CEDIA Find: Acoustic Research Power-Protecting Media Streamer

AR PW1000 Home Theater Power Station with SpeedPass packs a 5-port Ethernet switch, power conditioning, surge protection and lots of connections for audio/video/data.

AR PW1000 Home Theater Power Station with SpeedPass. The SpeedPass part is the speedy pass-through connections on the front of the unit. See it at CEDIA Expo 2012.
Julie Jacobson · August 6, 2012

Acoustic Research (a Voxx company) packs a lot of stuff into this $250 box. It features a five-port Ethernet switch, multi-component surge protection and power conditioning, and “SpeedPass” – a fancy way of saying “front-panel connections for all the most common portable devices.”

I can definitely think of several good uses for this in the streaming media department.

Here’s how Acoustic Research describes it:

The home theater has changed: we need quick plug-and-play connectivity of portable devices and reliable Internet connections for multiple components. The AR PW1000 Home Theater Power Station with SpeedPass is the first power conditioner that solves both these dilemmas, while providing the AR PureCurrent power conditioning and robust surge protection we’re already known for. The PW1000 makes it easy to connect portable devices, with SpeedPass: front-panel connections for all the most common portable devices. And a 5-port Ethernet switch gives you wired, full-bandwidth Internet access for rich audio/video streaming on multiple entertainment devices.

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Power Conditioning
- 75dB AR PureCurrent EMI/RFI noise filtering
- Conditioned outlets: 10 AC, 2 USB power

Surge Protection
- 6840 Joules
- $500,000 Connected Equipment Guarantee
- Protected outlets/jacks: 10 AC, 2 USB power, 5 Ethernet, 2 sets coaxial

Surge Protected Connections
- Component video
- Digital coaxial audio
- Composite video
- USB (data)
- MP3 (mini-jack stereo to RCA stereo)

5-Port Ethernet Switch
- Gigabit Ethernet (2000Mbps)
- 10Base-T / 100Base-TX / 1000Base-T
- 5 10/100/100Mbps auto-negotiation RJ45 ports

imageAcoustic Research (Audiovox Accessories) at CEDIA Expo 2012: Booth 1825
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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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