Power Surges Come In All Sizes
You're probably aware that lightning strikes and blackouts can cause powerful surges. These surges can travel down your electric, telephone and cable lines, and severely damage or instantly destroy your AV electronics, computer equipment, and even appliances. But did you know that "hidden" power surges happen virtually every day?
In addition, household appliances like air conditioners and refrigerators can cause power fluctuations in your own home as they turn on and off. In fact, everyone in your neighborhood contributes to the problem. All of their appliances can put heavy strain on the electrical grid.
You may see your lights dim or brighten, or you may not notice these invisible surges and spikes at all. However, they can cause serious damage over an extended period of time.
Today's home theater electronics, from HDTVs to DVD players, AV receivers and more, all contain delicate, sophisticated microchips that are engineered in a laboratory to operate at a consistent 120 volts of electricity. Unfortunately, plugging your home theater equipment directly into a wall socket leaves it highly vulnerable to damage from common power surges and spikes.
How to tell if your power protection is good enough
You may see "Joule" ratings on power surge suppressors. The higher the Joule rating, the more powerful the surge it can safely dissipate. However, if a surge or spike exceeds the Joule rating of a surge suppressor, it may have to sacrifice itself in order to protect your equipment.
The problems caused by electrical noise and interference
Beyond power surges, household electronics, even AV equipment, also cause electromagnetic noise and radio frequency interference. Everything from, cell phones, radios, appliances, and other electronics all contribute to electrical noise and interference. Even worse, the problem isn't limited to electronics in your home. Every home and business on the electrical grid that feeds your home contributes to the problem. Electrical noise and interference stresses the delicate circuitry inside AV electronics and diminish picture and sound performance.
Why Quality Power Protection and Conditioning is Important
Today's advanced electronics demand advanced surge protection and power conditioning to protect delicate digital microchips built into HDTVs, surround sound AV receivers and more. The more advanced the surge protection and the higher the level of power conditioning, the more you can be assured that your home theater will give you peak performance for the longest amount of time, giving you the peace of mind that you can enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows, music and more for years to come.