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Home Theater Power strip recommendation

Can anyone recommend a good power strip for Home Theater systems?

I had a this one. http://www.monstercable.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=4445

Honestly, I think that may have been a little overkill. I only use 5 outlets. I have an A/V receiver, TV, Xbox 360, cable box/dvr, and a dvd player hooked into it. I'm really not looking to spend another $200 to replace this one since the TV is now 4-5 years old.

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What happened to the Monster one?

So, are you looking for a "Power Strip" as you say? Or are you really looking for a "Surge Protector" or "Line Conditioner" or all in one?

One thing to keep in mind, is that most surge protectors use MOVs (Metallic Oxide Varistor) which absorb spikes - and will eventually fail due to the MOVs only being able to take so many hits (even minor ones) before they either pop...or simply let the current through to your equipment (oops!).

When you're paying $200 for a Surge Protector you should be getting something that is more than just limited life MOVs that will eventually fail and let your equipment pop like popcorn. I'm not saying your Monster was of this higher end category (you'd have to research), but they have been known to make shit equipment that you pay a premium for the name, but they also do have some very useful and well designed equipment as well.

I'm not current (no pun intended) on what a good surge protector line conditioner is today, but if I have some time I'll see if I can find some recommendations for you. The gist of this post is that if you get a "power strip" you're getting pretty much zero protection. If you're getting a cheap surge protector, expect to replace it every 1-3 years due to the limited life of MOVs. If you drop some good coin on a quality device, you could have it for many years without issue.

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You need a "Family Room" power strip. Check your local HD for <$20 and replace every few years.
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The Belkin PureAV PF30 or PF60 seem to be the best bang for your buck option. They go on sale every couple months, but I haven't seen one for a while. The PF30 would probably work for you and not break the bank.

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I have had excellent luck with a few different surge protectors from Panamax over the years!

They guarantee their products for life & guarantee electronics plugged into them not to suffer damage from surge/spike, & even undervoltage situations, depending on model.

Had one fail while protecting equipment a few yrs ago, & they replaced it no questions asked. Didn't even make me ship it to them or show an invoice. Just wanted me to cut off the old AC cord & mail it in.

I also have noticed extended product life for TV's, Receivers, Amps, & other electronics that have been protected. I don't have an exact number, but my guess would be on average that things are lasting 50% to 100% longer than stuff which wasn't protected. Been using Panamax stuff since the early 90's so I've got a few decades to base this on...

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What happened to the Monster one?

So, are you looking for a "Power Strip" as you say? Or are you really looking for a "Surge Protector" or "Line Conditioner" or all in one?

One thing to keep in mind, is that most surge protectors use MOVs (Metallic Oxide Varistor) which absorb spikes - and will eventually fail due to the MOVs only being able to take so many hits (even minor ones) before they either pop...or simply let the current through to your equipment (oops!).

When you're paying $200 for a Surge Protector you should be getting something that is more than just limited life MOVs that will eventually fail and let your equipment pop like popcorn. I'm not saying your Monster was of this higher end category (you'd have to research), but they have been known to make shit equipment that you pay a premium for the name, but they also do have some very useful and well designed equipment as well.

I'm not current (no pun intended) on what a good surge protector line conditioner is today, but if I have some time I'll see if I can find some recommendations for you. The gist of this post is that if you get a "power strip" you're getting pretty much zero protection. If you're getting a cheap surge protector, expect to replace it every 1-3 years due to the limited life of MOVs. If you drop some good coin on a quality device, you could have it for many years without issue.
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Looking at APC and Tripp-Lite, you can get a whole heck of a lot more than a powerstip/surge protetor for $200. I'm curious what you actually bought 6 years ago for $200.

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Looking at APC and Tripp-Lite, you can get a whole heck of a lot more than a powerstip/surge protetor for $200. I'm curious what you actually bought 6 years ago for $200.
I got the one in the link on the first post.

Actually, I'm positive they were more expensive when I bought it 6 years ago. $200 is the retail. I could get the same one for $80 on Amazon now that I look around. I'm just not sure I "need" the one I got. I see a lot of other Monster brand ones on Amazon for a lot cheaper and will more than likely be plenty for what I using it for. Monster overprices a lot their products, but from what I've read surge protectors is not one of them.

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i had a belkin pureav pf31, it works pretty good.

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I just use battery backups for my electronics does the same shit and backs up your power.

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My company now sells power strips - they work pretty well too. The prices listed are retail, but if you're interested I can get you a great price break. Check out the bottom two here, we have both at our house.

http://www.peerless-av.com/en-us/con...wer_Management

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i just use battery backups for my electronics does the same shit and backs up your power.
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I just use battery backups for my electronics does the same shit and backs up your power.
and when the battery inside goes bad you can replace it for ~$30.

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