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I'm about to get going on my own setup, after having read lots of excellent postings. I have been told to purchse to pieces of equipment which I'm not familiar with; a power conditioner (H15 APC), and a "scaler". Can someone explain to me the purpose of these components? I am thinking of the JVC RS2 for a projector, Vutec Silverstar 110" for screen, the Denon 3808 for receiver, and JBL L series for speakers. Basically, won't the Denon take care of the "scaler" suggestion, as well as power conditioner? Also, can someone suggest to me how much subwoofer to have in a 14' x 22' room with 11' ceiling, no windows? JBL has a 600 W powered subwoofer. Is one sufficient? two have been suggested to me. I am completely ignorant, and would welcome any and all suggestions/advice. Thank you.
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A good power conditioner is basically a surge supressor that is made with quality parts designed for home theater. It is something I recommend and use personally, as well as many other people. They usually cost a few hundred bucks and will help protect the gear you have.

The scaler, in this day and age, is a nearly complete waste of money and your cash is much better spent on the following:

1. A Blu-ray player. When you are watching in 1080p - there is no need to 'scale' a darn thing!

2. HD Cable/Satellite - When the signal starts as HD, then there is nothing else to do.

3. A good upconverting DVD player. Once again, if the DVD player does the job right, and external scaler will do little to nothing to improve the quality.

Starting with HD (Blu-ray and HD cable) is by far the best way to go to get the most image out of your projector.
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Thank you so much....that's what I thought. If everything brought in is HD, or already scled that way, what is the point of the additional "scaling". Thanks again.