|I do want to try a purist approach, plug eveything into something like a PS Audio Juice Bar. No filters, no constraints. But of course there's the fear of catastrophy and like any insurance you feel better having it.
once upon a time I was in that camp but reality struck with a passion about 12 years ago.Watching a video during a lightening storm there was the loudest CRACK
of thunder I thought the house was actually struck and set about looking for damage andd/or fire.
Finding none I returned to continue my viewing and realised my AV system was down which raised no alarm bells since it is common with modern electronics to toally shut off during any "glitch" event requiring no more than a simple on/off reset to get back up an running.
Not this time.Receiver goes on,cable box on,TV on VCR not so no picture which means I have to do some troubleshooting if I am to continue.Turns out the cable box is fried (determined by taking it out of the loop and running the cable direct) but that no big deal since i do not own it anyway and a new one is free.
What is not free is a new VCR and that b*tch was not even turning on.I try everything I can think of externally then figuring the internal fuse may be blown open the cover up and peek inside.
Man ! What a damn mess that turned out to be ! Damn near every single capacitor on the main pcb looked like a damn Q-Tip where they actually exploded and there were a couple of scorch marks where resistors went belly up !
i was so amazed I actually called people on the phone to describe the carnage and when not beleived put my wife and kids on to back me and my story up
The lightening strike took out both the cable box (though no internal visible damage) and VCR NOT by riding the AC line in but by riding the the cable lead in which blew both units.
This taught me to protect every single lead from outside the house from telephone to cable to AC and purist be damned I would rather have some questions on signal purity than no questions about my gear blowing up and requiring it to be replaced and i will only use a cordless or cell phone during a thunder storm having heard stories (true or not plausible) about folks getting nailed by the phone.
Knowing a house and any lines leading in are grounding to earth ground through a metal rod buried below the frost line I would not have expected this to be possible if I did not see it with my own eyes with my own gear but it did happen and has stuck with me because it was so dramatic in the damage