Let me start out by saying I wound up walking out of Best Buy last night with a free replacement tv, so I am happy with the outcome. What happened before they gave me the replacement is what bothers me.My first purchase after buying a flat screen TV was an APC UPS. TVs today are "always on" in terms of drawing power to keep the electronics ready for "quick start". So, you want something to block any possible surges and power drops (hence, a UPS and not a power strip/surge suppressor).Plug all the other nearby TV-related electronics into the UPS as well (DVD player, game thingie, DVR/Tivo, etc).Figure you will spend $20 every 4-5 for a new battery for the UPS. Cheap.This is similar to the UPS I got. The one I got originally went bad after 4-5 yrs and APC replaced it at no charge.http://www.apc.com/products/resource/include/techspec_index....You can find them for $50-$60 at Best Buy, etc when they go on sale. The 550 is $60 full retail at Best Buy.
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