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Categories > Audio / Video Accessories > DataComm Electronics, Inc. > DataComm 45-0023-WH Recessed Pro-Power Kit with Straight Blade Inlet, White

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Solid, well built, pro quality, does job very well. Bring you own Romex!
Pros: Strong build quality, heavy duty power cord, clean look after installation. Does job perfectly.
Cons: -Does not come with Romex required to wire boxes together. Really not a huge negative because I had a roll of it lying around, but some people might be frustrated that everything they need does not come in the box.
-A little pricey, but with strong build quality and good cord, not a big negative. I would rather pay more for quality then pay less and get an inferior product.
Reviewed By:Anthony F.,2/3/2016 7:05:40 PM
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Categories > Audio / Video Accessories > Rosewill > Rosewill RHSP-13006 Premium 4320 Joules Rotating outlet Power Surge Protector with RJ11 and Coax Protection (Black)

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Great Outlet - Poor surge protection
Pros: This would make a great outlet or expansion strip with its swiveling (rotating) outlets which makes it easier to accommodate transformer type bricks, blocks or wall-warts as they are sometimes called.
Cons: MOV based surge protectors are big jokes that companies play on us by lulling us into a false sense of security. Designed to divert the surge at a certain voltage threshold to either Neutral &/or Ground prongs of a 3-prong outlet but often fail miserably at that.

A surge has both a voltage & current wave & both can have fast rise times, but the MOV only acts on the voltage & not immediately. Until it does, our electronics is protecting the surge protector which is sad & ironic.

Per the IEEE a surge traveling on #14 gauge house wiring can be 6000 volts 3000 amps & last up to 50 microseconds. Anything more & the wiring will be vaporized.
When diverted (to the Neutral and/or Ground wires) the surge needs a low impedance return path to the panel, otherwise it will seek an alternate path even if through the electronics we’re trying to protect or any device plugged into the same branch circuit.

At 60 Hz (low frequencies) electricity has a low impedance path on the Neutral wire even with several 90 degree turns by the time it gets back to electrical panel. Ideally house wiring should be point to point with no 90 degree turns but often times that isn’t the case. Surges can be very fast (high frequencies) & the house wiring can suddenly represent a high impedance return path, causing the surge to seek another path to ground through the electronics we’re trying to protect.

Ground is a zero volt reference voltage by electronics and modern appliances. It’s expected to be at zero volts and it wasn’t designed to be used as a place to dump a surge. When a surge is on the ground, strange things can happen: unexplained hard drive crashes, fried motherboards or circuit cards, bad USB ports, premature power supply failures, hum/noise in audio, noise/pixelization in video & the most common: failed HDMI ports. Ground contamination is a big issue.

By way of an analogy, consider a hand gently breaking the surface tension of water & freely moving underneath the water. This is how it is for electricity. Now take the same hand, slam it as hard as you can into the water & you’ll encounter a lot of resistance, perhaps it will feel as if you hit a brick wall. This is how it is for surges. The water is analogous to the house wiring. At some frequency the surge hasn’t got a chance & will seek another path perhaps damaging our electronics in the process. That’s why spikes or transients which are often measured in billionths of a second are least likely to find their way, & often zap our electronics instead.

MOV’s were designed in an age when we didn’t have microprocessors & our electronics was a lot simpler. Circuits ran on higher voltages, slower speeds and chip junctions were rather large. Today we live in a world where we can pack hundreds of millions of transistors on a chip, run at extremely low voltage levels and have chip junctions that are shrinking each year and are even more susceptible to “electronic rust” which happens when we subject the chips to surges. This rust will cause the chip to fail prematurely.

An MOV will eventually fail and the failure mode is smoke, explosion and/or fire. To protect against this, sometimes the MOV is encased in a fireproof material &/or used with a series thermal fuse (physically the two are wedged tightly against each other). When the MOV gets extremely hot, the thermal fuse opens & takes the MOV out of the circuit. Depending on the design, the surge protector will either continue to supply or remove power from its outlets.

Connected Equipment Warranties (insurance) are designed with so many loop-holes or escape clauses for manufactures that it can be very difficult to collect any money from them. You have to buy from an authorized seller, send in the warranty card on time, send the failed surge protector in & if its determined that the surge protector failed, then take the electronics to an authorized repair center to obtain a quote at the consumers expense on how much it would cost to repair the item & what the failure mode was. Once the manufacture reviews the information at their discretion they will either pay for the repair or send you the fair market value of your electronics based on recent successful auctions or local sales. Besides spending hours on the phone the phone, you risk loss of personal data not to mention the electronics &/or appliances themselves.

Some companies recognize Ground contamination as a real issue & have resorted to using single mode MOV protection across the Line to Neutral wires only. While a step in the right direction all the problems associated with placing the surge on the Ground still apply. To help some companies include over/under voltage shutdown circuitry but it takes a little time for the circuit to start work & in the meantime your electronics is protecting the surge protector again.

Surge protection is a multi-billion dollar industry growing 5.6% annually & MOV based surge protection makes up an increasingly larger share of that market.
Other Thoughts: In Summary, MOV surge protectors:

(1) Work on a voltage (not current) thresholds so fast rising surge currents will pass into the very electronics that one is trying to protect.

