Monster Cable HTS-2500 vs. HTS-2000 Which one would you buy?

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  1. james e m

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    Right now I'm using the BELKIN SURGE MASTER II but I wanted to upgrade it before I buy a new reciever, hdtv, and speakers. I've narrowed my line conditioner/surge protector down to these two models: Monster Cable HTS-2500 and the HTS-2000. Which one would you get? I like the fact that the HTS-2500 looks like a component, but that means I have to make room for it when I buy a new rack. If anybody has any advice please let me know.
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    Internally the 2000 and the 2500 have the same filters and specs from what I was able to tell after comparing the specs. 2 dealers I spoke with agreed on that, and also agreed the real choice is between a 2000/3500/5000.
    Since I just had the same decision to make, I went with the 2000 for cheaper $, the 2 "high output" plugs, plus I'm out of room for another warm component on my rack.
    If you need remote triggering, the ci version of the 1000/2000 has that feature.
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    I bought the 2500 because I DID like the "componet" aspect of it. I had the rooom for it however. Only downside is the lights on the 2500 are pretty bright
     
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    I also bought the 2500 because I preferred the component style. The panel lights are bright, but nothing a small strip of black electrical tape cannot cure.
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    FYI
    The HTS 2000 can be picked up for $124.99 + shipping from Global Mart
    The HTS 2500 can be picked for $189.99 + shipping from them as well.
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    I also went with the 2500 because of the component form factor. I wanted something that fit easily into my equipment rack.
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    Also the reason I want to pick up the 2500 for my birthday. Is it sturdy enough to support the weight of another comnponent?
     
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    Check out Ebay for prices on the 2500. I think someone sells them for about 167.00. Just thought you'd like to know.
     
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    One aspect of the 2000 that no one has mentioned is that it has 2 more outlets than any of the "component" style monster products. I would have gotten the 2500 but the 2000 has 12 outlets vs. 10 for the 2500. And it's cheaper too- go figure.
     
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    I just picked up the 3500 on e-bay for $235.00. They had 10 up for auction and 3 sold so they may be doing another one.
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    I just printed out specs for both the HTS-2500 and the HTS-2000. I may be leaning towards the HTS-2000 just because it makes more sense for me. I would have to get another shelf for the Sanus rack I want if I went with the HTS-2500, which would be around $70 more. I know this is bad, but the looks of a HTS-2500 has a better wow factor. Hopefully by reading through the specs I will be able to figure out if there is a performance difference. I along with Barry would like to know if you could stack other components on the 2500.
    James
    p.s. thanks for the advice everybody!
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    Sorry if this doesn't answer your original question, but I'd just like to make a comment on the Monster power conditioners. Although they look fancy on the outside, open them up, and they are a joke. The same goes for MIT power conditioners. If you are looking for a moderately priced surge protector/power conditioner that actually does it's job well, I'd look elsewhere other than Monster. For starters, I'd look at the Panamax line...
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    In a buying frenzy, picked up the HTS-2500 on ebay for $169+ $19 shipping. If it takes care of my terrible cable video reception in my main theater room (basement, florescent aquarium lights, ground?), I'll be extremely happy as I don't have interference problems in the bedroom setup. if not, it will once again be for sale on Ebay [​IMG]
     
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    I'm trying to decide what to get as well, and it looks like a good surge surpressor/filter is preferred to a line conditioner. I have also found that products fromwww.suttondesigns.com looks the same as panamax products but are cheaper. Anyone know who is the real manufacturer? Are these products truly better than the Monster HTS2000?
    Thanks,
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    Pete, after conferring with a number of people in the know I went with a Monster over a Panamax even though I could have gotten the Panamax cheaper. Basically I was told that the Panamax will endure more frequent lightning strikes before you might have to send it in (a few people said they are the only ones for the Plains and the South.) Living in CO, I opted for what most people said was a better noise reducer, the Monster. If I get hit by lightning, it'll be rare, and I'll be protected. I might have to wait for Monster to replace it, but I've heard many negative things about the replacement policy of Panamax over at audioreview.com as well, so I suppose that is a toss up.
    I am very happy with my HTS2000.
     
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    I just picked up the 3500 on e-bay and will hook it up this weekend. One question and it may sound stupid but do you just hook it up and leave it on? Mainly I'm asking if it should be left on so I don't have to worry about other people turning it on or off. Just click the tv on and off.
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