Product Review (August 2007)
Tripp Lite HT1210ISOCTR Power Center

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.

Front Panel
The front panel is loaded with information including dual digital LED displays with 12 additional LEDs that show input voltage levels, component load levels and 4 operational conditions (power, protection, grounding, selected outlets). The Power LED indicates that utility power is available to the unit while the On LED illuminates when the unit power switch is turned on. The Ground LED lights when the unit has a proper ground connection to utility power. The Protected LED illuminates when the HT1210ISOCTR is properly protecting the components connected to it. Should this light fail to illuminate, the unit is no longer fully protecting the hardware connected to it and should be serviced. We wish there was a control for the light level, but we didn't see any capability to adjust it.

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.

Rear Panel
The rear panel of the HT1210ISOCTR Isobar Audio/Video Power Center has a total of twelve NEMA 5-15R AC outlets grouped into three filter banks. The Digital Filter Bank (Clean 1) has a total of five outlets, one of which is controlled by IR1. The Analog Filter Bank (Clean 2) also has five outlets with one controlled IR2 output. Finally, the High Current Bank (Clean 3) has a two outlets which are controlled by IR3 & IR4 respectively. Each switched output (IR1, IR2, IR3, & IR4) can be controlled individually using the remote or front panel interface. The delay switches on the front panel set the time between the IR relays. The turn-on sequence is 1, 2, 3, & 4 with a turnoff sequence in the reverse order. This can help prevent speaker thump when using a separate preamplifier to drive a powered subwoofer.

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 internals of the HT1210ISOCTR are not complicated with plenty of room for protection circuitry. There are no isolation transformers used in this design. Only a small power transformer supplies power to the displays and controller. Two small circuit boards (see photo) handle the display interface for voltage and current readings. The top board has common mode choke and filtration circuitry. The larger board has a total of four 30 amp relays used to switch the four IR outlets. The high current rating on the relay contacts help increase their life. The input power and outlets use heavy 14 gauge wire to help minimize impedance and voltage drop through the unit. The phone, ethernet, and F-connectors all have their own dedicated protection circuits that do not interface to the other boards.

Tripp Lite offers affordable protection for your entertainment system with the HT1210ISOCTR Isobar Audio/Video Power Center. Twelve outlets protect your investments from surges that may otherwise damage electronic components. The high-end look provides important visual feedback of both voltage and current used by the system with health indicators for line power and internal protection. Virtually all types of common A/V components can be connected to the HT1210ISOCTR including terrestrial receivers, cable boxes and satellite receivers. Phone and wired media servers can also be connected to protect them from potential damage.

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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Review System

Projector: Mitsubishi HC5000 Full 1080p High-Definition LCD Projector
Screen: Stewart Filmscreen 100" FireHawk Screen on a Luxus Deluxe ScreenWall
Video Processor/Scaler: Anchor Bay Technologies DVDO iScan HD+ A/V Processor
Preamplifier/Processor: Parasound AVC-2500U THX-Ultra DTS/DD Preamp/Processor
Amplification: Parasound HCA-2205AT THX-Ultra Five Channel Amplifier
Bass Management: Miller & Kreisel BMC Mini 5.1 Bass Management Controller
Front Speakers: Miller & Kreisel S-150THX (L+R) and S-150AC (Center) Speakers
Rear Speakers: Miller & Kreisel SS-250 Tripole® Surround Speakers
Subwoofer: Two Miller & Kreisel MX-350THX MkII THX-Ultra Push-pull Subwoofers
Room Treatments: Echo Buster panels and Bass Buster towers
Set-top Box: Dish Network ViP622 HDTV Satellite and Terrestrial Receiver with HDMI
Blu-ray DVD Player: Sony PlayStation3 with HDMI 1.3
HD-DVD Player: Toshiba HD-A1 HD-DVD Player with HDMI
DVD/CD/SACD Player: Sony DVP-NS900V DVD/CD/SACD Player
DVD Audio/Video Player: Kenwood Sovereign DV-5900M 400-Disc DVD Changer
DVD Player: OPPO Digital OPDV971H DVD Player with DVI Output
D-VHS VCR: JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS High-Definition D-Theater VCR
Media Server: Kenwood Sovereign MRH1 Entre
Remote Control: Remote Technologies Inc. T3 Controller
HDMI Video Switcher: Radiient Technologies Select-4 HDMI Video Switcher
DVI Cable: AudioQuest DV-1 20m DVI-D Cable
A/V Cables: Ultralink Platinum and Advanced Performance Series Cables

Review at a glance

Tripp Lite - HT1210ISOCTR Power Center


  • 5700-joule surge suppression rating with EMI/RFI line noise filtering helps components perform at their peak (sharper, crisper video; deeper, fuller audio; and longer component life spans)
  • Exclusive Isolated Filter Banks eliminate interference between connected components
  • 3 built-in filter banks: Analog, Digital, High Current
  • Metal housing safely withstands the strongest surges
  • 12 surge-protected NEMA 5-15R AC outlets safeguard all audio/video components
  • 4 sequenced, individually IR-controllable AC outlets work with either included remote device or with user-supplied universal learning IR remote to facilitate orderly system startup and shutdown
  • 3 sets of surge-protected, HD-compatible 2.2 GHz Type F gold coaxial connectors safeguard components on cable, satellite and antenna connections; one 6-ft. gold coaxial cable included
  • 1-line tel/modem surge protection safeguards personal video recorders (PVRs) on a single dial-up connection. Built-in splitter (1 jack in/2 jacks out) allows simultaneous connection of two devices sharing a single line; one 6-ft. phone cable included
  • 1-line Ethernet surge protection safeguards equipment on a 10/100 Base T network connection; one 6-ft network cable included
  • 10-ft. power cord with right-angle NEMA 5-15P plug permits convenient placement anywhere within a home/business theater system
  • 2 digital LED displays and 12 additional diagnostic LEDs alert user to input voltage levels, component load levels and 4 operational conditions (power, protection, grounding, selected outlets)
  • 2U rackmount or console installation options; rackmount hardware and removable rubber console feet included
  • Illuminated master switch provides one-touch power control over all components
  • 15A circuit breaker protects against dangerous system overload
  • Fail-safe thermal fusing acts like an additional circuit breaker, shutting down the unit and connected equipment in the event of a catastrophic surge
  • Audible alarm immediately alerts user to damaged protection circuitry; perfect for installations where LEDs aren't normally viewed
  • Color-coordinated outlet/plug labels match outlets to component power cords for easy identification
  • TUV tested to UL standards 1449, 60950 and 962A
  • $150,000 Ultimate Lifetime Insurance covers connected components against surge damage—for life! (USA/Canada only)
  • Lifetime product warranty

Package Contents

  • HT1210ISOCTR Isobar Audio/Video Power Center
  • One hand-held IR remote control device
  • One 6-foot gold coaxial cable
  • One 6-foot phone cable
  • One 6-foot network cable
  • Color-coordinated outlet/plug labels
  • Hardware for 2U rackmounting
  • Instruction manual with warranty information
  • Company Information
    Tripp Lite World Headquarters
    1111 W. 35th Street
    Chicago, IL 60609 USA

    MSRP: $599.95 (Street Price <$300)
    HT1210ISOCTR Owner's Manual

    Phone: 773-869-1111
    Fax: 773-869-1329
    Ordering: 773-869-1797
    Customer Support: 773-869-1234


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