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I've never had one of these before but was wondering what other people's thoughts are. I'm currently looking at the Monster HDP 1800 High Definition Power Center. Are these a neccessary component of a home theater setup?
 

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My opinion: Good for peace of mind, though I've seen no tangible improvement in day to day usage.

Definitely skip monster, way overpriced. Check out Tripplite.
 

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Agreed with eugovector. Monster stuff is way overpriced. I have one that I found on clearance for a good price and bought it for the number of connections and for the amp meter that would tell me when I am about to trip a breaker on loud passages but I haven't noticed any difference in sound quality. Any properly designed piece of gear already has the power conditioning it need built in.
 

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You can get all of the protection that you need for $100 or less, at retail pricing. There will be no improvement in performance over a properly grounded and installed system due to line conditioning or filters for any but the rarest cases.

http://www.neobits.com/panamax_-_m8-ht_-_8-outlet_surge_suppressor_p122488.html?atc=fgl

or

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=203271652&listingid=5301372&dcaid=17902

are two good choices. The Panamax offers undervoltage shut off as well as more signal lines, and a little better signal line suppression. The a.c. line protection for surges is similar. There is no reason for most people to spend more unless you want a fancy looking unit,
 
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