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Old 02-03-2008, 11:40 AM
 
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Hi,

Repeatedly this forum has helped me a lot and I'm again kindly asking for your advice.

Before my question: I'm just starting to educate myself about the HDTV, for somebody this question may be silly, but it's completely new to me:

Few days ago I purchased a TV (65" 1080p DLP HDTV) but now I need to know what kind of surge protection do I need. Do I need any?

The sale person was pushing me toward MONSTER surge protector. Is surge protector really necessary in the Triangle? Would this serve the purpose of protecting TV?

For now I will have only TV and DVD player plugged in. Cannot I use just "regular" USP strip with switch? Would I need surge protection if I build home theater later?

Many thanks for all advice in advance - I'd be happy to learn more (feel free to send some links). Hope this question will also help others who are in the similar situation.
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Old 02-03-2008, 01:01 PM
 
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Hi,

Repeatedly this forum has helped me a lot and I'm again kindly asking for your advice.

Before my question: I'm just starting to educate myself about the HDTV, for somebody this question may be silly, but it's completely new to me:

Few days ago I purchased a TV (65" 1080p DLP HDTV) but now I need to know what kind of surge protection do I need. Do I need any?

The sale person was pushing me toward MONSTER surge protector. Is surge protector really necessary in the Triangle? Would this serve the purpose of protecting TV?

For now I will have only TV and DVD player plugged in. Cannot I use just "regular" USP strip with switch? Would I need surge protection if I build home theater later?

Many thanks for all advice in advance - I'd be happy to learn more (feel free to send some links). Hope this question will also help others who are in the similar situation.
You most certainly need surge protection. You also do not need to spend the money on Monster equipment. Depending on your situation it would be overkill. I use Monster protectors but I have had them and use them in more complex setups. You need a good quality surge protector.

Howstuffworks "How Surge Protectors Work"
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Old 02-03-2008, 01:10 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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In the triangle or any other areas of the state surge protection would beat filling out and waiting on a home insurance claim to be completed.
It would protect you against electrical spike that can occur on hot summer days, thunder storms and the rare ice storm.
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Old 02-03-2008, 02:58 PM
 
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Doesn't matter where you are you need surge protectors. I would go with the Monster brand. They offer the best value for money and are the most effective. I have two HTS3600 for my systems, but anything above HTS1000 will work for you. You can probably pick one up online for a bit over $100. Not only they offer protection but they also clean up the power line to give a better picture.
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Old 02-03-2008, 03:04 PM
 
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YES, YES, YES, you need one, oh and don't forget to get a really nice one that has the hook up's for cable lines and phone lines.
My home owners only coverd about half the cost of what I paid new for my HDTv when the big lightening bolt came through the cable and bit my set up.
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Old 02-03-2008, 03:10 PM
 
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Old 02-03-2008, 03:13 PM
 
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Default Thank you

TuborgP, SunnyKayak and ch123,

Thank you very much for your advice, I really appreciate it. I'm happy to learn more every day.

The Monster surge protectors they were showing me were between $300-$400 - I wasn't comfortable buying it, especially when having no information about them. I'll look around for some surge protectors you recommended.

Thanks again for your help.
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Old 02-03-2008, 03:13 PM
 
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For the $100 a monster surge protector would cost (*COUGH* rip-off *COUGH*) you'd be most of the way towards paying for a full house surge protector. Heck, for half the cost you could buy a decent uninterruptable power supply and keep watching TV for a bit until the power comes back on.

Edited to add - Dang, 300-400$? You can do a whole house surge protector plus a UPS and have money left over.
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Old 02-03-2008, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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If you have electronic equipment such as receivers, DVD players, plus a TV, a surge protector is a great idea. Be aware that Monster is not the only company that has such protectors. Look at Crutchfield, Radio Shack, etc., and you will find surge protectors that are of good quality and offer a monetary warranty.
Panamax has some nice surge protectors, but like Monster, are expensive.
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Meeami
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Another vote for yes. I wasnt able to do one as the power plug is on the wall, and the tv is on the wall. There is just no room for a decent one, but i recommend surge protection on anything of value. Down here in FLA you can rent one that goes on the outside of the house, at the intersect, for $10 a month I think, that works, is commercial grade, and comes with some sort of insurance on damage that does happen. Like others said, Monster isnt the only brand. I basicly use computer stuff for my components, APC battery backups. The cheapie surge protectors are more 'extra outlets' than they are true surge protection/power conditioning. Some of the really cheap ones are actually only made to take one 'hit'.
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