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UPS for HTPC with Plasma TV

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UPS for HTPC with Plasma TV

This was originally posted on APC forums on 1/3/2009


I'm looking to accomplish 2 things for my home theater system.
1) Provide no more than 10 min. battery time for my PC. Actually just enough time to shut down the system automatically in the case of a power loss. The PC wouldn't draw more than 250w.
2) Provide clean power (AVR) to all/or most components in my home theater system. Components include a 50" Plasma TV (480w), Sony receiver (270w), satellite box and the PC.
My thought would be to plug the PC in a battery/surge outlet and the TV into a surge only outlet. The remaining receiver and satellite box could be plugged into surge only outlets if that's possible without adding significant UPS requirements. The PC and TV are my main concerns. (I can plug the receiver/satellite box in a simple power surge bar if necessary.)
I'm presently using a couple of APC Battery Backups 750's on computer installations. Would UPS units such as these handle my home theater requirements? If not, what will I need?
Thanks in advance for any help.


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Re: UPS for HTPC with Plasma TV

This was originally posted on APC forums on 1/5/2009


Thank you both for this information.
If I choose a single unit solution, can either the APC AV 1kVA S Type Power Conditioner or APC Smart-UPS 1000VA handle my system? Do the specifications at approximately 700W/1000VA mean that I couldn't/shouldn't plug in more than the computer and TV, considering that's approximately the maximum wattage rating for these 2 components. Can either of these two APC units actually handle having all my components plugged into them without overload? Anything beyond the 2 mentioned units will be outside my budget.

Thank you for any additional insight.

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Re: UPS for HTPC with Plasma TV

This was originally posted on APC forums on 1/3/2009


I posted here and between the information "i picked a winna" gave and the research on the home theater protection issue I did online I was able to decide what HT protection I wanted. Have you looked at APC AV line here https://www.apcc.com/products/apcav/products/ ? From the info I read PC surge protection with battery backups units should not be used for home theater protection. Depending on your budget and type of protection you want ACP AV products give you enough options for surge protection and surge protection with battery back up for your HT setup. I also use APC Battery Backup 750s for my computers and am pleased with their performance. If a PC was part of my HT system I would have an electrical run dedicated to each and run a 750 for the PC and an AV unit for the home theater.

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Re: UPS for HTPC with Plasma TV

This reply was originally posted by Angela on APC forums on 1/5/2009


i'd agree with mary. you have quite an upscale system and i would look at something in the APC AV line. all the APC AC UPSs have AVR where as the BE750G's or BE750BB UPSs do not. i would recommend against an UPS that outputs a step approximated sinewave (which includes any Back UPS product or the J type AV UPSs) as well becuse a lot of upscale equipment, especially the PC power supply, may require a pure sinewave to function properly and may reboot or drop upon the UPS switching to battery back up power. if you have a smaller budget, you can look into something like a smaller Smart UPS which has all battery and surge protection outlets as well as outputs a pure sinewave.

it all depends what you want - the regular UPSs are meant to go under desks, in server rooms, etc and arent aesthetically pleasing where as the AV UPSs offer nicer front displays with more information and are aesthetically pleasing but cost a bit more.

let us know if you have any questions!

[Smart UPS|http://apc.com/products/family/index.cfm?id=165]

[APC AV Products|http://apc.com/products/category.cfm?id=15]

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Re: UPS for HTPC with Plasma TV

This was originally posted on APC forums on 1/5/2009


Thank you both for this information.
If I choose a single unit solution, can either the APC AV 1kVA S Type Power Conditioner or APC Smart-UPS 1000VA handle my system? Do the specifications at approximately 700W/1000VA mean that I couldn't/shouldn't plug in more than the computer and TV, considering that's approximately the maximum wattage rating for these 2 components. Can either of these two APC units actually handle having all my components plugged into them without overload? Anything beyond the 2 mentioned units will be outside my budget.

Thank you for any additional insight.