Monster Slays Vampire Power with New Power Strips, Slays Wallets Too

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Monster, usually better known for cabling, is now tackling powering your gadgets in an eco-friendly manner with a new range of standby-killing power strips. The Digital Life Power Center Green Power versions being the first of two lines, aimed at connecting your computer gear up: when you turn off the computer, all the peripheral sockets get switched off too. There're three versions—the MDP 650, 800 and 900.The second line is aimed at audio systems, with GreenPower versions of the EPIR 2450, EPIR 3650, and HDP 2550 PowerCenters. These systems are designed to work with "any universal learning remote"—you simply program it with the right IR codes, and then with one flick of a button your HDTV and all its support audio and video gear will click off, protecting the environment and saving you a handful of dollars on your utility bills. It's not clear if you need line of sight to the power strip, but that's probably still pretty convenient for most users, and if you can do your bit for the environment without even having to leave your couch, that can only be a good thing. The MDP650, 800 and 900 will set you back $70, $99 and $129 respectively, but you'd probably have to be an audiophile to consider the entertainment PowerCenter versions: the EPIR 2450 (with three socket outlets) is a whopping $500, as is the HDIR 2550 (which has just 2 socket outlets), whereas the EPIR 3650 is an even chunkier $600 and can switch off four items plugged into it. You could always just haul yourself out of the chair and flick the switch—I'm just saying. [Monster Power]

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Hahahahaha ... shilling?

Mr.SithNinja ... you need to move out of your mother's basement and get a girlfriend.

Prey521, nothing. I'd take a check as I hear they treat their employees very well, but my commentary and defense comes merely from legitimate first hand experience.

My post merely comes from a desire to add a different voice to the conversation: one that comes from using real equipment rather than purchasing the crap they sell over at Best Buy.

I worked my way up through the ranks of a large music instrument retailer for years. The gamut from guitars, drums, and keyboards to designing and installing profession live sound, recording studio, and home theater systems.

We started out building our own cables. I learned all about the importance of wire gauge, material, shielding, connectors, etc. For my personal equipment I always held the middle of the road. Whirlwind USA cables in particular for my guitar. I laughed many times when Monster got big into pro audio. I thought it was rediculous to pay that much for cables. Then at a trade show I had the opportunity to talk to some of their engineers. Then one day the Monster rep came by and gave me one of their $100 cables to take home. I wasn't even considering carrying them by a long shot. But I spent hours with my guitar set up. Switching back and forth between my Whirlwind cable (2 conductor, braided shielding) and this $100 Monster StudioPro. The sound difference was huge. Don't believe, me? Think I'm just 'shilling'? Try it yourself. That one cable - then form an opinion.

We slowly moved into Monster. The lower stuff in the Pro MI sells because of the true lifetime warranty. But certain Monster products are highly engineered and well worth the money, if high quality sound are your thing. Namely StudioPro cables and MonsterPower.

Sure there's other products out there that are comparable. But in these two realms, it's all relatively the same price ranges. APC and Furman power conditioners are good and fine for the same money too. Though I have seen many more Furman's returned for service than MonsterPower.

That said, you don't have to buy my experience. But I have just as much interest in sharing mine as you do yours.

And if Mr.SithNinja wants to protect all his precious gear using mom's left over coat hangers, go ahead genius. I'd love to see those manage fluctuations in Voltage ...