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Monster Cable MP AV 800 PowerCenter with Surge Protection (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Dimensions: 1.40" H x 3.88" W x 10.13" L; weight: 2.30 lbs.
  • Color-coded, labeled outlets and matching cord labels for easy hookup.
  • 8 ft. Monster AC power cable with FlatProfile(TM) right angle plug provides flexibility for installations.
  • Eight outlets total, including three spaced for use with AC adapter transformers.
  • Maximum conductivity 24k gold contact, grounded right angle plug lets furniture hug walls.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Monster
  • Model: MP AV 800
  • Item Height: 0.55 inches
  • Item Length: 3.98 inches
  • Item Width: 1.5 inches
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1.5 x 0.6 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00003CWDH
  • Item model number: MP AV 800
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Product Description

Monster multiple surge guard circuitry absorbs harmful power surges to give you audio video system protectionharmful power surges and voltage spikes can travel up ac power and coax connections and damage your components. Lightning, automatic garage doors, power tools, refrigerators and fluorescent lights all cause power surges and voltage spikes that can travel up ac power lines and coax cables to damage the sensitive electronic circuitry of your connected audio video components. Ordinary surge protectors, or the so-called "value brands", often fail to provide the adequate level of protection your av components need. Plus, standard surge protectors often cause as much as 20 to 30db of signal loss which can adversely affect the output performance levels of coax connections. Proper connection to an advanced surge protector that offers integrated system protection can help minimize the risk of permanent surge damage. Unlike standard surge protectors, the monster PowerCenter av800 with Surgeguard protection provides multiple layers of defense against harmful surges. Strategically placed multiple metal oxide varasitors respond within one nanosecond (a billionth of a second) to power surges and voltage spikes before they can reach and damage your audio video components. Plus, monster's ultra-low loss RF circuitry minimizes signal loss to maintain the peak output performance of your coax connections. monster PowerCenters make life easier. Monster's flatprofile plug lets you push your furniture flush against the wall. And, with color-coded outlets and cord labels, you can avoid unplugging your VCR by mistake, causing it to blink "12:00". Finally, a generous eight-foot monster power cord, which is the optimum length to reach most electrical outlets, is included. Now you can get protection from harmful surges, voltage spikes and inconvenience! Monster's PowerCenters offer high performance solutions for today's technology challenges.

From the Manufacturer

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Technology Today

Advancements in technology have brought faster, higher definition products that are capable of processing large amounts of data but are also quite sensitive to the components that drive them. Too little power and these devices will not function at an optimum level, too much power and these devices can be damaged beyond repair.

The Ups and Downs of Power

AC Power by nature is ever-changing, appliances turning on and off in your home causes voltages to surge and spike, and this is sometimes noticeable in the form of lights suddenly dimming. This causes a state of flux for the power running your delicate electronic devices, lowering the performance of the audio/video as well as causing damage to the components. Other conditions such as power outages and lightning strikes only increase this fluctuation. Proper connection to an advanced surge protector that offers integrated system protection can help minimize the risk of permanent surge damage...

Protection You Can Rely On

Unlike standard surge protectors, the Monster PowerCenter AV 800 with SurgeGaurd protection provides multiple layers of defense against harmful surges and spikes. With strategically placed multiple Metal Oxide Varasitors that respond within one nanosecond to power surges and voltage spikes, your equipment is well protected from damage. Combine this protection with Monster's ultra-low loss RF circuitry and signal loss is minimized on coax connections, providing your components with peak performance for signals from RF sources.

Making Life Easier

In addition to protecting your valuable electronics, Monster PowerCenter provides convenience for connecting and placement generic surge protectors cannot. The FlatProfile plug allows for furniture to be flush with your walls, and the color-coded labeled outlets let you know just what is connected, no more unplugging the wrong device. All this combines with a generous 8-foot powered cord, ensuring that no wall outlet is out of reach...

Peace of Mind

With Monster PowerCenter AV 600 you can rest easy knowing that if something should go wrong, your connected equipment is protected by Monsters Connected Equipment Warranty. That is something you cannot find on a generic power strip...
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Joule Rating:  555 1295 1480 2590 2225 2160
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Customer Reviews

If you need one, this one works.
C. Anderson
In my experience monster products stand the test and I will continue to buy from this company.
I highly recommend this to anyone needing a reliable, safe power strip.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

311 of 324 people found the following review helpful By T. Kiyak on August 31, 2006
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I bought two surge protectors at the same time. One was the Monster AV 800, the other was APC Performance SurgeArrest 11 (PF11VT3).

