Hello all! New user, first time poster. I have been recording live music for 20+ years generally in the capacity of a musician in a band, via analog four track or more recently the stand-alone digital units, specifically a Fostex VF160. I have been recorded in a professional recording studio several times, so although I am not a "newbie" per se, this activity is always a learning experience. Recently I have undertaken the task of DAW recording. I suppose you can check out my gear if you like since I had to list items in that field at registration, but my question for the forum today is about power surges and transients. And speakers. Heres the deal: all my DAW stuff is plugged into a Phillips surge protector. The surge is designed specifically for computers as well. So much so that it has a "master" tap on it that the CPU gets plugged into, and all the peripherials get plugged into the remainder of the taps. The idea is when you push the button on your computer to power up, the surge energizes all the other taps as well and ALL items plugged into the surge power on. Which is great. Active speakers come on (assuming the switch on the back is in the "on" position) Lexicon Omega interface comes on, monitor comes on (probably would anyway). The only issue I am leery about is the speakers make a heck of a sound when they are initially juiced. I'm sure you all have heard the sound if you turn on a device AFTER the power amp is powered up, or the opposite, you power down a device before the amp. Not cool, and I am religious about the order of powering devices up. Power up amp LAST, power down amp FIRST. So...left in this configuration (the DAW) what kind of bad things are happening to my monitors? Am I abusing them doing this and causing excessive, undue neglect? Any premature failure imminent? They are Fostex PM0.4's, 40w I think, nearfield monitors. I am on my third workstation setup/configuration, and with the previous 2 arrangements the power switches were typically not terribly accessible but I always turned them off manually...which is a pain in the butt. So this third arrangement (hopefully) is the last, so I am trying to determine if I should somehow make the monitor on/off switches more accessible (assuming I'm doing a no-no with the master surge protector) or I can put them wherever and not be concerned with harming them using the Phillips surge. I hope this all makes sense, I probably could have said what I wanted to say in half the words, but I wanted to get the best information. Thanks for any and all advice and help. Just please don't respond with something like "Why don't you buy some better monitors" or the like. Spending more money is not an option right now.