I've been considering the next upgrade to my home theatre and I think I should probably upgrade from the $8 powerstrip bought at Staples. The first thing I looked at was the Monster products and in the budget I'm looking at I think the best value for me is the Powerbar 2100. It has 12 outlets, a high Joule rating and the features on the more expensive Clean Power Stage 2 models don't seem to be worth the added cost. Their Clean Power Stage 3 is out of my budget. I've also looked at some of the TrippLite products. They look interesting, and cheaper, but I'm having a hard time trying to compare them to what Monster has available. I have done some research in these forums, but most of the comments I have seen are for people in houses. Being in an apartment, I can't hire an electrician to do any work on my place. As for my power concerns, besides living in an apartment building, the power does odd things here sometimes ("blinks" in the power), the power does go out once in awhile and I'm in Missouri and thus we are prone to severe thunderstorms for a significant amount of the year. I've already had lightning fry an iMac through the cable modem. Does anyone have any comments on either of these products or any others? I need at least 12 outlets whether that be one product or two that together still fall in the price range. Thanks for the help!