Just make sure that if you get a lot of lightning in your area that you periodically check the whole house surge protector to see if it is still functioning.
Good point. Of the 3 I mentioned only the Siemens has an audible alert.
Thankfully I had a Panamax on my system years ago and good surges on all major appliances, as a strong surge hit locally. Fried the Panamax and a couple of other surges but saved my equipment and appliances. Neighbors werent so lucky.
I've got to get that whole house version installed . I've been putting it off.
Hope the OP doesn’t mind if I pop in with a few questions...building a dedicated room, so I have saved the idea of dedicated lines (2 or 3). I get the recommendation for separate circuit breaker for the lines dedicated to the system from other supply to the room. Presume separating audio and video components would be ideal. What about a separate panel off the main supply? Is this overkill? Any suggestions on electrical upgrades such as medical spec. outlets?
The whole home surge protection is a definite add-on, if not mandated by code.
I’m not sure about the value off a separate panel off the main supply as you still only have the single electrical line feeding your home. I’m not an engineer but I think having separate circuit breakers for each line dedicated to your system would suffice. I had NEMA 5-20 outlets installed because I was installing 20 amp lines.
If I had it to do over again i would have installed four 30 amp lines terminated into NEMA 5-30 outlets and one 50 amp line terminated into a NEMA 5-50 outlet. Yes, I know this is overkill but I have the space for this in my breaker panel. Many of the after market filter devices that purport to clean up your AC actually choke your AC and I don’t think ANY are rated for more than 20 amps.
IMO more current availability through a 30 or 50 amp circuit is more important than any aftermarket filtering. And there are a very few power amps that require more than 20 amps for full power output and you need either a 30 amp circuit or two separately wired 20 amp circuits for them. HOWEVER, you may likely void your equipment warranty if it’s fed more than 20 amps. As always, YMMV 😎
NEMA Info at https://www.stayonline.com/product-resources/nema-straight-blade-reference-chart.asp