The Monster is fine. Most importantly, it should do a good job of what it is designed for: extension cord + surge protection. It does NOT have a phone line protection, just for coax cables. But if your only criteria is whether it does it's job, it gets an A in that area.

But, I'm more picky, so here are additional items for consideration:

It has a right angle plug allowing it to be plugged easily to a wall behind a desk or other tight spots. The plug is angled towards the right hand side, so it's better if you're going to keep the surge protector on the right hand side of the wall outlet. My equipment was on the left side of the outlet on the wall, so the plug looks a little weird for me; the APC unit has a left angle, so that was a better fit. Obviously this is purely cosmetic.

I also have mixed feelings about the color-coded outlets. They also come with stickers so that you can tag the power cords, so that you know which cord belongs to which unit. That certainly makes things easy when you need to unplug just one of the items. On the other hand, since each plug is titled with a specific equipment name (TV, VCR, DVD Player), if you are plugging something else, you are stuck with using one of the existing tags so you have to sub-optimize. Again, just a cosmetic complaint.

But, overall, the main reason I'm not as passionate about the AV800 is that it is not as good a value as APC Performance SurgeArrest model is. I bought both at the same price (About $30 on Amazon).
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful By West Ender, Galveston on November 2, 2010
If you're as ignorant as I am about joules, spikes, amps and related stuff, how can you possibly know which surge protector to buy? Even if you bone up on the terminology and the tests, you're kidding yourself if you come out of it thinking you now know enough to make an intelligent choice.

Ultimately, the way you find out if you have a good surge protector is when it gets hit. Shudder.

I got hit very hard by lightning last night. A local transformer took a direct strike and thousands of us lost all power for hours. The surge blew out several breakers in my power distribution box (despite a home surge suppressor).

One of the circuits that wasn't blown out provided power to my TV and related components. When the power was restored, this Monster Cable surge protector emitted a high-pitch tone and wouldn't turn back on. I replaced it, and everything works perfectly.

I can only guess what would have happened to a couple thousand dollars worth of equipment if this $25.00 surge protector wasn't in place. Maybe more expensive units provide even better protection, but this one certainly worked for me.
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[Since the following was written, the price difference between the Monster and Belkin (both approx. 25) has become decisively gaping (20 and 35), making the Belkin the only sane choice.}

Monster is premium quality at a premium price. Musicians will pay more for a Monster patch cord than some folks would pay for an electric piano. But on closer inspection, this power strip is competitively priced. I recently purchased a 12-outlet Belkin strip at only several dollars below this Monster strip. But the Belkin would accommodate only 8 of my plugs because 6 of the receptacles are in a vertical row (with the ground holes on the inside, not the outside as is the case with Monster). Consequently, a right-angle plug took up the space of 3 receptacles, in effect reducing me to the same number outlets as this Monster.

Even so, why not save several bucks and get the Belkin? Two compelling reasons in favor of the Monster (the included HDMI cable isn't one of them): 1. The color coding is a thoughtful timesaver/frustration eliminator (how many times have you found yourself on the floor suddenly at a loss about which device connects to which receptacle?) 2. The well-illuminated surface tells you at a glance whether the unit is connected and receiving power (Belkin units have too few or zero lights, requiring the user to get down on all 4's to determine whether the problem is a loss of power to the strip).

I'm giving it 4 instead of 5 stars because only 3 of the 8 outlets are dedicated to those space-robbing power adapters (wall-warts). Count on the remaining 5 outlets accommodating no more than 2 additional power adapters.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Pardee on April 6, 2008
The labeled outlets are a nice feature and the outlets are generously spaced. I agree it would be nice if recording device outlets (DVR, VCR, etc.) were not switched or were separately switched, but that's a minor complaint. As a power strip it is decent but not outstanding.
Technically speaking, the cord is a bit long for a surge suppressor; too much ground impedance for my comfort. I am *not* a fan of cable and phone "protectors" on power line suppressors - there is a significant risk of directing surges through your equipment by creating a ground loop. As my grounding instructor put it, "Lightning is the wolf - don't invite it in." Surge suppressors on the phone line are pointless if your house is fairly new, since the standard protector where the line connects to your house is far more effective than any add-on. If the video cable isn't grounded where it connects at your house, insist the cable company fix it. If it is, don't create a problem by adding a ground where it doesn't belong.
I have more experience than I ever wanted with surges, being responsible for several mountain top microwave sites that attract lightning. Most of the damage I see comes from ground loops, most of the rest is by direct strikes on power lines. If you are in an area where lightning damage is a big problem (especially if your electric service is on overhead lines) you should look into a comprehensive solution for power line entry installed by a licensed electrician. Google: whole house surge protection
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