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Old 03-04-2009, 03:08 PM   #1
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Default Power protection: Battery backup, an APC H10 or just a decent surge protector?

I've read a good portion of articles and the concensus seems to be a tossup/user preference.

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Old 03-04-2009, 05:33 PM   #2
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Battery backup is kinda silly for a home theater. It offers voltage regulation but you can get that otherwise. Getting a few minutes of continued entertainment in the event of a power outage isn't worth the expense.

And you probably won't get much, if any, return for filtering the power going into your equipment unless it's reaaally erratic for some reason. Pretty sure all electronics operate on the extremes in a signal (like a rising or falling clock edge) and can ignore stuff in the middle.

I'd just focus on a quality surge protector. Protect your equipment from power company screw-ups - they refuse to compensate their customers for damaged electronics and for some reason aren't legally bound to do so.
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Old 03-04-2009, 05:43 PM   #3
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Well, I use a Belkin AP30800fc10 Battery Backup to protect lamp in my Sony KDS-60A3000 and the TV is the only device I have plugged into the Belkin. I have much better surge protectors for the rest of my equipment. Maybe some might think I've done a little bit of overkill here but I am very pleased with the protection the Belkin has offered to just my TV. I experience many power outages where I live. Just my thoughts on the subject.

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I always thought that the main reason why one would use a battery back-up in an HT is so that it allows all the equipment to be turned off properly in the event of a power failure. When I turn-off almost all my components, they do not really turn-off, but instead go into standy-by: My PS3, AVR, Plasma, etc. Once the component is on stand-by, it is safe to disconnect or power it off. Going from On to Power-off is not recommended. I don't have a Power back-up, but this is why I would consider one. Maybe I'm wrong.
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I always thought that the main reason why one would use a battery back-up in an HT is so that it allows all the equipment to be turned off properly in the event of a power failure. When I turn-off almost all my components, they do not really turn-off, but instead go into standy-by: My PS3, AVR, Plasma, etc. Once the component is on stand-by, it is safe to disconnect or power it off. Going from On to Power-off is not recommended. I don't have a Power back-up, but this is why I would consider one. Maybe I'm wrong.
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On to Power-off may not be the ideal or recommended way to shutdown a piece of electronics but I can't see it hurting the hardware. And it wont void your warranty - that in itself says a lot.

Laptops (that don't have graceful low-power shutdowns), iPods, and so on do this sort of shutdown all the time when their batteries die and don't suffer from any hardware damage. All you have to worry about is any unfinished disk writes but HT electronics short of a HTPC don't have this issue.
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I've been looking at the C10 for $130 or just a decent power strip for the time being. I'll see what I can come up with.
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DLP's have a fan that runs to cool the bulb after shutting down. Which is why you would want an UPS. The other electronics would do better with a good conditioner/surge protector. The harmonics on the grounded conductor(neutral) can be murder on modern electronics. Which is why when I wire a house the outlets for HT equipment is always dedicated. I have also added dedicated ckts for people and their gear.
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I have a plasma so the added shutdown time of a battery backup could be a plus.
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DLP's have a fan that runs to cool the bulb after shutting down.
True enough, however if you really think about it this isn't a good reason for a battery backup either.

The lamp only gets hotter when the unit is powered and turned on. While it's powered, the fan is running to cool it down. Whatever temperature the lamp is at when the unit loses power should be within the range of acceptable operating temperatures. As it would still have been running at equal or greater temperature had the power not gone out and will only get cooler thereafter, even without the fan running longer after shutdown, you aren't hurting the life of the unit or the lamp as a result of not having a battery backup.

Battery backups are good for PCs if you're concerned about minor data loss.. that's about it. Seriously.. forget about battery backups for home theater equipment.
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