I'm trying to decide on a good power distribution solution for the home recording / computer / music room I'm putting together. I've come down to looking at the Tripp Lite Isobar line of surge protectors and I was wondering about these two models: ISOBAR8ULTRA IB8RM The only difference seems to be that the ULTRA has diagnostic indicator LEDs, while the RM model has a wired remote switch on a 9-foot cable but lacks the diagnostic lights. The insides are identical. I confirmed this with Tripp Lite customer service. I really want to get the RM because I think the remote power switch would be VERY convenient. I have a lot of synthesizers and electronic equipment. I could hide the surge protector out of sight and mount the remote power switch within easy reach to power all my gear on/off at once without digging around behind the desk for the switch on the surge protectors. Now, Melissa from Tripp Lite customer service basically told me that if one of their surge protector's takes a hit and goes bad after a surge, they simply cease functioning at all so there's no chance of providing unprotected power. Is this true? This makes it sound like the diagnostic lights on the ULTRA are basically redundant and unnecessary, but I don't know... I haven't read any discussion at all about the IB8RM online, but there are hundreds of positive reviews of the ISOBAR8ULTRA. Does nobody else think a remote power switch would be extremely useful? Are diagnostic lights important?