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Monster® In-Wall PowerCenter

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  • Monster® In-Wall PowerCenter™

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  • Monster® In-Wall PowerCenter™

    Shown with cable pass-through (HDMI cable not included)

  • Monster® In-Wall PowerCenter™

    Surge suppression module (center)
    and RF connection plate (left)

Item #: 119MPIWPC
 

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by Ralph Graves
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The Monster In-Wall PowerCenter provides a safe power source for your wall-mounted flat-panel TV, as well as a simple solution for cable management. It features two surge-protected AC outlets and includes a power conditioning module to minimize the electronic noise that can affect your TV's performance. The In-Wall PowerCenter should only be installed by a licensed electrician.

The system comes with three different inserts for your cables. For simple systems, you can use the blank insert to maintain a clean, custom look. A second insert features three coaxial connectors. A third includes three coaxial connectors, as well as an additional opening so you can feed video cables, such as HDMI or DVI, through instead of drilling extra holes in your wall.

Note: This installation requires a licensed electrician. See more info on this item

Highlights:

  • for 15 amp circuits
  • 50-amp peak current capacity
  • 2 surge-protected AC outlets
  • 2 custom face plates, plus blank face plate
  • dual-gang wall box with 24k gold grounding plate
  • 2.5-foot PL200 IEC power cord to connect mounted TV to PowerCenter
  • status indicators and audible alarm
  • for new and retrofit construction
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Type
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In-wall
Total AC Outlets
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2
High-Current Outlets
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None
USB Connections
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None
RF-EMI Filtering
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Yes
Joule Rating
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1260
Powerline Network Compatible
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No
Connected Equipment Guarantee
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$250,000
Width (inches)
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6-9/16
Height (inches)
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4-3/4
Depth (inches)
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2-7/8
Weight (pounds)
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Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • Monster Clean Power and Surge Supression Module
  • White triple-gang Decora faceplate
  • Plastic dual-gang electrical box
  • Gold-plated grounding plate
  • Triple coaxial connection module with pass-thru unit
  • Triple RF coaxial connection module with Decora plate
  • Two-outlet AC receptacle
  • Decora cover plate for receptacle
  • Blank Decora plate
  • 10 Faceplate screws (painted)
  • 6 Screws (for mounting modules to electrical box)
  • 30" AC power cable
  • 4 Red plastic wire nuts
  • 3 Gold-plated right-angled "F" connectors (male-to-female)
  • Owner's Manual

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Features
Warranty Information

Features

Product Overview: The Monster Power Home Theatre In-Wall Power Center provides "Clean Power" and surge protection for flat screen TVs and projectors. It is designed to be installed in-wall, behind a wall-mounted flat screen TV. This unit is designed for 15-amp systems, and can be used for existing construction or new construction.

Monster Clean Power Stage 1 v.2.0: Unfiltered AC power is filled with noise, surges, and spikes that can degrade the overall performance of flat screen and projection TVs. This Monster Power Center incorporates Monster Clean Power Stage 1 circuitry, which filters AC power line noise, making it ideal for home theater systems.

Grounding Plate: A 24-carat gold plated grounding plate is included to provide a single grounding point to eliminate noise and hum.

Modules: The modules included with the Power Center include:

  • Clean Power/Surge Suppression Module: This module features patented Monster Clean Power Stage 1 v.2.0 to reduce interference coming through the AC power line. It has 3 diagnostic indicator lights (Clean Power On, Protection On, and Ground OK), and Alarm Off and Display Off switches. The module offers 1260 joules of surge protection and 50-Amp peak current capacity.
  • Two-outlet AC Receptacle: This 15A-rated duplex outlet gives you receptacles for two components. It has an isolated ground to safeguard your system from over voltages and spikes.
  • Triple Coaxial Connection (with Pass-Thru): This module has 3 SurgeGuard-protected 2.0 GHz coaxial connections for protecting satellite TV, TV/Cable, Cable modem, or other in-wall coax connections. The connections are mounted off-center to allow for a cable pass-through area for neatly feeding through other A/V cables, such as HDMI, DVI, Component Video, S-Video or Composite Video or Audio cables. The pass-through area is covered by stiff, nylon bristles to hold the cable and cover the gaps.
  • Blank Decora Plate: A blank, white Decora plate is used whenever the other inserts are not needed.

Power Cable: A 2-1/2' High Current IEC Powerline 200 AC power cable is provided to connect the TV to the In-Wall Power Center. This high-density, double-shielded AC power cord is specifically designed to maximize power transfer. The low-profile 3-pronged plug is designed to protrude only about 5/8" from the wall when plugged in.

Specifications:

  • Continuous Duty Electrical Rating: 120 Volts/60 Hz
  • Maximum Current Rating: 15A/1800 Watts
  • Protection Modes: Line-Neutral (L-N), Line-Ground (L-G), Neutral-Ground (N-G)
  • Total Energy Dissipation: 1260 Joules
  • Clamping Level (TVSS Voltage): 330 Volts
  • Clamping Response Time: Less than 1 Nanosecond (<1Ns)

Warranty Information

Warranty: The Monster Power In-Wall Power Center is covered by a 2-year warranty, plus up to $250,000 maximum coverage on connected equipment for 2 years.

 
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4 out of 5

Great product for HDTV installs

Written By Richie, Boston, MA on Sunday, November 15, 2009
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Bought this product as I needed a custom install to hide my HDMI and power connections. This product was installed by my electrician with a metal receptacle instead of the plastic one provided to meet code. The Monster power center is convenient and offers both surge protection and clean power.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Nice product but didn't fix my problem

Written By Mark, Oregon on Thursday, February 05, 2009
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This is a great product, though it didn't fix all my issues. I wanted hidden power (check!), surge protection (check!), and clean power not reduce the hum from my Kuro display (um, not so much). However, I just think that means that it's not the power supply, but the plasma display that's causing the issue. Nothin wrong with the in-wall power center, just didn't fix what I was hoping would disappear.
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4 out of 5

Monster® In-Wall PowerCenter™

Written By Chuck, Alexandria, VA on Friday, January 30, 2009
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After reading the Blu-ray blogs I wanted to install a separate 20amp circuit for my new Sony 46XBR8 and other hifi components. I purchased the monster inwall power center and had an electrician come in to install it. He had to use a metal receptacle instead of the plastic one to meet code. He also hooked up another 15amp outlet to the power center. Now all my components are protected and are receiving clean power. I like the fact that the LCR screen completely hides the power center. Also liked the third cut out for running the HDMI, RJ45 cable inside the wall, making a very clean installation.
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4 out of 5

Monster® In-Wall PowerCenter™

Written By kio, Chicago on Saturday, January 24, 2009
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This item is great for behind wall mounted LCDs. I ran conduit so I purchased a metal mounting box instead of the plastic one provided. The ability to change out the plate with the 3 cable hook-ups is convenient. I changed mine out to an HDMI connection plate purchased through Crutchfield. The flexibility is there should you wish to add additional connections in the future. The power cord supplied did not quite fit my Sony TV as well as I would have liked but it worked. Could have also used the power cord that came with the TV.
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5 out of 5

Pricey but well worth it

Written By Edward, Massachusetts on Friday, January 16, 2009
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Don't even think about a wall mounted LCD without ading this to your installation. Small investment for piece of mind. Get one!!
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4 out of 5

Great choice

Written By Derek, Florida on Thursday, June 19, 2008
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This is an excellent choice for in wall suppression / cable routing for a flat screen wall mount system. Although not shown in the illustration, there is a plate that includes a "brush" covered opening that worked really well for routing the HDMI cable.
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