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Does anyone use the Monster power strip that "cleans" the electricity? I was told that it give you a much better picture by cleaning up the electrical noise?

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Were you listening to ...

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A salesperson?

I wouldn't. Toss that one back and get another.

Bob

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hahha

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Yeah...that's why I didn't buy it. Wanted to get an opinion first. So, you're saying just go with a standard $40 power strip?

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The claim was... outrageous.

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If your AC is that bad, you would be yelling at some utility company.

My experience is zero improvement of picture or sound. BUT I'm a big believer in surge protectors. There must be dozens in our home since everything gets one, even if it's a 10 buck bar with surge arrestors. My theory is that there is protection in mass protection. The amount of joules (energy) that it would take to blow up the house is likely that of a direct strike now.

The cable has it's spark and lightning arrestor as well as the DSL/phones.

Protection is important, but to claim it gives you better sound or picture? Interesting claim.

Bob

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UPS Battery Backup for DLP

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While it won't improve your picture, a battery backup is important for a rear projection TV. This is becasue there is a fan that keeps the bulb cool. When you turn off the TV the fan stays on for a few minutes to cool the bulb, thus lenghtening bulb life. If the power goes out, there is no fan to cool the bulb down. The intense heat can shorten the bulb life. This was true in slide and 8mm projectors, but a bulb replacement was only a couple of dollars. With DLP sets, we are talking almost $250 for a replacement bulb. So investing $100 - $150 in a high capacity UPS Backup is well worth it. This way, when the power goes out, you can shut the TV off and the fan will remain on for a few minutes.

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UPS Battery Backup for DLP

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YES the battery backup would be a much better way to invest your money.
Salsemen are trained to sell Monster cable stuff they make a lot of money this way. John

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so I see

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That being said, what do you suggest for brand of cables? I see cheap HBI cables at cablestogo.com for only like 30 bucks. I'll need all types and a power strip.

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Types of Cables

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I don't consider myself an expert on cables. However, it seems to me that if you are using HDMI or DVI, you are sending a digital signal, which is basically, by defintion, a series of 1s and 0s. A switch is on or it is off. I don't think much can get lost in the process. I think ''higher quality'' cables are more important for an analog signal especially over long distances. This is because thin wires generate greater resistance. Thus, sending an analog signal to a speaker placed further away should have thicker gage wires. I'm interested in what others actual experience has been with cables that transport a digital signal.

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Power is that bad.

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I live in Phoenix and have a very high end system, it draws a LOT of power. THe power coming in is 118, never 120. At a normal, not blasting level, the system will cut the power down to 114, thus far under 120, and running far hotter than it should. Imagine putting 4% water in your gas tank. I bought a voltage stabilizer and the whole system sounds and looks better. ( NOTE, try and get the power company to address this, they will not. Few if any homes in the entire USA get a steady 120, which is what your gear is made to use.) Also, a GOOD surge system also eliminates line noise, so the audio and video DO look better. The sales guys are paid to sell it, but the better stuff DOES work. Go to any high end audio store, ( Best Buy is Walmart, the staff just as dumb) and they will show you how this works.

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