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by: sfjoyboy February 8, 2004 9:04 PM PST

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Are power conditioner/surge protectors really necessary?

by sfjoyboy - 2/8/04 9:04 PM

I just ordered a new TV from The Good Guys and the salesman was trying to get me to buy an $80 Monster Power Conditioner/Surge Protector and some $40 Monster component cables to hook up my DVD player but I told him I was gonna research it some before I spend more money on these accessories. Personally I am very skeptical that the power conditioner will do anything noticable to the picture or the sound. I'm not even gonna have the audio hooked up to a stereo, I'm just using the TV's built in speakers. Is this guy just trying to get me to spend more money or will I actually notice a difference in the picture or audio quality when using a power conditioner? I'd like to do a side by side comparrison with and without the conditioner but unfortunately the Good Guys won't return opened accesories. What a shock! Has anyone tried this?

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