I am running a good deal of equipment on a bargain power bar. I have recently purchased the Monster HTS-1000 to use as a filter and surge protector. To be quite honest, I am not sure I can see any improvement in sound or picture. My sources are: Toshiba 42H81 Integra 7.1 PSB Image 4Ts (front...connected via bi-wired Straightwire Sextet) PSB Image 8C (center) PSB Image 1B (rear) JVC XV-D721BK Progressive DVD (connected through Mogami component) NAD 723 CDP (connected using Tara Labs Prism 55s) JVC S-VHS ET (connected manufacturers S-cable) My real question is: will dumping the Monster HTS-1000 and going to a cheaper (not cheap) surge protector adversely affect the sound or picture? My little power bar does nothing other than give me outlets. I feel like I need some protection, but I paid $230 Cdn. for this, and I can't see any improvement. I could get a real surge protector for $70 Cdn, and if I won't see a decline in performance, I would rather go that way...considering the HTS-1000 has done nothing positive that I can see. Thanks.