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5.0 out of 5 stars HDTV setup, January 13, 2007
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Works perfectly! I'm sure I'll start seeing savings right away since I have plethora of equipment. Setup is simple, just plug the TV i it into the controlling outlet and then the DVD player, xbox, etc... into the switching outlets. Now when I power off/on the TV everything shuts off/on with it. The nice thing about the power strip is that it has a couple of always-on outlets for recording devices - so they don't lose the date and time. This is a well thought out and simple product.
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Initial post: Nov 13, 2008 7:39:17 PM PST
SH says:
The question is if it is really safe to switch off your other devices in this way. Modern entertainment hardware like dvd players and xbox360 etc should not be powered off in this brute manner, these devices actually have a shutdown sequence for the safety of the devices. Even a dvd player would move its lens back to the rest position when you press the power button. I guess it might be ok to shutdown the cable box like this but not if it was an HD box with a built in HDD. Don't get me wrong the switching outlet concept is a very nice one and I like it but I am just saying that it isn't the best thing for all devices.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2008 1:56:54 PM PST
GoodFolk says:
Great point! I'll have to consider that/look into it further. On the one hand, I can see having those peripherals "off" (i.e., not in use, possibly even powered off) but still drawing power, in that way it is helpful. But I agree that many of these electronics seem to have powering down processes that probably shouldn't be subjected every day to 'pulling the plug'.

It would be great to get more opinions on this!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2008 11:15:46 AM PST
Ivy Vine says:
I think that as long as you have the item turned off on the unit itself (game console, dvd player, etc) before turning off the "controlling device outlet" (most likely your TV), that it should be fine.

If you are worried about certain electronics that need to have things reset (just like after a power-failure or you having to unplug the device for some reason or another), and possibly "reboots" differently and/or longer after this type of "powering off", then they should be plugged into the constant "hot" outlets on the strip (like mentioned before, for DVRs especially like Tivos where they never actually "turn off" but at most have a "standby" setting when plugged in).

Though your basic game console and dvd player etc should be totally fine with this setup. I know that the newer consoles use the network connection you (might) have to help auto-set the date and time. The original xbox has a problem with these settings needing to be reset after being "unplugged", but then you really don't need the correct day/time for it most likely, and could always use the "hot outlets" or even another power strip for that device if needed/wanted.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2009 4:05:16 AM PST
Bob says:
I am not sure exactly what Mark meant but I was thinking of using this to cut off phantom power to accessories that are powered down and turned off. Other than the loss of date/time for some devices is there any harm in that?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2009 8:01:08 PM PDT
R. Garner says:
So if i have older stero compoents 9 years and a new HD cable box and a new dlp TV is there harm?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2009 9:52:36 PM PDT
I'm not sure that really applies in many cases. The idea here is to eliminate vampire power. Thus my DVD player is already shut down in many cases and is just using standby power most likely to keep the ability to turn on via remote. Ditto for TV. If I know i'm at work from 8-5 I know that neither device will receive a remote signal so it's best for me to just cut all power. Vampire power is a necessary evil because we all want to sit down at the couch and pick up a remote and fire the system up but we can take precautions to make this as affordable as can be.

Posted on May 8, 2009 8:56:55 AM PDT
T. DeLucia says:
OK, quick question before I buy this device. Say you plug the TV into the control unit and you turn it off. It then shuts all the other devices off, got that part. But does it also cut the power to the control Device (the TV) or is that device still getting juice? Seems like power would have to be supplied to it if you wat to turn it back on. TV's use a lot of power when they are "off" so wouldn't this defeat the purpose (at least if you chose a TV as the control device).

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2009 5:50:10 AM PDT
Kevin M. says:
You're right, the active device will continue to draw power - you only eliminating parasitic load from the other devices.

Not all TVs draw a lot of power. The Energy Star criteria for new TVs stipulates that standby power draw must be less than 1 watt. My TV draws less than one watt when off (confirmed with a Kill-A-Watt). My receiver on the other hand draws over 20 watts on standby (it's an fairly old model).

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2009 8:42:00 AM PDT
T. DeLucia says:

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 9:24:03 PM PDT
Jay Citizen says:
@R. Garner:
Most cable companies will warn you not to power down your cable box unless absolutely necessary. The encryption module built into the unit needs to be powered up 24/7/365 days a year to update new DRM schemes, and gather information for MPAA requirements. The guides download in the middle of the night - God knows when - to keep your guide up to date. I have a cable ready Media Center PC that I can only put to sleep, because the ATI MCard module needs to be on 24/7/365 days a year too.

You can always put the TV on the blue plug(I'm assuming)as it is the control plug, and keep the cable box/media center PC on the 'hot' (red) plugs for them to do their duty. Everything else like the HTC, blu-ray player, powered HDMI port switches, PC speakers, and such, can be put on the green plugs for power saving.
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