Good specs, value & peace of mind
I got this more for peace of mind rather than to avert any sort of catastrophe. We recently splurged on a big-screen LCD HDTV and wanted to ensure we had a good power strip to plug everything into. An audiophile friend suggested we also get a “power conditioner” to ensure clean, consistent power goes to our equipment. This Audiovox unit had good specifications and a great price – the specs were similar/equal to units costing 2-4+ times more. We’ve been running it for about a month with no issues. Honestly, we didn’t notice any obvious audio/video quality improvement with it, but didn’t really expect to either. As mentioned, it’s more of an insurance policy to help protect the expensive/sensitive equipment. One important thing to keep in mind: running coax cable (or speaker wires for that matter) along with power wires will cause terrible picture quality all around (static, lines, noise, etc). Digital/HD channels will even freeze up, be heavily pixilated, or be “choppy”. Run good quality RG6 (avoid RG59) dual shield or quad shield coax cable for your main feed at least a couple inches away from any power cables and ensure all connections are solid to avoid problems. No power conditioner device will remedy problems from a poor installation.
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