I'm the OP and what I have is a Belkin Power Console PF 31. Manual: http://cache-www.belkin.com/support/dl/p75601fc_ap21100fc10-blk.pdf
I got it because of apparently uneven power (lights dimming momentarily, and not just from the central air going on) from PEPCO, my power company and the sudden, unexplained demise of equipment. I decided to install a ground for the outlet where I plug my AV stuff (the house is 1959 with 2-wire, no ground) and got a deal on this Power Console.
The idea is it protects from surges and "conditions" the flow. It did seem to clear up various intermittent issues and no lost equipment since.
Like some computer surge protectors it has some outlets that are protected but always on and some that are "switched"--controlled by a power switch on the front.
The DVR needs to be unswitched, in other words ON all the time so it can record the shows I have programmed for it to record. I have FiOS HD DVR.
I figure to connect the other components to the switched outlets so that when I turn the power switch off, after turning off the components (TV, Receiver, woofer, etc,) everything goes completely off, eliminating the "stand by" power they use so they can respond to the remote controls.
I have not tried to set up a universal remote with one button that dims the lights, turns on the appropriate components & hands me the beer. That, of course, wouldn't work without first turning on this unit.
With the "Smart" -ness of my new Samsung UN60F8000, I'm sure Samsung would say it is designed to be in stand-by when not in use, but does that really do anything besides use that "tiny trickle" of power?
I kinda like the idea of a positive "everything off when not in use". Except for the dumb DVR that has even a harddrive that runs 24/7!