(2) Have to wait for a voltage threshold to be reached before they can start to work, in the meantime the surge will pass into the very electronics that one is trying to protect.

(3) Will divert the surge and hope for the best, often times failing (the faster the surge, the longer the surge will linger, the greater the chance the surge will enter into the very electronics that one is trying to protect.

(4) Are sacrificial & no one knows how long they’ll. Manufacturers recommend changing them once a year to ensure protection (questionable as that protection might be). Don’t confuse a sacrificial surge protector with quality.

Lastly, you can’t always count on the status LED to know that you have protection. It’s worth performing a shake, rattle & roll test periodically by unplugging everything from the surge protector, gently shaking & rolling it to see if you can hear something rattling around inside. If you do, chances are it’s one or more of the MOV’s that have exploded or caught fire. This is what happened to me & why I no longer believe in MOV based surge protection.

The best place to provide initial surge protection is at the service entrance. For electrical outlets it’s in the mains electrical panel with a Whole House Surge Suppressor. Many of these devices have clamping voltages that start at 600 Volts or more so some external surges still make their way into the home & many in-house generated surges are too far away from the panel so surge protection in the house is still needed.

Coax connections (CATV, Internet, Satellite, &/or antennas) are best dealt with where they enter the house. An effective method is to run the coax cable into a ground block then into a hybrid surge arrestor that uses a combination of GDT/MOV technology such as the Morgan Mfg M311. The GDT will ignite, glow like a NEON light & the MOV will direct the surge on the central conductor of the coax to ground quickly. Both the ground block and the surge arrestor need a short low impedance path to earth ground.

Telco connections if still used can be protected with a commercial device like the Eaton CHSPTEL. Protection at the service entrance eliminates the need to provide additional protection throughout the house for coax and TELCO.

Ideally if you could put a buried ground rod at each point of surge protector in the house, you could provide a low impedance path to ground, but all the ground rods would have to be connected together & this is not ideal or practical.

One could invest in point isolation transformers similar to those used in high end audio equipment but this would be a very costly solution, & also not practical.

Another technology called series-mode is basically a heavy duty low pass filter filtering anything faster than 60 Hz including spikes, transients & surges. The surge energy is slowed down in real-time, stored as energy in capacitor banks and then safely bled onto the neutral a few volts at a time. Recall the water analogy, slowing the surge down is the key otherwise the impedance of the return path might be too high & the surge will seek another way. Series mode offers true surge elimination not just diversion & hope for the best.

Series mode filters can cost more initially, starting at $139 for a new 2-outlet 7.5 amp model from Zero Surge, Inc. and $159 for a new 2-outlet 15 amp model from the same company. These can also be purchased used or new old stock on the popular auction site for as little as $30 to $75+. Since no MOV’s are used, they aren’t sacrificial & will last a lifetime in the intended application.

If you consider the annual replacement of an MOV based surge protector like this one that costs $22, over a 10 year period you’ll have spent $220+. Contrast that to a new $170 2-outlet 15 amp model or $60 for a new old stock 2-outlet 7.5 amp model & long term economics favors series mode on price alone. Factor in true surge elimination vs. surge diversion/hope for the best then series-mode wins hands down.

Series mode filters are available from Zero Surge, Inc. (inventors & holders of the patents), Brickwall (a private label of Zero Surge aimed at audiophiles) & SurgeX (a licensee of the technology). You can purchase Zero Surge and Brickwall directly from the manufacture and SurgeX here on Newegg. All 3 can be purchased on the popular auction site.

You can’t daisy chain MOV based surge protectors for safety reasons, but you can safely plug an MOV based surge protector like this one into a series mode filter to expand the number of outlets. If you have a UPS, you can also safely plug a UPS into a series mode filter and since many UPS’s have MOV surge protection built in, a series mode filter will ensure that the MOV protection never wears out.
Reviewed By:Danny J.,2/1/2016 1:53:28 PM
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Categories > Audio / Video Accessories > Channel Plus > CHANNEL PLUS 5415 One-Channel Video Modulator

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Could not be programmed. Chat no help. Tech support wants $50
Pros: None - did not work
Cons: Could not be programmed - defective
Free Chat is worthless, what I paid I guess.
Tech support wants $50 to help me with a new unit - say what?.
Different help phone numbers on box, instructions, web site and from chat. Wow, what a mess
Other Thoughts: NOT Newegg's fault and they will replace under easy return / exchange policy. This is too bad as I have three older and multi channel units at my house and they are great.
Reviewed By:Jack K.,1/27/2016 11:04:02 AM
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Categories > Audio / Video Accessories > Monster Cable > Monster - Ultimate Performance TV Cleaning Kit

