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Get the performance you paid for! Before installing your new TV, protect it against damage and performance distortion with either a Surge Suppressor or a UPS System. Without power protection, TVs are at the mercy of damaging power surges, line noise distortion and blackouts on the utility power line and signal lines.

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Choosing a Surge Suppressor

Surge Suppressors lengthen the life span of your TV and other components by
  • stopping damaging surges caused by lightning strikes
  • utility company power distribution problems.
While all surge suppressors provide some level of surge protection, only select models provide line noise filtering. Line noise filtering improves your TV's audio/video performance by removing distortion (generated by radio transmissions, fluorescent lighting and appliances) on the AC and signal lines.

Connect a Surge Suppressor between the device it will protect and all of the device's power and signal sources (coaxial, tel/modem and network). If any power or signal sources are left unprotected, it leaves a "back door" open for surge damage and line noise distortion to affect your system. Surge Suppressors are recommended for protecting TVs and all home/theater components. However, UPS Systems are recommended for protecting components which require support through brownouts and blackouts, especially Plasma TVs, cable/satellite receivers and personal video recorders (PVRs) such as TiVo® .

Things to consider when purchasing a Surge Suppressor:

Joule Ratings

Joule ratings measure a Surge Suppressor's ability to stop surges. Choose a Surge Suppressor with the highest joule ratings-more joules mean more protection. And the higher the joule rating, the longer your surge suppressor will last.

Line Noise Filtering

Line noise filtering improves your TV's audio/video performance by removing distortion on the AC and signal lines. Not all Surge Suppressors include this important feature. Choose a Surge Suppressor with line noise filtering for sharper, crisper video and deeper, fuller audio from your TV and other components.

Connected Equipment Insurance

Insurance covers equipment connected to the Surge Suppressor against damage due to surges. Choose a Surge Suppressor with the highest insurance coverage-more insurance means more peace-of-mind that your entire system is completely covered. Also, choose a Surge Suppressor that doesn't require you to register your warranty. This eliminates the possibility your coverage would be voided if you need to make a claim in the future.

Connectivity

While all Surge Suppressors include surge-protected AC outlets, only select Surge Suppressors include surge-protected coaxial, tel/modem and network connectors. Protect all of your component's power and signal sources, otherwise it leaves a "back door" open for surge damage and line noise distortion to affect your system. Coaxial protection safeguards TVs and components on cable, antenna and/or satellite connections. Choose Surge Suppressors with gold-plated coaxial connectors for superior signal conductivity. If your system includes digital satellite TV or digital cable, choose a Surge Suppressor with digital-capable coax circuits, otherwise your digital signal will be degraded. Tel/modem/network protection safeguards TVs and other components on dial-up modem, pay-per-view, PVR or Ethernet connections. If your system includes a PVR or network device, choose a Surge Suppressor with 100BaseT-capable circuits; otherwise your signal will be degraded.

Form Factor

Other important features to consider when purchasing a Surge Suppressor include the number of outlets available and whether they accept transformer block plugs. Also decide between the all-metal housings found on premium models or high-impact plastic housings found on other models. Child safety covers and AC cord length should also be considered depending upon where the TV or other components will be situated relative to a wall outlet.

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Choosing a UPS System

UPS Systems include all of the features of a Surge Suppressor with the addition of battery backup support. Reliable battery backup preserves receiver recorder settings by supporting components through blackouts and brownouts (low voltage). UPS Systems (depending on the size of their batteries) can provide up to several hours of recording time when the power fails. UPS Systems also protect TVs and components against damage and performance distortion due to surges and line noise.

Connect a UPS System between the device it will protect and all of the device's power and signal sources (coaxial and tel/modem). If any power or signal sources are left unprotected, it leaves a "back door" open for surge damage and line noise distortion to affect your system.

Although they provide reliable protection for all components, UPS Systems are recommended for protecting components which require support through brownouts and blackouts, especially
  • Plasma TVs,
  • cable/satellite receivers
  • personal video recorders (PVRs) such as TiVo® .
Things to consider when purchasing a UPS System include:

Runtime

Depending on the size of the UPS System's batteries, expect several hours of runtime during recording or several minutes of runtime during viewing. Runtime during viewing is lower because the amount of components which are turned on and drawing power from the UPS system is significantly higher.

Connected Equipment Insurance

Insurance covers equipment connected to the UPS System against damage due to surges. Choose a UPS System with the highest insurance coverage—more insurance means more peace-of-mind that your entire system is completely covered. Also, choose a UPS System that doesn't require you to register your warranty. This eliminates the possibility your coverage would be voided if you need to make a claim in the future.

Connectivity

While all UPS Systems include surge-protected AC outlets, only select UPS Systems include surge-protected coaxial and tel/modem connectors. Protect all of your component's power and signal sources, otherwise it leaves a "back door" open for surge damage and line noise distortion to affect your system. Coaxial protection safeguards TVs and components on cable and antenna connections. Choose UPS Systems with gold-plated coaxial connectors for superior signal conductivity. If your system includes digital satellite TV or digital cable, choose a UPS System with digital-capable coax circuits; otherwise your digital signal will be degraded. Tel/modem protection safeguards TVs and other components on dial-up modem or PVR connections. A USB port and software included with select models provides automatic shutdown during a blackout for PC receivers.

Form Factor

Other important features to consider when purchasing a UPS System include the number of outlets available and whether they accept transformer block plugs. AC cord length should also be considered depending upon where the TV or other components will be situated relative to a wall outlet.

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