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Uh.. do I really need a 6900 Joule Surge Protector... ?

Feb 15, 2007 1:25AM PST

... and 1080p 2 Meter HDMI Gold Plated Cables for a Sharp Aquos LC-42D62U 1080p LCD HDTV...?

I'm being sheared, right? I'd be grateful for any expert advice. Thanks.

-- Pioneer, Washington, D.C.

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Feb 15, 2007 3:11AM PST

First off, you don't need the gold plated HDMI cables as I am sure they are expensive. Get a cheaper Philips HDMI cable from Walmart.

I use a $60 Belkin surge protector/power strip and I rest assured. The Monster surge protector is insanely priced, although it gives you alot of outlets. You definitely need a surge protector, but you really don't need a top of the line one.

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oh and...
Feb 15, 2007 3:17AM PST

The Belkins for $50 offer 3550 Joule protection with $200,000 connected equipment warranty.

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Panamax M8C-EX
Feb 15, 2007 3:43AM PST

Costs about $75.00 and uses the same circuitry that the $1500.00 Panamax suppressors use.

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Big dollar warranty. You have to sepcify exactly what
Feb 15, 2007 10:15AM PST

equipment when you register. Connected equipment changes. Anyone heard of what happens when a claim is filed for that big dollar figure warranty?

Anyhow, in general power surge damage does happen & power surges are decidedly NOT rare. A good power surge is essential. And I'd never again go the cheap route on that even though I did have a sacrificial 20 buck unit melt to save my PC when the electric company,while chainging out the pole transformer, wired it backwards. Neighbors had thousands in damage. The electric company did admit liability.

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