protection Guides
We hope that this series of articles on power protection will prove to be of some assistance to you in getting a better understanding of the various issues related to power protection in the home theater. We show you what it takes to protect your system and get the best from your available resources without compromising the safety of your gear.
The truth is that for the informed buyer, there are a number of options available without spending thousands of dollars on power protection solutions; these will all provided added protection to your system. The most important thing in these circumstances is to have an awareness of the limitations of your protection solution.
Topics covered range from the use of simple surge suppressors to more elaborated power line conditioners and complete home theater power plants. We also investigate the possible use of inexpensive computer grade uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) as part of a home theater power protection solution.
We complete this series of articles with a power protection check-list as well as tips on how to determine power protection equipment ratings to best cover your audio/video requirements. The later is extremely important as the use of inappropriate power line conditioners and automatic voltage stabilizers that fail to deliver the instantaneous power required by your amplifier or home theater receiver may result in compressed audio response especially at the lower frequency extremes. The result is a surround soundstage lacking in depth and overall detail.
Power Protection Solutions at amazon.com
Amazon.com offers a vast range of power protection gear for audio and video applications; these include surge protectors, automatic voltage stabilizers, uninterruptible power supplies and power line conditioners from top brands like Monster Power, Panamax, Belkin, Tripp Lite, and APC.