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Works great
Pros: Followed instructions and it wiped any smudges on my new 55" Samsung curved TV. Also worked great on my Asus Rog Swift 27" monitor. Large micro fiber cloth with a decent amount of fluid to last you a while.
Cons: It's pretty expensive for just a TV cleaner.
Other Thoughts: I might choose something cheaper next time. I'm happy with the purchase it works just fine.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,1/23/2016 8:39:53 PM
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Categories > Audio / Video Accessories > Rosewill > Rosewill RHSP-13006 Premium 4320 Joules Rotating outlet Power Surge Protector with RJ11 and Coax Protection (Black)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Surge Protector/Power strip
Pros: 12 plugs, 8 of which rotate 90 degrees, $30,000 connected equipment warranty, protection and ground indicator lights, very long power cord, unit has some weight to it
Cons: why aren't both lights green, would make more sense but not an issue, just seems like copy catting apc whom I hate
Other Thoughts: For those complaining it doesn't have an rj-45 connection, how many times has an rj-45 connector in someones home been hit by lightning? I use wifi because it's easier than running cables throughout the house, it also prevents the need for a protected rj-45. The rj-11 phone connector is still used everywhere someone has dsl, and your dsl phone line isn't protected by design, so the rj-11 plug still makes sense to protect your modem/router, just my .02c
Reviewed By:Steve M.,1/20/2016 12:25:57 PM
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Categories > Audio / Video Accessories > Rosewill > Rosewill RHSP-13001 - 360-Joule Surge Protection Electricity Load Meter and Energy Monitor with Controllable On/Off Outlet and Protected LED Indicator

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 Nice Product, but Short Lifespan
Pros: -Measures electrical output/cost.
-Cheap.
Cons: -Lasted just over a year(out of warranty of course) on very light usage before it went dead.
Other Thoughts: Severe lack of quality seems to be a theme with Rosewill products. I also had an issue with one of their external hard drive enclosures. Guess you pay for what you get.
Reviewed By:Andy R.,1/19/2016 9:28:22 PM
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Categories > Audio / Video Accessories > Atlantic > ATLANTIC 33935843 Notebook Tray

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 good laptop table
Pros: The table seems to be very sturdy - it will move a bit when you shuffle around on a bed or couch, but that is actually a plus for me. Good amount of room for mouse and a larger laptop. Height is adjustable and stays stable.
Cons: It is a little heavy, didn't need a cup holder
Other Thoughts: I bought one of these for myself and my father - he loves his also
Reviewed By:Anonymous,1/10/2016 3:41:03 PM
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Categories > Audio / Video Accessories > Rosewill > Rosewill RHSP-13001 - 360-Joule Surge Protection Electricity Load Meter and Energy Monitor with Controllable On/Off Outlet and Protected LED Indicator

Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3 Disappointing
Pros: - I only paid $15

- Separate display is nice
- Maintains a rolling average to compute cost/co2
Cons: - Doesn't measure power factor, so consumption will probably be inaccurate for loads that aren't purely resistive
- Doesn't keep track of total measurement time, so you can't compute average consumption unless you keep track of the start time yourself
- Timer function isn't a schedule, it's just minutes to off ... not very useful
- Wire comes out the back, so if you try to put it on a wall where the outlet is flush to the wall, the wire will be bent sharply where it comes out of the unit. Rosewill should change the design so the wire comes out the side instead.
- No battery backup; loses everything if power is cut.
- Giant green "PROTECTED" at the top of the plug, illuminated, of course
Other Thoughts: Only after buying this do I realized how good a plain-ole "kill-a-watt" is.
Reviewed By:Dan H.,1/8/2016 12:10:05 AM
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Categories > Audio / Video Accessories > Steren Electronics > Steren BL-526-033 3x1 HDMI® Mini Switch

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 A good deal
Pros: Device works pretty well for the most part. Signal doesn't appear to suffer from any quality loss or noise. Switches to devices automatically.
Cons: Once you switch on another device you can't switch back automatically unless you power off or on the previous device. To avoid shutting it off you'll have to manually press the button on the unit. Not the biggest problem but worth noting if you want to place the switch behind the set in order to hide the cables from site. Recommend it be placed in a reasonably easy to reach spot.

Also the switch didn't seem to work with the Amaz@nFire box. My guess is the Fire alone doesn't provide enough power through the port to activate the switch properly. I assume this because when i powered on my Xbox 360 at the same time the Fire worked fine but alone it has no picture.
Other Thoughts: My solution to the Fire problem was to attach it directly to the tv and my ps3 and 360 to the switch. However if you only have one hdmi port you may have problems running the Fire so bare that in mind. It should work well for dvd/Blu-Ray players, consoles....etc fine though. Works well enough for my needs so i have no problem buying again.
Reviewed By:alexis r.,1/5/2016 4:08:22 PM
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Categories > Audio / Video Accessories > Pioneer > Pioneer AS-WL300 Wireless Networked Adapter for Compatible A/V Receivers

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 Pioneer AS-WL300
Pros: - Pioneer Equipment
- Wireless Connection
Cons: Required for Pioneer Elite SC-71 Receiver, but the unit was very unstable and did not work well at all.
Other Thoughts: Ended up buying an Ethernet over Power Adapter and connected directly to the receiver.
I do not recommend this product at all ... and of course the next generation model has built in wifi.
Reviewed By:Mathew J.,1/5/2016 10:58:34 AM
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