I have a small collection of audio devices (preamplifier, synthesizer, effects, audio interface). Most of them are mounted in a single rack.
The rack devices all plug in through a power distribution panel, which has a single switch on it. I believe this serves the same purpose as a power strip; that's effectively what I've been using it for. I've been switching it on first, then powering up the devices individually, which is kind of a pain since not all of them can be turned on from the front.
I have figured that a sudden surge of power might be harmful to these devices, but am I just being superstitious? Can I leave them all in the "on" position and power the whole thing up from one switch or do I risk damaging my equipment? The manuals for these units don't have anything to say on the matter.