Review (August 2007)
By Kevin Nakano
Tripp Lite is well known for their power products. HT1210ISOCTR Isobar Audio/Video Power Center is one of their latest products specifically designed to protect the components of an entertainment system. The HT1210ISOCTR is capable of clamping surges as high as 5700 joules. The filtration circuits prevent disruptive EMI/RFI line noise from causing noise in the Audio/Video system. Isolated Filter Banks help eliminate noise interference between components. The metal chassis is built in a 2U rackmount/console design with rack ears included. The unit comes with a long 10-ft. power cord with a right-angle plug. The HT1210ISOCTR includes a 6-ft. gold coaxial cable, 6-ft. phone cable and 6-ft. network cable. Best of all, the HT1210ISOCTR has a $150,000 Ultimate Lifetime Insurance coverage (USA/Canada only) and lifetime product warranty.
The Select and Enter button located on the front panel are used to manually control the four groups of outlets on the rear. Pressing the Select button will select the outlet while the Enter button toggles the power to that outlet. These buttons are used in conjunction with the Outlet Select LEDs and Power On LEDs. Hidden in the front panel is a pair of DIP switches used to select the delay time between relay closures during power-on and power-off. The two switches provide four timing combinations (0 sec, 1 sec, 10 sec, and 30 sec). The power must be cycled on the unit for any new switch setting to take effect.
Three pairs of gold-plated coaxial F-connectors offer surge protection for antenna, cable TV and satellite feeds. There is also protection for one telephone/modem and one ethernet interface. A standard 3.5mm (1/8") IR input jack is available if the unit is hidden away in a cabinet without access to the front panel.
The four sequentially timed outlets provide additional flexibility for control of components such as power amplifiers and powered subwoofers. The convenient IR remote and IR input jack allow custom installers to make full use of the features. With a street price of under $300, you will be hard pressed to find a more powerful A/V Power Center for the money.
- Kevin Nakano
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