Monster and I would imagine other cos as well, makes surge protectors with what they refer to as "green power". These units shut off power to certain outlets when the control device like a receiver or TV is in standby mode. This means that only the control device is in standby mode. Monster's HDP850 sells for $100 and would be suitable for MOST receiver based audio and HT systems. Unfortunatly, the $400 models they make for high end (seperates based) systems do not have green power.
You wouldn't plug a sat or cable box into a "green" (controlled) outlet. I have my subwoofer plugged into a dedicated outlet just for subs or power amps and my TV and DVD/CD player in switched outlets. When the receiver is in standby, the sub, TV, and disc player are off. This feature can be defeated too. The other 4 outlets are not switched. The cable box, iPod charger, VCR and tape rewinder are plugged into these.
hi, I'm just wondering whether it is safe to connect a surge protector with my 300W power inverter in car? I want to start a travel and the power strip with long cable can makes it easier for the backseats to charge devices.