AVS 2000 by Monster

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  1. Nick CS

    Nick CS Auditioning

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    New device.

    My question is does any one out there have one?

    What did it do for listening and viewing?

    Did it live up to what is being hipped?

    What equipment (type and model) is it hooked up to.

    Seems like a lot of $$$. I need feedback before any plunge.

    Thanks

    Nick CS
     
  2. Lee Scoggins

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    Nick,

    I don't have your model, but I had great luck with their earlier HTS-5000 model. It really clears up the background noise.

    My best advice other than getting model specific feedback is to find out if Richard Marsh designed it. He is quite good at power line conditioners. He probably designed this one given the success of earlier models.

    Lee
     
  3. HankM

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    I have read great things about the AVS2000 in Stereophile GTH and Widescreen Review. It makes a huge improvement with amplifiers, the 2000 makes sure your amps are getting 120v of continous power, meaning your amps will be at peak performance. I'm not sure about source components. I almost got one for my system but decided on a PS Audio Power Plant instead.
     
  4. Nick CS

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    Thanks for the input.

    I can't find the article in Stereophile GHT on the net. Other questions that I have were just emailed directly to Monster. It seems like a lot of $$$ and I feel a little burned on the HTS 3500 purchase. That unit distorted the sound stage on my Denon 5700.

    I guess the unit hasn't been out there very long.

    Nick
     
  5. Luis A

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    Nick,
    A quick search for the AVS2000, in this forum, will pull up a semi-review I did back in January. Hope this helps.[​IMG]
    L
     
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    I use the little brother to this, the HTS-1000, which has less outlets. It does a great job on cleaning up some of the signals. I noticed much better color and a lower noise floor in my system. The 1000 and 2000 do not provide voltage control though, that is, if the incoming voltage drops to 110, you will only get 110.
     
  7. Doug_L

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    Just to correct Lee (and maybe others):

    - the AVS-2000 is a voltage stabilizer (MSRP $1495.00)

    - the HTS2000 is a power center (MSRP $199.95)

    As far as I know, there is no other model in the AVS line, but there is an HTS1000, as well as a number of others (I happen to own the HTS2000). The HTS series are surge suppresors/power centers, whereas the AVS will output a constant 120 volts (assuming it is fed between 80 and 140 volts).

    Stereophile GTH seemed to really like the unit's performance.

    Good luck.
     
  8. Lee Scoggins

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    Doug,
    I didn't claim any "power center" vs. "voltage stabilization", but the HTS 5000 does work to filter out the crap in an average AC line. The following describes the unit...
    Designed by world-renowned AC power authority Richard Marsh, Monster’s patented Clean Power ™ Stage 4 filter circuitry prevents AC power line noise from damaging component performance. The two dedicated digital filters reject component-generated broadband noise, maximizing the performance of all connected equipment. Digital and analog TV’s will deliver a razor sharp picture with the most vivid color detail and contrast possible. Audio will leap from your speakers with 3-D realism, delivering amazing clarity, pinpoint imaging and precise soundstage. HTS 5000’s ultra- high current PowerLine ™ AC power cord features proprietary windings with heavy gauge copper strandings and a high density shield for maximum power delivery. Monster recognizes that convenience is vital, also. Instead of scrolling through a laundry list of menu options to program your outlets, HTS5000 features 12 individual slide switches, allowing users to easily program unswitched, switched, switched with delay, and remote operation. HTS5000’s phone line anti-collision feature ensures that multiple pay-per-view devices can share a phone line.
    Monster also recognizes that convenience can be as vital as performance. Atop the HTS5000 are 5 individual slide switches, each assigned to two outlets, that allow users to change between switched, switched(timed) and unswitched settings for maximum hookup versatility. If you want to quickly plug in a low current device like a camcorder, the HTS5000 features two unswitched convenience outlets on the front panel. An electro-luminescent panel behind the high sensitivity voltage meter lets you read the meter even in a dimmed room.
    The AVS series is an evolution of the HTS line.
    Gone Are the Days of Consistent Power.
    It's no secret that the power conditions in this country are getting worse. What you might not know is that these under or over-voltage can cause severe power degradation in components and cause considerable damage. A surge suppressor will only protect you against severe current surges, but does nothing to correct the problem, so you need the Monster Automatic Voltage Stabilizer.
    Audio components and televisions were designed to operate at 120 volts and under-voltage can cause degradation in sound, severely limit power output, and shorten the life of components and picture tubes in televisions. That's why the Monsters at Monster Power invented the AVS 2000, the first product of its type available to consumers.
    Monster's AVS 2000 is designed to stabilize power line fluctuations and maintain constant voltage to your home theatre for maximum performance all the time. AVS 2000 provides consistent 120V output when AC input fluctuates anywhere from 80-140V. As a result, amplifiers will maintain the stability needed to deliver peak power and performance. Video systems, in turn, will deliver the sharpest, brightest picture with the most vivid color possible.
    It truly is a Monster of a product.
    Product Features:
    Motor-controlled variable voltage transformer maintains consistent 120V output from input voltages between 80-140V, for maximum home theatre performance
    Sequential power up with programmable delay protects speakers from "pops" during power up
    Safety Overload Disconnect safely disconnects your equipment when current draw exceeds safety limits of your home wiring (under 80 volts or above 140 volts)
    Three illuminated digital meters allow simultaneous monitoring of voltage, amperage and correction
    PowerSmart warning light indicates any serious power fluctuation
    4 switched outlets provides power for Monster PowerCenters and other components
    2 unswitched outlets provide power for high current amplifiers
    Color-coded, labeled outlets for maximum hookup convenience, so you don't accidentally unplug the wrong component
    8ft Monster PowerLine 400 with 24k gold contact grounded plug for maximum power transfer
    AVS2000 retails for $1499.
    Both were designed by Richard Marsh which is a good thing. My best guess is that Monster saw the success of the PS Audio Powerplants and wanted to get in on the action.
    Maybe the PS Audio is worthy of an audition too. I will say this: A Stereophile Guide to Home Theater recommendation carries some weight with me! [​IMG]
    Lee
     
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    I think Doug was talking about this part of the post from a different Lee,

     
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    Whoops! You're right, I was thinking about the HTS, not the AVS stuff.
     
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    Ajay,
    You are right about voltage control, but I believe a PS300 is around $1200, $300 cheaper than the AVS2000.
    The best solution is to audition and guage the system specific effects in your own home. A good high end dealer will let you do this, although he may not sell Monster! [​IMG]
    Lee
     
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    Andrew,

    How much amp do you have?

    300 watts is a lot (and it has four plugs). And current may also be important. Many amps rated in watts do not live up to their billing.

    I also suspect if you have enough juice for the preamp and amp, you have solved 95% of the problem.

    I agree it is an expensive box, but PS Audio makes great gear - very solid, much higher build quality than Monster.

    But hey, I like Monster - I have really enjoyed my HTS-5000. I would just go for PS audio at the AVS 2000 price point. You also get nice features like the Multiwave capability....

    Lee
     
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